Nursing and Complementary Therapies: A Natural Partnership
Nurses and midwives need to be able to express their healing instincts. Too often the ideals of the beginning practitioner are put aside in the rush to comply with work practices. In spite of this the use of complementary therapies is increasing. Their use is not new in nursing or midwifery. This chapter illustrates the natural partnership between nursing, midwifery and complementary therapies, drawing on historical and contemporary material. It asks the question: how might complementary therapies influence nursing theory and practice and looks at some of the challenges these therapies pose to nurses’ understanding of illness and healing.
- the past
- the present
- how do complementary therapies influence nursing theory and practice?