Date of Award

Fall 9-3-2008

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Joyce Perkins

Second Advisor

Susan K Nash


The purpose of this project is to develop a model of holistic nursing practice as a pathway to nurse self-care. Specifically, this project integrates nursing theory, relevant literature, and reflection on holistic nursing practice. The significance of the project is identified as the current low priority of nurse self-care and the need for nurse self-healing- Additionally, holistic nursing, as a pathway to nurse self-care, is examined through the theoretical lens of Jean Watson. Furthermore, literature and research are examined in the areas of (t) the meaning of the holistic nursing experience, (2) self-care and complementary, alternative medicine use by nurses, and (3) transformation and transcendence of the nurse- Ultimately, a practice model for holistic nursing is presented and described, along with potential methods of implementation. Finally, the Holistic Nursing Model is evaluated through Newman, Sime, and Corcoran-Perry's three paradigms of nursing.


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Nursing Commons