Academic journal article Creative Nursing

Healing Presence: The Essence of Nursing

Academic journal article Creative Nursing

Healing Presence: The Essence of Nursing

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Healing Presence: The Essence of Nursing JoEllen G. Koerner, PhD, RN, FAAN. New York: Springer Publishing, 2007, 248 pp., $40.00

"Nurses bring science, art, and essence to the individual and family; nursing is the heart and soul, the primary surveillance system for the health of society" (p. 9).

Drawing on elements of many different disciplines, from chaos theory to energy fields, electromagnetic forces and traditional healers, nursing leader and visionary JoEllen Koerner describes how nurses use three domains-the science of nursing, the art of nursing, and the essence of nursing-to assist patients in their healing.

Within the science of nursing, nurses use their knowledge of health and the human body-knowledge that has been obtained through science and research. This domain of nursing is experienced or demonstrated through the "realm of concrete thought" (p. 9).

The art of nursing uses discernment and pattern recognition to detect subtle changes in patient condition and to "guide synthesis of unrelated parts into a larger whole" (p. 9). For example, an experienced nurse may know that something is wrong with a patient before there is physical data to verify it and find out minutes or hours later that the intuition was correct. This domain of nursing is experienced in "the realm of abstract thought" (p. 9).

The third domain, the essence of nursing is experienced at the pure consciousness level in the "realm of no mind" (p. …

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