Ever since the first edition of Verna Benner Carson's Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Practice went out of print, second-hand copies have been highly sought after by practitioners in the field and nursing school faculty who appreciated the comprehensive scope of the seminal work on spirituality and health. In this highly anticipated revised edition, Carson and her co-editor, Harold G. Koenig, have thoroughly revised and updated this classic in the field.
The revised edition builds on the foundations laid in the first, providing perspectives on new research in the spiritual dimensions of nursing care, applying nursing theory to spiritual care, and addressing the spiritual needs of both nurses and patients. It also examines ethical issues in nursing and the impact of legal decisions on health care issues. Contributors address issues of spiritual development across the entire lifespan—from the spiritual needs and influences of the very young to the elderly, including those facing chronic illnesses or death. The volume takes a similarly broad approach in addressing spiritual issues from a variety of faith backgrounds—including both theistic and pantheistic religious practices, so that nurses can be prepared to meet the needs of patients from various religious traditions.
Second to chaplains, nurses are the major providers of spiritual care, and no other book will serve their needs like Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Practice.
Preface / vii
Part I Spirituality and the Nursing Profession / 1
1. Spirituality: Defining the Indefinable and Reviewing Its Place in Nursing / 3 Verna Benner Carson and Ruth Stoll
2. Religion, Spirituality, and Health: Understanding the Mechanisms / 33 Harold G. Koenig
Part II Spirituality, Religion, and Health Care: Examining the Relationships / 63 3. Theism and Health Care / 65 Verna Benner Carson
4. Eastern Pantheism and Health Care / 86 Verna Benner Carson
5. The Legal Issues: Religion versus Health Care / 101 Patricia C. McMullen and Nayna D. C. Philipsen
Part III Application of Theory to Spiritual Needs: What Does Spiritual Care Look Like? / 123
7. The Psychospiritual Lives of Ill or Suffering Children and Adolescents: What We Should Know, What We Should Do / 154 Pat Fosarelli
8. Adult Spirituality for Persons with Chronic Illness / 193 Patricia E. Murphy, George Fitchett, and Andrea L. Canada
9. Spirituality and Elder Care / 236 Thomas E. DeLoughry
10. Spirituality in Death and Bereavement / 279 Miriam Jacik
Part IV The Thread of Spirituality through Community, Ethics Work, and Education / 309
11. Spiritual Care in Communities / 311 Nancy Christine Shoemaker
12. Ethical Decision Making and Spirituality / 330 Gary Batchelor
13. Spirituality within Educational and Work Environments / 372 Elizabeth Arnold
Contributors / 405
Verna Benner Carson, PhD, is the president of C&V Senior Care Specialists, Inc, a consulting firm that provides clinical training combined with operational and marketing support for two programs she developed: “Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer” and “Road to Wholeness Behavioral Health.” She is also a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric mental health nursing, an associate professor at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she teaches undergraduates the importance of loving the patients that God puts in our care, and the author of eight other books, including Spiritual Caregiving.
Harold G. Koenig, MD completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University Medical Center. He is on the faculty at Duke as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of medicine. Dr. Koenig is also director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health at Duke University Medical Center, and is Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Koenig has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 350 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and nearly 40 books in print or in preparation. He has given invited testimony to both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on the role of religion in public health.