Ethics & Spirituality in Health

The UCSF School of Nursing is proud to offer programs and resources related to spirituality and ethics in health. Thanks to the generous provision of Thelma Shobe Cook, RN, BS, MPH—a retired Public Health Nurse—the School established both the Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair in Ethics and Spirituality and theThelma Shobe Endowed Lectureship, in the summer of 2002. The creation of these resources stemmed from the belief that spirituality should find its rightful place in the science of caring and that the ethical issues of care giving should be considered along with the spiritual challenges.

The task, therefore, became one of identifying both the ethical and spiritual dimensions of patient care and to provide for their implementation where indicated and appropriate in both the education and practice of care givers. There are links and resources here meant to help direct and engage this study, appreciation, and dialogue surrounding ethics and spirituality in health.

Ethics & Spirituality in Health Resources

Thelma Shobe Cook, RN, BS, MPH

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Thelma Shobe Cook, benefactress of the Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair and Thelma Shobe Endowed Lectureship in Ethics and Spirituality, graduated from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, San Francisco, in 1951. Upon graduation, she entered the baccalaureate program at the UC School of Nursing on the Berkeley Campus, obtaining her BS degree in August 1952. Following the completion of the sixteen-week supervised field study in January 1953, she obtained her Public Health Nursing Certificate after which she worked the next twenty-five years as a Public Health Nurse, first with Alameda County Health Department and then with Oakland Unified Schools. On a leave of absence, she obtained her MPH at UC School of Public Health in 1964. She retired in 1979 to pursue her own spiritual quest among other interests.