Called to Care: A Christian Worldview for Nursing

Front Cover
InterVarsity Press, Aug 20, 2009 - Medical - 304 pages
Nursing keeps changing. The role of the nurse grew out of a Christian understanding of the human person as created in the image of God, and viewed the body as a living unity and the "temple of the Holy Spirit" (1 Cor 6:19). Contemporary nursing, however, is increasingly characterized by a diminished understanding of personhood. The impact on patient care has proven confusing and discouraging to many nurses. In the newly revised and expanded Called to Care: A Christian Worldview for Nursing, Judith Allen Shelly and Arlene B. Miller define nursing for today based on a historically and theologically grounded understanding of the nurse's call: Nursing is a ministry of compassionate care for the whole person, in response to God's grace toward a sinful world, which aims to foster optimum health (shalom) and bring comfort in suffering and death for anyone in need. Called to Care asserts that nursing is a vocation, giving nurses a framework for understanding their mission and living out their calling: service to God through caring for others.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

This book is closed minded. Better then thou attitude.
Called to Caring'...why this book should NOT be part of any curriculum:
I read this book cover to cover because I wanted to know more about
the Fundamental Christian stance and dogma. I was shocked and bewildered. I feel this book should NOT be used as curriculum for any class as it full of bigotry and discrimination and teaches prejudice and intolerance especially of other religions and other cultures. Jesus taught Love, Tolerance, and not to be Judgmental but in this book the opposite is being conveyed.
As Nurses we should be representatives of Gods work and minister to others as Jesus would want us to; not pushing our personal ideology or agenda.
 

Selected pages

Contents

Chapter 2
27
Chapter 3
42
PART TWO
72
Chapter 4
73
Chapter 5
94
Chapter 6
111
PART THREE
131
Chapter 7
133
Chapter 10
187
Chapter 11
204
Chapter 12
221
PART FIVE
236
Chapter 13
239
Chapter 14
261
Chapter 15
280
Appendix
302

Chapter 8
150
Chapter 9
169
PART FOUR
184

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Judith Allen Shelly, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., D.Min., is publications director for Nurses Christian Fellowship, director of NCF Press and former editor of the Journal of Christian Nursing. Her editorial work has won numerous awards from the Evangelical Press Association. Shelly has written many books including Spiritual Care: A Guide for Caregivers (IVP, 2000) and The Changing Face of Health Care (Eerdmans, 1998). Her articles have appeared in journals such as Ethics and Medicine, Christian Counseling Today and Christian Bioethics. She has also been an adjunct professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.

Arlene B. Miller (R.N., Ph.D.) is retired from the Department of Nursing at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. She continues to teach occasional classes there. Her books include Values in Conflict and Called to Care.

Bibliographic information