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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.