Spirituality and Health Care: A response to challenges in health care today
Margaret McCahill, M.D, MTS, OFS
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, health care in the United States has been changing at an ever-accelerating rate, and the demands on health care providers have greatly increased. The toll exacted may include symptoms of anxiety, exhaustion, concerns about exposing our family members to a serious viral infection, symptoms of “burnout,” and lower professional and life satisfaction, among other symptoms. With rapid changes in health care systems, and the strain on all health care providers in the pandemic era, there is risk that the humanity, the spirituality, and the very essence of the vocation of health care may be getting lost in the emphasis on data, outcomes, and productivity. Everyone who serves in health care is now challenged to nurture and maintain the resilience and courage required to continue in their vocation in this time.
This course will meet on three Saturdays in October, exploring where and how attention to spirituality fits into our health care systems, and how we can appropriately nurture this essential human element for our patients, and for ourselves. Health care providers of all disciplines are invited to attend, as well as health care professions’ students, those who provide spiritual care and ministry in health care settings and those who serve in administration and mission leadership in health care settings.
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