The Importance of Holistic Nursing Care

With the current boom in the wellness industry, it is no wonder that holistic nursing care is suddenly the topic du jour.

No longer do healthcare professionals focus purely on the physical condition of their patients; they are now expected to evaluate and assess their overall wellbeing, taking into consideration their mental state as well as their physical.

Specifically, with the role of holistic nurses to heal a person as a whole, not just as a patient with a specific health concern.

Surely this is the future of healthcare?

Shouldn’t each patient be looked at as an individual rather than just a number to be ticked on a box?

Read on to find out more about holistic nursing and why it has become so crucial in today’s society.

What is holistic nursing?

Holistic nursing is a type of care that involves fostering close relationships with patients to ensure that their health and wellbeing needs are both met.

Holistic nurses believe that a person’s wellbeing is based upon their biological, social, psychological, and spiritual health, rather than simply just one of the above. Instead, they are all connected, and to miss out on one element could be detrimental to the patient under their care.

What approaches are used by holistic nurses?

The aim of a holistic nurse or DNP nurse practitioner is to make the individual feel that they matter; that their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs are being taken into consideration and met with adequate care and response.

Ways in which holistic nurses can achieve this include:

  • Treating the person as an individual by using their name
  • Ensuring eye contact as often as possible
  • Being approachable and friendly
  • Actively listening to the patient
  • Take the patient’s religious or cultural beliefs into consideration
  • Asking questions to find out how they can help with any pain or discomfort
  • Preserving the patient’s dignity at all times
  • Teaching the patient about the importance of self-care
  • Offering and explaining the benefits of alternative therapies

 

What are the benefits of holistic care?

There are many benefits to this type of nursing care, both for the patients and for the nurses themselves, these include:

  • Improving the patient’s overall health. Many holistic treatments focus on healthy eating as well as stress-relieving techniques, both of which can dramatically improve a person’s health, meaning they are less likely to become physically ill.
  • Reducing the need for ongoing pain relief. Pain killer addiction is a widespread problem in the U.S, with many people becoming dependent after taking pain relief medicine for an ongoing illness or after an operation. Holistic care introduces several different techniques for dealing with pain, such as meditation, touch therapy, and Reiki.
  • Educating the patient on health. One of the simplest ways to avoid future health problems is by knowing what is good and what is bad for your health. A holistic approach to care seeks to educate patients on their bodies and how they can stay healthy.
  • Being available to everyone. Holistic care is suitable for all ages, from newborns right through to the elderly.
  • Not being exclusive. Holistic care is designed to work alongside the more traditional methods of nursing, working with conventional medicines to create an all-rounded treatment plan for each individual patient.
 
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