Florence Nightingale is widely regarded as the founder of modern nursing. What is less well known is that she also had well-developed ideas about the spiritual aspects of nursing care. Her views draw from both Eastern and Western spiritual traditions and have a startling relevance to nursing practice today. Janet Macrae, both a Nightingale scholar and a nationally recognized expert on therapeutic touch, outlines Nightingale's ideas on spirituality in this book and discusses how a variety of techniques can be used to implement a more spiritual and humane form of nursing care. The techniques, which include yoga, meditation, and relaxation exercises can be used by both nurses and patients.
Janet Macrae, PhD, RN, is an adjunct faculty member in the Advanced Practice Holistic Nursing Program at New York University, and also maintains a private nursing practice specializing in therapeutic touch. She has taught over 350 Therapeutic Touch workshops nationwide and is the author of Therapeutic Touch: A Practical Guide (Alfred Knopf, 1987). She co-edited Suggestions for Thought by Florence Nightingale (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994) and lectures extensively on Nightingale's spiritual philosophy and its significance for modern health care.