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Religion: A Clinical Guide for Nurses



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Religion is a significant aspect of human experience that can provide a framework for an individual's response to a health challenge or transition. Individual religious beliefs, or those of a patient's family or community, may influence health care decisions and provide a means for coping. This book provides accessible and comprehensive information about various religions, offering nurses insight into their patients' religious beliefs and practices and thereby enhancing therapeutic care.The centerpiece of this book is the compilation of information about diverse religions written by highly knowledgeable religionists. The reference includes information, formatted concisely and consistently, on a religion's history and theology; views on health and suffering; explanations for disease; beliefs and practices related to birthing, childrearing, and dying; healing rituals; corporate religious resources for the sick; and more. Prefacing this information are chapters discussing clinical aspects of addressing religion at the bedside. These include strategies for sensitive and respectful communication about religion with patients, assessing a patient's religious beliefs, supporting bedside rituals that are part of a patient's religion, and understanding ethical and legal considerations. The book also provides a comprehensive list of additional resources. Key Features: Provides quick access to information about the 20-plus families of religions most prevalent among Americans and others in English-speaking First World countries Presents practical and concise information about various religions in succinct table formatOffers detailed communication techniques for clinicians who are uncomfortable discussing religion with patientsIncludes techniques for self-assessment of religious views and values and how these can affect carePresents legal and ethical aspects of addressing religiosity in patient care

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. xi
Reviewersp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Religion and Nursing Carep. 1
Religion at the Beside: Why?p. 3
Talking With Patients About Religionp. 15
Assessing Religiosityp. 29
Supporting Religious Ritualsp. 43
Legal Perspectivesp. 59
Ethical Perspectivesp. 75
Integrating Personal Religiosity With Professional Practicep. 87
Religions: Beliefs, Practices, and Nursing Implicationsp. 99
Anabaptist-Descended Groups: Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonitesp. 101
Anglicans and Episcopaliansp. 109
Atheistsp. 117
Baptistsp. 123
Buddhistsp. 129
Christian Scientistsp. 137
Hindusp. 145
IFCA International Christiansp. 155
Jehovah's Witnessesp. 163
Jewsp. 171
Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)p. 181
Lutheransp. 191
Methodists (Wesleyans)p. 197
Modern Pagansp. 205
Muslimsp. 213
Orthodox Christiansp. 221
Pentecostalsp. 227
Presbyterians and Others in the Reformed Traditionp. 233
Roman Catholicsp. 241
Seventh-Day Adventistsp. 251
Sikhsp. 257
Unitarian Universalistsp. 265
Indexp. 269
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