Religion: A Clinical Guide for Nurses

Author: Elizabeth Johnston Taylor, PhD, RN
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Date Published: 2012
Pages: 268
Cover Type: Soft Cover
Expiration Date: 12/31/2019

This program is pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) to provide continuing education credit to Certified Case Managers (CCMs).

CCRNs: This course is eligible for new synergy model Category B.

The original course expiration date was 12/2017; content was reviewed and expiration date extended to 12/31/2019

Religion can provide a framework for an individual's response to a health challenge or transition. A patient's religious beliefs, or those of his family, may influence health care decisions and provide a means for coping. This book provides information about various religions, offering nurses insight into their patients' religious beliefs and practices and thereby enhancing therapeutic care.

The focal point of this book is the collection of 22 contributions from religionists who are not only experts about a faith tradition but also adherents of it. This information includes a religion's history and theology; views on health and suffering; explanation 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 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.

Here's what you'll find:


  1. Religion at the Bedside: Why?
  2. Talking with Patients about Religion
  3. Assessing Religiosity
  4. Supporting Religious Rituals
  5. Legal Perspecdtives
  6. Ethidcal Perspectives
  7. Integrating Personal Religiosity with Professional Practice


  1. Anabaptist-Descended Groups: Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites
  2. Anglicans and Episcopalians
  3. Atheists
  4. Baptists
  5. Buddhists
  6. Christian Scientists
  7. Hindus
  8. IFCA International Christians
  9. Jehovah's Witnesses
  10. Jews
  11. Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)
  12. Lutherans
  13. Methodists (Wesleyans)
  14. Modern Pagans
  15. Muslims
  16. Orthodox Christians
  17. Pentecostals
  18. Presbyterians and Others in the Reformed Tradition
  19. Roman Catholics
  20. Seventh-Day Adventists
  21. Sikhs
  22. Unitarian Universalists