The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing

Paperback | July 17, 2008

byBetty R Ferrell, Nessa Coyle

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The essence of nursing care continually exposes nurses to suffering. Although they bear witness to the suffering of others, their own suffering is less frequently exposed. This slim volume attempts to give voice to the suffering that nurses witness in patients, families, colleagues, andthemselves. By making this suffering visible, the authors wish to honor it and to learn from it. The audience includes nurses in all phases of training and practice - from students to educators to clinicians - in the wide array of settings and specialties in which nurses care for patients. The book offers nurses' colleagues in other professions - social workers, psychologists, chaplains,ethicists, and physicians - a rare window onto what it means to practice nursing. Drs. Ferrell and Coyle are also the editors of Textbook of Palliative Nursing, 2nd ed (Oxford, 2006). Independently, they have worked more than 50 years in oncology nursing, caring for patients and working to improve the quality of care that patients receive.

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The essence of nursing care continually exposes nurses to suffering. Although they bear witness to the suffering of others, their own suffering is less frequently exposed. This slim volume attempts to give voice to the suffering that nurses witness in patients, families, colleagues, andthemselves. By making this suffering visible, th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 5.98 × 9.02 × 0.71 inPublished:July 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195333128

ISBN - 13:9780195333121

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Table of Contents

1. Suffering and the Practice of Nursing2. Ethical and Theological Perspectives on the Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing3. Contextual Analysis of Patient Suffering4. The Suffering of Nurses5. What is the Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing

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"This is a remarkable book...It should be required reading for all nurses as it is a reminder that dispensing pills and hanging IV bags are the things that get us to the bedside but the truly important part of our work is what we do once we are there, honoring and supporting the suffering patient."--Doody's, a 5 star review