Coaching; Aromatherapy

What is Integrative anyway?

Florence Nightingale, who believed in care that focused on unity, wellness, and the interrelationship of human beings and their environment, is considered to be one of the first holistic nurses.

Holistic nursing is defined as “all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal” (American Holistic Nurses’ Association, 1998, Description of Holistic Nursing). Holistic care draws on nurses knowledge, theories, expertise and intuition to guide in becoming therapeutic partnerships with people in their care. This practice recognizes the human being – the effect of body, mind, emotion, spirit, social/cultural, relationship, context, and environment.

Integrative nurse coaches may integrate complementary modalities (CAM) into practice to treat people’s physiological, psychological, and spiritual needs.  This serves to complement, broaden, and enrich the scope of nursing practice and to help individuals access their greatest healing potential.

The practice of Integrative coaching requires nurses to integrate self-care, self-responsibility, spirituality, and reflection in their lives. This may lead the nurse to greater awareness of the interconnectedness with self, others, nature, and spirit. This awareness may further enhance the nurses understanding of all individuals and their relationships to the human and global community, and permits nurses to use this awareness to facilitate the healing process.

Holistic nursing is not necessarily something that you do: it is an attitude, a philosophy, and a way of being.

Thornton,L RN, MSN, AHN-BC (2012, April 1), American Holistic Nurses Association. retrieved from

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