Spirituality in Nursing

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Spirituality in Nursing

SKU# 9780826105837

The Challenges of Complexity, Third Edition

Author: Barbara Stevens Barnum PhD


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Spirituality in Nursing is thought provoking and Barnum offers some excellent material and food for thought."--Journal of Christian Nursing

This is a very thought-provoking book that asks many questions, often without answers. It could be used in an undergraduate or graduate course on spirituality or death and dying, or as in-service material in hospitals and other healthcare agencies. A very interesting chapter discusses near death experiences (NDE), a phenomenon that has begun to be accepted and has garnered more study.Score: 95, 4 stars --Doody's

  • Can nurses be expected to deliver spiritual care?
  • Should nursing claim healing as part of its mission?
  • Should spiritual care be taught in nursing education?
  • What do recent brain studies teach us about spirituality?

Exploring these questions and many more, this new edition of Spirituality in Nursing provides a wealth of insight into current challenges presented to both practicing nurses and students. Newly updated, revised, and expanded, this third edition examines spirituality in nursing from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing from theoretical, historical, religious, psychological, and even physiological contexts.

In her thought-provoking exploration of this sometimes controversial topic, Dr. Barnum traces nursing's involvement with spirituality from its historical ties with religion to the current interest in new age and alternative health methods. The chapters offer engaging discussions of important topics such as the distinction between spirituality and religion, spirituality and research, humanism, and death and dying. Taking a problem-solving approach, this book serves as an invaluable guide to understanding the complex and expanding role of spirituality in nursing.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 08, 2010
  • Page Count 196
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826105837
  • EISBN 9780826105844

Table of Contents 



Chapter 1 Spiritual Versus Religious Orientations

Chapter 2 Levels of Spiritual Development: What Happens When the Nurse and the Patient Differ?

Chapter 3 Spirituality and the Brain: Is Spirituality Programmed in the Brain?

Chapter 4 Spirituality and Psychology: Compatible or Incompatible?

Chapter 5 Spirituality and Research: What Research Makes Sense? What Doesn't?

Chapter 6 Spirituality and Nursing Theory: A Miss or a Match?

Chapter 7 Should Spiritual Care Be Taught in Nursing Education?

Chapter 8 Spirituality, Healing, and Nursing: Should Nursing Claim Healing as Part of Its Mission?

Chapter 9 Should Spiritual Care Be a Function of Nursing Practice?

Chapter 10 Today's Nursing: A Prisoner of Context?

Chapter 11 Dying, Death, Disability, and Despair

Chapter 12 Spirituality Versus Humanism

Chapter 13 Conclusions