Holistic Nursing Care And The Holistic Caring Process Essay

1350 Words Feb 29th, 2016 6 Pages
Introduction Holism defined by the American Holistic Nurses Association as a “state of harmony among body, mind, emotions and spirit within an ever-changing environment” (Dossey, 2012). In order to form a plan of care that will be effective for patients, the whole person must be identified and not only the diseases. The Holistic Nursing approach is used for better outcomes for the patients. The traditional nursing process looks at diseases in a very linear manner; where the main focus is the disease. On the other hand, the holistic approach is a circular nursing process that takes focus on the whole person, not just the disease. It is important to teach patients that Complementary & Alternative Medicine is used together with Western Medicine, not instead of.
Holistic Nursing Care and the Holistic Caring Process Holistic Nursing Care is taking the mind-body-spirit-emotion-environment approach and adding it to the traditional nursing care. Holistic nursing care is based on principles of practice, rather than areas of nursing care where spirit-emotion-environment are just as important for wellness as is the mind-body. Illness affects the whole unique person-body, mind, spirit, emotion or the environment in which they live in, it is not just a physical disorder. As nurses, we provide holistic nursing care to our patient’s every day. Holistic nursing is defined as: all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal (Dossey, 2012). The nurse must…

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