Values in Conflict: Christian Nursing in a Changing Profession, By Judith Allen Shelly and Arlene B. Miller

Values in Conflict

Christian Nursing in a Changing Profession

by Judith Allen Shelly and Arlene B. Miller

Values in Conflict
  • Length: 215 pages
  • Published: November 05, 1991
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1330
  • ISBN: 9780830813308

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Can nursing be Christian?

The answer may seem obvious, yet in our pluralistic society, Christian nurses are often told to keep their values out of their work. In fact, Judith Shelly and Arlene Miller ask, can anyone nurse without being guided by some values? Or do advocates of "value-free" nursing actually struggle in their own, non-religious values?

In response to such pressures, many Christian nurses adopt attitudes that don't really fit their faith. For instance, are "rugged individualism" and "the right to privacy" deeply Christian values? Shelly and Miller challenge believing nurses not to forget Christian values, but to better understand and apply those beliefs. Only then can they adopt a true "discipleship strategy" and more ably practice both their faith and their profession.

This straightforward, practical book will immensely help and encourage Christians involved in the troubled (and troubling) contemporary profession that is nursing.


1. Personal Values - Shelly
2. A Case for Value Judgement - Miller
3. Assessing Your Values - Shelly
4. A History of Nursing Values - Shelly
5. Values in Today?s Nursing - Shelly
6. Foundations for Christian Values - Miller
7. Nursing Values Christian Character - Miller
8. Strategy for Discipleship - Shelly
9. A Strategy for Influence - Miller Shelly
10. Christian Nursing in a Secular Profession - Miller

Appendix A: A Dictionary of Christian Values - Shelly
Appendix B: Survey of Nursing Values
Appendix C: Code for Nurses with Interpretive Statements
Appendix D: Essentials of College and University Education for Professional Nursing Final Report



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Judith Allen Shelly

Judith Allen Shelly (BSN, DMin) previously served as publications director for Nurses Christian Fellowship, director of NCF Press, and editor of the Journal of Christian Nursing. She is also the author of Spiritual Care: A Guide for Caregivers and the coauthor of Values in Conflict.

Shelly's editorial work has won numerous awards from the Evangelical Press Association, and her articles have appeared in journals such as Ethics and Medicine, Christian Counseling Today, and Christian Bioethics. She has also been an adjunct professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.

Author of Arlene B. Miller

Arlene B. Miller (RN, PhD) is retired from the Department of Nursing at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. Her books include Values in Conflict and Called to Care.