This concept is taken from Block 5, Module 2 which is entitled as “Individual health”.
The word holism is a Greek word that signifies entire or whole. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, holism is a theory that the universe and especially living nature is correctly seen in terms of interacting wholes (as of living organisms) that are more than the mere sum of elementary particles. Holism in nursing can be referred to as holistic nursing which involves caring and treating the whole person.
2.1 Personal context
In my understanding, holism in nursing is a philosophy that originated from Florence Nightingale which is referred to as “holistic nursing care”. Holistic nursing aims at enhancing …show more content…
Nurses in various healthcare institutions now have the knowledge and skills required for a holistic care. Holistic care is used by nurses to enhance the quality of care given to patients and also forms strong foundation to what nurses do every day for the patients. In nursing care, holistic care provided by the nurses is not limited to certain group of people instead, it is meant for all individuals, families and the community as a whole. Holism in nursing creates opportunity for good communication and interpersonal relationship between nurses and their patients. This enables the nurses to detect problems that troubles the patients which maybe emotional, spiritual or social problems that from medical problems and also guide the patients in tackling the problems. Holistic care provided by the nurses to their patients also enable nurses to easily make good nursing diagnosis for their patients. Holism in nursing is very vital and should be practiced by nurses on daily basis and throughout the period of hospitalization for …show more content…
I provide individualized nursing care because their health needs, values and beliefs as well as response to stress differ. With my knowledge on holism in nursing care, I apply holistic approach in the care of patients to enable me identify the health needs of the patients and to help them in meeting the needs.
2.4 Current research
According to Mosby’s Medical and Nursing dictionary, holistic nursing is a philosophy of nursing practice that takes into account total patient care, considering the physical, emotional, social, economic, and spiritual needs of patients, their response to their illnesses, and the effect of illness on patients’ abilities to meet self-care needs.
The goal of the holistic nurse is to identify what the individual’s idea of health and healing is and facilitate a treatment plan to enhance the entire well-being of the individual. Holistic nurses act as a partner to the individual, aiding them in their journey through therapeutic treatment. This practice is built on the philosophy that all elements in life are connected; self, nature, spirit, and others. Each aspect influences the other, and can dynamically impact the overall health of an individual (American Holistic Nurses Association,