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Lemon Holton Cancer Pavilion

100 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Grand Rapids, MI 49508

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CRC chaplains in west Michigan are invited to join us for this APC webinar event (1 CE hour, plus reading/self-study hours - Methodology 8, Research). There will be light refreshments. The webinar starts at 2:00 pm with closing remarks at 3:30 pm. Registration is FREE.

Parking will be available in the Visitor Lot Parking Ramp 7 -- accessible off of Michigan Street near Barclay. Someone will be in the hospital main lobby to direct visitors to the room.

How Do Parents Of Hospitalized Children See Chaplains?

presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv BCC

Chaplain services are widely available in both adult and pediatric medical settings, yet chaplaincy services are not always incorporated into routine patient care. The article for this webinar reports the results of a survey of parents whose children were hospitalized at a tertiary care facility who received a visit from a chaplain, over 50% of whom had an unsolicited visit. The survey addresses whether families saw the chaplain as a part of their child’s healthcare team and whether chaplain visits, solicited and unsolicited, improved overall family perception of quality of care. As families are fundamental to the recovery of hospitalized children, parents reported that chaplains were viewed as part of the healthcare team and did play a role in helping the well-being of family members is an important finding with implications for clinical practice.

Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:

  • To examine how parents of hospitalized children understand the role and function of the chaplain in the hospital setting.

  • To explore parent preferences for type of chaplain visits (solicited vs. unsolicited) and how chaplain visits influenced overall satisfaction with their child’s care.

  • To help chaplains develop and maintain research literacy, including the ability to critically read research and, where appropriate, apply the findings in their professional practice.


Reading: Pamela K. Donohue, Matt Norvell, Renee D. Boss, Jennifer Shepard, Karen Frank, Christina Patron, and Thomas Y. Crowe. “Hospital Chaplains: Through the Eyes of Parents of Hospitalized Children.” Journal of Palliative Medicine 20, no. 12 (December 2017): 1352–58.

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