(Items marked with a * are new or updated items)
1. Executive Director’s Reflection *
2. Have you provided your feedback to the draft NACC Strategic Plan yet? *
3. Watch for the March-April 2012 Vision to be posted next week! *
4. Have you accessed the January-February 2012 Vision yet?
5. Would you like to write for a future Vision issue?
6. Are you aware of the special networking calls? *
7. Have you considered joining NACC now? *
8. Have you moved recently and not told us?
9. Dr. Jean deBlois, CSJ, knows well the healthcare world and NACC *
10. Would you contribute Items for the Silent Auction for the NACC 2012 Conference?
11. 2012 Conference Looking for Bloggers
12. Did you complete your Conference registration yet?
13. Memories of Milwaukee *
14. Spiritual Care Champions Series announces its 2012-2013 Webinar Series *
15. Request: making a business case for chaplaincy *
16. Request: advice from EPIC users *
17. Request: assistance in administering Catholic Patients’ Satisfaction Survey *
18. Request: call for help on end-of-life discussion research *
19. Request: what medical consent to treat forms do you use? *
20. The 2012 NACC audio conferences!
21. Upcoming CHA webinar, “Spirituality and Long-Term Care.”
22. Last session of 2011-2012 Spiritual Care Champions Webinar Series
23. 2012 NACC local/regional events *
24. Funding Opportunity: Building Capacity in Chaplaincy Research in Palliative Care
25. Online spiritual care knowledge base being developed
26. APC webinars
27. ACPE Webinar Series
28. HealthCare Chaplaincy Webinars
29. The New SCC 2011 Salary Survey is now available!
30. Are you planning to give any presentations on chaplaincy?
31. Order your video promoting the chaplaincy profession
32. Accessing the chaplaincy profession video on YouTube
33. Healing Tree: a request for prayers *
34. Recent job postings *
35. Advertisers, administrators, and directors! Post an ad on our job page and watch the applications roll in! *
36. Positions wanted
I often hear many of you share those critical and precious experiences in your ministry of spiritual care with those whose illness, age, or nearness to death brings them to an intense personal awareness of the crucial or graced character of that time. Some of you use the word kairos to describe it, as it is used in yesterday’s Gospel reading of Mark 1:12-15 that ends with "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."
As this passage of the Gospel of Mark begins our Lenten season, I can’t help but reflect on how your ministry so often, if not daily, is an embodiment of this season for individuals and/or families whose life circumstances make “this moment” (and not a Lenten season) the kairos time and all that means in terms of openness and responsiveness to God’s presence, mercy, and love. Perhaps the rest of God’s people entering into and undergoing the graced conversion time of Lent are also a reminder to those for whom you care that they are not alone but being prayerfully supported in their own kairos time.
I have reflected in the past on your ministry as one seeking the balance of kairos and chronos time. How professionally we need to live in and address well the chronos character of our ministry as we track our time, show productivity, seek evidence-based results, contribute to quality outcomes, and demonstrate that our time and work contributes to the overall healthcare benefits of an organization, and, thus, it’s important to ensure the integration of the chaplaincy profession. While all these chronos elements are important and necessary so that the profession is integrated well into the business of healthcare, we also know, seek to be alert to, acknowledge, and reverence the kairos essence of the ministry as we seek to be attentive to God’s time, God’s now, for the people we serve whether it occurs in a “blink of an eye” or the arduous coming to terms with one’s life over weeks and months. It’s still kairos, isn’t it?
Blessings on your Lenten season. May this liturgical time of fulfillment help all of us be alert to God’s time of salvation with us and those we serve.
David Lichter, D.Min.
Top of page Have you provided your feedback to the draft NACC Strategic Plan yet?
The NACC Board of Directors drafted goals and objectives for the next NACC strategic plan that will build upon the 2007-2012 plan. You were informed last Thursday about the planning process and were invited to provide your feedback on this first draft. Please take the time to provide us your counsel and perspectives. Go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/NACCPlan1stDraft.Watch for the March-April 2012 Vision to be posted next week! *
Please watch next week for the next issue of Vision! The main theme is on collaborating with our professional colleagues and serving on interdisciplinary teams. It is a very helpful issue.Have you accessed the January-February 2012 Vision yet?
