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Recognizing Success in the Chaplain Profession: Connecting Perceptions With Practice.
J Health Care Chaplain 2015; 21(4):131-50JH

Abstract

The current investigation examines the communicative hallmarks of successful chaplaincy work as articulated by professional chaplains providing spiritual care at the end-of-life. Data grounded in qualitative interviews with 32 chaplains of various denominations and lengths of service reveals a challenge in gauging success when working with dying patients and families. Chaplains reported nonverbal hallmarks of success consist of (a) intrapersonal sense of accomplishment, (b) progress in fulfilling patient needs, and (c) meaningful connection with patients. Verbal hallmarks of success include (a) patient affirmation, (b) family affirmation, and the (c) chaplain being asked to participate in religious rites. In practice, the authors conjecture, chaplains assess professional competency in the self, patient, and family domains. Implications and future directions are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a Department of Communication , North Central College , Naperville , Illinois , USA.b Department of Communication , SUNY Buffalo , Buffalo , New York , USA.c Department of Communication , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee , Milwaukee , Wisconsin , USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26167625

Citation

Cramer, Emily M., et al. "Recognizing Success in the Chaplain Profession: Connecting Perceptions With Practice." Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, vol. 21, no. 4, 2015, pp. 131-50.
Cramer EM, Tenzek KE, Allen M. Recognizing Success in the Chaplain Profession: Connecting Perceptions With Practice. J Health Care Chaplain. 2015;21(4):131-50.
Cramer, E. M., Tenzek, K. E., & Allen, M. (2015). Recognizing Success in the Chaplain Profession: Connecting Perceptions With Practice. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 21(4), pp. 131-50. doi:10.1080/08854726.2015.1071543.
Cramer EM, Tenzek KE, Allen M. Recognizing Success in the Chaplain Profession: Connecting Perceptions With Practice. J Health Care Chaplain. 2015;21(4):131-50. PubMed PMID: 26167625.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Recognizing Success in the Chaplain Profession: Connecting Perceptions With Practice. AU - Cramer,Emily M, AU - Tenzek,Kelly E, AU - Allen,Mike, PY - 2015/7/14/entrez PY - 2015/7/15/pubmed PY - 2016/1/20/medline KW - chaplain KW - competency KW - end-of-life KW - spiritual well-being SP - 131 EP - 50 JF - Journal of health care chaplaincy JO - J Health Care Chaplain VL - 21 IS - 4 N2 - The current investigation examines the communicative hallmarks of successful chaplaincy work as articulated by professional chaplains providing spiritual care at the end-of-life. Data grounded in qualitative interviews with 32 chaplains of various denominations and lengths of service reveals a challenge in gauging success when working with dying patients and families. Chaplains reported nonverbal hallmarks of success consist of (a) intrapersonal sense of accomplishment, (b) progress in fulfilling patient needs, and (c) meaningful connection with patients. Verbal hallmarks of success include (a) patient affirmation, (b) family affirmation, and the (c) chaplain being asked to participate in religious rites. In practice, the authors conjecture, chaplains assess professional competency in the self, patient, and family domains. Implications and future directions are discussed. SN - 1528-6916 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26167625/Recognizing_Success_in_the_Chaplain_Profession:_Connecting_Perceptions_With_Practice_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08854726.2015.1071543 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -