Hope Framework

Cost: $20

Laura E. Shay, PhD, RN, MTS currently works in end-of-life care as a hospice chaplain. Prior to pursuing a career in chaplaincy, she was a nurse for 30 years, serving in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Public Health Service.

The workshop will present the development of a plan of care for terminally ill patients using a hope framework. An overview of the hope framework, case studies and examples of care plans using the hope framework will be provided through Power Point slides. The information is based on the book written by the presenter Exploring Hope in Spiritual Care: A Spiritual Guide for Chaplains, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019. This book is a culmination of three years of research exploring the concept of hope at the end of life. The presenter is a board certified hospice chaplain. Prior to going to seminary, she completed a 30-year career as nurse in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Public Health Service. Her nursing experience includes research, internal medicine and infectious disease.


1. The participant will understand the four dimensions of hope found in the literature.

2. The participant will be able to use the four dimensions of hope as a framework for creating a plan of care based on a spiritual assessment for patients who are receiving palliative care.

3. The participant will be able to understand ways to cultivate the four dimensions of hope in their lives and in the lives of the people for whom they care.

Please contact Marian Simpson at 304.264.0406 or msimpson@hospiceotp.org to register.