Our nation hospitals require not only to be a physical healing center, but also provide emotional support to the ones in need and their families. Providing an environment that offers respect, dignity and spiritual support has proven to reduce stress and promote healing in clients and families (Zborowsky & Kreitzer, 2008). Spirituality is sometimes conceived as being part of religion, when in fact it is about food for the soul or simply a step closer to feel the presence of God. This paper will have it main focus on explaining the components of a healing hospital and their relationship to spirituality, what are the challenges of creating a healing environment in light of the barriers and complexities of the hospital environment, and applying passages of the Holy Bible that support healing hospitals. The most common components that hospitals are implementing within their facility are beautiful art, soothing music, providing guided imagery and prayers (Lane, n.d.).
Many facilities are utilizing volunteers to visit the patients and offer magazines and the local newspaper. Healing means incorporating emotional support to the patient and ensuring that the patient is comfortable. Usually the condition of the client upon admission can be catastrophic. They are sick and unable to get of bed sometimes. Being in a different environment will cause the patient to be depressed or cause some anxiety, as they are not in the comfort of their home. The main relationship of the hospitals and spirituality lays on several factors, which are: personal wholeness, relationships, healthy lifestyle, collaborative medical care, healing organizations, and healing spaces (Lane, n.d.). Hospitals are reassembling their floor structure to offer more privacy and ensure that they have enough space for families or friends.
Having outside support allows the client not only to heal externally, but also spiritually (Lane, n.d.). The hospital length is mainly a few days, unless placement becomes an issue, being this one of the few challenges that healing hospitals face. Healing means incorporating emotional support to the patient and family by ensuring their comfort. Comparing the traditional hospitals versus the healing hospitals, it is safe to say that traditional hospitals main focus is on healing the client physically, collecting their revenue and making more money, but also eradicating and decreasing the symptoms. While the main goal is to cure or decrease the symptoms, this cannot be achieved without the spiritual support.
By allowing the client practice their own beliefs and religion, we are allowing them to heal spiritually, not forgetting that healing incorporates emotional support to the patient and family. As healthcare workers, not only should educational information should be relied to the client, but also healing words should part of our daily routine. The Holy Bible has wonderful scripture that can relate to healing hospitals. Comforting words that will provide peace and serenity for the patient is the following scripture found in Psalms 119:50 “This is my comfort in my affliction, for your word has given me life” (Holy Bible, 2011).
The life that Jesus lived is all documented in the Holy Bible. Jesus went around healing the sick and providing the comfort for the ones that were under trials and tribulations. The scriptures describe how Jesus would attend to those that were in dear need to be healed not only physically, but also spiritually. Healing hospitals, as well as traditional hospitals should focus on allowing religious practice and spirituality preferences, as this not only will heal the patient physically, but spiritually.
Lane, M. (2015). Creativity and Spirituality in Nursing. Holistic Nursing Practice, 122-125. Retrieved April 30, 2015. Holy Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011. Print.
Zborowsky,, T., & Kreitzer, M. (2008, March 1). Creating Optimal Healing Environments in a Health Care Setting. Retrieved April 24, 2015, from http://www.minnesotamedicine.com/Past-Issues/Past-Issues-2008/March-2008/Clinical-Zborowsky-March-2008