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Communicating a Spiritual Care Plan: Chaplains as Educators. Jane Mather, MA, BCC CHE 3-Part Series on Documentation and Assessment Part 2. Quick Review. Donovan helped us frame the need for and content of Assessments Plans of Care Reminded us that we must be relevant To the team
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Jane Mather, MA, BCC
CHE 3-Part Series on Documentation and Assessment
The Equilibrium Model
“The role of the clinically trained chaplain is to assess the degree to which the patient’s emotional and spiritual equilibrium has been disturbed by the healthcare event and to determine what interventions would be appropriate to help the patient restore their equilibrium and when such interventions should be employed.”(Donovan and Dowdy)
In terms of the patient’s plan of care
All patients (whether in medical crisis or not) are seen as whole people inclusive of body, mind and spirit
Effort to heal includes assessing all dimensions of their being related to their illness or injury (in order to maximize equilibrium)
What does that mean?
Who do we ‘educate’?
What do we hope to see in a care plan as a result?
“To educate” – V.
“To draw out”…“To bring forth”
Getting the right experts to the point of need at the appropriate time
What experts do at the point of need to determine their contribution
to patient health!
Can any team possibly meet all psycho-social-spiritual needs?
Focus? What impacts health?
Q. How can we show the team what it looks like when “equilibrium” is disturbed and why it matters?
A. Educate/(draw from them)/model the meaning/teach the relevance – and measure the difference
Clinical staff with focus on “analysis”
And anyone who comes into contact with patients for any reason (to the extent possible)!
Together they impact equilibrium
Is it realistic with regard to psycho-social-spiritual care?
Would connect what patients need
to what chaplains provide
to what the rest of the team sees…
Might eventually correlate other data to Chaplain interventions?Quality measures?
Chaplains need to leverage their expertise to teach!
"Our leadership legacy is not limited to what we accomplish; it includes what we leave behind in the hearts and minds of those with whom we had a chance to teach and work.”
Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges, Lead Like Jesus