Another Great Book from Marian Press
Marie F. Romagnano, MSN, RN, CCM, a New England nurse, founded Nurses for Divine Mercy and wrote her first book, Nursing with the Hands of Jesus, as a direct result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Nurses from her nurse trauma team could do nothing to help the victims of the terrorist attack as the American Red Cross called off their team to go to New York City due to so few survivors. The nurses realized that praying and using the Chaplet of Divine Mercy from The Divine Mercy message and devotion was the most effective assistance spiritually since many of the injured and dying could not be reached.
Nurses for Divine Mercy, a part of Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy is an official Apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. It offers nurses, physicians, and other allied health professionals a unique program of professional formation that integrates the spirituality and devotional elements of The Divine Mercy message inpatient care.
The program of spiritual and professional formation includes • The Annual Medicine, Bioethics, and Spirituality Conference for Medical Professionals that offer academic credit and is available on DVD. • A concise handbook: Nursing with the Hands of Jesus: A Guide to Nurses for Divine Mercy. It offers 10 Contact Hours for nurses and includes the Nursing Spiritual Assessment and Care Plan, following Joint Commission guidelines.
Spiritual Work of the Nurses for Divine Mercy
Nurses for Divine Mercy are called to do different work in serving our patients and to include their spiritual needs, not only their physical needs. The unique aspect of a volunteer nurse in the Nurses for Divine Mercy is combining the spiritual care of the patient interwoven with the physical medical care.
The main purpose of the Nurses for Divine Mercy is to serve Jesus at the bedside of our patients with spiritual care through devotion to Him as The Divine Mercy. Bringing Jesus, The Divine Mercy to the bedside of the sick, injured, and dying is what is at the heart of becoming a “Nurse for Divine Mercy”.
Expert instruction in how to spiritually care for the sick, injured, and dying is the main focus of the book.
Book review by Fr. George Kosicki, CSB:
“Finally, we have a practical guide to minister to the sick and dying, not only physically and psychologically, but crowned with the spiritual ministry of HOPE and TRUST in the promises of Jesus given to St. Faustina, ‘the great apostle of Divine Mercy in our times’ (Pope John Paul II).”
I invite you to take this message of mercy and love to every professional nurse so they may learn more about Nursing with the Hands of Jesus for Divine Mercy.
Book review by Kathleen B. Scoble, MA, MEd, EdD, RN
Dean, School of Nursing, Professor of Nursing College of our Lady of the Elms
I am compelled to write this review in hopes of inspiring nurses and students of nursing at all levels to embrace this guide that truly holds a wealth of information and inspiration for the practice of nursing as well as one’s spiritual and professional growth … in a world where patients and their families so desperately need a compassionate nurse who recognizes the need and provides spiritual care. There are 10 Contact Hours for RNs available.
A Nurse’s Spiritual Handbook, Nursing with the Hands of Jesus: A Guide to Nurses for Divine Mercy, IV Edition (2019) authored by Marie F. Romagnano, MSN, RN, CRC, CCM, CLCP, and other devoted contributors continues its unique and beautiful purpose of providing nurses (and other health professionals) a spiritual guide for integrating the elements of the Divine Mercy message into patient care. I am compelled to write this review in hopes of inspiring nurses and students of nursing at all levels to embrace this guide that truly holds a wealth of information and inspiration for the practice of nursing as well as one’s spiritual and professional growth. The previous edition of the guide is the beginning chapter on the founding and mission of Nurses for Divine Mercy. The second chapter, contributed by Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, provides nurses with a “ministry kit” for providing spiritual care that centers on the dedication of health professionals to care for the sick and the dying; and beautifully describes and displays the Divine Mercy image of Jesus and message. Chapters follow that focus on the spirituality in the life of the nurse, contributed by Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, and enriched with beautiful pictures of Divine Mercy Jesus and our Blessed Mother. This chapter is followed by a guide for caring for the whole person and spiritual care specific to emergency situations and death that all nurses can follow and would find most informative for their practice. New to this edition, is the final chapter also by Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, which is enriched with prayers for the sick, dying, and dead illuminated by scripture readings and the diary readings of St. Faustina.
I found the unique and touching aspect of this guide in the story of its author, a compassionate practicing nurse in her work with traumatically injured patients and their families who knew and experienced first-hand, every day the absolutely critical need for nurses to care for the whole person (body and soul). This nurse, Marie, observed day-in and day-out that many nurses though committed to meeting the emotional and spiritual needs of their patients, lacked the support within their work environment, the confidence of knowing what it means to provide this care, and helpful tools to guide them. It was clear that all of these factors would strengthen nurses to follow their hearts and provide spiritual care to patients particularly in those times of extreme vulnerability and when facing death. Thus, the guide for Nurses for Divine Mercy came to be not only a publication, like no other, for the spiritual and professional formation of nurses but also became a lifelong dedication for Marie. Dedication to enhancing the spiritual care of patients by guiding and educating nurses about the assessment of patients for spiritual distress, planning care, and ensuring that patients receive the appropriate spiritual and pastoral care. I am blessed to be with Marie on this journey.
Suffice to say, there is more content than one could imagine would fit in this conveniently small book designed for nurses to have at their reach. Each page opens up to content that spoke to me as one who often seeks spiritual uplifting and foremost as a Catholic nurse and academic leader. I end with where I began…it is my hope and my strong desire to bring the gift of Nursing with the Hands of Jesus: A Guide to Nurses for Divine Mercy, IV Edition (2019) to nurses and student nurses to use for both their personal and spiritual growth as well as to inform their practice in a world where patients and their families so desperately need a compassionate nurse who recognizes the need and provides spiritual care.
. Kathleen B. Scoble, MA, MEd, EdD, RN
. Dean, School of Nursing
. Professor of Nursing
. College of our Lady of the Elms
. Chicopee, MA
Review by Kathleen B. Scoble, MA, MEd, EdD, RNPosted on 4/17/20