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Spiritual dimensions of nursing practice
Carson, Verna Benner.
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Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Saunders, 1989.
Physical Description:
xii, 386 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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RT85.2 .C37 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This unique book discusses the spiritual aspects of nursing care, addressing the needs of both nurse and patient. It emphasizes the universality of spirituality and is appropriate for nurses and patients of many religious faiths. The developmental stages of spirituality, how to provide spiritual care in acute and chronic situations, Western and Eastern spiritual beliefs, and burnout as a spiritual issue are just a few of the topics discussed.

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The revised edition of this classic work (1st ed., written by V. Carson, 1989) makes a case for the universality of spirituality, spirituality's absolute necessity in nursing, and the ability of practitioners of nursing to engage in spiritual care. It would be applicable to other practitioners besides nurses, but this reviewer believes that students in nursing or other disciplines need a sufficient curriculum offered in professional programs to adequately use this book's important content. Faculty definitely will benefit from the rich resources it offers for spiritual care. The book's four parts provide an overview of spirituality and the nursing profession; relationships between spirituality, religion, and health care; the application of theory to spiritual needs; and spirituality within communities, in ethical decision making, and within certain environments. Helpful features include tables, scenarios, conversations, assessments, strategies, resources, and reflective activities. Discussions of spirituality, ethics, and environments are the icing on the cake. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. J. Clawson University of Central Missouri