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From The CriticsReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN(University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: "This book explores various faith traditions and discusses communication techniques nurses can use to feel comfortable discussing patients' religion with them, as well as legal and ethical aspects of addressing a person's faith during the healthcare experience. "
Purpose: "The purpose is to clear up much incorrect information about the various religious faiths practiced in the Americas and other English-speaking, first-world countries, and to make a case for recognizing religion versus generic spirituality an important part of a person's worldview. It is also intended as a resource for nurses so they can intelligently incorporate a person's faith into the healing experience. "
Audience: "All nurses and nursing students, especially those who work at the bedside, would benefit from this book. "
Features: "It begins with seven chapters that provide an overview of religion and nursing care and address assessing religiosity, talking with patients about religion, and the legal and ethical aspects of religion and nursing care. The remaining 22 chapters, authored by religious experts, discuss particular religions, including Judaism, Buddhism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, and the various protestant faiths. Each chapter is organized the same, starting with theology and social history, moving on to views on health and well-being and explanations for disease and illness, and ending with healing rituals and nursing implications unique to the religion. "
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for nurses to learn about the various religious beliefs and practices and ways to use this information therapeutically to enhance patient care. The consistent format of each chapter also helps readers compare and contrast the various religions. This is a must-have for any bedside nurse.