Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Complementary / Alternative Therapies in Nursing

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Complementary / Alternative Therapies in Nursing

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Complementary / Alternative Therapies in Nursing edited by Mariah Snyder, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Ruth Lindquist, PhD, RN, FMN, APRN, BC; New York: Springer Publishing, 2006; 421 pages, $60.00

Complementary therapies have become an integral part of health care in the United States. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 62 percent of Americans use some type of complementary therapy. To properly advise and care for patients, nurses need to learn all that they can about these therapies.

Now in its fifth edition, Complementary/Alternative Therapies in Nursing is an excellent resource and a meticulous review of numerous therapies. The introduction, a comprehensive overview of complementary care, includes a discussion on the influence of culture in the development of specific therapies. A chapter titled "Self as Healer" outlines the unique quest that nurses will inevitably embark upon as they develop as complementary care providers. Two skills determined to be integral to the delivery of complementary care therapies - presence and therapeutic listening - are reviewed and serve as the backbone for the rest of the content.

The editors have wisely arranged for nurse experts to write detailed and thorough analyses of their areas of expertise. This is evident in the quality of the discussions and ensures that the nuances of each therapy are presented. …

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