Nurses as Healers
Fitzpatrick, Joyce J., Nursing Education Perspectives
THE 2003 NURSES WEEK THEME HAS BEEN, "Nurses Lifting Spirits, Touching Lives." Nurses touch lives as healers. The word heal derives its meaning from the Anglo-Saxon word haelan, meaning to be or become whole. The nursing role is focused on helping persons become whole, on helping them achieve a state of harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Nurses heal through relationship-centered care in which the therapeutic relationship between nurse and patient is paramount and through which the patient is assisted to achieve the balance so critical to health and wholeness.
Florence Nightingale, whose birth date marks the annual celebration of International Nurses Day on May 12, is often …
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Publication information: Article title: Nurses as Healers. Contributors: Fitzpatrick, Joyce J. - Author. Journal title: Nursing Education Perspectives. Volume: 24. Issue: 3 Publication date: May/June 2003. Page number: 117. © 2009 National League for Nursing, Inc. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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