⛛ You=Mind,Body, Spirit
This is the official Evolve Senior Solutions, LLC blog by Danielle Harris.
As a nurse, I have the opportunity to heal the mind, body and soul of patients. Maya Angelou said it best that “patients may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel”. I firmly believe Maya Angelou’s statement. So, what is holistic health? In nursing, holistic is a specialty area of practice for nurses. But I believe every nurse should be a holistic nurse as to treat patients as a whole person and not a diagnosis. The word holistic is derived from the Greek “holos,” which means “whole, entire, or complete”. When we look at something holistically, we are viewing the “whole” entity made up of interconnected parts, rather than independent parts.
Holistic Nursing is defined as “all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal” (American Holistic Nurses’ Association, 1998). Florence Nightingale, who is considered to be the founder of Holistic Nursing, taught the principles of holism, meaning the relationship and unity of us as humans, wellness, and environment. Holistic nurses are legally licensed nurses who nurture wholeness, peace and healing by valuing each person's physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and environmental strengths and challenges and honoring each person’s values, health beliefs and health experience. The whole person is taken into account during the assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention and evaluation of the results. For more information, please review: https://www.ahna.org/ (I am a member both Nationally and Locally.) Most importantly as a holistic nurse we bring complementary and integrative therapies to nursing practice. Many holistic nurses specialize in one or more integrative healing therapies and maintain qualifications to practice nursing and the complementary therapy.
Holistic Health is actually an approach to life. Holistic health is an ancient approach to health and healing, in which consideration is taking for the whole person. Holistic Health emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit. In holistic health, I see the goal is to achieve maximum well-being (self-actualization, from Maslow), where everything is functioning the very best that is possible.
The hierarchy of needs five-stage model includes:
1. Physiological needs - air, food, drink, shelter, clothing, warmth, sex, sleep. 2. Safety needs - protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear. 3. Love and belongingness needs - social and involves feelings of belongingness, like friendship, intimacy, trust, and acceptance, receiving and giving affection and love. 4. Esteem needs - esteem for oneself (dignity, achievement, mastery, independence) and desire for reputation or respect from others (e.g., status, prestige). 5. Self-actualization needs - realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences.
Lastly, complementary/integrative and alternative therapies were mentioned earlier, what does that mean exactly? First, https://nccih.nih.gov/ is a great resource to educate yourself further.
Most people and even I’d have to say some health care professionals associate complementary and alternative treatments to those people living with cancer. However, complementary and alternative treatments can be used by anyone with various conditions or no conditions at all. Just please consult with your providers before practicing or using any forms of complementary therapies on yourself or family.
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