This revised, updated, and refocused edition presents the latest perspectives on the nature and character of the art of healing in nursing. It offers readers a blueprint for how to artistically weave authentic presence into daily clinical nursing practice patterns. It includes firsthand reflections and observations by holistic healing leaders that expands on traditional viewpoints of the healer's presence in facilitating health and wholeness. It is an in ideal resource for nurse educators, students, and practitioners. Key Features: Examines the Nursing Triad of Compassionate Caring Presents a contemporary view of nursing's "Ways of Knowing" Integrates nursing with cutting-edge integrative medicine Provides a Web-based Values Assessment Tool that is co-created with the American Association of Critical Care Nursing and Home Healthcare Nurses Association
An invitation for all nurses to re-engage with the passion and commitment that originally inspired them! "...represents an act of passion for the profession, a window to a personal journey, and an invitation to view the nursing profession's contribution to healing in a Jungian context....The work's value comes from its integration of scientific, creative, and spiritual philosophies as a core context for the complex nurse-patient interaction involved in the promotion of a healing environment....Recommended."--Choice Nursing is at a crossroads, facing shortages of unparalleled proportion at a time when society is experiencing health care challenges of great magnitude. At the center of professional nursing lies the authentic presence of the nurse, the intention and commitment that brings nurses to the profession in the first place. When there is congruence between who nurses are and what they do, nurses bring their souls to work. This balance is experienced as a healing presence that encourages the patient's self-healing capacity. Throughout this book, JoEllen Koerner explores ways--scientific, creative, and spiritual--of understanding the power and impact of this "healing presence" on both the caregiver and those receiving care. Wisdom from the field is presented in a series of reflections from multiple areas of practice. For all nurses and nursing students, the book offers practical application strategies for integrating the nursing process with the nurse's presence and a framework for personal and professional development.
Written for priests and preachers, parents and teachers, this new series of reflections on the Sunday Gospels in the year of Mark are not concerned primarily to be a commentary on the text but on the message of the text; their purpose is not so much to inform as to inspire. The reflections by a master craftsman are written to unpack the Gospel - not simply Marks special theological emphases but his teaching about how we are to live with one another in the stuff of the everyday.
“This volume should not be required reading, but required study for everyone offering care in America. The biggest complaint about care in the USA is that “nobody listens.” Tom Balles’ book lays out, in simple detail, the basic human habits that we lost in our addiction to technology. Care is about individuals caring for other individuals.” ROBERT M. DUGGAN, MA, MAc (UK), Dipl Ac, (NCCAOM), author of Common Sense for the Healing Arts and Breaking the Iron Triangle: Reducing Health-Care Costs in Corporate America “Becoming a Healing Presence is simply elegant. Tom Balles calls all those who offer care to a high standard – to be present, with senses wide open. He offers uncomplicated practices for exploration; inviting us to sharpen our attention and deepen our awareness . . . . The book serves head and heart and will transform the caring experience for both giver and receiver.” BARBARA CATLIN, Founder and Director, Bigger Conversations, Columbia, Maryland Over the last thirty years the delivery of healthcare has gone through enormous changes. The insurance industry, managed-care, the use of pharmaceuticals, and high-tech medicine have all grown exponentially. In the midst of these changes have we developed a bit of amnesia? In offering our care, have we forgotten the capacity of human beings to help heal other human beings? Have we overlooked the need to cultivate ourselves as instruments of healing? Are we in danger of losing the healing power of the relationship between those giving and receiving care? The tribe of caregivers is in need of some potent medicine. Whether you’re at home caring for an aging or ailing family member, trained to be a volunteer, or working as a health-care professional, you’ll find powerful elixirs in these essays. They’ll remind you of the many healing capacities you possess as a caregiver, and of the great strength to be found in the healing relationship. Becoming a healing presence requires practice. Each essay is accompanied by practices that will transform your care and compassion into effective action and help you focus on what truly matters when offering care.
Jim Miller teamed with hospice chaplain Susan Cutshall to create a book about how to be with others in a way that's compassionate, nurturing, healing, and potentially even transforming. The foundational ideas are laid out in 15 short chapters: "There's only one place to begin-with yourself." "Healing presence is most effective when it's least active." Whole pages of engaging quotations and artistic drawings are interwoven with insightful observations and practical suggestions. Ideal for both professional and lay caregivers
With elegant simplicity, Rev. Dr. Seibert presents glimpses of life at the intersection of medicine and religion. In a collection of true stories, she describes common events and truthfully presents the doubts and difficulties of both herself as a physician/deacon and those she visits and treats. (Christian)