Caritas Candle Project

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The purpose of this Caritas Coach project was to create a formalized process to assist the nurse to create a Caring Moment with a patient. A staff nurse, proposed an idea for helping to create a caring moment with patients through use of a flameless candle and a group process. Her idea was to set aside a time in which staff and the patient and their family would meet and focus on a prayer, a meditation, a circle of silence, or even song, depending on the patient’s wishes.

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Caritas Candle Project

  1. 1. Kaiser Permanente, Northern California Caritas Consortium 2013 Caritas Candle Project Caritas in Action How Caring Science informs and inspires KP caregivers and affirms our commitment to provide our patients and their families exceptional care
  2. 2. Caritas Candle Project Intent to Contribute Statement: Purpose: The purpose of this project was to create a formalized process to assist the nurse to create a Caring Moment with a patient. Project Description: Shannon Norman, a staff nurse, proposed an idea for helping to create a caring moment with patients through use of a flameless candle and a group process. Her idea was to set aside a time in which staff and the patient and their family (if the patient desired) would meet and focus on a prayer, a meditation, a circle of silence, or even song, depending on the patient’s wishes. A flameless candle would be presented to the patient at the end of the gathering. Candles are also significant in Jean Watson’s work (2008). Jean Watson has a candle that she takes wherever she speaks. She uses the candle to represent the light of nursing around the world. This project uses the flameless candle to represent the love and light of the healthcare delivery staff caring for our patients. Participants in the project group met several times to create a binder to keep on the units so that, if the staff wanted to create a Caritas Candle Moment with a patient, they would have the necessary tools. The binder contains prayers, poems, and stories from other Caritas Candle Moments. Staff from our group presented information on the Caritas Candle project at the September medical/surgical unit council meeting. Page 2
  3. 3. Caritas Candle Project Con’t: Project Outcome: Each unit in the hospital will have a Caritas Candle binder as well as candles and will understand the concept of creating a Caritas Moment with patients. This will strengthen the staff’s awareness of the importance of the human-to-human connection and also address potential spiritual or emotional needs of patients. The longterm goal is to share this process with community members of Santa Rosa by asking our patients to place the candles on the windowsill of their hospital room. As the community drives by the hospital, they will see the candles in the windows and be asked to send good intentions to one who may be suffering. Not every patient in the hospital will receive a candle. Staff will be empowered to select patients for this process. Staff may choose to select a patient who is struggling with a new diagnosis, or perhaps celebrating good news from a physician related to their illness. Page 3
  4. 4. Caritas Candle Project Inspired Contributor(s) 1 : Denise Laws – Caritas Coach  -----Service Area: Marin/ Sonoma Medical Center: SRO Affiliation: PCS -----Year Shared: 2013 Venue: Caritas Consortium Format: Poster ID #: n/a 1 Page 4 Names as listed in Lotus Notes, otherwise personal e-mails indicated Keyword TAGs: Identifier  Consortium2013-July, Marin Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Poster, Caritas Coach, Patient Care Services  Healing Environments, Patients/Families Descriptor  Caring Moment, Spirituality, Storytelling
  5. 5. Caritas Candle Project Page 5

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