Mar 22, 2023  
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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NU 507 - Holistic Nursing

Nursing’s roots embody holism. Holistic nursing honors the wholeness of body, mind, and spirit. This online course emphasizes holistic nursing as an art by highlighting self-care methods, complementary modality methodology, and the aesthetics and benefits of reflective practice. Students use critical thinking and creativity to study a range of complementary modalities that contribute to heightened awareness of client-focused care and life quality. Major concepts of health and wellness, body-mind healing, spirituality and health, holistic nursing theories, ethics, and evidence-based practice are highlighted. Students are requested to consider self-care and personal health behaviors, as well as those of clients. Participants engage in readings, experiential activities, and online dialogue to explore and analyze a range of practices that are applicable for providing holistic care in a variety of health-care settings. Each student will focus on a particular complementary practice for more in-depth holistic nursing study.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: Final Project

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following: 

  • Apply the theoretical relationships of holism to professional nursing practice. 
  • Describe select nursing theorists’ contributions to holistic-nursing philosophy, process, and practice. 
  • Integrate self-care that is dynamic and reflective of the individual student’s self-awareness, personal evolution, and spiritual life. 
  • Describe the role of the holistic nurse in promoting wholeness for individuals and groups through application of standards of care, adherence to ethics, and practice of evidence-based holistic care. 
  • Implement the principles of person-centered awareness following reflection, reading, dialogue, and critical thinking. 
  • Demonstrate the foundational holistic elements of breath work, presence, relationship-centered care, and reflective practice. 
  • Based on reading, discussion, and experiential activities, summarize complementary modalities that are practiced in health care and community settings.

Credits: 3

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