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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This gem of a book provides a non-religious, down-to-earth guide for clinicians assisting people who are living through illness to deal with suffering and spirituality. The book addresses spirituality and suffering theoretically and practically while presenting research evidence. Real life examples and reflections provide valuable aids for clinicians to develop holistic interventions to help the patient and family.
Purpose: The author's intent is to provide a framework of "knowledge, values, skills, and experiences for Nurses seeking to connect suffering and spirituality." Additionally, readers are provided with text steeped in rich and poignant examples of patient/family suffering and spirituality from which practitioners may consider their own beliefs and their impact on others.
Audience: The book is targeted at nurses and other clinicians/providers. It could be an essential fundamental text on communication for undergraduate nursing students because it provides concrete questions and responses in a difficult and sensitive area of communication with patients and families that students especially have difficulty initiating. Dr. Wright is an eminent scholar and clinician in the field.
Features: This is the first book to discuss suffering and spirituality in illness, particularly from a non-religious viewpoint. It defines and discusses key terms, experiences, and research evidence of the concepts and presents many vignettes and personal conversations that illustrate the concepts in clinical practice. Clinical interventions that represent a spiritual holistic foundation for the nurse that are key to alleviating suffering from illness are presented.
Assessment: There are no other books in nursing that hit the mark as this book does. The moving, thought provoking, clearly written passages and content of this book promise to make this book the benchmark or gold standard for nursing in this area.