The Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Disease

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Overview

This book provides an overview of the holistic nursing approach, along with chapters on 20 commonly encountered chronic conditions, ranging from diabetes to sleep disorders. The interventions described for each condition include recommendations for diet, herbal supplements (if appropriate), and therapies such as accupressure, guided imagery, and stress management. Treatment planning emphasizes minimally invasive wellness approaches. Each chapter includes a specific example of a holistic nursing assessment, a collaborative treatment plan with a list of possible interventions, and a section on evaluating the effects of treatment.

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Reviewer: Carol Ann Esche, RN,ND,MA,CNA(Johns Hopkins School of Nursing)
Description: This is a handbook for nurses to use as they integrate holistic interventions into their practice. Using the nursing framework of assess, intervene and evaluate, Dr.Clark presents case studies of common chronic illnesses with an impressive repertoire of holistic interventions nurses should consider implementing with their clients.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide the holistic nurse with unique and varied strategies to determine a plan of care with the client. This book advances the field of holistic nursing significantly. On all counts, Dr. Clark has achieved her goal of offering a volume for nurses to use as a ready resource for holistic interventions.
Audience: Dr. Clark continues to establish herself as an authority on holistic nursing interventions in this book written for students and practitioners. Nurses serving adult clients from medicine, surgery, obstetrics, and psychiatry will find a plethora of interventions applicable to their clinical environment and their specific client needs.
Features: Selecting twenty common chronic conditions, Dr. Clark details holistic approaches to patient care. A wide variety of strategies are recommended for each chronic ailment including exercise, spiritual, nutritional, herbal, and environmental activities. She tackles approaches not traditionally addressed by nurses such as detoxification, food, and vitamin/mineral supplementation. One drawback to the book is the emphasis on a low-fat, low-salt, vegetarian diet when more and more research indicates the positive effect of healthy fats in chronic illness. Additionally, a greater focus on organic food selection would be helpful since pesticides and additives are well-known contributors to chronic illness.
Assessment: This book is a much-needed volume and will significantly contributes to the knowledge base of all nurses. The strategies provided are creative yet practical enough to be implemented.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Carol Ann Esche, RN,ND,MA,CNA(Johns Hopkins School of Nursing)
Description: This is a handbook for nurses to use as they integrate holistic interventions into their practice. Using the nursing framework of assess, intervene and evaluate, Dr.Clark presents case studies of common chronic illnesses with an impressive repertoire of holistic interventions nurses should consider implementing with their clients.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide the holistic nurse with unique and varied strategies to determine a plan of care with the client. This book advances the field of holistic nursing significantly. On all counts, Dr. Clark has achieved her goal of offering a volume for nurses to use as a ready resource for holistic interventions.
Audience: Dr. Clark continues to establish herself as an authority on holistic nursing interventions in this book written for students and practitioners. Nurses serving adult clients from medicine, surgery, obstetrics, and psychiatry will find a plethora of interventions applicable to their clinical environment and their specific client needs.
Features: Selecting twenty common chronic conditions, Dr. Clark details holistic approaches to patient care. A wide variety of strategies are recommended for each chronic ailment including exercise, spiritual, nutritional, herbal, and environmental activities. She tackles approaches not traditionally addressed by nurses such as detoxification, food, and vitamin/mineral supplementation. One drawback to the book is the emphasis on a low-fat, low-salt, vegetarian diet when more and more research indicates the positive effect of healthy fats in chronic illness. Additionally, a greater focus on organic food selection would be helpful since pesticides and additives are well-known contributors to chronic illness.
Assessment: This book is a much-needed volume and will significantly contributes to the knowledge base of all nurses. The strategies provided are creative yet practical enough to be implemented.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826125040
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Chambers Clark, ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHNC, founded the Wellness Institute and now runs a website called Wellness and Relationship Resources at www.carolynchambersclark.com that provides continuing education materials, newsletters, seminars, and practice management consultation. As a certified advanced holistic nurse and mental health nurse practitioner, she has maintained a private practice with clients for more than 30 years, focusing on whole person wellness.

She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1980 and is an award-winning author who has conducted research and published widely on wellness, holistic, and self-care topics, including Wellness Practitioner, Integrating Complementary Procedures into Practice, Health Promotion in Communities: Holistic and Wellness Approaches (Springer Publishing Company, 2001),Holistic Assertiveness Skills for Nurses: Empower Yourself (and Others!) (Springer Publishing Company, 2003) and The Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practice (Springer Publishing Company. 1999) She was also founding editor of the Alternative Health Practitioner: The Journal of Complementary and Natural Care and is the author of Group Leadership Skills (Springer Publishing Company, 2003), now in its fourth edition.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction of Holistic Nursing Approach
  2. AIDS/HIV
  3. Allergies/Asthma
  4. Alzheimer's Disease
  5. Arthritis
  6. Cancer
  7. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  8. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  9. Depression
  10. Diabetes
  11. Digestive Problems
  12. Fibromyalgia
  13. Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders
  14. Kidney Disease
  15. Liver Disease
  16. Multiple Sclerosis
  17. Osteoporosis
  18. Overweight/Obesity
  19. Pain
  20. Parkinson's Disease
  21. Sleep Disorders

  22. Contact Dr. Clark
    Index
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