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The focus of this project is to develop processes that can be used to support and enhance the emotional and spiritual well-being of healthcare personnel. The Pastoral Care department will be the primary instrument for this project. The three processes will include education regarding compassion fatigue, a mentoring opportunity called “Chat with the Chaplains,” and book discussion groups made available to all staff members.

The chaplains will teach compassion fatigue to employees by partnering with the nursing education department using a joint team approach. In the midst of a high-pressure setting, the staff can find solace and reconnect to the proper source of emotional and spiritual help. The goal of this process is to reduce the proclivity of burnout and dissatisfaction.

The chaplains will implement a course of action called “Chat with the Chaplains” to foster holistic growth. In the world of the institution, there is a deep need for employees to make connections whereby they can easily access the progression of genuine growth. These forums will consist of mentoring opportunities where the employees can listen, ask questions, and experience a safe place interacting with the hospital chaplains.

The last element of the process focuses on soul care, which encompasses the reality of the entire being. The chaplains will implement book discussion group meetings during which employees can grow healthier in their spiritual journey at work and at home. The initiative will be optional for staff members to choose into, and it will focus on book studies.

As these three programs become institutional practice, procedures will be created to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of the programs. Adjustments will be made in the future based upon these results. It is hoped that the increased health of the staff will produce a better satisfied and happier team approach to healthcare.

Content Reader: Steven Spidell

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Spidell, Steven

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Medical Center Health System (Odessa, Tex.); Medical personnel; Medical care; Health; Pastoral care


Missions and World Christianity


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