4-great post. Working in a hospital setting, I come across many patients with diverse backgrounds. I am not always familiar with the diverse backgrounds my patients have. Therefore, when providing care for my patients, I always try to empathize and understanding what my patient’s going through. I always try to put myself in their place and try to understand them. By providing compassionate care, I think they can see and appreciate the efforts that I make for them.
5-Several prominent organizations have recognized the importance of spiritual care. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has a policy that states: “For many patients, pastoral care and other spiritual services are an integral part of health care and daily life. The hospital is able to provide for pastoral care and other spiritual services for patients who request them”
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals (CAMH): The Official Handbook (update 3) Oakbrook Terrace, Ill: JCAHO; 1999. Patient rights and organization ethics; pp. R1–15
6-Identifying your strengths and weaknesses before providing patient spiritual care can help identify your spirituality and assist in patients’ spiritual care satisfaction and patient outcome. As a nurse, listening is a good skill I must have to provide good spiritual care. I know that is important to respect patient’s beliefs, encourage the use of the use of their spiritual practices and display a genuine and caring attitude. Knowing that I need to open and comfortable to patient’s feelings and give them attention and time they deserve.
It is very important to manage perceived barriers to spiritual care because it can affect patient communication which can be considered a weakness. It is a challenge to set nursing interventions for a patient in spiritual distress and he or she may be questioning for the reason of his/her suffering. Planning continuing spiritual care can be helpful, but there is limited documentation process of spiritual care for continuity.