NHPCO NewsLine January 2014 - (Page 16)

From the NCHPP Spiritual Caregiver Section* Findings S From the 2013 Spiritual Care Survey piritual care counselors (aka "chaplains") can be quite the enigma. Patients, families, and even staff often confuse us with "pastors" or other clergy who promote one particular religion. They wonder what education and training we have received, what tasks we perform for our respective agencies, and what it is we actually DO in the course of our work. By Carla Cheatham, MA, MDiv, PhD To misunderstand the role and importance of these professionals denies everyone access to a valuable resource that may ease spiritual distress, lessen complicated grief, and soothe the conflicts these struggles bring to a patient's total care. As healthcare chaplaincy continues to standardize as a field, researchers and organizations are placing much energy and resources into better understanding who we are, what we do, and why it matters not only to patient care, but to the financial bottom line of healthcare agencies. The Steering Committee of the NCHPP Spiritual Caregiver Section continues to search for meaningful and relevant ways to support the spiritual care counselors we represent. To do so, we need answers to the queries above. As an important first step, the Committee conducted a Spiritual Caregivers & Managers/ Supervisors Survey in 2013, with assistance and support from the NHPCO Research and Quality team. This article discusses the survey - and the valuable feedback we received from 1,047 respondents (reportedly a record number for any NHPCO survey to date!). Survey Development: Method and Sample Over several months we solicited input from spiritual care counselors (SCCs) across NHPCO's membership to devise a survey that would explore the following: *  ackground and Professional B Information *  ole and Practice R * Organizational Information * Education Received * Resources Needed. *The National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals (NCHPP) is comprised of 15 discipline-specific sections that represent the staff and volunteers who work for NHPCO provider-members. To learn more about this NCHPP Section, visit the NHPCO website. 16 NHPCO NewsLine

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NHPCO NewsLine January 2014

The Fuel That Feeds Positive Change
A Look Back at 2013
Download Our Free NewsLine App (display ad)
2014 MLC (display ad)
Findings From the 2013 Spiritual Care Survey
Member News and Notes
National Hospice Foundation Gala (display ad)
ehospice USA (display ad)
Tips From 2013
2014 Webinars
Links to Resources on the NHPCO Website 
A Feel-Good Moment

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