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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.


Contents include

  • the past
  • the present
  • how do complementary therapies influence nursing theory and practice?
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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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