Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Spirituality in Nursing: From Traditional to New Age (2Nd Ed.)

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Spirituality in Nursing: From Traditional to New Age (2Nd Ed.)

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Spirituality in Nursing: From Traditional to New Age (2nd ed.) by Barbara Stevens Barnum, PhD, RN, FAAN; New York: Springer Publishing, 2003; 216 pages, $38.96

The revision of this book is timely. The first edition of Spirituality in Nursing was written when spirituality was just entering nursing's interest and practice. Since then, nursing's focus on spirituality has grown, and the topic is now considered one that should be addressed in the nursing curricula. Dr. Barnum clearly explains the shift in worldview that has brought this change about.

This book looks at nursing's relationship with spirituality from various perspectives - theoretical, historical, religious, psychological, and physiological - and includes less traditional perspectives as well as those that are more accepted. As Dr. Barnum states in the preface, the book reviews spirituality as a nursing task and asks if we are prepared to tackle it. While considering spirituality as a nursing need and a nursing diagnosis, spirituality as a nursing domain is contrasted with the spiritual ministration rights claimed by chaplains, other religious practitioners, and physicians, who are only recently jumping on the spiritual bandwagon. …

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