Saline Process: Training Changes Perspectives on Patient Care

Nurses better equipped to treat spiritual condition of patients

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14,16

Rebecca is a nurse working in the TB/HIV department at PCEA Chogoria Hospital in Kenya. Her passion for teaching and desire to help make a difference in her patients’ lives by caring for the whole patient led her to become a Saline Process Trainer. She considers herself and other healthcare workers privileged with the opportunity to attend to suffering souls, being a light they have been seeking in their lives.

The Saline Process disciples, trains and coaches healthcare workers to skillfully and confidently access the spiritual condition of a patient and co-workers. By providing practical tools, the Saline process enables participants to personalize an approach to share the love of Jesus Christ according to each patient’s needs. By the end of the course, participants are equipped with the knowledge in the following areas:

  • Principles of faith and biblical knowledge
  • Strategies for overcoming barriers of spiritual care
  • Techniques for building spiritual relationships
  • Methods for encouraging patients to talk about their faith history
  • Means of communicating hope to patients

Having participated in five trainings as a trainer, Rebecca has found the training to be a valuable tool in changing one’s perspective on how to handle a patient’s spiritual needs in the workplace.

“With the tools provided and knowing how to handle barriers in ourselves and in patients it becomes easy to shine the light of Jesus to our patients and help them move closer and closer to Jesus. We no longer see some of these troubled patients as a burden to us, but we see our meeting them as a special privilege and a task assigned to us by God to help them.”

Other participants of the training have had similar experiences.

“It was a great time to learn how to best witness to others in the simplest ways. It opened my eyes to see how Jesus isn’t looking for the skilled but those who are available for Him, then he equips.” – ICU Nurse

“I am grateful that I have been equipped to share the gospel in this way. So far, I have been using faith flags and stories a lot with my patients. It has always been a joy to see patients respond positively for me to share the gospel to them.” – Theater Nurse

God has been working miracles in the lives of staff and patients with Saline Process training through our partner hospitals in Kenya and Malawi. Our hope is that many more people will be impacted in the future. MBF’s Center for Global Nursing Development is excited to launch a pilot program on Saline Process in 2020. We are partnering with Clive Irvine College of Nursing in Kenya exploring the best way to incorporate Saline training into their nursing curriculum. Lessons learned from this pilot will guide how we integrate spiritual care into our partner nursing schools. This ensures we are equipping the future workforce to meet the spiritual needs of their patients. Ultimately, improving patient care and reaching the world for Christ.

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Yours in Nursing,

Lisa D. Cole, MA, RN
MBF Center for Global Nursing Development