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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.