Holistic Care : An Integrative Approach Essay
Azusa Pacific University
Holistic Care: An Integrative Approach to a Sense of Calling
Holistic nursing is defined as “all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal…This practice recognizes the totality of the human being - the interconnectedness of body, mind, emotion, spirit, social/cultural, relationship, context, and environment” (Thornton, 2015). The philosophy of care I want to utilize in my practice of nursing is one that encompasses a holistic approach to care and identifies each patient as unique and created in the image of God. This paper will discuss the passage of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-35) as it relates to my sense of calling to holistic care and the framework that guides my ongoing practice, worldview and vocation.
The Good Samaritan
“In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to…