Spiritual Care for Nursing Practice

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
246 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2022
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Nurses make up the largest healthcare professional group and with a practice that requires them to be in close proximity to clients, they are increasingly being called on to engage in spiritual care with their patients. Spiritual Care for Nursing Practice by Bonnie Weaver Battey addresses crucial issues surrounding the nursing vocation as well as addressing spirituality as it relates to nursing practice. The book’s primary purpose is to establish the nursing practice of holistic care in hospitals, health care agencies, and in educational programs. It draws elements from the religious, scientific, and existential approaches. Here, the nursing goal of spiritual care draws down to the 5 Rs that are the proposed dimensions of responsibility for nurses to distinguish their duties from chaplains. Beliefs, Values, Meanings, Goals, and Relationships (BVMGR) serve as the rubric that nurses can implement.

As I read through Spiritual Care for Nursing Practice, I couldn’t help but think about Florence Nightingale’s great achievements, one of which is being the founder of modern nursing and giving it a noble reputation. The philosophic and theoretical dimensions of nursing continue to evolve, and now, more than ever, nurses continue to be a potent force in holistic healthcare. Dr. Bonnie Weaver Battey has written an easy-to-follow guide for everyone involved in the healthcare industry in providing spiritual care to help patients find meaning and purpose, as compassionate caring fosters an environment that is conducive to health and healing. Since nursing is an intuitive, interpersonal, and altruistic profession, the patient’s reality is contingent on the service that nurses provide. Therefore, Dr. Battey’s suggestions for establishing policies and educating nurses make this spiritual care guide a must-read.

K.C. Finn

Spiritual Care for Nursing Practice is a work of non-fiction in the advice and guidance, medical and spiritual sub-genres, and was penned by author Bonnie Weaver Battey with additional contributions from four other professionals with relevant experience in the subject matter. Intended for those who are already working - or aspire to work or train – in the nursing profession, the issues discussed in this volume advise on the theory of spiritual care for patients, its relevance, and inclusion in many different facets of modern hospital care. What results is a comprehensive, educational, and compassionate collection of well-reasoned theories and ideas about spiritual care.

Author Bonnie Weaver Battey gathers together a highly informative collection of literature on the importance and benefits of spiritual care in her profession, as well as many essential guidelines and considerations for those who might want to better incorporate it into their own care settings. In terms of organization, the work was well-formatted to convey information in a logical manner and allow easy reference to find essential topics again. I also found each section quite easy to digest because of its short structure and clear, concise language that aims to be technically relevant, but still accessible to students and newcomers. Taking readers from the earlier broad concepts of humanism and holistic care right through to the technical know-how of actually implementing spiritual care in hostile workplaces, what results is a superb go-to guide. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Spiritual Care for Nursing Practice to any reader with an interest in the subject.

Tammy Ruggles

Spiritual Care for Nursing Practice by Bonnie Weaver Battey is a timely and much-needed guide for the spiritual side of nursing. Using a holistic approach, the author addresses the whole aspect of nursing. The spiritual side of nursing is often ignored, minimized, or dismissed, and this could be the most important part. Battey lays out the importance of spiritual health, beginning with the definition of what nursing is, and moving through ways individual nurses can be more aware of spiritual care, and how health care organizations can also be more aware.

I like how the author stresses that the spiritual side of nursing could be part of the educational and training programs. Proper spiritual care may not solve all of the problems in nursing, but it's a good start since it recognizes how important spirituality is to people. Battey places an emphasis on better communication and offers research, theory, and evidence to support the benefits of spiritual care. And if some choose to opt out of the spiritual component of care, there are alternative therapies that incorporate techniques such as relaxation, meditation, etc. You'll find spiritual-based case studies, pilot programs, and strategies already being used by some nursing staff and departments.

A discussion of humanism, existentialism, and philosophy is also covered by the author. Practical advice is given too, like how to file a discrimination charge. If you think religion has no place in medicine, then this book may change your mind. Spiritual Care for Nursing Practice by Bonnie Weaver Battey opens a window to the possibilities and changes that can improve the practice of nursing and the level of care everywhere.

Edith Wairimu

Spiritual Care for Nursing Practice by Bonnie Weaver Battey is an enlightening medical guide that discusses how spiritual care can be incorporated into the modern healthcare system. It argues that the body, mind, and spirit are interrelated, and to achieve holistic healthcare, patient care should include spiritual care. It discusses spirituality in the context of nursing and proposes a spirituality theory for the nursing practice. The first section explores the meaning of specific terms relevant to the work such as humanism, communication, human beings, and their roles and the elements that define a person. In defining nursing, it analyzes past and contemporary definitions. It also considers three elements that encompass what nursing is. They include caring, coaching, and communication, which it further defines.

Spiritual Care for Nursing Practice by Bonnie Weaver Battey explains how the theory of spirituality can be applied, which makes it practical. It also examines other important subjects that are related to the main topic such as the benefits of including spiritual care in healthcare, which include its contribution to bonding and altruism and the barriers to providing spiritual care. The work quotes from multiple external sources that expand its content and can be used for further reading. Information is also presented through diagrams, graphs, and tables that make it more accessible. As clinical chaplaincy positions decline, Spiritual Care for Nursing Practice by Bonnie Weaver Battey not only explains why spiritual care is a vital aspect of patient care but also suggests how it can be incorporated into nursing practice.

Daniel D Staats

Dr. Bonnie Weaver Battey has developed an innovative theory concerning spiritual needs for use with patients in hospital settings in Spiritual Care for Nursing Practice. While the use of the term 'spiritual' does not necessarily mean one is a Christian, it does refer to the god-image in all mankind. This book is a user-friendly guide for those who lead hospitals, whether they be administrators, members of the board of directors, or educators. Bonnie emphasizes the importance of addressing the spiritual part of human beings. Her theory is heavy on humanizing communication. Florence Nightingale understood the importance of the spiritual component of mankind as far back as the mid-1800s. Bonnie shows that modern medical practice is finally catching up to the fact that mankind is tripartite. Bonnie walks the reader through the process of communication.

Dr. Bonnie Weaver Battey explains Humanizing Nursing Communication Theory in Spiritual Care for Nursing Practice. This method leads to the right holistic care of the whole person and good interpersonal relationships. Bonnie’s style of writing reminds me of my college days reading through informative texts. She writes in an academic style that will engage the leadership she desires to challenge and change. While others will learn much from her book, those in the medical field will find the information most useful. Her explanations on communication will also help those in the psychological counseling field. This book includes pages of tables, a guide for administrators wishing to incorporate the theory into practice, and case studies. Bonnie shows step-by-step how leadership can implement a program of spiritual care in the medical field.