This is just a quick shoutout to anyone attending the CCHF conference this weekend here in Nashville. If you’re interested in unusual connections between theology and medicine, I will be sharing on the topic of “Narnian Medicine” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. If you’re a more linear thinker and/or a medical trainee, I recommend one led at 2:30 p.m. Friday by a good friend and practical theologian from Boston. See below for details.
Authentically Engaging Patients’ Spirituality in Secular, Academic Contexts
How should nurses and physicians provide spiritual care to seriously ill patients in academic medical contexts that are secular and pluralistic? Medical practitioners lack social models that enable them to navigate between their own understanding of the patient’s spiritual needs and patients’ perceptions of their religion/spirituality. Secular contexts make navigation of spirituality between the MD/nurse and patient even more challenging.
The session will describe a “Host-Guest” model for spiritual care. Playing the role as hosts/hostesses, the session will identify five interventions–widely recognized in the Christian tradition as core components to the spiritual care of the seriously ill–that medical practitioners can employ in secular medical contexts.