As changes in technology, policy and management put an increasing emphasis on processes and procedures in nursing and health care, how do we continue to make room for compassion, the ancient human value that calls most nurses to the profession? In Spiritual Care and Everyday Nursing Practice Janice Clarke argues that it is compassionate care of the whole person, body and soul, which is at the heart of nursing practice that values the individual and respects their dignity. Rather than seeing spiritual care as an addition to what nurses already do, this new approach considers it to be a natural part of compassionate care which doesn't present the nurse with an extra ambiguous burden to deal with.
Providing a brief historical introduction to the concept of spirituality, Clarke examines the ways in which our spiritual life - a source of strength and meaning - can be influenced by factors such as age, illness and suffering, and mental illness, as well as our religious beliefs. Providing a practical guide to talking about and working with spirituality, she explores how nurses might imbue all their practice including the physical aspects of care - from use of touch to helping patients to move, bathe, and eat - with an attention to spiritual needs. A timely, accessible and practical introduction to concept that is under-explored in contemporary nursing literature, this book will be of great value to students and professionals alike.
PART I: INTRODUCING SPIRITUALITY
1. What is Spirituality?
2. Body and Soul: An Integrated Model of the Person
3. Spiritual Care in Modern Nursing
PART II: WHAT CAN AFFECT SPIRITUALITY
4. Being Very Young and Being Very Old
5. Being Ill and Suffering
6. Being Religious
7. Having a Mental Illness
PART III: HOW TO TURN SPIRITUALITY INTO SPIRITUAL CARE
8. Spiritual Care in Relationships
9. Some Skills for Spiritual Care in Relationships
10. Talking about Spirituality
PART IV: MAKING PHYSICAL CARE SPIRITUAL
11. Having a Body/Discomfort and Comfort/Old Body
12. Touch and Touching
13. Helping People to Move
14. Helping People to Bathe
15. Helping People to Eat
Janice Clarke is Senior Lecturer in Allied Health Sciences at the University of Worcester, UK. She has interests in all aspects of care and knowledge in nursing, and especially how this relates to spirituality and religion in nursing practice. She writes, presents and teaches on this topic both on courses and at conferences.