Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Practice / Edition 2by Verna Benner Carson, Harold G. Koenig
Pub. Date: 10/01/2008
Publisher: Templeton Press
Ever since the first edition of Verna Benner Carson's Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Practice went out of print, second-hand copies have been highly sought after by practitioners in the field and nursing school faculty who appreciated the comprehensive scope of the seminal work on spirituality and health. In this highly anticipated revised edition, Carson/i>
Ever since the first edition of Verna Benner Carson's Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Practice went out of print, second-hand copies have been highly sought after by practitioners in the field and nursing school faculty who appreciated the comprehensive scope of the seminal work on spirituality and health. In this highly anticipated revised edition, Carson and her co-editor, Harold G. Koenig, have thoroughly revised and updated this classic in the field.
The revised edition builds on the foundations laid in the first, providing perspectives on new research in the spiritual dimensions of nursing care, applying nursing theory to spiritual care, and addressing the spiritual needs of both nurses and patients. It also examines ethical issues in nursing and the impact of legal decisions on health care issues. Contributors address issues of spiritual development across the entire lifespan—from the spiritual needs and influences of the very young to the elderly, including those facing chronic illnesses or death. The volume takes a similarly broad approach in addressing spiritual issues from a variety of faith backgrounds—including both theistic and pantheistic religious practices, so that nurses can be prepared to meet the needs of patients from various religious traditions.
Second to chaplains, nurses are the major providers of spiritual care, and no other book will serve their needs like Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Practice.
Table of Contents
Preface vii Part I Spirituality and the Nursing Profession 1
1 Spirituality: Defining the Indefinable and Reviewing Its Place in Nursing Verna Benner Carson Ruth Stoll 3
2 Religion, Spirituality, and Health: Understanding the Mechanisms Harold G. Koenig 33 Part II Spirituality, Religion, and Health Care: Examining the Relationships 63
3 Theism and Health Care Verna Benner Carson 65
4 Eastern Pantheism and Health Care Verna Benner Carson 86
5 The Legal Issues: Religion versus Health Care Patricia C. McMullen Nayna D. C. Philipsen 101 Part III Application of Theory to Spiritual Needs: What Does Spiritual Care Look Like? 123
6 Spirituality: Identifying and Meeting Spiritual Needs Verna Benner Carson 125
7 The Psychospiritual Lives of Ill or Suffering Children and Adolescents: What We Should Know, What We Should Do Pat Fosarelli 154
8 Adult Spirituality for Persons with Chronic Illness Patricia E. Murphy George Fitchett Andrea L. Canada 193
9 Spirituality and Elder Care Thomas E. Deloughry 236
10 Spirituality in Death and Bereavement Miriam Jacik 279 Part IV The Thread of Spirituality through Community, Ethics Work, and Education 309
11 Spiritual Care in Communities Nancy Christine Shoemaker 311
12 Ethical Decision Making and Spirituality Gary Batchelor 330
13 Spirituality within Educational and Work Environments Elizabeth Arnold 372 Contributors 405 Index 409
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This is one of the insightful book on spirituality for me, though I am not a nurse. But I hope some of the nurses will add spiritual dimension to their work. The part that I resonated with was the fact that; "Spirituality is multifaceted dimension comprising numerous components interacting at many level of awareness. The connections that link the person's internal spirit and its outward expressions are many, one's spirituality ebbs, and flows sometimes in an even flow, sometimes in trickles, and infrequently in tumultuous 'peak experience' toward the fulfillment of one's life. The person's experience of God, as God is perceived, and of the ultimate values that govern and shape one's life is not static. Each person longs to experience the integrity of a life lived out through time in a rich woven tapestry." This was great for me.