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Developing a Program of Care for the Professional Caregiver

  • 12/02/2015
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Online

Chaplains have for a long time provided care to health care team members and, in particular, following difficult situations within their nursing unit, medical practice, or health care community. In 2012, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC determined that, in order for their health care providers to continue and improve the work of end-of-life care, an essential element would be increased support for staff. The End of Life Task Force recommended the creation of a position for a chaplain for staff ministries. Through this initiative, the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education department has researched staff compassion fatigue, intervened with evidence-based research initiatives that have enhanced staff resiliency, and is now pursuing ways of addressing moral distress among nurses.

The development of the staff ministries program is a dynamic and evolving process. Through collaboration with the Employee Assistance Program, Human Resources, Employee Wellness program, and Pastoral Care, progress is being made in a transformative manner, where staff are learning new skills such as reflection, good self-care, spiritual development and trusting collaborative work. This presentation will identify what has worked and what has not worked. It will also explore the evolving nature of caring for caregivers as they provide the best in health care for patients, families and one another.

Learning Objectives

1. Determine care needs for professional caregivers - nurses, physicians, social workers, case managers, decedent care personnel.
2. Evaluate level of moral distress and compassion fatigue in hospital critical care arenas.
3. Develop avenues for care for the healthcare team within one's pastoral practice

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