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Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, Fourth Edition guides nurses in the art and science of holistic nursing and healing and offers ways of thinking, practicing, and responding both personally and professionally. It addresses one's own self-healing while also helping readers to offer new ways of healing to others. Using self-assessments, relaxation, imagery, nutrition, exercise, and aromatherapy, it presents expanded strategies for enhancing one's psychophysiology. Intended for students, clinicians, educators, and researchers who desire to expand their knowledge of holism, healing, and spirituality, Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice challenges the reader to explore the inward journey toward self-transformation, to identify the growing capacity for change and healing, and to bring healing to the forefront of health care.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, Third Edition is for all nurses who are interested in gaining in-depth knowledge of holistic nursing. The book can be used as a basic text in undergraduate, elective, and continuing education courses.

It provides a user-friendly nursing process format, standards of holistic nursing practice care plans with patient outcomes, outcome criteria, and evaluation guidelines for clinical practice to nurses in acute care, home care, and hospice, and those who are clinical specialists, educators, and bedside practitioners.

The third edition of this very popular textbook includes eight new chapters along with extensive reorganization and revision. An instructor's manual is also available.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This fourth edition continues in the tradition of previous editions to guide nurses in the art and science of holistic nursing. It helps nurses explore meanings of healing and identify self as an instrument of healing, and presents strategies to assist our patients in self healing.
Purpose: The authors and the American Holistic Nurses Association have collaborated to further the knowledge base for holistic nursing. The book addresses self healing for nurses and strategies to use to enhance the self as healer. This is not only the gold standard for holistic nursing but also a foundation for practice for all nurses.
Audience: The book is written for nurses and nursing students of all levels of education and practice. The authors are among the pioneers of contemporary holistic nursing and preeminent authorities in the field.
Features: This is a road map for the journey towards holistic nursing. Holistic philosophy and theories (e.g., transpersonal caring), education and research (e.g., energetic healing), and self care practices for self and others (e.g., nutrition, exercise, humor, cognitive therapies, imagery, music) are discussed in depth. Reflective questions and practices, directions for future research, and instructive guidance for application of strategies in practice are provided.
Assessment: New features of the book enhance its readability and use, including the integration of AHNA core values and standards as well as the integration of self assessments. A new chapter on aromatherapy is written by Jane Buckle, the nurse expert in the field. Books such as this must be periodically updated to include new evidence and approaches.
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763731830
  • Publisher: Jones & Barlett Learning
  • Publication date: 5/19/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 942
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 1.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Smith
Barbara Smith

Barbara Smith is the host of a syndicated television series and appears regularly on NBC's Today show. She owns three B. Smith's restaurants in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Sag Harbor, New York, and is the editor in chief of the newly launched magazine B. Smith Style. She lives in New York City and Sag Harbor.

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Table of Contents

Vision of healing - exploring life's meaning 3
Ch. 1 Holistic nursing practice 5
Vision of healing - transpersonal self 39
Ch. 2 Transpersonal human caring and healing 41
Vision of healing - reawakening the spirit in daily life 55
Ch. 3 The art of holistic nursing and the human health experience 57
Vision of healing - active listening 77
Ch. 4 Nursing theory in holistic nursing practice 79
Vision of healing - ethics in our changing world 91
Ch. 5 Holistic ethics 93
Vision of healing - web of life 109
Ch. 6 The psychophysiology of bodymind healing 111
Vision of healing - evolving process of life's dance 135
Ch. 7 Spirituality and health 137
Vision of healing - toward wholeness 173
Ch. 8 Energetic healing 175
Vision of healing - questioning the rules of science 209
Ch. 9 Holistic nursing research 211
Vision of healing - toward the inward journey 231
Ch. 10 The nurse as an instrument of healing 233
Vision of healing - human care 257
Ch. 11 Therapeutic communication : the art of helping 259
Vision of healing - building a healthy environment 273
Ch. 12 Environment 275
Vision of healing - sharing our healing stories 305
Ch. 13 Cultural diversity and care 307
Vision of healing - working with others 339
Ch. 14 The holistic caring process 341
Vision of healing - actualization of human potentials 377
Ch. 15 Self-assessments : facilitating healing in self and others 379
Vision of healing - changing outcomes 395
Ch. 16 Cognitive therapy 397
Vision of healing - healthy disclosure 427
Ch. 17 Self-reflection : consulting the truth within 429
Vision of healing - nourishing the bodymind 449
Ch. 18 Nutrition 451
Vision of healing - moving through strength 477
Ch. 19 Exercise and movement 479
Vision of healing - releasing the energy of the playful child 495
Ch. 20 Humor, laughter, and play : maintaining balance in a serious world 497
Vision of healing - creating receptive quiet 521
Ch. 21 Relaxation : the first step to restore, renew, and self-heal 523
Vision of healing - modeling a wellness lifestyle 565
Ch. 22 Imagery : awakening the inner healer 567
Vision of healing - composing the harmony 615
Ch. 23 Music therapy : hearing the melody of the soul 617
Vision of healing - using our healing hands 641
Ch. 24 Touch : connecting with the healing power 643
Vision of healing - accepting ourselves and others 667
Ch. 25 Relationships 669
Vision of healing - releasing attachment 691
Ch. 26 Dying in peace 693
Vision of healing - nourishing wisdom 719
Ch. 27 Weight management counseling 721
Vision of healing - acknowledging fear 757
Ch. 28 Smoking cessation : freedom from risk 759
Vision of healing - changing one's world view 781
Ch. 29 Addiction and recovery counseling 783
Vision of healing - recovering and maintaining the self 811
Ch. 30 Incest and child sexual abuse counseling 813
Vision of healing - healing through the senses 827
Ch. 31 Aromatherapy 829
Vision of healing - nursing voices of St. Charles Medical Center 853
Ch. 32 Relationship-centered care and healing initiative in a community hospital 857
Vision of healing - transformation of the acute health care environment 883
Ch. 33 Exploring integrative medicine and the healing environment : the story of a large urban acute care hospital 885
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