Looks at spirituality and nursing from many perspectives: theoretical, historical, religious, psychological, physiological. In her thoughtful exploration of the reemergence of spirituality as an important factor in nursing practice, Barnum traces nursing's involvement with spirituality from its historical ties with religion to the current interest in New Age and alternative health methods.
This invaluable resource explores the relationship between spirituality and the practice of nursing from a variety of perspectives, including: Nursing assessment of patients' spiritual needs, The nurse's role in the provision of spiritual care, The spiritual nature of the nurse-patient relationship, The spiritual history of the nursing profession, Contemporary interest in spirituality within the nursing profession, Spiritual Needs in Mass Casualty Disasters, and Parish Nursing.
Examines the role of prayer in the life of a nurse from a variety of perspectives. To encourage the practice of prayer, each chapter begins with a meditation and ends with a prayer reflective of a nurse's spirituality.
This textbook is unique in combining traditional parish nursing content with community health nursing methodology, coverage of community and faith community assessment, and health education and health promotion/disease prevention programming.