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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jean O'Neil, EdD, RN, C (Boston College School of Nursing)
Description: 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.
Purpose: 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.
Audience: The designated audience includes students of nursing, clinicians, educators, and researchers.
Features: Detailed content, attention to both nurse and client, and case studies in hospital and community settings are special features of the book.
Assessment: 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.