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JOURNAL ARTICLES 1992-2005
NURSES OPPOSED TO EUTHANASIA
'Proponents of a positive right to die would encourage the right to be killed and an obligation to kill...Health care rationing may soon change into an explicit- and expanding- duty to die'
Extract from article by Norah McCarthy, editor, Catholic Nurse ,Spring 2005
ONE OF A KIND
Abridged extract from an article by Fr James Hurley ecclesiatical advisor
Catholic Nurse, Winter 2003
The Caesars, Charlemagne, Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin- they are all gone now and no one seems to care,but the humble Jesus continues to be venerated. On the shelves are found books by mighty minds-Socrates,Plato, Dante, Shakespeare, Freud and many others......... But the Gospels, the records of Christ's words and actions, are read in 1500 languages and dialects, and the Bible is still the top of the best seller lists after 19 centuries ....It is safe to say more books have been written about this one man than about anyone else............ What is the secret of His long term success? The answer is simply this : He was One of a Kind......
Truth ,you see,is not really truth until it is experienced,until it becomes a part of us, until it is lived, felt and thought. Grief, for instance, can be explained, described and analysed, its chemistry and psychology laid bare, but until we lay a loved one in the bosom of the earth we do not know the truth about grief. Love can be explained , described and analysed, its chemistry and psychology laid bare , but until we love, until we give ourselves to another , we do not know the truth about love . The uniqueness of Jesus Christ can , similarly, be explained , described , analysed, documented , proof-read and proved, but until He becomes unique to us we will not know the truth of Christ. Only when He becomes part of our life experience will we really understand that He is One of a Kind....Millions of people -rich and poor , male and female , young and old. have found that He provides the peace of mind that tranquillisers cannot give......in today's confusing sea of conflicting ideologies.Others can point the way but only Jesus can say 'I am the way ,the truth and the life' (John 14:6) He is, truly,one of a kind.
Abridged extract from an article by Fr James Hurley ecclesiatical advisor
Catholic Nurse Winter 2003
'I have no diificulty believing that Christ was crucified .The details are very convincing - they nailed Him to the Cross , pierced His side with a lance , blood and water flowed out. He said "it is finished " and gave up His spirit...It's easier to believe in death because it's something with which we are familiar...
But resurrection ! Maybe His followers imagined the whole thing ? You know the way people get carried away by rumours..The trouble is that the account in the four gospels doesn't tally with that. It doesn't suggest that they got carried away...
One famous commentator on the scriptures ,a man called Wescott , said "taking all the evidence together , there is no single historic incident that is better suppported than the ressurection of Christ"...
'Faith and reason go hand in hand .I believe in the resurrection now because all the evidence pushes me that direction.I'm happy to believe it ,happy to celebrate it , happy to give thanks for it .I hope you're happy about it too.
Abridged extract from article by Fr James Hurley Ecclesiastical Adviser Catholic Nurse Spring 2004
OUR PRECIOUS LITTLE ONES WHO HAVE NOT COME TO BIRTH ALIVE
'The intensity of the grief experienced following miscarriage and stillbirth have not always been fully appreciated. Neither have we understood the diverse ways in which different family members express grief, men and women grieve differently, and this can create a sense of isolation and abandonment within the family ,even in the most loving families.
This can in turn affect other children.
'We now know that community support and encouragement for the expression of grief is essential if families are to survive the loneliness and desolation felt at this time . When birth and death both come at once it becomes the ultimate contradiction and we are left confused ,bewildered and broken , not knowing how to make sense of God in our lives' At a parish 'family Mass of rememberance and healing for miscarriages and stillborn babies ' families were met with a multi-sensory ritual journal. The service abounded with symbol and movement and audible flowing of water. As one doctor said "the light on the spray of water made me feel that I was before the throne of God with hundreds of dancing children"....
..Modern theology emphasises God as the merciful healer. The prayers of the Church for miscarried babies contained in the Order of Christian Funeral are very beautiful ,and we hope they bring comfort to the bereaved parents, family and friends.'
