Kaiser Permanente, Northern California
Caritas Consortium 2013

Blessings: Creating a Transpersonal Caring Moment
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Blessings:
Creating a Transpersonal Caring Moment
Intent to Contribute Statement:
Purpose: The purpose of this project is ...
Blessings:
Creating a Transpersonal Caring Moment
Con’t:
Project Description: After the initial class, individual and grou...
Blessings:
Creating a Transpersonal Caring Moment
Inspired Contributor(s) 1 :
Joan Adam – Caritas Coach

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-----Service A...
Blessings:
Creating a Transpersonal Caring Moment

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As part of the Initial Discharge Planning Assessment, each PCC was asked to give a blessing at the bedside with the patient or to add a moment of brief kind spoken words during completion of all assessments. The goal of this project was to create a transpersonal caring moment between patient and nurse with focus upon use of Caritas Process #4, Creation of a trusting, caring relationship between the nurse and patient in establishing a comprehensive discharge plan.

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Blessings, Creating a Transpersonal Caring Moment

  1. 1. Kaiser Permanente, Northern California Caritas Consortium 2013 Blessings: Creating a Transpersonal Caring Moment 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. Blessings: Creating a Transpersonal Caring Moment Intent to Contribute Statement: Purpose: The purpose of this project is to develop awareness among Patient Care Coordinators of how a transpersonal caring moment can be created at the bedside with our patients. This project will assist in encouraging reflection on individual caring practices with fresh eyes and the intent of heightening Caritas consciousness through the use of self in the creation of a transpersonal healing environment. (Watson, 2008) Project Description: A brief presentation was given to the Patient Care Coordinators and Managers of the Resource Management Department in order to provide an overview of the blessings project. Everyone who participated in this presentation was encouraged to examine the patterns and processes of their interactions with patients as they carried out such components of their professional roles such as the completion of the Initial Discharge Assessment. Through this discussion, a number of ways one communicates were identified. Such as: being aware of one’s body language, listening to the tone and pace of one’s voice, critiquing the choice of words used and, as Jean Watson describes, reading the “phenomenal field," (Watson, 2008, pg. 79) or, in other words, heightening one’s awareness of what is going on with and around the patient in the moment. In addition, Caritas literature was made available to each participant, including: Core Concepts and Caritas Processes™ of Jean Watsons Theory of Human/Caring Science, Centering Exercises, Creation of a Transpersonal Caring Moment, Caritas Consciousness, and Caritas Processes™ #1. Cultivating the Practice of Loving-Kindness and Equanimity Toward Self and Other. #4. Developing and Sustaining a Helping-Trusting Caring Relationship. (Watson, 2008). Page 2
  3. 3. Blessings: Creating a Transpersonal Caring Moment Con’t: Project Description: After the initial class, individual and group discussions were held to deepen understanding of additional strategies that could be used to create a transpersonal caring moment during completion of the initial discharge planning assessment. Examples were provided of scripted spoken kind words" or blessings. With these examples in mind, the Patient Care Coordinators were encouraged to move beyond the scripts when they were ready to express and create from their own hearts a blessing or "spoken kind words” with an individual patient focus. Projected Outcome: This project is still in process and evolving. From a very personal measure, the projected outcome of the creation of a blessing for the patient is a renewed sense of meaning and experience of the joy of what it means to practice heart-focused nursing care. A total of 30 patient blessings have been performed since the project began. No patient refused the blessing and several patients reported experiencing something beyond their expectation. All patients gave overwhelming positive feedback. Page 3
  4. 4. Blessings: Creating a Transpersonal Caring Moment Inspired Contributor(s) 1 : Joan Adam – Caritas Coach  -----Service Area: East Bay Medical Center: Oakland Affiliation: PCS -----Venue: Caritas Consortium Format: Poster ID #: n/a Page 4 Identifier  Consortium2013-July, East Bay, Oakland, Poster, Caritas Coach, Patient Care Services  Healing Environment, Self, Patients/Famil ies Descriptor  Caring Moment Year Shared: 2013 1 Keyword TAGs: Names as listed in Lotus Notes, otherwise personal e-mails indicated
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