Spiritual Caregiving: Healthcare as a Ministry PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Verna  Benner Carson

Spiritual Caregiving: Healthcare as a Ministry

Templeton Press
Publication date: January 2008
ISBN: 9781599470634
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With today's cumbersome insurance procedures, government regulations, endless paperwork, and concerns about malpractice rates, many healthcare professionals are asking: "Why am I doing this? Am I making a difference to my patients? Is there a better way-and if so, what is it?" In this book, Carson and Koenig examine the state of the healthcare system with the goal of providing healthcare professionals and caregivers the inspiration and practical tools to re-claim their sense of purpose. The book begins with an evaluation of the current system from the perspective of the spiritual vision that initially motivated and nourished many caregivers. The authors then pose a vision of a healthcare system that supports and nurtures the spirituality of patients and their families, of which some elements already exist. An overview is provided on the preparation necessary for healthcare professionals to offer spiritual care when there are major implications-for people with chronic illnesses, psychiatric issues, devastating injuries, and those preparing for surgery, facing death, and those living with chronic pain. Also explored are ways that health professionals and caregivers can maintain their own spiritual health even as they work to bring about healing, comfort, and solace to others. Woven throughout the book are the personal narratives of physicians, nurses, chaplains, healthcare educators, community resource workers, administrators, therapists, and psychologists-all from a wide range of religious traditions. Their examples inspire and assist professionals in renewing the spiritual focus of healthcare. Highlights Calls for change in the current healthcare system Renews the spiritual mission of caregivers Includes resources and assessment tools for clinical practitioners National advertising: JAMA Journal of Pastoral Care Leadership Christian Century Modern Healthcare Ministries Today National publicity: Feature article sent to 10,000 daily and weekly newspapers; National television campaign pickup guaranteed in at least 200 local papers n Radio tour to 20+ U.S. markets Review copy mailing to 200 health and religion editors National speaking tour
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