Much is properly made these days of the role of spiritual care in palliative and hospice care and the lead role that professional chaplains need to play in that domain of care. Many palliative care teams and professional chaplains have risen to this challenge. The newly released version of the NCP Guidelines makes that standard … Read moreA Chaplain Reflects on the AAHPM Conference
Everyone knows that I look forward to the AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly the way a child eagerly awaits Christmas. There are so many things happening at any given time that there is never a dull moment. I’m also very lucky because I think that we have the most compassionate, enthusiastic and wonderful attendees. When … Read moreAnother Amazing Assembly
by Larry Beresford On February 21 AAHPM, on behalf of its members and the specialty of hospice and palliative medicine, joined with 15 other medical societies to introduce Round Two of Choosing Wisely, a major national health care quality initiative sponsored by the ABIM Foundation. In a health care system undergoing rapid reforms, serious turmoil … Read moreHospice and Palliative Medicine Commit to ‘Choosing Wisely’
At one of the workshops this morning, a speaker made the statement that chaplains were using scripted and particularized spiritual assessment “tools” that may project the chaplain’s assumptions and block the particular expression of the patient’s spirituality. When I sought to correct that assertion during the Q&A, I was told by one of the speakers … Read moreSpiritual Assessment Tools
This is my second AAHPM-HPNA conference and I have gravitated to the Wounded Healer talk both years. The care and treatments we provide to our patients and loved ones, can take a toll on us as providers. But as Henri Nouwen states our woundedness we can become a source of life for others. I provide … Read moreA Quiet Place and Labyrinth Room 215
Some time ago, my AAHPM teammate (and social media maven) Jennifer Bose asked me if I’d write a blog post on my experience at the Assembly today. I’d be lying if said I was anything less than brimming with excitement about the prospect. You see, this is my second Assembly as a member of the … Read morePOTENTIAL ENERGY. ACTIVATION. KINETIC ENERGY.
The release today of the 3rd edition of the NCP Guidelines was a wonderful occasion for everyone involved in palliative care, but especially for chaplains. While the palliative care model emphasizes all four dimensions of care- physical, emotional, social and spiritual, it is often the case that the spiritual dimension is neglected in practice. As … Read moreRelease of NCP Guidelines, 3rd edition
I was sitting in the airport ready to board the plane to New Orleans yesterday and felt ill. OMG I realized I had been masking several symptoms for over a week. This was my first trip to NOLA I couldn’t be sick! Quickly I started web surfing for urgent cares and pharmacies near the Convention … Read moreFeeling Sick?
As I write this post, the AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly hasn’t officially started, but I learned important lessons in leadership today. Some I anticipated – others were unexpected – but when I reflect on my day, here’s one that sticks with me (I will share another soon). I had the opportunity to sit in … Read moreBehind the Scenes: Lessons in Leadership, Part I: Dancing with Doctors
You’re Not Just a Doctor Anymore: The New Art of Leadership is a pre-conference workshop I had the pleasure to attend. Everything you didn’t learn in medical and nursing school you learn from Kevin O’Connor, is how it all started. Mr. O’Conner led with a metaphor that informed and shaped the content for 5 hour … Read moreJust One More Degree