Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Nursing

Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Nursing
8th Ed.
2018 © Springer Publishing Company, LLC
Ruth Lindquist PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN; Mary Fran Tracy PhD, RN, APRN, CNS, FAAN; Mariah Snyder PhD, RN
ISBN-10: 0-8261-4433-0
Nursing, Complementary & Alternative Medicine


Now in its eighth edition, this highly acclaimed, newly revised and expanded text continues to deliver innovative practice guidelines for evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies that can easily be incorporated into curriculum and applied directly to practice. The book describes holistic treatments that are culturally appropriate for clients across the life span and NCLEX®-relevant content appropriate for preparation of advanced practice nurses.

The eighth edition reflects an expanding interest in these therapies worldwide and features numerous sidebars by international contributors who provide a global perspective that builds readers’ understanding of the cultural derivations and uses of complementary therapies. The new edition also highlights digital and technical advances, provides key updates to foundations for practice, and describes cutting-edge research. Included is a description of the evolution and establishment of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and its current national agenda. Updated legal information regarding regulation and credentialing, enlarged safety and precaution content, and the inclusion of a broad range of therapies add to the utility of this new edition.

The only book about complementary and alternative therapies written specifically for nurses that focuses on essential evidence for practice, the text uses a consistent format to present a definition and description of each therapy, summary of how it evolved, and rationale for its use. The scientific basis and research evidence for use of each therapy in a variety of specific patient populations is emphasized. Sidebars in each chapter describe the use of various therapies in different settings worldwide. All chapters provide practical guidelines for using the therapies to promote health and comfort while increasing patients’ well-being and satisfaction with care.

New to the Eighth Edition:

  • • Updated research-based content, including new cutting-edge references
  • • Expanded content about technology and digital resources
  • • New Foreword and endorsements by prominent scholars
  • • Describes key steps in evolution of the NCCIH and its current national agenda
  • • Highlights indigenous culturally based therapies
  • • New chapter: “Systems of Care: Sowa Rigpa?The Tibetan Knowledge of Healing”
  • • New chapter: “Independent Personal Use of Complementary Therapies”
  • • New chapter: “Afterword: Creating a Preferred Future?Editors’ Reflections”
  • • Updated information on legal concerns, regulation, and credentialing
  • • Enlarged safety and precaution content
  • • Helpful tips for selecting practitioners
  • • Use of therapies for nurses’ and patients’ self-care
  • • Strategies for initiating therapies and programs including institution-wide

Key Features:

  • • Delivers comprehensive and current guidelines for therapy use
  • • Written by highly respected nurse experts
  • • Employs a consistent format for ease of use
  • • Describes instructional techniques and safety precautions for each therapy
  • • Provides a strong international focus

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Score: 95/100
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Specialty Score: 2.85 Alternative Therapies
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This is an excellent resource for nurses in training, currently in practice, or those called to education or research. This update includes three new chapters and up-to-date details on the ever-changing landscape of credentialing and regulations, as well as an expanded focus on finding credible referral targets useful for patients and self-care for nurses themselves. This edition also has a focus on how to bring these approaches to a new health system as well as incorporating them into the now ubiquitous electronic health record. Overall, this edition makes a solid case for the how's and why's of integrating a holistic approach to nursing care in the 21st century."

-- Jeremy Miller, MS, NCTMB, LMT (WV) (Northwestern Health Sciences University) - Doody's Review

"Consistently offers easily accessible and timely information on how complementary therapies influence the health, comfort, and well-being of patients in a variety of clinical settings. It is an influential resource for nurses in practice, education, and research."

-- Janice Post-White, PhD, RN, FAAN - Doody's Review - previous edition

"Complementary and alternative therapies are increasingly popular and this book provides an informative and up-to-date introduction to the more commonly used treatments."

-- IAHPC Newsletter (International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care)


This title is intended primarily for a nursing audience and will be a valuable resource for student nurses and advanced practice clinicians. The book also holds immeasurable value for practitioners of these approaches to care as well. It includes a mix of information relevant to study, credentialing, practice, and research. The authors and contributors are all leaders in nursing and healthcare practice and education.

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