Nursing: Holistic and Integrative Nursing: Elements of Practice

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About the Course

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.  This course incorporates the five elements of practice defined as vital – energy, fire, air, water, earth, and ether - that have endured for centuries and provided a structural focus for sickroom management, creating healing environments, and the nursing care of whole patients.  The course provides nurses with a broad understanding of how the five elements of practice are relevant today and guide them through the application of these elements to practice using various healing modalities. This in-depth understanding will provide a new perspective on clinical care, practice management, and quality of life for both the patient and the nurse.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • 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 non-pharmacological 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 nutrition interventions in Holistic and Integrative Nursing practice.
  • Describe herbal interventions used in Holistic and Integrative Nursing practice. 

About the Author:

Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC

Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from New York University, her BSN from Mount St. Mary’s University - Los Angeles, her MSN 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 a licensed board-certified Holistic Advanced Practice Nurse, specializing in the integration of conventional nursing and traditional Chinese herbal medicine assessment and treatment. She is an award-winning author, including two histories about American 19th-century healthcare reform, religion, and holistic nursing. She is known internationally for her pioneering work and publications on integrative and holistic nursing and nurse herbalism, beginning with the release of Demonstrating Care: The Art of Integrative Nursing and her encyclopedic Integrative Herb Guide for Nurses.  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. She is a senior medical writer with 18 years’ experience in health science, education, policy writing, and publishing and is the founding director of the Bamboo Bridge Global Tea House and editor of Perspectives on Cultural Diplomacy

Disclaimer: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC.

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