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; New York: Springer Publishing, 2002; 352 pages, $49.95

This fourth edition of Complementary/Alternative Therapies in Nursing is a clear and logical exploration of science-based therapies. It includes definitions, scientific bases, techniques for implementation, population and condition variances, suggestions for future research, and common precautions. For each therapy discussed, there is an emphasis on caring for the caregiver.

The book is divided into six wisely chosen therapy groupings. In a natural progression, it covers self-care for the healer, caring for others, and various scientific complementary or alternative therapies. It concludes with a focus on participative healing and lifestyle/prevention therapies.

Two of the 27 chapters are particular jewels of American cultural grounding. Chapter 3 discusses being present in the moment, using millennium research to support the work of honored nurse theorists such as Leininger, Parse, and Watson. Chapter 12 discusses Native American culture and nurse storytelling as a healing tool. The text gives credence to and compiles validity for "nurse work."

The selection of therapies is guided by several factors, including frequency of use in nursing practice, the availability of supportive clinical research, and whether the therapy is listed or identified by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). That care has been taken to present an easy and logical introduction to each therapy grouping is evident. …

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