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HN 500

Holistic Nursing: Theory & Practice I

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This course presents a comprehensive introduction and foundational concepts study of contemporary Holistic Nursing. Students begin their studies with an introduction of holistic nursing concepts and practice theories, and study scope of practice and nursing standards for this specialty practice. Current trends and issues in holistic nursing are examined. Study proceeds on major concepts of including transpersonal care and healing, the art of holistic nursing and the human health experience. The theory of holistic nursing practice is examined as well. Students then progress with an examination of ethics in holistic practice, the holistic caring process and assessments. Other focuses of this course in holistic practice are self-assessments, cognitive therapies and nutrition.This course provides the student with the comprehensive educational foundation to move ahead with the subsequent courses in this program. Course Code: HN 500. Contract hours of education: 50 hours.

Pre-requisite: You must be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in order to register for this continuing education course.

This course is particularly designed for registered nurses would like to apply for Certification in Holistic & Integrative Health Care Practice by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc,.

Instructor/Course Author:  Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, MBA, RN,BC,

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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in the Holistic & Integrative health care practice program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

Reading/Study Assignment: this course covers Chapters One (1) through Twelve (12) in the required textbook.


Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (5th edition May 2008. Barbara Montgomery Dossey and Lynn Keegan. Jones & Bartlett Publishers; 2008.

  • ISBN-10: 0763754293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763754297

AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on "Holistic Health." Access AIHCP Store: click here


Instructor: Your instructor for this course is Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN,BC, CH-C, SMC-C, FACHE a certified advance practice nurse, certified clinical hypnotherapist and certified in spiritual counseling and other holistic modalities, and the Executive Director of the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. Access information.

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 50 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

BOARD APPROVALS: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975. The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access information

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* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

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* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

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Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Explore the theory of integrative nursing and its application to holistic practice.
2. Apply relationship-centered principles and components in nursing practice.
3. Examine the theory of integral nursing and begin to integrate theory into practice.
4. Describe the scope, standards and core values of holistic nursing.
5. Integrate the principles of holistic nursing into practice.
6. Describe the major issues in holistic nursing today.
7. Identify changes needed in health care to promote health and wellness.
8. Evaluate how current trends in health care will affect clinical practice.
9. Define transpersonal human caring and healing.
10. Compare and contrast the process of healing and caring.
11. Apply the elements of a "caring occasion" to facilitate healing.
12. Describe aesthetic knowing.
13. Explore the art of holistic healing.
14. Discuss the facilitation of healing through the processes of engagement, values clarification, and change.
15. Define and discuss the major aspects of the human health experience.
16. Describe the elements of holistic nursing and explain why the use of theory is one of the elements.
17. Identify non nursing theories that have attracted the attention of holistic nurses as applicable to contemporary nursing practice.
18. Review the classic principles of ethics.
19. Relate ethical theory to clinical practice situations.
20. Describe the process for ethical decision making in clinical situations.
21. Discuss ethical imperative for nurses involved in research.
22. Define the term holistic caring process.
23. Outline the steps of the holistic caring process.
24. Discuss ways in which standards of holistic nursing practice are incorporated into the holistic caring process.
25. Examine ways to incorporate nursing diagnosis, nursing interventions classification and the nursing outcomes classification within a holistic nursing practice.
26. Describe how to integrate prevention, health promotion, and wellness diagnoses into practice.
27.List the six parts of the circle of human potential.
28. Identify specific areas in each potential that can maximize a nurse's effectiveness in clinical practice.
29. Define and discuss cognitive therapy and its main principles.
30. Discuss the connection between cognition, health and illness.
31. Compare and contrast potential bio-psycho-social-spiritual-behavioral responses to stress and their effects on health and illness.
32. Discuss the roles of contracting and goal setting in cognitive restructuring.
33. Describe scientific evidence of the connections between mind, body & spirit.
34. Discuss theories of self-identity, awareness, and health as they relate to the concept of self-reflection.
35. Define and discuss contemporary issues related to nutrition.
36. Describe how nutrition teaching can be incorporated into holistic nursing practice.


1. Integral & Holistic Nursing
2. Eras of medicine
3. Theory of Integral Nursing
4. Scope and standards of holistic nursing practice
5. Settings for holistic nursing practice
6. Current trends and issues in holistic nursing
7. Transpersonal human caring and healing
8. Theory & research in holistic nursing
9. The art of holistic nursing
10. The human health experience
11. Nursing theory in holistic nursing practice
12. Non-nursing theories
13. Holistic ethics
14. Morals and principles
15. Traditional ethical theories
16. Development of principled behavior
17. Ethical decision making
18. Advanced medical directives
19. Ethical considerations in practice and research
20. The holistic caring process
21. Documenting the holistic caring process
22. Self-assessments
23. Development of human potentials
24. Cognitive therapies
25. Self-reflection and the holistic caring process
26. Eating to promote health
27. Healthy choices in nutrition as therapy

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