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The Role of Spirituality in Healthcare

Topic: Foundations of Spirituality in Health Care

Define spirituality and explore its role in health care.
Identify regulatory and professional standards of practice for meeting the spiritual needs of patients.
Determine concepts common to all spirituality and ways in which holistic health care relates to spirituality.

Healing Hospital: A Daring Paradigm

1) I need to research articles or Web sites associated with the healing hospital paradigm, and while reading, consider how this paradigm might influence our philosophy of caregiving. Any hospital with a healing component to its mission can be used as a resource.

2) Address the following:
a) Describe the components of healing hospitals and their relationship to spirituality.
b) What are the challenges of creating a healing environment in light of the barriers and complexities of the hospital environment?
c) Include at least one biblical passage or parable that you believe supports the concept of a healing hospital and provide rationale for your selection.

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One of the components of healing hospitals is the physical environment that is conducive to helping patients to heal, which includes the manner by which the staff interact with the patient which is benevolent and conducive to helping with the overall healing process. Staff members are exceptionally kind to patients and supportive by always providing the patient with uplifting, encouraging statements, as well as exhibiting confidence in the patients' ability to heal. They also act in this manner with their interactions with the patients' family members. It is the air of confidence and cheerfulness that is exhibited by staff members that helps to uplift the spirits of the patients, as well as their family members, which is of a great assistance in the overall healing process. It has been proven that a positive outlook and cheerful countenance are very helpful in helping the body to heal. The staff members of a healing hospital also engage heavily with boosting the morale and confidence of the family members of the patient, so that these individuals would have a positive outlook as well, and transfer this feeling of confidence and positivity to the patient, which will invariably assist in the healing process.

Staff members at healing hospitals engage in showing Christian love to the patient, as well as his or her family members, in a much more intense fashion than at other ...