Healthcare is forever changing testing professionals to provide excellent care to the communities it serves. Seeing hospitals as healing environments and not as the customary place of curing an illness is an example of a present paradigm shift in health care now. By seeing hospitals as a healing environment instead of the current curing environment can change the way most moral issues and current work conditions are approached, perceived, and managed. Each member in a healing environment has a chance to heal and the responsibility to promote healing through their words, actions, and attitudes. This paper will discuss the three components of a healing hospital and their association to spirituality, challenges of building a healing hospital, and Biblical aspects of a healing hospital. Components of a Healing Hospital
The three components to a healing hospital include; a healing physical environment, the combination of building design and technology, and basic loving care. The communications and attitudes between staff, patients, and family member along with how patients are cared for in the environment for a healing physical environment. By making the atmosphere loving, compassionate, and aesthetically pleasing stress can be lowered, helping patients and families to cope with illness. Humans are composed of a spiritual nature along with a physical body. Meeting both the physical and spiritual needs by treating the patient in a holistic manner is the basis for this element. Health care professionals also benefit from a calmer, stress free environment.
A peaceful, friendly atmosphere decreases the customary stressors linked with hospitals and illness allowing holistic healing to happen. Incorporation of technology and work layout uses the most up to date equipment available permitting added patient privacy and security, thus assisting in delivering a healing environment. The third and most significant component is providing a culture or environment of loving care in which to care for a patients. As a reminder to health care professionals of why they chose this profession is this strong culture of compassionate care serves. This holist methodology stimulates physical healing and creates a manifesto in which spiritual needs are also met. Challenges of Creating a Healing Environment
Mixing spirituality with health care is not acknowledged completely without confrontation. The understanding exists about the need of providing a healing environment, however, the challenge of having an empirical approach that is focused on healing the disease, as a standard practice rather than focus on the patient’s individual needs, which increases moral distress to the healthcare provider, in addition to the patient and families. Spirituality plays an important role with the coping process in stress, trauma and illnesses, nonetheless, it is a topic commonly avoided due to fear of discrimination (Ashcraft, Anthony, & Mancuso, 2010). In order for nurses to serve as an instrument to healing they have to be able to meet the patients spiritual needs as well as physical. This can be a challenge to most healthcare providers because they may experience burn out from their work environment causing them to alienate patients. Another barrier for nurses is the lack of knowledge about spirituality in relation to the patients’ needs. Biblical Aspects
In James 5:14-15 (King James Version), Jesus asks if there are any sick among the crowd and if so to call for the elders of the church that they may anoint them with sacred oil and they would be healed according to their faith through the power of prayer. This supports the healing hospital paradigm as it identifies a clear relationship between the process of healing and the use of prayer. Because its roots are grounded in spirituality, prayer is one of the most effective means of instilling hope in patients and families. This passage enforces the same belief, whereby the importance of the spiritual aspect of the healing process is brought to light. Conclusion
It is the responsibility of healthcare professionals to continually improve care and provide effective and cost efficient care. Most hospitals in American society operate as business with a bottom line, without consideration of God or concern for the spiritual needs of patients. “An excessive focus on ‘money-changing’ crowds out the sacred. Such an obsessive ‘transaction focus’ converts hospitals to little more than brothels where ‘love’ is faked in exchange for money” (Chapman, 2012, p. 1). By focusing on prevention instead of intervention society’s interpretations about healthcare can be changed thus allowing for financial change to take place and allow for quality holistic care.
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