Spirituality: Living Our Connectedness, 1st Edition

  • Margaret A. Burkhardt West Virginia University School of Nursing
  • Mary Gail Nagai-Jacobson, MSN, RN
  • ISBN-10: 0766820823  |  ISBN-13: 9780766820821
  • 408 Pages
  • © 2002 | Published
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Spirituality: Living With Connectedness is designed to assist participating nurses and students in developing confidence and competence in integrating spirituality into their practice. Users are encouraged to address and nurture their own spirituality and recognize spirituality in everyday life as a means of effectively assessing the spiritual concerns of their patients. This insightful text discusses methods of heightening spirituality such as prayer, meditation and mindfulness; bodywork, touch and movement; rest and leisure; music and ritual; and play and creativity, that can be applied both personally and professionally.

Features and Benefits

  • Suggestions for integrating spirituality into daily practice.
  • Suggestions on how to nurture personal spirituality through attention to relationships, prayer, meditation, and mindfulness.
  • Practical ways to translate knowledge of spirituality into skillful patient assessment, planning, and intervention.
  • A focus on the importance of cultural sensitivity and the ways differing belief systmes can be reconciled toward the primary goal of the patients well being.

Table of Contents

PART I: Spiritual Core.
Healing and Spirituality. Mystery and Meaning. Illuminating the Spiritual Journey - Lisa Wayman's Story. Healing Presence, Spiritual Presence.
PART II: Connecting with the Physical Self.
Connecting with the Inner Self and Sacred Source. Illuminating the Spiritual Journey - Jean Watson''s Story. Connecting Through Rest and Re-creation. Connecting with Nature. Connecting through Ritual.
PART III: Connecting with Others.
Illuminating the Spiritual Journey - Sandra Melville''s Story. The Power of Story. Attending to Spirit. Considerations for the Journey.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Margaret A. Burkhardt

Margaret A. Burkhardt is Associate Professor Emerita, West Virginia University School of Nursing. She taught nursing and practiced holistic nursing care for more than thirty years, and is an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association. A prolific writer, Dr. Burkhardt has published numerous articles and book chapters, as well as co-authoring two books on spirituality in health and ethics in nursing.

Mary Gail Nagai-Jacobson, MSN, RN

Mary Gail Nagai-Jacobson, MSN, RN is director of Healing Matters in San Marcos, TX. She has practiced nursing in a variety of settings, including hospitals and long-term care institutions (medical-surgical, rehabilitation, oncology, psychiatric-mental health), and communitysettings (hospice, mental health). She has been especially interested in the meanings of the experiences of health and illness for individuals, families, and communities. She has presented workshops and published many articles on spirituality and healing, emphasizing the significance of relationships in the course of illness and healing that she has learned through both professional and personal experience. Through personal study and involvement in healing ministry, she explores and promotes more conscious spiritual living and the integration of spirituality into health care. She offers workshops, seminars, and consultation to nurses and others on spirituality and healing, caring for ourselves as spiritual beings, and integrating spirituality into healing practice.