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Is Intercessory Prayer Valid Nursing Intervention?

Strang, Cecily Weller

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e31820e6c06
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Is the use of intercessory prayer (IP) in modern nursing a valid practice? As discussed in current healthcare literature, IP is controversial, with authors offering support for and against the efficacy of the practice. This article reviews IP literature and research, concluding IP is a valid intervention for Christian nurses.

In Maasai, Kenya, intercessory prayer (IP) is appropriately used as a healthcare intervention. But in developed countries IP is controversial. Does IP have a place in nursing care in modern, developed countries?

Cecily Weller Strang, MSN, RN, is adjunct clinical faculty at King College, Bristol, TN, and a doctoral student at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She worked for 20 years in the midst of the Maasai people of Kenya. She continues to care for students and patients locally and globally.

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