Focusing on Spiritual Care

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When choosing a hospital in which to receive care there are elements that are important to each individual. Knowing that honest, compassionate, and respectful individuals will care for the patient is important to those who are making that choice. There are certain aspects within a hospital that make it a healing hospital. The care given by the healing hospitals is different because of important changes that they have made. The changes that facilities and individuals make to not only include, but focus on faith improves the experience and outcome for the patient.
Important Differences of nurses
Choosing a staff that has a willingness to serve is of utmost importance to those choosing care (Journal of Sacred Work, 2009). Nurses have a unique interaction with the patient and a unique view of the body (Maclaren, 2009). The way the nursing staff treats and views the patient has a direct affect on the care they give, and the outcome of the patient. The work that nurses do for the hospital extends far beyond tasks and documentation (DeMoro, 2010). The nurse who focuses on healing and respect for life will do more than treat the condition, they will do all possible to heal the patient.
Important Differences of the Facility
The facility itself and all those in the facility also have a role (Zarren, 2009). The organization needs to focus more on healing and maintaining wellness, than profits. Focusing on prevention will bring down costs and improve the community. The facility needs to maintain high quality tools and education to support and heal the sick that are present. The focus of wholeness and wellness needs to be embraced by all. The facility needs to embrace a safe atmosphere for the patient and the staff. The facility and all those involved need to recognize and respect diversity. The facility needs to reflect the attitude of a healing experience in…...

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