Spiritual Care for Patients, Families and Providers in the Era of COVID-19

Session Description: 

Spiritual care is a key component of a holistic approach to care for patients, families, and healthcare providers. This session will help you better understand and help meet the spiritual care needs of patients. Explore ways to integrate spiritual care into your daily patient care. In the era of COVID-19, the need for spiritual care has become even more evident. Support for caregivers and the entire team will be addressed. Examples of practices such as “Code Lavender” to support clinical staff will be shared.

This course was originally recorded in September 2020 as part of the 2020 Sepsis Alliance Summit.

Target Audience

Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, emergency responders, healthcare management teams, and other healthcare staff may benefit.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, the attendee should be able to:

  • Describe spiritual care related to patients, families and other healthcare providers.
  • Discuss strategies and identify resources and tools to integrate spirituality in clinical practice.
  • Identify the role of spiritual care to reduce health disparities across vulnerable patient populations.
  • Review individual spirituality and human needs to help strengthen resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 Participation
  • 1.60 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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Maren Monsen, MD

Founding Director, Program in Bioethics and Film, Senior Research Scholar Emerita, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Maren Monsen is a physician, filmmaker, and clinical ethicist who uses film to share patient stories and shine light on challenging issues in public health and medicine. She founded the Program in Bioethics and Film at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics which she ran for 21 years, and produced multiple internationally acclaimed documentary films. She Co-Directed Emmy-nominated The Revolutionary Optimists, about kids in Kolkata India making grassroots change to improve global health in the slums and brickfields where they live. Previous films include Worlds Apart and Hold Your Breath, a large-scale project on racial and ethnic health disparities, which was broadcast on national public television and has been used in the majority of US medical schools. Past films are Rare, the story of one extraordinary mother's race against time to find a cure for her daughter's rare genetic disease, and The Vanishing Line, a chronicle of her journey toward understanding the art and issues of dying. She has worked clinically seeing patients as an emergency physician, palliative care physician and clinical ethicist, and taught clinical and research ethics. 

Gale Kennebrew, DMin, BCC, ACPE

Director, Spiritual Care and Education, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas

The Reverend Dr. Gale Francine Kennebrew is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She is Director of Spiritual Care and Education at The University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College Chicago and worked in radio and television. She is a pioneer in spiritual care and education, earning a Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary. Her love for spiritual care began as a chaplain trainee at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She has served in health care settings for over twenty eight years. She is a Board-Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, a Certified Educator with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., and a United Church of Christ clergywoman. She teaches spiritual care skills, and lectures on spirituality and healthcare nationally and internationally. She is the proud mother of two sons and one daughter, and enjoys spending time virtually with her seven grandchildren.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.6 contact hours.

Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.25 contact hours.

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Available Credit

  • 1.25 Participation
  • 1.60 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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This activity includes:

  • Pre-test
  • Pre-recorded presentation
  • Post-test (80% passing rate)
  • Evaluation

All components must be completed to earn a certificate of attendance. This course can be completed at your convenience.