Where can health care workers go to find that compassion?

I’ve had an “opinion piece” posted by The Independent on the Indy Voices section of their website. It is intended to offer a constructive perspective to the highly charged debate following the Mid Staffs Trust Inquiry report here in the UK – gently pointing in a different direction for a source of the increased compassion being demanded. It is titled NHS: Reducing the compassion deficit one heart at a time.

UK nurse visiting senior woman at home

@Glowimages Models for illustrative purpose only

A 2010 survey by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) found that over 95 per cent of nurses felt it was their job to identify the spiritual needs of patients. This resulted in the RCN producing a pocket guide explaining how the nurses could more compassionately address the patient’s spiritual needs and their own.

Some might say that’s a nice thought, but point out that health care workers often lack the time to do the basics properly, let alone add something else.

But what if that “something else” is a benefit not a burden – a vital ingredient that helps these workers fulfil the highest sense of their calling by building on those basics and fully engaging with the patient?

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Categories: Spirituality and Society

Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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One Comment on “Where can health care workers go to find that compassion?”

  1. Katie Brown
    February 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Before a family member had surgery the nurse asked if she could pray with him. Now that was compassion!

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