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NURSING, CARING, AND COMPLEXITY SCIENCE For Human-Environment Well Being 

Alice Davidson, RN, Ph.D. (Editor); Marilyn Ray, RN, PhD, CTN (Editor); Marian Turkel, RN, PhD, NEA-BC (Editor) 

"This collected scholarship...will inform the personal/professional evolution of caring and nursing into this century and beyond, inviting new visions of the evolved human in the world of practice, education, research, administration, and clinical care. It is truly a visionary futuristic manifesto for this time in nursing and health sciences at all levels." - Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing, Founder: Watson Caring Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado 

This innovative volume explores nursing and complexity science, and investigates how they relate in research, education, and practice. The book examines best methods for using complex systems, with expert contributing authors drawn from nursing, sociology, informatics, and mathematics. Each author is actively involved in studying and applying complexity science in diverse populations and various settings-especially in terms of nursing, chronic care, health care organizations, and community health networks. Chapters conclude with a response written by a nursing scholar, administrator, or practitioner, focusing on chapter concepts relevant to the complex systems seen in nursing. Chapters also include models that relate how these concepts can be used in practice, management, education, and research-from micro to macro scales. The first of its kind, this book demonstrates the potential of complex systems perspectives in nursing and health care research, education, and practice. 

Key Features: Presents the central concepts of complexity science as they relate to nursing, Facilitates greater understanding of human caring relationships through the lens of complex organizational systems and provides examples of how to create and implement complex systems models that enhance care for individuals, and in leadership roles, organizational caring, nursing informatics, and research methods. 




Transcultural Caring Dynamics in Nursing and Health Care
 

Marilyn A. Ray, RN, PhD, CTN, CNAA 
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida 
About 385 pages • 18 illustrations • Soft cover • Spring 2010 
About $38.95 (US) | $46.95 (CAN) 
ISBN-13: 978-0-8036-0809-2 

CONTENTS IN BRIEF 
Conceptual Model and Applications: 1. Transcultural Caring Dynamics in Nursing 
and Health Care 2. The Essence of Caring 3. Transcultural Caring Ethics 4. Transcultural Context to Transcultural Caring 5. Universal Sources 6. Transcultural Caring Inquiry: Awareness, Understanding, and Choice 
Transcultural Caring Experiences: 20 Case Studies highlighting various cultural groups in different settings and experiences. 

How do you perceive your cultural identity? All of us are shaped by the cultures we interact with and the cultural backgrounds and ethnicities that are part of our heritage. Dr. Marilyn Ray shows how cultures influence one another through inter-cultural relationships, technology, globalization, and mass communication, and how these influences directly shape our cultural identities in today’s world. 

The transcultural awareness and caring model enables students and clinicians to… Assess their cultures; Recognize their cultural identities; Use transcultural awareness in decision making; Analyze and engage in interventions by applying the appropriate tools for a situation. 

This new book goes beyond common stereotypes to provide a framework that can positively impact the nurse-patient relationship and the decision-making process. 

Outstanding Features • Explores transcultural caring dynamics • ethical principles • transcultural context • universal sources • and developing a personal, cultural, and decision-making foundation. • Offers transcultural tools for... caring dynamics assessment • culture-value conflict assessment • spiritual-ethical communicative caring • caring choice • and communicative interaction. • Uses self-awareness tools to help your students understand their personal beliefs and how those beliefs infuence their assessments of and care planning for their patients. • Illustrates concepts with over 20 case studies with learning activities that ensure students’ mastery of the techniques of transcultural assessment and caring. 

Resources for Instructors upon Adoption Online at DavisPlus 
• Instructor’s Guide showing how to… apply the caring-based learning approach • use this book in a standard course, across the curriculum, and as an online course • evaluate students’ answers based on suggested solutions for case studies in the text. • PowerPoint slides with illustrations. • Student Resources including… • case studies • assessment tools from the book. 




