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HN 520

Holistic Nursing: Theory & Practice III

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Course Information

This third course continues in the student's study of the theory and practice applications of holistic and integrative 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 relationship-centered care and healing initiative in a community hospital, an exploration of integrative medicine, holistic communication and the environment. In depth examination proceeds related to cultural diversity and care, body and mind healing, spirituality and health, energy healing research and evidence based practice. Finally, education issues for holistic nursing practice and holistic nurse self-care are examined. 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 520. 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 and HN 510, 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,.

This is a guided, independent study CEU Course. You are to study and progress at your own rate. There are no written assignments. It is recommended that you follow this process for completing the course:

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

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E-mail: info@aihcp.org

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.

TEXTBOOKS: There is one (1) required textbook for this course.

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

You are required to order your own copy of the textbook. Please be sure to order your book as soon as possible so that you can begin your course of study.

Link to Purchase on Amazon.com: click here

Reading/Study Assignment: this course covers Chapters Twenty-Five (25) through Thirty-Six (36) in the required textbook.

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. Access information

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 50 Contact Hours.

This course, which is approved by the Florida State Board Of Nursing (CE Provider # 50-11975) also has the following Board of Nursing Approvals, for 50 contact hours of CE:

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.

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Online Classroom Resouces and Tools

* 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.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* 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. Describe the healing health care philosophy.
2. Describe the key elements of a healing environment and their application in a tertiary medical center.
3. Identify noninvasive methods for anxiety and pain management.
4. Explore the ethical responsibility of self-care.
5. Initiate practice changes which integrate holistic therapies into the care of patients.
6. Model relationship-centered care in professional partnerships and in the care of the patient.
7. Identify foundational theories and concepts in the development of therapeutic communication.
8. Integrate and utilize intention, centering, presence, caring, and intuition in creating and maintaining a healing field of communication in daily life.
9. Identify principles that can direct human endeavors toward a sustainable future.
10. Increase awareness of environmental hazards, and make a commitment to reducing these hazards.
11. Compare common value orientations associated with cultures.
12. Discuss cultural influences on beliefs and explanatory systems related to health and illness.
13. Discuss ways in which nursing interventions may be evaluated in relation to cultural competence.
14. Interpret the application of selected models, theories, and research in the field of psychoneuroimmunology.
15. Recognize the implications of body-mind interactions for clinical practice.
16. Discuss common elements of spirituality and their varying manifestations in different people.
17. Explore the efficacy and place of prayer in healing.
18. Describe approaches for responding to spiritual concerns.
19. Name and describe three major energetic structures.
20. Explore a variety of energy healing modalities.
21. Discuss ways holistic philosophy and theoretical frameworks are reflected in holistic nursing research.
22.Explore the challenges for holistic nursing research.
23. Understand how a conceptual framework of holism is the foundation for holistic research and practice.
24. Discuss ways in which evidence-based practice has redirected priorities for evaluating best practices in nursing research.
25. Identify resources that can be used to incorporate evidence-based practice into the clinical setting.
26. Describe the qualities and characteristics of the nurse as an instrument in healing.
27. Discuss ways to create sacred space.


Course Content

1. Relationship-Centered Care.
2. Healing initiatives in a community hospital.
3. Integrative medicine.
4. Holistic communication
5. Therapeutic communication
6. The environment
7. Ecology
8. Cultural diversity and care
9. Psychophysiology of body-mind healing
10. Spirituality and health
11. Energy Healing
12. Holistic Nursing Research
13. Nursing Theories
14. Holistic Nursing research methods
15. Evidence-Based Practice
16. Holistic Nursing Education
17. The nurse as an instrument of healing

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