Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (4Th Edition)

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (4Th Edition)

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Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (4th edition) edited by Barbara M. Dossey, PhD, RN, HNC, FAAN, Lynn Keegan, RN, HNC, FAAN, and Cathie E. Guzzetta, PhD, RN, HNC, FAAN; Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 2005; 942 pages, $64.95 (soft cover)

Have you ever wondered why some days are more difficult or easier than others in your daily practice? It is likely that your thoughts have turned to this question but you have not taken the time, nor had a resource, that might help you arrive at an answer. With this handbook for practice, you have such a resource.

The essence of Holistic Nursing is wholeness. In the authors' view, nursing is at its best when the nurse and client maximize the contributions that each person makes to the therapeutic relationship and see themselves as interdependent with each other and with the context in which they are situated. This means that when we think about caring for others, we need to think about ourselves, our colleagues, and the context of the care we provide, not just the physical aspects of the client.

The core values expressed in this book provide a useful framework for nurses to reconceptualize their practice and professional development in a broader perspective. Holistic nursing is not a new concept nor is it a static one. In each new edition of this book, the authors have posed new questions and updated, refined, and validated their arguments, clearly demonstrating that the essence of holistic nursing will continue to serve as a critical perspective in the increasingly global community in which we live. As our worlds expand, the need to understand connection, unity, and interdependence gains importance - the world is full of situations, issues, and complexities that fragment so many areas of our lives.

While connection, unity, and interdependence are a natural part of the care provided by nurses, a quick glance at most nursing textbooks and continuing education offerings demonstrates that we do not spend an adequate amount of time within these areas. The overwhelming number of facts and information about the physical areas of health care precludes the more spiritual aspects. …

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