Although the major part of this book focuses on rethinking nursing education, the essence of this book, the notion of "being called to care" is of relevance to all human service professionals who are responsible for ministering to the needs of others. The authors set the context for what it means to be "called to care" and explore ways of responding to a call. The three themes of vulnerability, authenticity, and structure are presented as foundational. Using a hermeneutic, interpretive approach to inquiry, insights are presented to uncover ways of conceptualizing and practicing curriculum through processes that join persons together in dialogue and reflection.
Mary Ellen Lashley is Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at Towson State University. Maggie T. Neal is at the University of Maryland's School of Nursing, Baltimore. Emily Todd Slunt is Chairperson of the Health Sciences Division and Director of the Nursing Education Program at Howard Community College, Maryland.
"The important explorations and insights offered by the authors in this book provide vivid evidence of ways in which nurses exercise their responses to a call to care. This is not a sentimental text, nor is it a simple or singular approach. The text is not associated with religious ideology. It is deeply spiritual; it explores the common grounds of meaning in human existence. These authors have brought together insights that are grounded in nursing experience, transcend the limits of discrete moments of time and space, and offer for our consideration complex, difficult and challenging ideas and possibilities. For the student of caring, this book provides a rich resource for understanding the complex foundations upon which disciplined caring praxis rests. For the practitioner, this book provides a rich resource that can nurture the courage to act more fully, to hear more completely, to give voice to significant experience more confidently. " — Peggy L. Chinn, from the Foreword