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You Are Not Alone

Parish Nurses Bridge Challenges for Family Caregivers

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000252
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You Are Not Alone Parish Nurses Bridge Challenges for Family Caregivers


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Purpose of Activity

To provide information about caregiver burden and ways faith community/parish nurses can support family caregivers.

Learning Objectives: After completing this continuing education activity you will be able to:

  1. Recognize needs family caregivers report in caring for their loved one.
  2. Identify four key ways faith community nurses can support family caregivers.
  1. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, how many caregivers have any additional help with caregiving?
    1. One-half
    2. One-third
    3. One-fourth
  2. What percentage of higher hour caregivers perform medical or nursing tasks without any additional training?
    1. 63%
    2. 42%
    3. 34%
  3. What percentage of caregivers report a high to moderate burden of care?
    1. 40%
    2. 58%
    3. 63%
  4. Given, Sherwood, and Given relay that family caregivers need information about all of the following, except
    1. diagnosis.
    2. physical care.
    3. life expectancy.
  5. Core parish nursing interventions identified by Solari-Twadell and Hackbarth in the Nursing Interventions Classification system are mostly in the
    1. Spiritual Domain.
    2. Behavioral Domain.
    3. Social Domain.
  6. In this study, family caregivers described stressors that contributed to the amount of burden they experienced including difficulty finding
    1. community resources.
    2. healthcare providers.
    3. financial resources.
  7. Family caregivers in this study reported they experience which of the following emotions in relation to caring for their loved one?
    1. anger
    2. sadness
    3. guilt
  8. In this study the gift of presence by the parish nurses was offered through all of the following except
    1. availability.
    2. touching.
    3. information.
  9. Which of the following best represents the theme of the parish nurse being a bearer of blessings to family caregivers?
    1. Offering positive affirmation, unconditional acceptance, and emotional support
    2. Giving accurate information, physical support, and interpreting healthcare needs
    3. Providing unlimited time, unconditional caring, and arranging for care support
  10. Family caregivers described parish nurses as bridging challenges for which one of the following needs?
    1. understanding medications
    2. difficulty finding resources
    3. setting up follow-up care
  11. In this study, bridging challenges was described as identifying and building linkages to overcome
    1. lack of adequate healthcare.
    2. loss of functioning and abilities.
    3. gaps in information and resources.
  12. As messengers of spiritual care, what was an essential intervention the parish nurses provided in this study?
    1. faith community news
    2. supportive prayer
    3. helpful Bible passages
  13. What was unique about what the parish nurses did for the family caregivers in this study?
    1. provided spiritual support
    2. offered healthcare expertise
    3. obtained needed resources
  14. Family caregivers in this study described the anticipatory guidance the parish nurses gave as which of the following
    1. “helps you know what's coming next.”
    2. “cushions the blow of unexpected change.”
    3. “prepares you for problems in the future.”
  15. An intervention that family caregivers needed in this study includes
    1. help finding community resources.
    2. understanding their loved one's needs.
    3. keeping up with the burden of care.
  16. Which of the following is content the authors recommend for inclusion in parish nurse education?
    1. exploring spiritual needs
    2. learning the nursing process
    3. improving advocacy skills
  17. The concept of bridging challenges in this study is similar to what concept proposed by Dyess and Chase in their model of faith community nursing?
    1. sustaining health
    2. providing hope
    3. bridging needs
  18. In the Christian faith, Jesus ensures his presence throughout our lives in which one of the following scriptures?
    1. Matthew 11:28
    2. Matthew 20:28
    3. Matthew 28:20
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