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Goals of Course


To teach nurses and other health care professionals to provide integrated holistic care, specifically how to safely provide spiritual care at the bedside, especially when chaplains are not available, for example during Covid-19. The focus is to address patient, family and staff spiritual distress.

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Course Description


This 12 hour on-line course teaches basic skills in providing emergent spiritual care for suffering patients as part of normative nursing care since the inception of nursing with Florence Nightingale. This course is helpful for other health care professionals as well. Note that chaplain training includes 1600 hours of clinical pastoral education. 

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See extensive research, nursing and pastoral and moral theology resources which will be discussed in class.

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Evidence-Based Research

See significant positive research outcomes related to spiritual care, especially when adressing nurse depression and suicide.

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Teresa Durbak Sipos, DMin, RN

Teresa Durbak Sipos DMin, RN serves as a behavioral healthcare chaplain and has taught mental health & addictions nursing for many years at three state universities. 

Teresa is the author of "Integrating Spiritual Healthcare Interventions into Nursing Praxis: An Educational Intervention" and "Spiritual interventions may alleviate moral injury and depression among nurses". 

Teresa was awarded the St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Service Award by the Central Ohio Catholic Medical Association, chairs the Catholic Nurses Columbus Council of the National Association of Catholic Nurses ( and serves on the board for the International Institute for Trauma Recovery. 

As a speaker at national nursing and chaplain conferences, and the recent St. John Paul II Foundation bioethics conference at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Teresa also provides a more in-depth reflective nursing and clinical spirituality course, which is available at your healthcare facility, parish retreat center, and on-line.

This nursing and clinical spirituality course was developed as practical moral theology, bioethics, and pastoral healthcare with appropriate clinical interventions. The hope and prayer is for holistic healing of patients, clinicians, and nurses. 

Both Teresa and husband Gene serve as Missionaries of the Precious Blood Companions and live in central Ohio near their children and grandchildren, with their rescue dog Bleu.

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