The January-February 2012 Vision is available on the NACC website. This issue is dedicated to two themes: To Serve the Poor and One Book, One Association. Remember that you no longer need your member number to access the Vision; just go to www.nacc.org/vision! Continued thanks to Laurie Hansen-Cardona and the Editorial Advisory Panel for their excellent work!Would you like to write for a future Vision issue? *
Vision is seeking writers on the May-June 2012 Vision issues that will examine standards of practice for acute care. The article submission deadline is April 2, 2012. If interested, please contact Vision editor, Laurie Hansen-Cardona at firstname.lastname@example.org.Are you aware of the special networking calls?
In the coming weeks we have still have scheduled two special conference calls for members. If you are not on the email list for these calls and want to be, please let us know by contacting Cindy Bridges (email@example.com).
Are you one of the more than 1,100 non-members who has subscribed to NACC Now? We are delighted you find this a valuable tool to advance the ministry of spiritual care and chaplaincy. Have you considered becoming an NACC Member? Join the more than 2,500 members who advance the ministry of spiritual care, and support one another’s ministry! Receive additional members’ benefits! Visit the NACC website for more membership information. Join today! If you have questions about being a member, please contact Cindy Bridges (firstname.lastname@example.org). www.nacc.org/membership/categories.aspHave you moved recently and not told us?
When you have moved personal residences or places of employment, or have a new e-mail address or phone number, please don’t forget to contact Mary Pawicz (email@example.com), our membership support staff person at the NACC office, to let her know! Please note that a valid, working email address and a current phone number are very important. For reasons of convenience and cost these are the most likely methods we will use to contact you. We don’t want you to miss our communications to you!Top of page
We are blessed to have Sr. Jean deBlois as one of our plenary speakers at this year’s Conference. With a background in nursing and a PhD in Moral Theology and Medical Ethics, she has served within Ascension Health and Catholic Health Association, and for the past several years has taught in the Aquinas Institute of Theology and directs their Master of Arts in Health Care Mission program. She also served on the NACC Board of Directors. We look forward to her presentation! ai.connectingmembers.com/AboutUs/FacultyandAdministration/FacultyBios/JeandeBloisCSJ.aspxWould you contribute Items for the Silent Auction for the NACC 2012 Conference?
We invite members to bring to the 2012 Conference handmade or other types of items, including items from your institution, for our silent auction to be held at the conference. Share your talents and gifts to benefit other members! Proceeds will go towards conference scholarships. If you are interested in contributing an item, please contact Susanne Chawszczewski at firstname.lastname@example.org Conference Looking for Bloggers
The NACC is planning to set up a blog for the 2012 Conference in Milwaukee. We are looking for experienced bloggers who are NACC members and are planning to attend this year’s conference. If you are interested in helping to blog live from the conference, please contact Susanne Chawszczewski at email@example.com.Did you complete your Conference registration yet?
The NACC 2012 Conference brochure should have arrived. If not, let us know. We are very excited to showcase our national plenary speakers and conference weaver, as well as quality workshops. Complete your registration today! The brochure is also online at www.nacc.org/conference/.Top of page Memories of Milwaukee *
Back by popular demand -- we are pleased to offer two special local events during our 2012 conference. Join us for the opportunity to make special memories of your time in Milwaukee.
Friday Night Fish Fry - Friday, May 18, 2012
On Friday night in Milwaukee, just about every restaurant has one, and everyone is always looking to find their favorite – the Friday Night Fish Fry. Join us for a Wisconsin tradition at a local Milwaukee favorite, the American Serb Hall. Serb Hall has been serving the community for over 50 years and their hospitality is just as good as their food.
The $25 cost includes transportation and an all-u-can-eat Haddock fish fry (served family style) with sides, soda, and coffee. Bus Pick up at the hotel is at 5:30 p.m. and Dinner is at 6:15 p.m.
Milwaukee Church Tour - Saturday, May 19, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join us for a guided tour of three of Milwaukee’s local churches. We will travel by bus to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, the Islamic Center, and St. Mary and St. Antonious Coptic Orthodox Church. Three continuing education hours will be offered.
The $35 cost includes the three-hour guided tour, transportation, and a light snack.
Registration and payment is due by April 16, 2012. To download a registration form, click here.
