Menders: Love & Leadership in Health Systems

11. Caring for the spiritual needs of whole people with Leah Klug

June 20, 2022 Dr. Nicola De Paul Season 1 Episode 11
Menders: Love & Leadership in Health Systems
11. Caring for the spiritual needs of whole people with Leah Klug
Show Notes

Leah Klug is a Seattle-based palliative care chaplain. She has spent her career as a spiritual care specialist helping to meet the spiritual needs of clinicians and patients within public sector healthcare systems.

In this episode, she shares how she and her palliative care team quickly equipped clinicians within their healthcare system with the palliative care skills required to navigate the challenges associated with caring for a massive influx of dying patients throughout the COVID pandemic. 

She also shares how her team works to help healthcare providers to develop rituals to grieve their losses, maintain their human dignity, and reaffirm their identity as healers in challenging circumstances.

Leah also discusses how healthy team functioning benefits from a grounding in each team member’s spiritual tradition (whether mindfulness practice or rocking out to Meatloaf).

Finally, she shares her perspective on healthcare providers as “essential” humans whose clinicians and healthcare leaders must prioritize spiritual and emotional needs.

Additional Resources:

Spiritual Care

Transforming Chaplaincy - Desjardins & Redl (2022):
https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.transformchaplaincy.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/eBook-final-22.2.27.pdf&source=gmail&ust=1655077157656000&usg=AOvVaw1gh-8ee_tItCIua8psA0ws

 
 Moral Injury
 
APA Guidelines for Managing Moral Injury (2020): https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.psychiatry.org/File%2520Library/Psychiatrists/APA-Guidance-COVID-19-Moral-Injury.pdf&source=gmail&ust=1655077157657000&usg=AOvVaw1nOACskv_yOGT51YmRPE-F

Moral Injury in times of COVID-19- Williams, Brundage, & Williams (2020): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7195905/

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