Current Issue

May 16, 2018
Volume 15 No. 5

Open Access

Special Topic Issues


Welcome to PlainViews

PlainViews® is committed to providing a place for professional readers to find, present, and discuss information in accordance with its mission to translate knowledge and skills into effective professional practice to care for the human spirit. The views expressed in its articles are those of the authors, not of HealthCare Chaplaincy NetworkTMthe publisher of PlainViews®.

PlainViews® helps support the work of HCCN by publishing scholarly works, articles, and studies at the intersection of health care and spiritual care, advancing best practices and providing information about educational events, publications and course work of interest to practitioners.

HealthCare Chaplaincy NetworkTM is a national health care nonprofit organization that offers spiritual-related information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals, other health care settings, and online. Its mission is to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care through clinical practice, research and education in order to increase patient satisfaction and help people faced with illness and grief find comfort and meaning—whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are.  For more information, visit, call 212-644-1111, and connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.


Grow with the Online Learning Center for Professional Education 

Courses are currently available for chaplains, nurses, social workers, chaplaincy students, and other spiritual care providers.  For more information and a full list of available self-directed and instructor-led courses, visit the website.


Over 1000 chaplains and other health care professionals have completed

the instructor-led collaborative learning cohorts in Palliative Care:

Fundamentals of Spiritual Care in Palliative Care

Advanced Practice Spiritual Care in Palliative Care



Important White Papers

Spiritual Care and Nursing: A Nurse's Contribution and Practice

To download the document, go here.



Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Eric Hall, CEO and President of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and the Spiritual Care Association

To watch, go here.


Spiritual Care: What it Means, Why It Matters in Health Care

To download the document go here.


Evidence-Based Scope of Practice to Guide

Quality Spiritual Care in Health Care 

To download the document, go here.


Evidence-Based Quality Indicators for Spiritual Care

To download the document, go here.



The Spiritual Care Association (SCA) is the first multidisciplinary, international professional membership association for spiritual care providers that establishes evidence-based quality indicators, a scope of practice, and a knowledge base for spiritual care in health care.  For more information, visit the Spiritual Care Association website.

Upcoming Spiritual Care Grand Round Webinars

Wednesday, April 25, 2018. 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern Time. Broadening the Reach of Staff Support: Promoting Staff Resilience in Stressful Times.  Rev. Matt Norwell, MDiv, BCC.  Pediatric Chaplain.  Johns Hopkins Children's Center.  For more information and to register, go here.

The Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Caring for the Human Spirit is now available.

To read it, click here.




Does your organization provide excellence in spiritual care?  Let everyone know it.  Learn more about the Excellence in Spiritual Care Award here.



Produced by HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, HCCN-TVTM is the first-of-its-kind TV channel with 10 programs that encompass myriad spiritual care topics applicable to hospital patients, outpatients, hospice patients, residents in long-term care settings, family caregivers, and other audiences.  For more information, go here.