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J Holist Nurs. 2013 Dec;31(4):291-302. doi: 10.1177/0898010113491144. Epub 2013 Jun 19.

Validation of holistic nursing competencies: role-delineation study, 2012.

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The University of Texas at Austin.


The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC), certifying body for nurses practicing within the precepts of holistic nursing, uses a systematic process to guide program development. A previous publication described their early work that distinguished basic and advanced holistic nursing and development of related examinations. A more recent publication described the work of AHNCC from 2004 to 2012, including a role-delineation study (RDS) that was undertaken to identify and validate competencies currently used by holistic nurses. A final report describes the RDS design, methods, and raw data information. This article discusses AHNCC's goals for undertaking the 2012 Holistic Nursing RDS and the implications for the certification programs.


caring-healing practices and processes; holistic scholarship; holistic theories and practices; nursing knowledge, nursing practice

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