The Reflection Of The Interaction Between Pastoral Services And Patients

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Having my Religion and Public Engagement internship at a hospital allowed me to observe how religion and the public connect in a medical setting. When I began my internship, I was under the impression that the interactions between Pastoral Services and patients would occur at the end of the patients’ lives. I chose this internship because I wanted to see how religion influenced end of life decisions such as ending definitive care. The majority of the patient interactions occurred during daily rounds where we would enter patient rooms to check in with them to see if their needs were being met. Although my internship was different than I expected it to be, it provided me the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that are applicable to …show more content…
She was finally at a place where she could communicate with visitors and the Reverend arranged a time to talk with her. This gave me the opportunity to discuss how religion affected her experience through a challenging illness. She expressed how even when her illness was it its worst, she did not feel like her faith every weaned. She felt like this process only strengthened her faith more because she was able to turn to the Lord for support in her times of weakness. She requested pastoral visits many times during her stay. She expressed how these visits helped her stay in touch with her faith and made her stay a more enjoyable experience. This interaction resonated with me because as she was going through such a challenging time in her life, Pastoral Services was able to give her the support she needs and enhance her patient experience. Most people stay in the hospital for three days or less which makes it difficult to have sufficient interaction with the pastoral staff. This, in turn, makes it difficult to measure how this aspect of patient care affected their experience. I think it is important for hospitals to develop a method for measuring this aspect of patient satisfaction because it reinforces the importance of holistic patient …show more content…
Father Munroe provided me with various readings through the course of my internship. The topics ranged from things such as connections between religion and mental illness to sympathy versus compassion. These readings have inspired me to continue to look for articles that analyze the ties between religion and other topics. The mental illness article emphasized how illness can be influenced by many factors in a person’s life, such as their religion, ancestry, and socioeconomic status. It is important to look at all aspects of a person’s when deciding a treatment plan. The sympathy versus compassion article resonated with me because my future career plan of becoming a doctor will put me in contact with people during a vulnerable time in their lives. If I can use compassion during my interactions with these patients I will be able to help care for the person as a whole, not just treat their illness. Caring for a person holistically involves their needs medically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Through my conversations with the patient, I will be able to identify what areas of their life that may need attention and then I will be able to connect them with the proper services to fulfill those needs. That can involve me contacting someone from Pastoral Services, someone from their family, or even a

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