Holistic Nursing

Holistic Nursing

by Barbara Montgomery Dossey

An Official Publication of the American Holistic Nurses' Association. With today's emphasis on wellness, nurses are in a new and unique position. Never before has health care been so ready for nurses to lead the way in using contemporary and ancient techniques to complement traditional medicine in healing the whole person. The new third edition of the acclaimed …  See more details below


An Official Publication of the American Holistic Nurses' Association. With today's emphasis on wellness, nurses are in a new and unique position. Never before has health care been so ready for nurses to lead the way in using contemporary and ancient techniques to complement traditional medicine in healing the whole person. The new third edition of the acclaimed Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice outlines a comprehensive blueprint for nurse healers in the 21st century. It's an absolute essential for any nurse who wants to develop new therapeutic skills and intuitive techniques to act as a true instrument of healing.


  • Holistic Nurses
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Hospice Nurses
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Nurse Researchers


  • Use safe, cost-effective holistic nursing interventions to complement medical and surgical techniques
  • Understand the art and science of nurse healing
  • Nurture the whole patient-physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, and spiritually
  • Facilitate healing in yourself to become a more effective nurse healer
  • Apply modalities such as self-assessments, relaxation, imagery, biofeedback, meditation, hypnosis, therapeutic touch, music, spiritual healing, and more
  • Second Edition was an AJN Book of the Year Winner.

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Editorial Reviews

5 Stars! from Doody
Jean O'Neil
This second edition defines holistic nursing as a body-mind-spirit process for peace in living or dying. The format is consistent from the introduction to holistic nursing and ideas of nurse-self-client, psychophysiology, change processes, and ethics in nursing interventions. Each section addresses nursing healer objectives, pertinent definitions, theory and research, nursing process, directions for further research, nurse healer reflections, and recommended resources. The authors aim to explore unity and relatedness of persons as well as aspects of being, to expand understanding of healing and nurse as healer, and to develop strategies to strengthen the whole person. The designated audience includes students of nursing, clinicians, educators, and researchers. Detailed content, attention to both nurse and client, and case studies in hospital and community settings are special features of the book. This is an informative book by highly qualified nurse authors for individuals, libraries, and healthcare agencies where there are interests or questions about holistic nursing. It has pertinent illustrations and substantive presentations of assessment and intervention strategies as well as the theory-research basis for this approach to healing.
Jane W. Swanson
Watson's forward probably says it best: "The third edition of Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, while building upon the seminal work of the first two editions, takes a quantum leap forward... offering a blueprint for holistic nursing for the next era in nursing's history, unveiling the latest and most contemporary thinking in the field" (p. xxvii). This expanded edition is a discussion of questions regarding the body of nursing knowledge and nursing's contract with society. The editors ask: if healing is the domain of all disciplines, including the primary focus of the individual, what are the contributions of nurses? With this handbook they provide the latest guidance and practice suggestions for integration of complementary and integrated interventions. An additional benefit is the inclusion of multiple previously published journal articles making a fuller reference guide than the second edition of 1995. The intent is to help nurses develop an integrated approach for nursing practice which involves patients as participants in all phases of their care. The contributors focus on topics or clinical interventions to help nurses shape a practice that integrates body, mind, and complementary therapies with traditional approaches to practice. The theoretical and research based interventions are outlined and approaches for evaluation are suggested. Nurses are also offered guidance for further study and certification in alternative and complementary therapies. The book contains excellent self-assessment tools so nurses can reflect on their own healing and awaken the inner healer that models a wellness lifestyle and heightened self-awareness. Although the primary audience forthis work is the holistic nurse, the content and focus are presented in ways which are relevant to nurses in all practice settings. I would give this book the highest rating and recommend it as essential to any nurse's library.
Holistic nursing incorporates bodymind and transpersonal therapies such as meditation and relaxation imagery. This work expands an understanding of healing and the nurse as an instrument of healing, explores the unity and relatedness of nurses and clients, and develops caring-healing interventions to strengthen the whole person. This third edition is organized around five core values for holistic nursing, and contains new chapters on areas including energetic healing, therapeutic communication, and cultural diversity. Dossey is the director of a holistic nursing consulting firm. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Reviewer: Silvana F Richardson, PhD, RN (Viterbo University)
Description: This seventh edition of a comprehensive resource for holistic nursing practice has been updated and expanded with timely and relevant information to include evolving knowledge and praxis that is advancing the field. The previous edition was published in 2013.
Purpose: This book continues to provide the discipline with a clear articulation of holistic nursing as an art and a science, as a lifelong personal journey, and as integral to transforming healthcare. The authors emphasize the integration of theoretical concepts into clinical practice, nursing education and research, and personal development. The ebook version and supplements add valuable learning tools that promote engagement with the concepts and their application through a variety of learning activities.
Audience: The authors state that the book is intended for all nurses: students, clinicians, educators, and researchers from basic to advanced. The book suitable for all levels and can be revisited as nurses evolve in their understanding and practice of holism. The contributing authors and editors are renowned experts in the field, many with advanced certification in holistic nursing.
Features: This edition includes seven new chapters: creative expressions in healing, herbs and dietary supplements, holistic leadership, holistic nursing education, self-care and self-development, advanced holistic nursing practice, and advanced integrative health and well-being practice. The book is organized according to the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) Five Core Values of holistic nursing and is clearly aligned with its mission and vision and with the American Nurses Association (ANA) Holistic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. Each chapter includes clear objectives, a definition of terms, ideas for future research, and questions for reflection. Case studies promote critical thinking about the concepts such as using the holistic caring process to promote dying peacefully. The new chapter on holistic nursing education provides rich exemplars of integration of holistic nursing that both undergraduate and graduate educators will find useful.
Assessment: This edition, with its updated and expanded content, ideal blending of theory and praxis, emphasis on self-development, and new interactive web resources, offers readers a state-of-the-art resource on holistic nursing that builds on the excellence of previous editions. Its significance has been recognized by AHNA with its new Seal of Distinction award.

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