Healing Presence, Second Edition: The Essence of Nursing / Edition 2

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Praise for the Previous Edition:

...represents an act of passion for the profession....The work's value comes from its integration of scientific, creative, and spiritual philosophies as a core context for the complex nurse-patient interaction involved in the promotion of a healing environment....Recommended. —Choice

At the center of professional nursing lies the authentic presence of the nurse -- the intention and commitment that brings us to the profession, and unfolds as we develop as nurses. In this new edition, JoEllen Koerner explores the intersection of scientific, creative, and spiritual ways of knowing that inform and inspire this healing presence in caregiver and patient.

Revised, updated, and refocused, the book integrates traditional nursing practice with cutting-edge alternative and integrative medicine. The author expands our' awareness of Allopathic and alternative ways of healing as rooted in Native Healing practices. The book also explores new models for transpersonal caring through the lens of philosophy, spirituality, and complexity science. It is a profoundly important resource for nurse educators, students, and practitioners.

Key features:

  • Presents the Nursing Triad model: nurse as scientist, artist, and healing presence
  • Examines the bioenergetic body-the five bodies that comprise our being and infuse our becoming
  • Discusses the physiology and philosophy behind healing presence
  • Analyzes the healing process between nurse and patient, from embracing suffering to transcending polarities and enhancing capacity


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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer:Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN(University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description:The author explores ways -- scientific, creative, and spiritual -- that the nurse can use to understand and implement the "healing presence" both for patients and for self. "It is a celebration of the human spirit that is manifest everywhere [nurses] practice," the author states.
Purpose:The purpose of this book is to place 21st century nursing into a paradigm "that transcends the economic, political, and technological culture of the day," and to invite nurses to remember why they were initially called to the profession.
Audience:Nurses and nursing student are the audience.
Features:The 10 chapters are grouped into four sections: Nursing: A Sacred Work; The Healing Field: The Context for Nursing Practice; A Healing Presence: The Power of One; and A Healing Path: Weaving a Purposeful Life. The book includes sayings and poems of some of the finest minds such as Mother Theresa, Einstein, and Carl Jung, as well as Eastern and Western philosophical thought.
Assessment:This book would appeal to any nurse who wants to learn and reflect on the spiritual aspect of nursing. It would be a good book to use as a stepping-stone to discussion about issues that are not black and white. I would suggest it be read slowly, perhaps one chapter at a time followed by reflection. It is not a book that could be skimmed or read quickly. It should make all nurses more aware of the meaning of their presence and the healing power of that presence to others. It is a much-needed book as technology continues to expand and a patient's humanity often becomes of secondary importance to their cure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826107541
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/23/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

JoEllen Koerner, PhD, RN, FAAN, and CEO, NurseMetriX, is an author, editor, speaker, researcher, educator, and nurse executive leader of international renown. She is the Past President of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and 2005 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AONE Institute for Patient Care Research & Education. With extensive executive level management and leadership experience in health care administration, education, regulation, and e-commerce, her initial career efforts focused on nursing education and service in corporate health systems. She then worked in virtual education with curriculum modeling and delivery at the intersection of the philosophy and practice of professional nursing.

As Founder and CEO of NurseMetriX, Dr. Koerner designed applications of corporate, scientific and information technology for web-based innovations in the nursing profession. Her international and voluntary work is focused on workforce development for underrepresented sectors of society.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Reflections of a Nurse Healer

Preface: An Invitation




1. Nursing: A Sacred Work

2. A Healing Journey Between Two Cultures: An Experience of Wholeness



3. Vibrant Health: The Energetics of Dynamic Balance

4. Healing Presence: The Path of Engagement

5. Quantum Healing: The Power of Integration



6. Balanced Living: The Path of Becoming

7. Ways of Knowing: Expressions of the Soul



8. The Noetic Scientist: A Holistic World

9. The Creative Artist: Composing a Life

10. The Human Spirt: Unfolding Inner Potential




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