LETTER TO THE EDITOR
I so appreciated the expertise and compassion throughout the article, “Insights on Spiritual Care for the Deaf Community” (July/September 2020, 37:3). I recently was talking to a faithful volunteer at the free clinic where I am employed part time. The volunteer told me she reads lips and asked me to briefly move my mask so she could understand what I was telling her. This certainly gave me a heart for how COVID-19 and masks have impacted the Deaf/deaf community as a whole!
Thank you for addressing how we can better serve the Deaf and deaf communities!
Maren Breitwieser, MSN, RN
The article “Insights on Spiritual Care for the Deaf Community” by Marie Therese Georges and Elizabeth Johnston Taylor, published in the July/September 2020 issue (37:3), contained the following inaccuracies: First, interpreter, not translator, is the correct terminology for a person who uses spoken language or America Sign Language to communicate on behalf of another. Secondly, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that persons with a hearing disability must have a sign language interpreter provided. Lastly, use of “deaf” refers to the audiological condition of not hearing, whereas “Deaf” refers to a group of deaf people whose primary language is sign language and who identify culturally as deaf.
NEW SPIRITUAL CARE CARDS READY
NCF's Spiritual Care Cards are freshly revised and available now. This handy pocket guide for a quick reference on spiritual care has four sides of content, including basic screening questions and interventions. The card is not meant to replace education in spiritual care, but to provide a resource for nurses with prior training and expertise to recall elements of good spiritual assessment and care. Find the cards and other nursing and spiritual care resources on the NCF website: https://ncf-jcn.org/resources/spiritual-care-resources
REST AND RENEWAL BIBLE STUDY AVAILABLE
The best form of self-care for nurses—or for anyone who follows Jesus—is self-care that integrates Scripture and spiritual disciplines.
Think about a time in your nursing career when your work just seemed overwhelming, too much to bear. At that point, how do you think you would have responded to Jesus' invitation to come and rest a while with him? This short study based on Matthew 11:25-30 uses Jesus' own teaching to focus on how we can rest and be renewed in all the facets of our life: mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
Skip McDonald, BSN, RN, ThB, wrote this study. Skip has used her expertise and wisdom from her 43 years as a nurse, her work in mental health, and her investment in others through Christian discipleship to author a variety of Bible studies for nurses. Skip serves on NCF staff from her home in Georgia.
Download the study here: https://ncf-jcn.org/resources/new-rest-and-renewal
EBP AND TELEMEDICINE
The leap forward made by telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted gaps in evidence-based practice. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is in high gear to fill in the gaps. Their Digital Healthcare Research Program is one means of advancing this aspect of care. Nurses involved or interested in telemedicine can discover funded projects, funding opportunities, publications, pediatric resources, web-based conferences, and more—all related to producing and disseminating evidence about how the evolving digital healthcare ecosystem is advancing healthcare. Explore this array of courses, guidelines, and projects here: https://digital.ahrq.gov.
Coming soon in JCN
- 2021 Directory of Christian Nursing Schools in North America
- Seeing Past the Sentence: Caring for Pregnant Women Who Are Incarcerated
- Why Faith-Based Nursing Education?
- Designing a Short-Term Medical Service-Learning Trip with Faith and Mutual Sustainability in Mind
- Faith-Based Pregnancy Centers Bridge the Gap in Maternal Care
Contact Us: Write to us at [email protected] or submit your comments online via JCN's Editorial Manager: http://www.editorialmanager.com/ncf-jcn/default.aspx.