Holistic Nursing(ANHA)

Holistic Nursing

ANHA outlines five core principles for holistic nursing including; holistic philosophy and
ethics, caring process; communication which upholds cultural competency; research and nurse
self-care as well as nurse reflection. For effective patient care in oncology, nurses must
understand that self-care is important because it prevents burn out. In this context, I ensure that I
have adequate time to nourish my mind, body and spirit. I take walk in the park to appreciate
nature and to meditate at least twice a week. I also ensure that I surround myself with the right
people. I ensure that my diet is balanced and always aim to sleep for at least six hours. This aims
at nourishing my spirit, mind and body (Povlsen & Borup, 2011).
There are many rituals which have been practiced in order to improve health. For instance, Tea
ceremony which is conducted by Buddhist leader is a ritual common in Hinduism. The patient
must be present and awake when taking the tea. The person is only supposed to focus on the
present activities such as warmth from the cup of tea, the aroma and sweetness of the delicacy.
The tea has many ingredients which are important in herbal therapy, and its principles are based
on meditation. This ceremony is done as often as possible. Smudging ceremony is performed to
remove negative energy to help one start a new phase of life. It involves burning of sage, the
smoke is believed to send away evil spirit and to bless the area. The activities include drumming
and dancing to send evil spirit away. The event is conducted by a healer; it is done in the vicinity
of the patient. It is recommended that it should be done regularly to scare demons. After these
two rituals, the patients were contented and there was a massive improvement with
chemotherapy (Richardson, 2012).

Running Head: Holistic Nursing


Povlsen, L., & Borup, I. (2011). Holism in nursing and health promotion: distinct or related
perspectives? – A literature review. Scandinavian Journal Of Caring Sciences, 25(4), 798-

  1. Richardson, C. (2012). Witnessing Life Transitions with Ritual and Ceremony in Family
    Therapy: Three Examples from a Metis Therapist. Journal Of Systemic Therapies, 31(3),
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