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Altern Ther Health Med. 2003 Jul-Aug;9(4):62-7.

The integration of holistic nursing practices and complementary and alternative modalities into curricula of schools of nursing.

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School of Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Tex., USA.

Abstract

CONTEXT:

Schools of nursing in the United States have responded to the increasing consumer use of complementary and alternative modalities and consumer demand for health professionals knowledgeable in complementary and alternative modalities by incorporating holistic nursing practices and complementary and alternative modalities into their curricula.

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the extent to which US schools of nursing have incorporated holistic nursing practices and complementary and alternative modalities into their curricula.

DESIGN:

Electronic web-based survey.

SETTING:

Surveys were sent to 585 US schools of nursing.

PARTICIPANTS:

Sample (n = 125) of deans and directors (or their designees) of Baccalaureate and higher degree US nursing programs at schools holding membership in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Demographics of US schools of nursing, percentages of schools who utilized the American Holistic Nurses' Association (AHNA) definition of holistic nursing practice and the Holistic Core Curriculum Guidelines, and percentage of complementary and alternative modalities incorporated into the curricula.

RESULTS:

Almost 60% (n = 74) of the responding schools used the definition of holistic nursing practice in their curricula and were familiar with the Holistic Nursing Core Curriculum. The majority (84.8%, n = 106) included complementary and alternative modalities in their curricula.

CONCLUSIONS:

The study provides preliminary evidence that US. schools of nursing are incorporating holistic nursing practices and complementary and alternative modalities into their curricula reflecting a response to increased consumer use of complementary and alternative modalities and consumer demand for health professionals who are knowledgeable about complementary and alternative modalities.

PMID:
12868254
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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