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Nursing Case Studies in Caring

SKU# 9780826171788

Across the Practice Spectrum

Author: Charlotte Barry PhD, RN, NCSN, Beth King PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Shirley Gordon PhD, RN, NCSN

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"This well-written book clearly reflects extensive study, thoughtful reflection, and clinical experience. The authors have successfully provided a unique and realistic framework to aid educators in engaging students with contextual learning opportunities designed to illuminate the value of theory in practice... Score: 91 - 4 Stars!"

--Susan G Wiera, MSN, Michigan State University College of Nursing, Doody's Reviews

Uncovers the art and science of nursing grounded in caring for all nursing situations

Grounded in the belief that caring is the central domain of nursing, this innovative book presents a new approach to "nursing situations." These are case studies depicting shared lived experiences between the nurse and patient that are studied from various theoretical perspectives. They are designed to foster a nursing student's ability to care effectively for a patient, family, or group. Each case study features a compelling scenario that engages the reader to feel and fully participate in the caring experience. The book presents a variety of situations that new and experienced nurses are likely to encounter, many of which present scenarios that require caring for a patient under difficult or complex circumstances.

The book addresses the need, as defined by leading health care and nursing education organizations, for the study of nursing from a contextual, story-oriented perspective. It is based on the Barry, Gordon & King Teaching/Learning Nursing Framework, developed as a guide to uncover the art and science of nursing grounded in caring in all nursing situations. Following a description of the framework's foundational concepts, the text describes how to use nursing situations to facilitate learning. The scenarios offer detailed, practical strategies for analyzing nursing situations in ways that bring to life the simple and complex practice of nursing grounded in caring. These real-life stories also help students understand the impact of health conditions on individuals and families, thereby fostering empathy. Case studies address nursing situations across a variety of populations, health concerns, and practice settings. Using multiple ways of knowing and understanding, each scenario concludes with direct and reflective questions that help students develop nursing knowledge and skills. The book serves as a core resource for nurse educators and students at all levels seeking to study the art and science of nursing grounded in caring. Additionally, the book is a resource for in-service educators in health care systems that specifically address caring as an essential value for practice.


  • Delivers a new approach to nursing education focusing on the context of caring between nurse and patient
  • Presents a collection of real-life nursing scenarios designed to foster caring knowledge and skills under all circumstances
  • Offers detailed, practical strategies for analyzing nursing situations to aid in learning the practice of nursing grounded in caring
  • Helps students to understand the impact of health conditions on individuals and families

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 04, 2015
  • Page Count 224
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826171788
  • EISBN 9780826171795

Table of Contents 

Charlotte D. Barry, PhD, RN, NCSN, FAAN, is a professor at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, Florida. Nationally certified in school nursing, Dr. Barry’s outstanding and sustained contribution to nursing has been the outcome of her expertise in community nursing practice, education, and research. She has been on the leading edge of developing school-based health centers dedicated to overcoming barriers in the delivery of quality care to children and families.

As co-director of the Center for School and Community Well-Being, she secured over $7 million in grants and contracts to fund nurse-managed school-based wellness centers and school nurse education programs in the southeastern United States. The nurse-managed centers in schools often provide the only ongoing access to health care for many children and families. The outcomes of improved health, return-to-class rate, and attendance served as the impetus for a substantial and sustained policy change, resulting in a school nurse present at every public school in one of the largest school districts in the United States, serving over 176,000 students.

Dr. Barry has transformed nursing practice through curricula change, community immersion, and policy development. Her publications and presentations at national and international conferences have fostered understanding of the value of caring for the most vulnerable and have impacted the professional practice of school nursing, now recognized as an expert practice and venue for access to affordable and ongoing health care for children and families in the United States, Africa, and Haiti.

Shirley C. Gordon, PhD, RN, NCSN, is a professor and assistant dean of graduate practice programs at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. She is actively involved in teaching research, theory, ethics, and community nursing to both undergraduate and graduate students. Her research areas of interest include caring for persons experiencing chronic, stigmatized conditions; the development of caring theories to guide nursing practice; and teaching from nursing situations.

