Chaplain-Nurse Collaboration in VA Healthcare
90 Minute Workshop
Sunday, June 2, 2019 (3:15 pm session)
Workshop Level: Beginner
NACC Certification Competencies: ITP1, ITP5, ITP6, PIC5
Lisa Burkhart, PhD, RN, ANEF
Research Health Scientist and Associate Professor, Hines VA and Loyola University Chicago
Sharon Coghlan Gerc, MSN
Supervisor Nursing Education, Hines VA Hospital
Rev. Melvin L. Jones, Jr., MDiv, BCC
Chaplain, Hines VA Hospital
Veteran Administration directives require that only chaplains provide spiritual comprehensive assessment, but nurses are unclear as to their role and resources available to address Veteran spiritual needs at the point of care. Nurses engage in spiritual care as a professional mandate, but many nurses are unsure how to provide spiritual care. Hines VA has engaged in research and quality improvement to further explore nurse-chaplain collaboration. This workshop will present VA research describing institutional facilitators and barriers in providing spiritual care and a quality improvement intervention to improve nurse-chaplain collaboration. Presenters will lead a discussion in strategies to promote interprofessional collaboration.
As a result of this workshop, participants will:
- Understand Veteran spiritual needs and current chaplain and nurse roles in meeting those needs in Veteran
Administration (VA) healthcare.
- Learn about current research and quality improvement initiatives to explore nurse-chaplain collaboration in
spiritual care in Veteran healthcare.
- Become aware of potential initiatives to increase nurse-chaplain collaboration in Veteran healthcare.
Educational Materials (recommended books, articles, or websites for participants to review prior to the workshop)
- State of the science of spirituality and palliative care research Part 11: Screening, assessment and interventions. Balboni, T. A., Fitchett, G., Handzo, G. F., Johnson, K. S., Koenig, H. G., Pargament, K. I., Puchalski, C. M., Sinclair, S., Taylor, E. J., & Steinhauser, K. E. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 54(3), 44 I -453. https://www.jpsmjournal.com/article/S0885-3924(17)30293-2/fulltext
- Complementary religious and spiritual interventions in physical health and quality of life: A systematic review of randomized controlled clinical trials. Goncalves, J. P., Lucchetti, G., Menezes, P. R., & Vallada, H. PLoS ONE 12(10), e0186539.
- Spirituality and mental well-being in combat veterans: A systematic review. Smith-MacDonald, L., Norris, J. M., Raffin-Bouchal, S., & Sinclair, S. Military Medicine, 82(11/12), el920-e 1940. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21635781.2018.1490226?journalCode=umbh20
- State of the science of spirituality and palliative care research Part I: Definitions, measurement and outcomes. Steinhauser, K. E., Fitchett, G., Handzo, G. F., Johnson, K. S., Koenig, H. G., Pargament, K. 1., Puchalski, C. M., Sinclair, S., Taylor, E. J., & Balboni, T. A. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 54(3), 428-440.
Presentation Materials (items to be brought to the workshop and/or presentation materials)
– None provided by the workshop presenter(s)
The NACC categorizes workshops on three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The definitions of each level are provided below.
Beginner: Basic information on the topic for those with little background in the area.
Intermediate: Basic plus additional information on the topic for those with some background in the area.
Advanced: Specialized information on the topic for those with extensive experience and/or knowledge in the area.
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