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HN 510

Holistic Nursing: Theory & Practice II

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This course continues in the student's study of the theory and practice applications of holistic and integrative health care practice. New holistic/integrative care theories and modalities are presented. All content is studied in a model of nursing diagnosis and practice from a holistic stand point. Students will study and learn theory and practice components related to exercise, humor and laughter. Also presented are relaxation modalities, imagery, music therapy, and touch. In depth examination proceeds related to relationships, dying, weight management counseling, smoking cessation, addiction/recovery counseling and aroma therapy. Students will study current theory and application of these concepts, as well as review related case studies depicting the nursing process within this holistic/integrative care framework. Course Code: HN 510. Contact 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. You must also have successfully completed HN 500, before you may admitted to this 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 Thirteen (13) through Twenty-Four (24) 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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* 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 completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Learn the benefits of exercise and movement in health and illness.
2. Develop therapeutic fitness plans for clients
3. Describe the psychosocial and physiologic benefits of laughter and play.
4. Explain how humor can be incorporated into an overall stress management program.
5. Compare and contrast different relaxation exercises.
6. Discuss the use of biofeedback and its benefits to client care and wellness.
7. Define and discuss meditation, how to teach clients to meditate and its incorporation into holistic/integrative nursing practice.
8. Define and contrast the different types of imagery.
9. Discuss how to incorporate imagery into clinical holistic/integrative practice.
10. Analyze psychophysiologic theories that explain why music therapy is effective as a body-mind modality.
11. Develop music therapy techniques for practice and explore with clients their internal responses to these therapies.
12. Compare and contrast various types of touch therapies and discuss physiological changes that may occur from these therapies.
13. Discuss touch therapies and how to use them in clinical holistic nursing practice.
14. Define areas where nurses are required to develop relationships.
15. Identify the ways that humanistic psychologies expand holistic thinking.
16. Implement and evaluate effective negotiating styles.
17. Use theories of grief, self-transcendence, myths, and beliefs to guide the process of helping the dying to experience their deaths peacefully and meaningfully.
18. Describe and explain cognitive restructuring strategies for healthy weight management.
19. Discuss and adapt the basic principles of the holistic self-care model for long-term weight management for clients.
20. Examine theoretical strategies for successful smoking cessation.
21. Design interventions that correspond to the stages and processes of change as appropriate to clients for smoking cessation programs.
22. Identify patterns of thinking and behavior associated with addictions.
23. Become knowledgeable regarding long-term issues and interventions in recovery and relapse prevention.
24. Compare different methods of using essential oils in holistic practice.
25. List and discuss the uses of varied and specific essential oils in practice.

Course Content

1. Exercise, movement and the holistic caring process.
2. Use of humor, laughter and play in holistic nursing practice.
3. Relaxation techniques used in clinical holistic practice.
4. Modern relaxation methods.
5. Imagery and its use in clinical holistic practice.
6. Imagery and drawing.
7. Music therapies and their use in clinical holistic practice.
8. Therapeutic touch and its application in clinical holistic practice.
9. Energy systems and their application to holistic care processes.
10. Meditation and its effective use in holistic client care.
11. Healing relationships, emotional intelligent and the use of forgiveness.
12. Dying in Peace.
13. Theories of grief and use of the life review.
14. Weight management counseling and program implementation.
15. Smoking cessation interventions and care planning.
16. Addiction and recovery counseling and relapse prevention.

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