Transforming Care

Transforming Care

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  • Published: July 6, 2005
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
  • Page count: 219
  • ISBN: 0802828744

Transforming Care

Nursing involves skill, judgment, compassion, and respect for human life whether or not the nurse is a Christian. Is there anything distinctive, then, about Christian nurses?

The authors of Transforming Care address the question of how Christian faith molds nursing practice. Suggesting that such faith entails something more essential than evangelism or a certain position on moral dilemmas, they deal with the ordinary, everyday nature of nursing practice.

The first part of the book articulates the relationship between Christian faith and nursing practice while analyzing the concepts of nursing, person, environment, and health common to nursing literature. The second part describes and evaluates nursing practice in three different health care contexts: acute care settings, mental health facilities, and community care contexts. Sidebars throughout the book offer thought-provoking quotations from well-known authors and nursing experts.


Cheryl Brandsen
Bart Cusveller
Mary Molewyk Doornbos
Mary Flikkema
Ruth E. Groenhout
Arlene Hoogewerf
Kendra G. Hotz
Clarence Joldersma
Barbara Timmermans


"Transforming Care provides an excellent resource for nursing faculty and students. It articulates a strong, theologically based philosophy of nursing that addresses the role of Christian nurses in a pluralistic environment. The authors focus clearly on ways that faith shapes the moral and ethical aspects of nursing in regard to character, perspective, and values. Practicing nurses will find the application of these concepts in Part Two especially helpful. This book brings a thought-provoking new contribution to the nursing literature."
Judith Allen Shelly

"My thanks to this team of scholars! My thanks for their attention to the ways faith can inform and transform nursing — both in theory and in practice. My thanks for a book that will help to nurture and sustain the fidelity of Christian nurses both to their Christian profession and to the nursing profession. My thanks for a book that helps us all to envision and celebrate nursing as a holy calling!"
Allen Verhey

"Transforming Care: A Christian Vision of Nursing Practice is a valuable resource for nurses seeking to deepen their own understanding of the connection between their faith and their profession. Beginning from the deep conviction that nursing is a vocation to serve, the book validates the practice of nursing as both a legitimately scientific and skilled profession and a particular ministry."
The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

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