Nursing: Holistic and Integrative Nursing: Elements of Practice

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About Course #N1815

Release Date: August 14, 2018

Expiration Date: March 29, 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.

About the Author(s)

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)

Course Disclosures

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