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Caring Spirit Award presented to nurse

The MUSC Pastoral Care Staff recently presented its second annual Caring Spirit Award to Karanne Campbell, a nurse specializing in pain management and system support for Oncology & Med Surgical Services/Palliative Care. This award is presented each year in conjunction with national Pastoral Care Week to honor one faculty or staff member for their commitment and support.
The annual Caring Spirit Award recognizes:
--Spiritual care of patients and families
--Support of the MUSC Pastoral Care mission
--Effort to foster community among clergy and hospital staff
--Support of this year’s Pastoral Care Week theme, “Listening Presence, Listen,” was presented Oct. 20-26.
Honoring registered nurse Karanne Campbell, third from right, with her Caring Spirit Award are Chaplain George Rossi, from left; Chaplain Chris Brown; Sally Potts, director of therapeutic services; Chaplain Terry Wilson; and Chaplain Lynn Conklin.

Staff chaplains shared the following observations concerning Campbell’s work:
“I watched Karanne sitting beside a patient, holding their hand and leaning in towards them. She has a gentle spirit about her while she helps ease the patient’s pain and suffering.”
“I have witnessed her gentle behavior with patients.”
“Karanne cares! You can see it in her eyes and feel it in her presence. Karanne has a true ‘Caring Spirit.’”
“Karanne, on a regular basis, offers an open caring spirit that is perceptive and addresses in healing ways the many faces of suffering and pain. She connects our service with the spiritual needs of her patients and their families.”
Care that addresses the physical needs through medicine, nursing and overall patient care often co-exists and parallels the importance of supporting and addressing spiritual needs of patients and families. The chaplaincy staff affirms the significance placed by MUSC faculty and staff to ensure that the spiritual and pastoral care needs of patients and families are given the highest priority.

Friday, Oct. 24, 2008

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