Friday, June 17, 2011

Partnering to provide spiritual care

Spiritual caregivers: From left, Trinlae, Carr, Zollfrank, LaForest, Brown, Roake and Tamposi


"When I had this gut feeling in the past, I wasn't sure what to do about it," says Sarah Brown, RN, on Phillips 21. "Now I know what to say and how to best involve the chaplain." Adds Darcy Roake, MDiv(c), chaplain intern assigned to Phillips 21, "Sarah brought me in at key points in the patient's spiritual and emotional process of healing. It was crucial to the quality of the spiritual caregiving."

Brown and Roake are two of six health care providers and chaplain interns who recently graduated from a Clinical Pastoral Education program offered by the MGH Chaplaincy. Learning together as nurses and chaplains in one interdisciplinary group, participants collaborated to develop unit-based spiritual and emotional rounds for nurses and addressed spiritual care needs as a team to deepen their practice.

A May 19 graduation ceremony included the presentation of certificates by Rev. Angelika Zollfrank, MDiv, BCC, and Michael McElhinny, MDiv, both of the Chaplaincy. The graduates were Roake; Brown; Charlotte LaForest, LICSW; Kathy Carr, RN; Bhikshuni Lozang Trinlae, MEd, BSc; and Elizabeth Tamposi, MDiv.

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