The ambiguous role of the chaplain

Acute hospitals are places where boundaries and/or bridges between clinical and spiritual priorities are tested, especially in the decision-making process, such as in multidisciplinary team meetings. In our field site in London, chaplains are part of the end-of-life multidisciplinary team meetings. During a walking interview, one of the spiritual care practitioners took me to the … Continue reading “The ambiguous role of the chaplain”

Prayer at work

Workplace spirituality has developed as a movement in the last decade or two to encompass the religious accommodation required by legislation (i.e., the employer is required to make reasonable accommodation for an employee’s religious practice or observance), the diversity management spawned as workforces become more diverse, and a philosophy that tending to human values (such … Continue reading “Prayer at work”

The ambiguities of nurses and prayer

We are interviewing nurses, doctors, and social workers (along with spiritual health practitioners) as part of our project, “Prayer as Transgression?” (See about project).  I’ve been intrigued with the responses of nurses because of my own identity as a nurse and nurse educator.  I am aware that there are great variations in what nurses (and … Continue reading “The ambiguities of nurses and prayer”

‘Nice one’ – but why at the end of the list (and just at the end of life)?

NICE – The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – is an English special health authority and non-government public body. It is tasked, amongst other things, to reduce variation in the availability and quality of NHS treatments and care in England, and also provides services to other governments within the United Kingdom. In March … Continue reading “‘Nice one’ – but why at the end of the list (and just at the end of life)?”

Photosynthesis of prayer: on exchanges of energy and healing gardens

In his article on nature and hospitals, Roger Ulrich writes about how windows with views of nature speed healing (1984). The notion that nature was important to healing has been around for thousands of years: see, for instance, how the temples in honour of Asclepius -the Greek god of healing – were built high up … Continue reading “Photosynthesis of prayer: on exchanges of energy and healing gardens”