The NACC worked with Catholic Health East and the other Catholic healthcare partners in developing a new, unique webinar series for 2012-2013 that explores the standards of practice for chaplains and spiritual care. We believe you will find this series very timely and educational. Yearly registrations are now available until Friday, March 16th, 2012. The cost is $180 per phone line for 12 presentations (April 2012 – March 2013). After March 16th, 2012, registrations for individual presentations will be available for $18 per phone line, for each individual presentation. You may register now for the year by copying and pasting this link into your web browser: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=7NEUYUVK3TVX4Top of page Request: making a business case for chaplaincy *
The CHA Pastoral Care Advisory Committee is undertaking several initiatives to support and improve spiritual care in systems. The communication sub-group is working on developing content for making a “business” case for chaplaincy with administration. If any of you have developed any type of presentation to your administrative leaders that you are willing to share with us, please send it to David Lichter (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, March 9th. Thank you in advance.Request: advice from EPIC users *
NACC member, Karen Gorski, BCC, works for the Henry Ford Health Care System. The system will be adopting EPIC as the format for electronic medical records. The chaplains in the system have been invited to a meeting to discuss the spiritual care element. For those using EPIC, do you have advice or suggestions about the program, such as what is already in place that is of value, and what we might want to be sure to include if we are given the opportunity to add elements that would be particularly helpful? Comments can be directed to Karen Gorski at email@example.com. Karen is willing to share any feedback with others who are interested.Request: assistance in administering Catholic Patients’ Satisfaction Survey *
NACC member Fr. Fidelis I. Ekemgba is about to conduct a Catholic Patients' Satisfaction Survey in the Hospital where he provides care. He requests input from members who have done this before. Questionnaire format, collection methods and the preservation of confidentiality of responders/patients especially would be helpful. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fr. Fidelis thanks you in advance for your assistance in this regard.Request: call for help on end-of-life discussion research *
Paula Hopeck, doctoral candidate at Purdue University, is looking for interview participants for her dissertation research. The topic is on facilitating end-of-life decisions for others, particularly when there is conflict between the family. She can be reached at email@example.com if you have questions or are interested in participating. The study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Purdue University.Request: what medical consent to treat forms do you use? *
Our NACC member, Colette Hanlon, SC, BCC, has received some responses, but would appreciate other responses from members who are willing to share with her a copy of their Medical Consent to Treat Form and also a "script" (if you use one) for Admitting Staff to inquire about religious affiliation and whether or not they want that information restricted. Samples could be sent to her email firstname.lastname@example.org (W) email@example.com (H) or mailed to Colette Hanlon, S.C., 584 East St. #2, Pittsfield, MA 0120. She is willing to share what she receives in return.Top of page The 2012 NACC audio conferences!
Please see below our program for 2012. As an added benefit this year, we will be continuing the audio conferences focusing on theological topics, but have added a four-part series on Spiritual Care Leadership. The first of these will be in March. Mark your calendars for the following dates.
Please note that on March 13, 2012, Catholic Health Association will offer a webinar on
“Spirituality and Long-Term Care.” For more information you can go to:
Please consider the final offering of the 2011-2012 of the Spiritual Care Champions Series offered on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Go to www.che.org/mission/index.php?id=46.
We are in the midst of preparing the 2012 local events. Scheduled so far are the following. Mark your calendars today!
A reminder to you of the Call for Proposal (CFP) from Robert Wolf, J.D., Senior Vice President of Innovation and Development, HealthCare Chaplaincy, for a pioneering grant-making initiative aimed at growing the field of chaplaincy research in palliative care. This initiative seeks to create sustainable, collaborative, interdisciplinary research networks of experienced researchers and board-certified chaplains and to support approximately 6-10 field-advancing, hypothesis-driven research projects to better understand chaplains’ contributions to palliative care. The deadline for online submission of applications is March 15, 2012. healthcarechaplaincy.org/templeton-research-project.htmlOnline spiritual care knowledge base being developed
John J. (Jack) Gleason, APC BCC (Retired), is building a free online spiritual care knowledge base as a resource for anyone to use in challenging spiritual care situations--such as issues of aging, fear of cancer recurrence, bad news--with over 200 samples in 24 categories. See what someone actually did and learned in a situation similar to yours. At www.acperesearch.net click on "Ideal Intervention Project." Locate your category in the Table of Contents, and then proceed to the appropriate page. E-mail Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding how to contribute your own experiences.APC webinars
Please note that APC has graciously extended a special discount on APC Professional Chaplaincy Webinars to members of their Organizational Partner associations, AAPC, ACCA, ACPE, CASC, NACC, NAJC and NAVAC.
