May 2018  Issue No. 30

Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplain (APBCC) Certification Recognizes Additional Knowledge and Skill Chaplains Have Demonstrated
HCCN/SCA has announced a new distinction from the Spiritual Care Association: Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplain (APBCC). These chaplains have been trained and tested in standardized curriculum based on the latest evidence in areas including department management, HIPAA regulations, the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of spiritual distress, cultural competency, advance care directives, patient clinical care, staff support, grief, and bereavement among other essential topics.

Go to the SCA Certification website for more information on credentialing and certification as a chaplain.

Palliative Care
Dedicated End-of-Life Education Program Improves Nurses' Care,
Patient and Family Satisfaction
A dedicated nurse education program to enhance care of patients with cancer and their families at the end of life can improve nurse confidence in their management of end-of-life care, a presentation at the 2018 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Annual Congress has shown. (Oncology Nurse Advisor)


The 'Gifts' of Pentecost and Shavuot 
This weekend marks the observance of Pentecost and Shavuot, holy days to Christians and Jews respectively. And both involve certain "gifts" that don't come with wrapping and bows. (Religion News Service)

Health Report

FDA Approves First Drug Designed to Prevent Migraines
Many experts believe the new drug will usher in a new era in treatment for people who suffer the most severe form of these headaches. (The New York Times)

Good Reads

In Defense of Sympathy, In Consideration of Empathy and In Praise of Compassion: A History of the Present

Are sympathy, empathy and compassion words that everyone uses but no one understands? (Ana Soto-Rubio, MSc and Shane Sinclair, Phd: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Vol. 55, No. 5, May 2018)

Rev. Patrick Conroy Sworn Back in as House Chaplain

The Rev. Patrick Conroy was sworn back in May 2, 2018, as the chaplain of the House of Representatives, less than a week after he decided to rescind his resignation. (NBC News)

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network offers a large selection of Professional Continuing Education (PCE) and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programming and resources for its chaplain constituency and the broad spectrum of spiritual care and healthcare providers.