Initial Level of Preparation to Build Understanding Among the Employees for Their Role in the Delivery of Spiritual Care in An Acute Care Catholic Hospital

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Magers, Jude
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
My thesis is that the delivery of spiritual care is enhanced in the Catholic health care environment when the employee becomes knowledgeable of his/her natural (innate) means for delivery of spiritual care and understands that routine daily activities are natural channels for the giving and receiving of spiritual care. Only with the knowledge and understanding of spiritual care can the staff have the capability to give spiritual care and appropriately make choices to develop skills that successfully deliver spiritual care. Given the premise that knowledge and understanding of spiritual care are essential then it becomes imperative for Catholic health care to build expectations that employees provide holistic care consistently and competently.