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Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery: From Vision to Reality

The therapies described in this book include nutrition, aromatherapy, relaxation techniques, music therapy, pet therapy, therapeutic touch and massage. They can be used in nursing practice to induce relaxation, help create a healing environment, increase comfort, reduce pain and address troublesome symptoms. However, they also have a role in empowering both nurses and patients to maintain their own health. Also significant is the improved professional satisfaction that often accompanies advanced nursing practice in complementary care. 

Pauline McCabe, known widely among Australian nurses and midwives for her skill and experience in the practice of complementary therapies, has gathered together a talented group of practitioners to write passionately about their particular specialties and experiences. All nurses and midwives will benefit from reading what these authors have to say. The whole book will be an inspiration to all nurses who wish to practice true healing arts within the medical workplace.

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Contents include

  • Numerous illustrations and tables to support the chapters written by a range of authors.
  • The therapies explored in this book can be seen to complement, rather than threaten, orthodox medical practice.
  • Chapters written by a wide variety of experienced authors.
  • Covers a wide range of areas, which includes an historical perspective of natural therapies within the nursing profession; legal and ethical considerations; research possibilities and achievements; and educational considerations, as well as the pioneering experiences of nurses in areas such as nutrition, aromatherapy, massage, meditation, holistic coronary care, music therapy and the use of pet animals

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Author / Editor Biographies

MHSc (PHC), RN, RM, ND, DipAc and MRCNA.
Pauline McCabe is currently a Senior Lecturer in Naturopathy in the School of Nursing at La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia. She brings to the editorship of this book more than three decades of experience as a nurse-naturopath, and a career that has made significant contributions to the integration of complementary therapies into Australian nursing practice. Pauline strongly believes that the use of complementary therapies by nurses will significantly advance the practice, theory, and professional development of nursing in the coming years.


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