Nurses Christian Fellowship NZ monthly news bulletin
Friday 1st June 2018
Faith based practice
‘I was sick, and you nursed me’
International Nurses’ Day is on 12 May. Ted Harrison looks at the vocational aspect of nursing
These articles are not freely available but may be located using the databases available to readers via a DHB or tertiary institute library
Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, Sonya Sharma, Brenda Smith, Kelly Schutt & Kyla Janzen(2017) Expressions of Prayer in Residential Care Homes, Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 24:2, 67-85
Although the value of spiritual care in the care of older adults is supported by research, few studies have focused specifically on prayer in residential care settings. This ethnographic study with fifteen chaplains and administrators in eleven residential care homes involved analyses of walking interviews and research diaries. Findings revealed the spaces in which prayer happens and the forms it takes. The identities of chaplains—their own spiritual practices, religious beliefs, and positioning within the facility—shaped their dis/comfort with prayer and how they located prayer within public and private spaces. Where organizational leadership endorsed the legitimacy of chaplaincy services, prayer was more likely to be offered. Even in these circumstances, however, religious diversity and questions about secularism left chaplains ambivalent about the appropriateness of prayer. The results demonstrate the relevance of religion and spirituality to residential care, and illustrate how prayer functions as an opportunity for connection and understanding.
Sartori P (2010) Spirituality 1: should spiritual and religious beliefs be part of patient care? Nursing Times; 106: 28, early online publication.
Despite spirituality being an important aspect of patient care, few nurses feel they meet patients’ needs in this area. This first in a two part series examines definitions of spirituality and the difference between this concept and religion. It also discusses spirituality at certain points in the patient pathway, such as at the end of life, and finding meaning in illness.
Helen Clark says abortion laws need updating, something she failed to do when in power
Former prime minister Helen Clark says abortion should be “simply a decision made between a woman and her doctor”.
Clark, who is also a former health minister and director of gender advocacy group Women Deliver, told The Projectabortion laws need liberalising, and the provision should be removed from the Crimes Act.
Cannabis: What’s the harm?
A researcher of the effects of cannabis says any law change to free up the drug’s availability needs to take account of scientifically-robust data showing regular use in young people is associated with a higher risk of mental health issues, use of other substances, and lower levels of achievement.
Read more here
Social issues and reports (Salvation Army, Caritas etc)
Everyone must have affordable health care, Vatican official says
ROME – Everyone should have access to essential health services and no one should have to fall into poverty to obtain needed care, a Vatican representative said.
Why churches must be a key part of the global health response
The Anglican Communion’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Jack Palmer-White, and the Programme Assistant in the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations in New York, Ashley Lopez Olijnyk, consider the role of Churches in global health provision.
Pastoral/community health care
Church-based Pasifika health education project earns leadership award
The latest recipient of an Open for leadership award, Pegasus Health Pasifika Health Manager Maria Pasene, says she has her parents and a bossy aunty to thank for her career success.
Faith community nurses help heal the body, mind and soul
Marge Cahoy has retired from a 50-year nursing career, but she isn’t totally leaving the profession behind.
The 72-year-old Clintonville resident soon will use her skills to minister to patients in a different way.
In addition to taking patients’ blood pressures, encouraging them to do more physical activity and eat more healthy meals, Cahoy also will minister to their spiritual needs.
Mental health matters: The role of congregations
Good Mental Health is important.
But what does faith have to do with it?
All of us go through life experiences that challenge our mental health. But mental illnesses are more serious than the common ups and downs that most of us experience. Anxiety is the number one mental illness in America. Depression is second.
New mental health resource for churches
One of FaithAction’s founding faith groups, LifeLine Church, has produced a booklet and short accompanying animation for churches based on its own experience of walking with church members through various mental health issues. You’ll need to provide an email address in order to access the guide.
Don’t forget that we have a collection of resources on mental health suitable for a variety of faiths as part of our Friendly Places initiative
Resources for Dementia
FaithAction group highlighted some of the great resources that are available on dementia and are particularly suitable for faith groups to make use of. With dementia being a growing social issue, it’s likely that every faith community is affected either directly or indirectly – and educating ourselves is one of the best ways both to tackle the fear and stigma surrounding the disease, and to ensure that people who are affected get the support they need.
You can see the full collection of resources on the health and care pages of our website – and if you spot anything we have missed out, please let us know! All of the resources described here are free of charge, and some require you to provide an email address or register with the organisation in order to download them.
Faith-based groups ‘increasingly stepping in to plug gaps in NHS’
More than 3,500 churches and 200,000 volunteers are helping overstretched NHS, says study
End of life care
Pastor’s Perspective: Death often helps bring meaning of life
I am privileged in my hospice work to offer anticipatory loss support and bereavement care to families in a five-county area.
For 35 years, I have been engaged in ministries concerned with death and dying. The interest first sparked when I took an elective course, “Death and the Meaning of Life,” in college during my religious studie
Dying with Dignity: A look at the life of a hospice nurse
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The final months of a person’s life are a confusing time for both the person and his or her family. Not only do final preparations have to be made, but the emotional stress of impending loss leaves many overwhelmed as grief makes tough decisions increasingly onerous.
“Am I Going To Die, Aunt Deborah?”
Journal of Christian Nursing
April/June 2012, Volume :29 Number 2 , page 113 – 115 [Free]
Abstract: A nurse relays her experience with the death of her 10-year-old nephew, and offers resources for helping children and families facing death.
Reports and publications online
New from FaithAction: What works in prisons?
FaithAction’s latest report, What works in prisons? Contributions of the Faith and Voluntary Sector to Prisoners and their Families, was launched this week at an event in Parliament with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Faith and Society and the APPG on Penal Affairs.
Articles of interest
Are religion and science always at odds? Here are three scientists that don’t think so
Some argue that being religious is incompatible with being a scientist — but do they realise the father of the Big Bang theory was actually a Catholic priest, the pioneer of modern genetics was an Augustinian monk, or the decoder of the human genome converted from atheism to Christianity in his 20s?
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