According to Mary Fran Tracy, holistic care means providing care that encompasses a person as a human being, mind, body and spirit. Holism involves a deep understanding of each individual patient, appreciating that the disease does not define the patient, but that the person is embedded in a transient unfolding life.2 I will apply this to my practice by integrating the Shuler Nurse Practitioner practice model which is based on a “holistic understanding of human health and illness in older adults that integrates medical and nursing perspectives.”3 I will apply this to my practice by attempting to understand why my patient is not taking their blood pressure medication instead of immediately labeling them as non-compliant. Some religions believe that disease is a punishment from God and only he can give or take away the illness. I will integrate the whole person, mind, body and spirit in order to better my practice and increase patient...
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...he treatment of obesity prior to seeking the most invasive measures. Behavioral modification has proven to yield positive, long lasting results in the treatment of some modifiable risk factors. I will seek those interventions and encourage my patients to participate and or incorporate them in their day-to-day lives. In order to improve my practice regarding complementary and alternative medicine, I plan on researching continued education classes that will allow me awareness on how to go about using this type of tool.
Mary Fran Tracy “Direct clinical practice,” in Advanced Nursing Practice: An Integrative Approach. 4th Edition, ed.
Ann Hamric, Judith Spross., & Charlene Hanson (St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier, 2009), 126.
1 Ibid, 150-151
2 Ibid, 151
3 Ibid, 151-152
4 Ibid, 153-154
5 Ibid, 156-157
6 Ibid, 163
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