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  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 20 Contact Hours
Author(s): Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC
Peer Reviewer(s): Mary Elaine Southard, DNP, RN, APHN-BC, HWNC-BC, DipCHom
Item#: N1815
Contents: 1 Course Book (217 pages)
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Holistic and Integrative Nursing: Elements of Practice

Price $64.95
Item # N1815
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Release Date: August 14, 2018

Expiration Date: August 31, 2021

Holistic and integrative nursing care is based upon holism and may include natural products, mind and body practices, and aspects of traditional healing systems. A holistic approach towards physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual care defines how that nursing care is applied and not simply what is done to a patient. The five elements of practice defined as vital – energy, fire, air, water, earth and ether – have endured for centuries and provide a structural focus for sickroom management, creating healing environments, and the nursing care of whole patients.  Nurses are guided through the application of these elements to practice using various healing modalities.

Course Objectives

  • Explain holistic nursing philosophy and the concept of holism.
  • List the five elements of caring practice that guide healing traditions, self-care, and holistic nursing practice.
  • Discuss the difference between complementary therapies and traditional/indigenous healing.
  • Explain the difference between the holistic nursing philosophy and the practice of integrative nursing.
  • Explain the role of integrative care in pain relief and comfort with nonpharmacological interventions.
  • Explain the use of mindfulness practice interventions in holistic nursing care.
  • Describe one way to integrate touch therapies and bodywork interventions into one’s nursing practice.
  • Identify examples of holistic and integrative communication interventions.
  • Discuss hydrotherapy interventions in Holistic and Integrative Nursing practice.
  • Discuss essential oils and aromatherapy interventions in Holistic and Integrative Nursing practice.
  • Summarize the application of religious and spiritual interventions in Holistic and Integrative
    Nursing practice.
  • Discuss the use of nutritional and herbal interventions used in Holistic and Integrative Nursing practice.

Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from New York University, her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and her doctorate in Humanities – Health Care History from Oxford Brooks University in Oxford, England. Dr. Libster is an award-winning author of seven books, including two histories about American 19th-century healthcare reform, religion, and holistic nursing. She is known internationally for her pioneering work and book publications on integrative and holistic nursing and nurse-herbalism, beginning with the release of Demonstrating Care: The Art of Integrative Nursing (2000, Delmar Thomson Learning) and her encyclopedic Integrative Herb Guide for Nurses (2002). Dr. Libster is an innovative master teacher, health and education program developer, and consultant with extensive experience on the safe and effective integration of herbal remedies and other complementary therapies in self-care, nursing, and health systems. Dr. Libster designs and implements resource centers, educational programs, writing projects, webinars, E/telehealth, and self-care products and services. She is a senior medical writer with 18 years’ experience in health science, education, policy writing and publishing for print, E-publications, and databases. Dr. Libster is the founding director of the Bamboo Bridge Global Tea House, an international forum for dialogue in health culture diplomacy, and editor of Perspectives on Cultural Diplomacy. She is a licensed board-certified Holistic Advanced Practice Nurse and specializes in the integration of conventional nursing and traditional Chinese herbal medicine assessment and treatment. She is passionate about providing diplomatic, solution-focused consultations for families, caregivers, and communities in crisis. (, ResearchGate, Google Scholar, LinkedIn, and YouTube Channel – GoldenAppleHealing)

Mary Elaine Southard, DNP, RN, APHN-BC, HWNC-BC, DipCHom, is a national and international leader, educator, author, and clinician in integrative health and nurse coaching whose 40-year career has spanned varied healthcare settings and diverse populations. Dr. Southard holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Misericordia University, a Master of Science in Nursing in adult health and illness with a concentration in Oncology from the University of Pennsylvania, a post master’s certificate as a Holistic Nurse Practitioner from New York University, and a doctorate in Nursing Practice in Integrative Health and Healing from the University of Minnesota. She holds a diploma in Clinical Homeopathy from the Center for Development and Education of Homeopathy. A national leader in holistic/integrative nursing, Dr. Southard is board certified as an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse and Nurse Coach and is a past board member of the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. Her research focuses on using the Omaha System in nurse coaching as a key to practice, documentation, and information management. Dr. Southard is adjunct faculty at Marywood University, Scranton, PA, and in the graduate nursing program at the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY. Dr. Southard also maintains a private integrative consulting and coaching practice in Scranton, PA.

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