Our NACC members are invited to use a special promotion code that a member can access by going to this Member Only page on the NACC website:
www.nacc.org/resources/apc_webinars.asp There you can also link to APC Store where you can use the code to register for live or recorded webinars. The code, when entered on the payment screen during final checkout, will deduct $20 from your webinar order. APC requests that we not share this code beyond our membership.
More info on these and other offerings: APC webinars
Look for ACPE webinars being offered. More info: www.acpeacademy.com/2010-webinars/Top of page HealthCare Chaplaincy Webinars
We are pleased to announce that the new SCC 2011 Salary Survey is now available. We are grateful to have partnered with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) to conduct this survey. We thank all our members who participated in the survey. This survey report is copyrighted material. Members of APC and NACC have access to this salary survey as a member benefit. Members are asked not to duplicate this survey for others. Non-members can consult the website of the Spiritual Care Collaborative, www.spiritualcarecollaborative.org to purchase a copy for a nominal fee. You can access this survey through the membership portal.
SCC 2011 Salary Survey for NACC members: www.nacc.org/resources/salarysurveyintro.asp
SCC 2011 Salary Survey for nonmembers: www.spiritualcarecollaborative.org/salary_survey.asp
We continue to encourage members to promote the chaplaincy profession. Please remember that the NACC office staff want to make sure you have resources to share. If you are planning to do a presentation, please contact Cindy Bridges (email@example.com) so that she can send you brochures. Also we remind you that you can access on our NACC website the Chaplaincy Ministry video (or order one – see below) as well as two PowerPoint slideshows to use as a basis for the presentation at www.nacc.org/advancing/promo.asp.Order your video promoting the chaplaincy profession
Our video on Chaplaincy, both a recruitment version (that begins and ends with “Is God Calling You?”), and a version without this question, is available in DVD format. The charge is just $6.00, the cost of production and shipping. You may preview the video at this link. To order copies please email Cindy Bridges for instructions.Accessing the chaplaincy profession video on YouTube
Do you know that you can also access the Chaplaincy video on YouTube? Since YouTube now allows more than 10 minute clips, we have been able to have YouTube host our video. You can access the video at www.nacc.org/advancing/promo.asp and visit the NACC’s YouTube channel (click “subscribe” to receive notifications when we add new content to our channel): www.youtube.com/user/CatholicChaplains.Top of page Healing Tree: a request for prayers *
Please let us know if you would like our membership to pray for your health and healing. Also please let us know when you want us to remove your name from our Healing Tree.
We continue to pray for: Marybeth Harmon (breast cancer surgery), Joe Floryance, husband of Melissa Casanta-Floryance (cancer), Francesco Marshall, Tom Landry (at the death of his father, Thomas), Glenn and Pat Teske (recuperation from injuries suffered in car accident), Anna Maria Marabella (Surgery), Susan Murphy (recovering from hospital stay), Sr. Margaret Dougherty, DC (cancer), Fr. Jim Radde, SJ (cancer), Sr. Mary Clare Boland, SP, Sr. Phyllis Ann DiRenzo (treatment for breast cancer), Kathy Brier (hospitalization-daughter of NACC member Theresa Brier), Ginny Conron (POP surgery), Marcella Keefe-Slager (lung cancer and treatment), Gloria Troxler (preventive chemotherapy after ovarian surgery), Fr. Kevin Ikpah (eye troubles), Lourdes B. Ruta (wife of Peter Ruta, in recovery), and Kelly Elizabeth Sexton (cancer: daughter of NACC member Melyssa Sexton).Recent job postings
The following positions have been posted in the last two weeks. Please go to www.nacc.org/positions/available.aspx for more information.
Charleston, WV - Saint Francis Hospital
Cleveland, OH - Lutheran Chaplaincy Service
Elgin, IL - Provena Hospice
Boise, Idaho - Saint Alphonsus
Get your ad posted on a page that sees hundreds of visitors each week. A 100-word ad costs only $225 to run for two full months on our Positions Available page and is also included in two successive issues of NACC Now. For more information and a complete table of ad rates go to www.nacc.org/positions/adinfo.asp.Positions wanted
In this time of change and uncertainty it is more important than ever to use every resource available. If you have lost your job recently, if you’re just seeking a new or better position, or if you are an employer seeking a chaplain for your organization, be sure to visit our Positions Wanted webpage. NACC members can take advantage of this free service by placing a job-seeking ad, for free, which will run for 60 days. To see the ads, visit www.nacc.org/positions/wanted.asp.
To place your own ad, send an email to Phil Paradowski: firstname.lastname@example.org.