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From The CriticsReviewer: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.