Nurses Christian Fellowship NZ monthly news bulletin
Friday 3rd August 2018
Faith based practice
What role should religion and spirituality play in patient care?
Religion’s influence on patient care is expressed in prayer requests, in clinician-chaplain collaborations, and through health care organizations’ religious accommodations for patients and staff.
Quest for a Peaceful Death
A cancer doctor studies the connection between spirituality and end-of-life care.
National Ethics Advisory Committee calls for public feedback
The National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC) is calling for public feedback on proposed new standards for all health and disability research.
NEAC has drafted the National Ethics Standards for Health and Disability Research, which sets out the established ethical standards that apply to all health and disability research in New Zealand.
Ethical issues – Assisted dying . Euthanasia debate
Former Methodist minister’s ‘desperate’ support for the End of Life Choice Bill
Retired Methodist minister Dave Mullan is fighting for his right to die with dignity. But is he committing the ultimate sin?
Beuthin R, Bruce A, Scaia M. Medical assistance in dying (MAiD): Canadian nurses’ experiences. Nurs Forum. 2018;1–10. https://doi.org/10.1111/nuf.12280
Medical assistance in dying (MAiD) represents a historic change in Canadian society and the provision of end‐of‐life care. In this descriptive narrative inquiry, 17 nurses were interviewed during the first 6 months of assisted dying becoming a legal option for patients in Canada. Nurses’ experiences of either providing care for a patient who had chosen MAiD, or declining to participate in MAiD, were explored. Findings describe three themes and eight storylines of the impact of MAiD on nurses’ view of the profession, clinical practice, and personally. While most nurses perceived MAiD as an extension of the profession and their nursing practice, a small number also expressed moral distress as they grappled with assisted dying. Narratives illustrated an ongoing sensemaking process and spectrum of emotions. These findings offer insight and provide direction for nurses and managers in this new clinical and legal reality. Further research is needed to understand more fully the moral distress of some nurses, as well as the importance of communicating openly and nonjudgmentally with patients, families, and the health‐care team.
Dilemmas in Aid in Dying: Podcast with Bernie Lo
In this week’s podcast we talked with Dr. Bernard Lo (Bernie as he is known). Dr. Lo is President of the Greenwall Foundation, a foundation dedicated to improving Bioethics research nationally. Prior to Greenwall, Dr. Lo was Professor of Medicine at UCSF and head of the Bioethics Program. He still maintains a primary care practice at UCSF.
End of life care
Cultural considerations at end of life in a geriatric inpatient rehabilitation setting
Bloomer, Melissa J. et al.
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To explore the impact of cultural factors on the provision of end-of-life care in a geriatric inpatient rehabilitation setting.
Australia’s ageing population is now also one of the most culturally diverse. Individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds may have specific care needs at the end of life according to various aspects of their culture.
Articles of interest
How to Preserve Your Integrity
Consistently Making the Right Choices
In this article we’ll examine what integrity is, and we’ll see how we can develop it and preserve it by making the right choices in life.
Meet The Trans Chaplain Helping LGBTQ Elders Feel Welcome In Senior Care
Chris Alburger may very well be the first chaplain in America hired specificallyfor LGBTQ senior care. He is definitely the first-ever LGBTQ Chaplain Resident at Hebrew SeniorLife. The senior care facility’s Clinical Pastoral Education program, according to its director, is the nation’s first to focus on the spiritual care of LGBTQ seniors.
Read more here
This article is not freely available but may be located using the databases available to readers via a DHB or tertiary institute library
Fiona Timmins, … et al (2018) The Role of the Healthcare Chaplain: A Literature Review, Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy,24:3, 87-106, DOI: 10.1080/08854726.2017.1338048
Healthcare chaplains operate in many healthcare sites internationally and yet their contribution is not always clearly understood by medical and healthcare staff. This review aims to explore the chaplains’ role in healthcare, with a view to informing best practice in future healthcare chaplaincy. Overall the extent of the provision and staffing of chaplaincy service internationally is unclear. From this review, several key spiritual and pastoral roles in healthcare emerge including a potential contribution to ethical decision making at the end of life. Healthcare chaplains are key personnel, already employed in many healthcare organizations, who are in a pivotal position to contribute to future developments of faith-based care, faith-sensitive pastoral, and spiritual care provision. They also have a new and evolving role in ethical support of patient, families and healthcare teams.
NCFNZ news roundup is compiled each month by
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