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The role of the nurse grew out of a Christian understanding of the human person as created in the image of God, and viewed the body as a living unity and the "temple of the Holy Spirit" (1 Cor 6:19). Contemporary nursing, however, is increasingly characterized by a diminished understanding of personhood. The impact on patient care has proven confusing and discouraging to many nurses.
In the newly revised and expanded Called to Care: A Christian Worldview for Nursing, Judith Allen Shelly and Arlene B. Miller define nursing for today based on a historically and theologically grounded understanding of the nurse's call:
Nursing is a ministry of compassionate care for the whole person, in response to God's grace toward a sinful world, which aims to foster optimum health (shalom) and bring comfort in suffering and death for anyone in need.
Called to Care asserts that nursing is a vocation, giving nurses a framework for understanding their mission and living out their calling: service to God through caring for others.
Posted November 25, 2008
Shelly and Miller provide a compelling view of nursing from a Christian worldview. The contrast with post-modern works is enlightening. Until this book, post-modern views were predominating in nursing education. This provocative and timely book provides a new look at traditional views in nursing and creates a forum to discuss nursing as a vocation in which service to others is valued. The definition of the nature of humans is reaffirming and provides the thoughtful reader with a challenge to reconsider the naturalist view of life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.