Caring for the vulnerable: Perspectives on nursing theory, practice, and research.
 
by 
Mary de Chesnay and Barbara Anderson 

Caring for The Vulnerable is designed as a text for courses on vulnerable populations and a supplementary text for courses on health policy, community health nursing, nursing theory, and research. In the third edition, the editors have retained basic content yet added new chapters that focus on different vulnerable populations. This book was originally written for undergraduates in nursing, but over the years it has been used extensively in graduate education. This edition highlights nurse practitioners in two units, Teaching-Learning and Programs as well as increasing the focus on the advocacy role for nurses. While retaining theoretical models from previous editions, this new edition highlights HIV-infected mothers and vulnerable women who breastfeed. Also added is material on undocumented immigrants, sex trafficking, and research in global health nursing. Contemporary issues of vulnerability addressed in this edition include nurses in the military, childhood obesity, breast cancer, and success at overcoming substance abuse and sexual abuse. Finally, the unit on policy implications focuses on system-related issues affecting vulnerability. An AJN Book of the Year, the reference is written by two nurse anthropologists who have worked extensively with a variety of vulnerable populations. 

Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, Inc. 




Moving the Rock: Poverty and Faith in a Black Storefront Church
 
by 
Mary Abrums, RN, PhD 
Associate Professor, Nursing Program 
University of Washington | Bothell 


Moving the Rock: Poverty and Faith in a Black Storefront Church portrays several generations of a small group of African American women who migrated from the south to the Pacific Northwest in the 1940s and 1950s. Although the book is about women in the Pacific Northwest, the stories about poor and working class Black women are universal and will appeal to audiences across the country. This book is an "ethnography of the particular" that describes the day-to-day realities of the women's lives. The women in the book are all members of the same small storefront church; and Moving the Rock describes how the women's faith and their church community help them to face daily challenges of poverty and racism. 

The women's stories are powerful, profound and accessible. Both general and academic audiences will be interested in reading them. The book will appeal to any readers who want to learn more about poverty and racism and the specificity of the lives of poor African Americans in the United States today. The book is also about the meaning of faith and how that faith and the church community can be the cornerstone that supports poor people as they deal with everyday challenges. Moving the Rock is also about working with and/or doing research with poor people. Professionals and students, such as health care and social service workers, educators, government workers, foundation workers and women's groups will find that these stories will help them as they work with poor and working class African American families. The book can readily be adapted for courses in health care, anthropology, social work and social science, education, women's studies, ethnic studies, American studies, religious studies, research and policy.



Reviews for

Moving the Rock: Poverty and Faith in a Black Storefront Church

“Abrums, an anthropologist and registered nurse, examines the lives of African American women members of the Morning Sun Church in the Central District of Seattle. Abrums spent 18 months observing and interviewing the women of Moring Sun, and the resulting stories are deeply engaging as individual narratives and compelling when taken as a whole. The work positively sparkles with the voices of these women as they discuss their struggles, joys, beliefs, health, and families. This book is undoubtedly academic, yet there is much here for the nonacademic reader to enjoy, too. Engaging, beautifully written, surprising, and challenging in the best way possible, this is highly recommended for its fine, compelling writing as well as for its profound subject.” 
- Library Journal, Starred Review

“Mary Abrums has written an honest and sensitive portrayal of African American families rarely found in today’s literature. It took me back to an earlier time and place in my own life, and I experienced a full range of emotions as I read. I rejoice in the publication of this book.” 
- Lydia McAllister, Seattle University

“The rich detail of these women’s lives is wonderfully expressed through the eyes of the narrator as she relates their life stories within the cultural context of the Seattle community in which they live. The book presents authoritative research but reads like a fascinating novel and one quickly finds oneself immersed in the lives of the eight women who shared their life histories. Abrums paints a picture so compelling that I felt I was sitting in their homes with the women and could feel their 
exhaustion or exhilaration. By sharing their stories, these women remind us that we have more in common as human beings than we have differences.” 
- Mary de Chesnay, Kennesaw State University

“In Moving the Rock, Abrums eloquently unfolds the religious beliefs and practices of the women of Morning Sun Church, a group of African-American women who struggle to nurture their families and community members against the tremendous odds. Written in a clear and engaging style, this book provides a major contribution to scholarships in womanist/feminist literature, religious studies, and the anthropology of working-class African-American in the urban Northwest. The author’s 
conscientious efforts to keep the voices of these women and their narratives at the forefront of this text gives the reader an insider’s perspective of how religious beliefs and practices empower women living at, near, or below the official poverty line in the United State.” 
- Ruth P. Wilson, San Jose State University


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