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Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 2010, 17, 663–664

Book reviews jpm_1553 663..664

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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy The Globalisation of Nursing

Rebecca Crane Edited by Verena Tschudin & Anne J. Davis
Routledge, Hove Radcliffe Publishing, Oxford
2009, 176 pages, £9.99 2008, 233 pages, £29.95 (PB)
ISBN 978-0-415-44502-3 ISBN 13: 978 184619 149 7

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is Globalization is a very contemporary topic gener-

increasingly popular in therapeutic practice, and ally, no more so perhaps than in relation to the
combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with medi- provision and delivery of health care particularly
tative practices and attitudes based on the cultiva- within resource-rich nations. The UK, for example,
tion of mindfulness. The heart of this work lies in is arguably the most multicultural nation in Europe
becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that and one of the principal recipient countries of
often characterize mood disorders while simulta- migrant nursing labour (Buchan 2002). These
neously learning to develop a new relationship to factors impact on the diversity of client populations
them. as well as the health-care workforce. While ethnic
Rebecca Crane has succeeded in setting out con- and national diversity adds to the richness of society,
cisely the main features of MBCT in this small, it can also be a source of tension. With this in mind,
pocket-sized book. Drawing upon her extensive The Globalisation of Nursing addresses a gap in
experience as a MBCT therapist and her personal educational resources that explore and consider the
practice of mindfulness, the book focuses upon the nature of globalization and its pertinence to nursing.
group programme offered to those who are vulner- While I would argue that this book is both rel-
able to depressive relapses, and is divided into 30 evant and informative for contemporary nursing
distinctive features that characterize this approach. practice, my experience tells me that the topic may
The author has tackled the almost impossible task not exact the interest that it merits. Nonetheless,
of presenting theory in relation to mindfulness prac- nurses cannot choose who they work with or care
tice, a profound yet simple approach to living in the for and they cannot deny the increasing impact of
world. It is easy to state what mindfulness is not; it is globalization on everyday life and so it is valuable
much more difficult to state what it is. Yet, this book to see a book that explicitly addresses this topic in
captures the spirit of peaceful inquiry which lies at a readable and accessible way. While the word glo-
the heart of mindfulness. Systematically presenting balization is frequently used in the media and else-
the theoretical perspectives and their practical appli- where, general understanding of the concept and its
cations, and written in clear and accessible language, implications are perhaps less clearly understood.
this text will be of great value to practitioners, The first chapter authored by the editors Verena
trainees and participants in mindfulness classes. Tschudin and Anne Davis is an excellent introduc-
tion to globalization and its relevance to nurses and
GRAHAM STEW DPhil MA RMN RGN nursing practice. The remainder of the text is then
Principal Lecturer divided into themed sections, tied together with a
University of Brighton similarly useful concluding chapter, which includes
Brighton a call to nurses to consider how they (as individuals)
UK might address some of the negative implications of
E-mail: g.stew@bton.ac.uk globalization.

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