National Miscarriage Week 1998
Extracts from Catholic Nurse article Spring 1998 by Pauline Kearney Practice Nurse Croydon
THE INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC COMMITTEE FOR NURSES AND MEDICO-SOCIAL (HEALTHCARE) ASSISTANTS
PRINCIPLES FOR PRACTICE
The principle of beneficence
always do good to patients.
The principle of non-malevolence
never harm the patient
The principle of autonomy
respect the patient's right to decide on care and treatment offered him.
The principle of veracity
the patient must be truthfully informed as to his illness
and the treatment to be applied for.
The principle of the sacredness of life
as human life must always be defended from the womb to the tomb
The principle of justice
patients are to be treated equally irrespective of race and religion , rich or poor and to be given what each is entitled to.
Abridged extract from Catholic Nurse Winter 2002 from a report by Jackie Hall of the 17th CICIAMS World Congress October 2002
CICIAMS encourages all Catholic nurses and Catholic nurse associations to create an awareness eveywhere of the dignity of the sick person and of the need and means to care for them in keeping with the doctrine of the Catholic Church.Nurses are encouraged to help with promoting respect for prolife values and options on abortion and euthanasia and for the protection of rights of the unborn child,the terminally ill, the aged, the disabled and the marginalized.
THE THIRD MILLENNIUM
'Caring in nursing is concerned with relieving the
vulnerability of individuals' life experiences which
include illness, injury and disability as well as the promotion of well-being.....characteristics of these caring relationships are referred to as the five Cs : compassion, competence, confidence, conscience, and commitment. These are the roots of our practice'
Abridged extract from a presentation given at the CICIAMS European Seminar 1992 by Dr E.S.Farmer Journal of the Catholic Nurses Guild Summer 1993
Click here for extracts from UK presentations read at the CICIAMS European Seminar Edingburgh 1992 'The Role of Ciciams in Europe ' by Eilleen Lamb and ' 'Nursing Towards the Third Millenium' by Dr E S Farmer'
IS IT TRUTH?
' It is a relatively short period of time that I have been employed in the prison healthcare setting . A new team, a new service , a whole new experience, both as a nurse and as a Christian.
The developing service offers daily treatment , first aid and crisis intervention to young men . Young men who are often older than their years . Survival hardens, frightens , confuses and breaks down family relationships .It is only my perception, but I have seen the vulnerability and simplicity of some. Glimpsed the child , the pain, the feelings of hopelessness ,within the hardness and brick walls of aggression and criminal behaviour . I do believe that my Chritianity nad nursing are complementary.
In mental health nursing I work with the truths and perceptions of the person before me ,it's all they have . There are lies, manipulation, they've learnt to live it that way. As a Christian Jesus teaches us to see the person before us ,value them, listen to them ,hear their truth.. .
..Jesus offered a belief in the Samaritan woman ,she had no self worth. How could Jesus ask her for a drink? He was beyond the surface .He saw her need to be loved and the misguided way she attempted to achieve it.
It's a hope that in reflecting and challenging the present day outcasts with who they are ...they will see who they really are for themselves and know that they are valued by God.'
Extracts from article by Joan Blacketh Prison Nurse Catholic Nurse Spring 2001
THE NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL
2002 CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
The 2002 code of professional conduct seeks to inform the professions and the public of the 'standard of professional conduct' required of professional nurses 'in the exercise of their professional accountability and practice' and states' You are personally accountable for your practice.This means that you are answerable for your actions and omissions regardless of advice or directions from another professional'.
Accountability for practice requires a nurse or midwife to
Respect the patient or client as an individual
Obtain consent before you give any treatment or care
Protect confidential information
Co-operate with others in the team
Maintain your professional knowledge and competence
Act to identify and minimise risk to patients and clients.
These are the shared values of all the United Kingdom health care regulatory bodies.