This book is written for faith community nurses (FCNs) and provides information and resources necessary to be successful in the practice of faith community nursing. This specialty nursing practice combines the caring aspect of nursing with the spiritual and the sacred. The book is divided into three parts. Part I provides an overview of faith community nursing practices its roots, practice models, roles, and legal and ethical parameters. Faith community nursing is the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting holistic health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community. Parish nursing is a recognized specialty practice that combines professional nursing and health ministry. Health care practitioners who make several small changes in how patients’ religious commitments are broached in clinical practice may enhance health outcomes. There are four models through which faith community nursing practice is delivered: the institutional model, the congregational paid model, the congregational volunteer model, and the paid consortium model. Part II includes chapters that inform the FCN about initiating a faith community nursing ministry, assessing the health needs of the faith community, health education, teaching, and program planning and evaluation. Part III presents information on meeting the special needs of the faith community and includes content on acute and chronic care needs, palliative care, and grief and loss. Additional chapters focus on connecting with community resources and vulnerable populations.
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This book presents a framework for nursing to build and, ultimately, sustain partnerships. Exemplar case studies written by nurses working in global health follow each chapter to illustrate specific elements of a strong partnership. The guiding principle for the book is that partnerships are paramount in creating sustainable outcomes. Varying degrees of partnership integration can include coordination, cooperation, and close collaboration. No matter their degree of partnership, nurses are ethically and morally obliged to be concerned with the world’s suffering. The book begins with a chapter which discusses types of existing partnerships and how nurses make the selection of an appropriate program to begin a partnership. Chapter 2 addresses how cultural perspectives, personal attributes, expectations, and knowledge of host country influence a volunteer nurse’s experience. In the third chapter, nursing roles in host country are addressed, community assessment as essential knowledge is highlighted. The importance of nursing licensure, mutual respect, and partnership is also dealt with. Chapter 4 presents examples of nurses’ experience with volunteers or partners, differences in the scope of practice between nursing partners, and the role of the nurse and nursing profession in host countries. This is followed by chapter which emphasizes the importance of resources, whether human, material, or financial, which are essential in developing a partnership. Two other chapters discuss important aspects of collaborative nursing research in international settings and explore the elements of sustainability to address the leadership required to maintain the partnership.
This book presents firsthand accounts from nurses at all professional levels, who share their life-changing experiences and insights with nurses interested in the global health arena. Their stories emphasize the practical, challenging, and rewarding aspects of global health nursing. The nurses describe their motivation for working in global health, along with the rewards and challenges. They discuss the importance of approaching global nursing with humility, respect, and appreciation for what they will learn from their colleagues. They describe how global health work has enhanced their ability to provide quality care to diverse populations, which include recent immigrants living in the United States. In addition to these vivid accounts, the book discusses the parameters of global health nursing, how to prepare for this nursing experience, key resources, global nursing research, and nurses as global health consultants. Woven throughout the book are descriptions of how these nurses have encouraged―through teaching and mentoring―the next generation of global health nurses. The book also provides coverage of domestic global health initiatives, and assists faculty to prepare themselves and their students for global health endeavors. The book is written for nurses at all stages of professional life.
This book describes and analyzes nurses’ roles in select cases from disasters that have occurred in areas around the world from the late 19th century to the present. These include an outbreak of typhoid in Tasmania in 1885 to 1887; a devastating earthquake in Italy in 1908; an Ohio (USA) flood in 1913; the Alaskan influenza epidemic of 1918; the World War II bombings of London and Manchester, England, in 1941; the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941; the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945; a destructive wild fire in Bar Harbor, Maine (USA), in 1947; the SARS crisis in Toronto, Canada, in 2003; and the effects of Hurricane Sandy on hospitals in New York City (USA) in 2012. Nurses’ actions are situated within local responses, national networks, and international aid. Nurses are a critical part of disaster response, and the book gives them a voice. Themes that recur throughout the narrative are: the notion of a nurse’s “duty to care” versus the need to protect herself or himself; the need for innovation and coordination of the response effort; and cooperation among the responders versus inherent political, racial, and interprofessional conflicts. Thus, the book examines political sensitivities, international conflicts, cultural differences, and societies’ varying professional and gendered expectations of nurses. In addition, the book highlights nurses’ voices during major World War II bombings, addressing realities that occurred during the war that have long been silenced for reasons of political and social correctness. These case studies document nurses’ roles in response to the London Blitz, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the bombing of Hiroshima, revealing nurses’ response to these crises: their dedication to patients, their ability to triage and improvise, and their adaptation to nursing professional norms expected in various cultures.
This book presents a conceptual framework for contemporary nursing practice based on the science of self-care and also incorporates other nursing and multidisciplinary perspectives. It illustrates how to attain and integrate knowledge from nursing theory and theories of related disciplines to achieve optimal evidence-based nursing practice. Case examples from a variety of clinical situations integrated with nursing theory demonstrate the variables needed to achieve optimal nursing practice. The first chapter discusses, inter alia, the relative value of different ways and patterns of knowing within the discipline of nursing. This is followed by a chapter that explains the importance of knowing and understanding the proper object of nursing. Nursing is an action system; action systems begin with problem identification, framing, and delineation. Several factors condition or influence the requirements for self-care, and represent a point of articulation of nursing sciences with other sciences that inform health-related situations. Self-care agency is developed as one learns from his or her family members and others in society to care for self. A traditional collaborative-care system is a unique whole that is formed through the informal or formal negotiation for care by two adults. The dependent-care agent is a person in a relationship not only with the care recipient but also with other members of the family. The family may be a factor that conditions the therapeutic self-care demand and self-care agency of the family member who is the identified patient.
