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Spirituality Research and Innovation Group Public Lectures 2016-2017

Making Care Spiritual

Date: Thursday 6 October 2016
Time:  2pm-4pm
Venue: Seminar Room 1.10, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

Speaker: Dr Janice Clarke

Biography: Janice is a nurse and midwife who worked extensively with older people, in intensive care settings  and in nursing  homes, before moving into education. She has led courses across the nursing spectrum from training for care assistants to Masters level courses for Advanced Practice Nurses, which is her current role. Her PhD was in Spirituality and Nursing and out of it grew the book ‘Spiritual Care in Everyday Nursing Practice’ published in 2013. She has spoken and published widely and critically about the current approach to spiritual care in nursing.  

Content: There is a contradiction between the idea of care that is spiritual, and the kind of spiritual care that we find spoken of in healthcare literature. Whilst one is relational, the other is procedural. This double way of speaking of spiritual care has caused problems for the way ‘spiritual care’ is promoted and taught. It also makes it difficult to speak clearly to each other and our patients and clients about what we mean and has made it hard to link spiritual care to the essential body care which is the core of nursing.  In this talk I’ll try to unpick this dilemma and open the way to think about what our patients actually want, and what nurses, in care services where economy is king, are actually able to provide.

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