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Complementary Care: Redefining Nursing for the New Millennium

The number of nurses who practice complementary therapies in Australia is unknown. Victoria, Bonawitt and Evans (1994) conducted a study of 130 nurses in independent, private and fee-for-service practice, and over half of the participants were complementary nurse therapists. The study found that only 19 per cent of independent/private nurses practice in institutional settings. Anecdotal evidence indicates that nurses who have trained in complementary therapies practice professionally outside the institutional setting, or utilise their skills with family and friends. This suggests that nurses recognise the need for a new approach to health care delivery. Nevertheless, for a number of reasons they may be reluctant to incorporate complementary health care into their practice.

Contents include

  • the need for a new model of care
  • the socialisation of nurses
  • power relationships within the health care system
  • legal issues
  • scientific paradigms
  • professional gatekeeping.
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RN, RM, MCHN, BAppSc, MHSc and Cert (Massage).
With extensive nursing experience in pediatrics, midwifery, maternal and child health and general nursing, Professor Jill Teschendorff has a strong interest in facilitating change through research and teaching. A qualified massage therapist, Jill believes that complementary health care offers nurses the opportunity to implement effective, practical care that is holistic and under the control of nurses. Her research interests are broad and they include overseas skills recognition in Australia, intercultural communication, cultural adjustments of migrant nurses and the effects of massage on post...

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