This book provides a comprehensive survey of the range of issues to nurses and those interested in nursing’s contribution to the field of global health. The underlying assertion of the book is that global health encompasses the health problems of both rich and poor countries and implies a shared responsibility for achieving health and eradicating inequities. It takes into account the social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental factors including climate change that may impact health. The book is divided into three units. Unit I offers an overview of the foundations of global health and include the emerging concept of climate justice and its relationship to climate change and environmental health consequences. Additional tenets such as analysis of the distinctions that relate to public health, international health, and global health and the ethical context of global health, human rights, and social justice are explored. Unit II highlights issues of global health and the effects on the most poor and vulnerable worldwide particularly women, children, and those living in areas of conflict. In underdeveloped countries, safe water access is one of the most obvious determinants of the health of individuals and populations. Negative health effects related to violence within the scope of their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and forced participation in sex trafficking as well as maternal mortality and childhood malnutrition are also examined. While much work toward achieving global health is underway and there have been notable accomplishments, Unit III addresses areas where efforts must be redoubled to achieve success. These areas include challenges of international nurse migration, nursing leadership in inter-professional education, importance of continuing education, and working globally with faith-based organizations.
This book attempts to correct the dearth of nursing-relevant information about religions. The information in the book can help nurses to avoid being negligent to patients whose religiosity overtly and covertly influences their responses to health-related challenges and transitions. The book redresses the damage done by the prevailing discourse in the nursing literature that disparages religion in favor of a generic spirituality. It is divided into two parts. Part I discusses religion and nursing care, and explores the need for nurses to offer religious “interventions” at the bedside, provides information about how to talk with patients about religion and information about how to assess religiosity, addresses how nurses can support overt rituals, and offers legal and ethical perspectives in integrating this information in clinical care. The last chapter in this section reflects on the impact of a nurse’s religiosity on nursing practice. Several federal laws and most states have “conscience clauses”, which allow a nurse to refuse to participate for religious reasons in an abortion, sterilization, and often other procedures. Section II is the focal point of the book since it features contributions from 22 religionists who are not only experts about a faith tradition but also adherents of it. The religious groups covered in this section include Anabaptist-descended groups, Anglicans and Episcopalians, Baptists, Christian scientists, Latter-Day Saints, Lutherans and Methodists, Orthodox Christians, Pentecostals, Roman Catholics, Jehovah’s witnesses, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and atheists.
This book introduces the rich history accompanying the formation of birth centers in the United States and internationally. As you read the stories told by the midwives who founded this movement, sit back, take some time, and imagine the passion and vision of the early proponents of the freestanding birth center model. Most of these women are still alive, a few in their 80s and 90s, but they continue to actively promote and expose newcomers to the model they created with the support of many others. Many important health care issues are addressed in the book. Health system structure and function, innovation, the triple aim, policy, quality, and education all impact the expansion of the community-based birth center model. Birth centers are making a difference locally in the communities in which they are built, as well as nationally as the spotlight shines on models of care demonstrating improved outcomes. In passages that are woven throughout the book, the reader is introduced to “exemplar birth centers”. These centers stand out as shining examples of integration into health systems, different providers working together, enhanced services, the franchise model, and innovative educational opportunities. Finally, the book brings the history and current status of birth center knowledge into the future by introducing readers to the possibility of starting a birth center of their own.
Nursing disciplinary focus is the relationship of caring within a mutual human-environment health experience for healing and well-being. Complexity sciences and nursing science have the power to promote a deeper understanding of human beings as they evolve with the environment. This book focuses on both caring science and complexity sciences within the realm of nursing science, practice, and health care organizations. Organizational cultures deal with values and beliefs about what they are there for, products they may produce, how they govern and manage, how they use technology, and how they deal with human relationships. There are chapters focused on complexity sciences, highlighting, for example, entropy, methods, organizational paradoxes, and conflict relationships from more theoretical, quantitative, and/or mathematical research approaches. A chapter focused on the disease process of diabetes that shows the complexity of diabetes from the cellular to policy levels. Other chapters are focused on theoretical and qualitative research methods or newer research methods capturing the science of complexity, such as the comparing and contrasting of complexity sciences and the science of unitary human beings (SUHB), complex caring dynamics, and story theory and method. There are chapters related to leadership, caring in complex health care organizations, and nursing education that address both complexity and caring sciences. Finally, the book contains chapters that challenge our ethical thinking with informatics applications in practice, and the future of nursing and caring within the realm of the human-humanoid relationship. Each chapter has response that highlights what the particular chapter means to nursing education, research, leadership, administration, and practice.
This book imparts to the health care provider the basic tools of Spanish linguistics needed to provide care for the Spanish-speaking patient. The reader is provided with a variety of options to incorporate into his or her language goals. The book includes basic to advanced grammar, basic to advanced history and physical examination scenarios, and hospital-specialty-based patient encounters. An entire chapter is dedicated to enhancing the transcultural awareness of the health care provider caring for patients in the various countries that comprise Latin America. Each chapter includes a range of 8 to 36 audio segments that have been recorded in the Spanish language and in the English language, which enable the student to hear the pronunciation of the words, phrases, and sentences designed to enhance the interactions between the nurse and the Spanish-speaking patient. The book is divided into three sections. Section I presents the basics of Spanish language with chapters covering the alphabets, essential verbs, time and numbers. Basic anatomy, basic medical phrases, expressions to know the patient’s diet, his/her family, and Spanish phrases commonly used in patient care are also provided. The second section on medical Spanish begins with a presentation on patient assessment which is followed by discussions on pregnancy, childbirth and contraception. Transcultural assessment of the Spanish-speaking patient is also described. Section III offers summary review exercises and answers to review activities.