Dr. Gordon’s sustained contribution to nursing has been as an international leader in caring for children and families with persistent head lice. She is the first researcher to study the impact of persistent head lice on families and named the phenomenon persistent head lice, which she defined as distinct from resistant head lice. Her groundbreaking research and midrange theory development have transformed how persons with head lice are perceived and have influenced policy development, nursing curricula, and programs of research. Nationally certified in school nursing, Dr. Gordon serves as the founder and director of the Head Lice Treatment and Prevention Project and is actively involved in the direct care of children and families experiencing head lice.

Dr. Gordon has multiple publications in national and international nursing journals and has received national funding to support her research and service efforts in the areas of persistent head lice, disability, genital herpes, Bell’s palsy, delegation, and school nursing. Dr. Gordon was recognized in 2010 as one of the Great 100 Nurses in the State of Florida in the area of research.

Beth M. King, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, is an assistant professor at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Nationally certified as a clinical nurse specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health, her area of focus is community practice and mental health. Her research areas of interest are caring outcomes in nursing education and the burden of depression in vulnerable and often marginalized populations.

Certified as a HeartMath® trainer, Dr. King has been working with undergraduate nursing students to enhance resilience skills needed for day-to-day nursing practice. She has been recognized for countless hours of voluntary service to boards and communities in the United States and Haiti, including participating in the development of a school-based health center in Haiti. This center is providing access to health care for children and families in a rural, underserved community.

Dr. King has received funding to support her research in the areas of nursing education outcomes related to caring and school nursing. Her presentations and publications on the use of nursing situations as a teaching method have inspired the transformation of nursing education focused on the study of caring in contextualized stories from practice.



Foreword Marlaine C. Smith, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN




1: Introduction to Nursing Case Studies in Caring as Nursing Situations

2: Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives of Caring, Knowing, and Story Underpinning the Study of Nursing Situations

3: Barry, Gordon & King Framework for Teaching/Learning Nursing

4: Understanding the Framework for Studying Nursing Situations From Selected Nursing Theoretical Perspectives

5: Exemplar Using a Nursing Situation to Facilitate Teaching/Learning in a Graduate Course on the Discipline of Nursing

Savina O. Schoenhofer


6: Caring Between the Nurse and an Older Adult in an ER

Nursing Situation

Alana Andrews

7: Caring Between a Nurse and a Young Woman Experiencing a Sickle Cell Crisis in an ER

Nursing Situation

Molly Johnson

8: Caring Between a Nurse and a Young Woman Who Experienced Sudden Cardiac Arrest in an ICU

Nursing Situation

Valarie Grumme

9: Caring Between a Nurse and an Adult in an ICU Setting

Nursing Situation

Dana Reynolds

10: Caring Between a Nurse and a Young Adult Experiencing Cancer

Nursing Situation

Margarita Dorsey

11: Caring Among a Nurse and a Mother, Father, and Baby in the NICU

Nursing Situation

Karmel McCarthy-Riches

12: Caring Between a Nurse and a Child in Acute Care Oncology Setting

Nursing Situation

Michelle Palokas

13: Caring Between a Nurse and a Group of Men Hospitalized With Chronic Mental Illness

Nursing Situation

Michael Shaw

14: Caring Between a Nurse and an Adult Transitioning From Acute Care to Home Care

Nursing Situation

Shelina Davis

15: Caring Between a Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Living With End-Stage Kidney Disease Transitioning to Home Care

Nursing Situation

Debra Hain

16: Caring Between a Nurse and an Older Adult Male in a Long-Term Care Setting

Nursing Situation

Alina Miracle

17: Caring Between a Nurse and an Older Adult in Hospice Care

Nursing Situation

Patricia Blanchette Kronk

18: Caring Among a Nurse Practitioner and a Parenting Teen and Child

Nursing Situation

Mary Ellen Wright

19: Caring Between a Community Health Nurse and a Young Family

Nursing Situation

Bernadette Lange

20: Caring During the Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

Nursing Situation

Fortunate Atwine

Epilogue Savina O. Schoenhofer

Appendix: Crosswalk Matrix