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We are the Environment: Acknowledgment of Sacred Space

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The purpose of this Caritas Coach project was to raise the consciousness of care providers, increasing their understanding that they carry the ability to shape another’s care environment and …

The purpose of this Caritas Coach project was to raise the consciousness of care providers, increasing their understanding that they carry the ability to shape another’s care environment and experience by enhancing their connection to their own inner environment. The threshold increases awareness that, as a caregiver enters another’s sacred space, it is important to breathe and center before entering, to knock to respect space, to have clean hands and purposeful presence when entering, and to be aware of how each caregiver’s energy affects the environment and the relationship developed.

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  • 1. Kaiser Permanente, Northern California Caritas Consortium 2013 We are the Environment: Acknowledgment of Sacred Space 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. We are the Environment: Acknowledgement of Sacred Space Intent to Contribute Statement: Purpose: The purpose of this project was to raise the consciousness of care providers, increasing their understanding that they carry the ability to shape another’s care environment and experience by enhancing their connection to their own inner environment. The threshold increases awareness that, as a caregiver enters another’s sacred space, it is important to breathe and center before entering, to knock to respect space, to have clean hands and purposeful presence when entering, and to be aware of how each caregiver’s energy affects the environment and the relationship developed. Project Description: The initial phase of this project was to create a threshold, which consisted of painting Lavender around the doorway, placing a lotus flower decal on the door, removing unnecessary door clutter, and garnishing the doorway with signs that reminded practitioners to pause to be present before entering. This project included about 100 care providers on the 4th floor, which included representation from every shift. Projected Outcome: The intended project outcome is to increase staff consciousness about how important they are to creating and re-patterning the care environment, and to remind them to slow-down so they can be present to and for their patients. The conscious intention to the sacred nature of each individual’s space and needs will help to create trust and respect in relationships to promote caring and healing. It is also hoped that by slowing down, there will be fewer errors and increase patient satisfaction and higher quality care. Page 2
  • 3. We are the Environment: Acknowledgement of Sacred Space Inspired Contributor(s) 1 : Megan Mira – Caritas Coach  -----Service Area: GSAA Medical Center: HAY Affiliation: PCS -----Year Shared: 2013 Venue: Caritas Consortium Format: Poster ID #: n/a 1 Page 3 Names as listed in Lotus Notes, otherwise personal e-mails indicated Keyword TAGs: Identifier  Consortium2013July, GSAA, Hayward, Poster, Cari tas Coach, Patient Care Services  Healing Environments, Self Descriptor  Building Design, Caritas Consciousness, Centering
  • 4. We are the Environment: Acknowledgement of Sacred Space Page 4