A Descriptive Study of Chaplain Code Blue Responses

Author(s): Carolina D. Tennyson, DNP, ACNP-BC, AACC, John P. Oliver, DMin, BCC, ACPE-CE, and Karen R. Jooste, MD, MPH

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Oct 27, 2023

Topics: Family-Centered Care, Palliative/End-of-life Care

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Family members are frequently present during code blue events. Chaplains are available to respond to all such events and provide a variety of immediate and longitudinal services to patients, families, and members of the health care team. Their experience in crisis management, spiritual care, and bereavement support makes them ideally suited to serve as family facilitators during resuscitation events.


  • Identify the role and responsibility of the family facilitator during a code blue event.
  • Describe three services that Chaplains have provided to patients, family, and health care staff.
  • Recognize two ways that institutions can implement a standardized approach to FPDR and provide training for the interdisciplinary team.

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