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The Role of the Chaplain in the Interdisciplinary Care of the Rehabilitation Patient

Sailus, Marianne C. MA, MA, BCC

doi: 10.1002/rnj.222
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Chaplains have been utilized for years in acute/tertiary hospitals to meet spiritual needs of patients, their caregivers, and staff. Due to size, nature, and scheduling issues encountered in rehabilitation hospitals, these often do not employ a chaplain, relying on community clergy for religious or emergent needs. This article explores eight roles a chaplain assumes to assist in the total care of the patient and/or support system in conjunction with the rehabilitation nurse and other treatment team members. It also explores the value of the chaplain in ethical situations, as a link to the community and a resource to staff. These eight “roles” come from the author’s nineteen years as a chaplain, as well as other resources, where noted. The article gives some suggestions how, in the chaplain’s absence, the rehabilitation nurse may help to meet these spiritual needs, concluding with recommendations for the future.

Nursing Administration, Allied Services Integrated Health System Heinz Rehab Hospital, Wilkes-Barre Township, PA, USA

Correspondence: Marianne Carmela Sailus, Nursing Administration, Allied Services Integrated Health System Heinz Rehab Hospital, 150 Mundy Street, Wilkes-Barre Township, PA 18702. E-mail: jhchurchlady@gmail.com

Accepted June 6, 2015.

Cite this article as: Sailus M. C. (2017). The Role of the Chaplain in the Interdisciplinary Care of the Rehabilitation Patient. Rehabilitation Nursing, 42(2), 90–96. doi: 10.1002/rnj.222

© 2017 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
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