Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Spirituality in Nursing: Standing on Holy Ground

Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Spirituality in Nursing: Standing on Holy Ground

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Spirituality in Nursing: Standing on Holy Ground

by Mary Elizabeth O'Brien

298 pages

Sudbury, MA

Jones and Bartlett Publishers

The concept of spirituality is undergoing a revival. It is being discussed on television. in movies, written about in magazines, newspapers, books, and journals. Spirituality is also experiencing a renaissance in Nursing. It is being talked about in institutions, agencies, and educational settings. Courses in spirituality are also being implemented in nursing and medical school curriculums.

Therefore, the book, spirituality in nursing appeared at an optimal time. It explores the relationship between spirituality and nursing practice. Therefore it is a must reading for all nurses who provide holistic nursing care. This book is an excellent resource for nursing in any setting and it covers spiritual care across the life span.

This book also utilizes the spiritual care experiences of nurses. Based on their experiences, recommendations, interventions, and approaches are made that can be used in providing spiritual care.

This book also gives a historical view of the spiritual ministry of nursing and discusses the concepts of spirituality and nursing. O'Brien discusses the nurse's spiritual posture as standing on holy ground. In illustrating this concept, she uses the story of Moses and the burning bush. In this story, God spoke to Moses from the middle of the burning bush. Where Moses stood was declared by God to be holy ground. She envisions nurses practicing spiritual care as coming together with their patients in caring and compassion. At this point, she sees the nurses as standing on holy ground. …

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