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Holism and embodiment in nursing: Two perspectives on patient care.

Holism and embodiment in nursing: Two perspectives on patient care.

Author

Mason, Deanna M.

Language

English

Date

February 2014

Source

Holistic Nursing Practice February 2014, Volume 28 Number 1, p 55 - 64

Publisher

Lippincott Williams, and Wilkins Publishing

ABSTRACT:

Holism is a central concept in nursing theory, yet recently, embodiment has become prominent in the literature. Epistemological foundations from modern and contemporary philosophy are discussed and their relationship to nursing practice is explored to investigate the concepts of holism and embodiment. Nurses practice holistic care within the patient encounter while patients live an embodied experience. This creates inherent dissonance in the nurse-patient interaction. Goethean science is presented as a way to reconcile this discrepancy, to allow the nurse to better understand the patientʼs embodiment and, by default, his or her own embodiment. A new perspective of how nursing practice can use Goethean science and an embodied perspective are presented as a means to actualize Carperʼs fundamental pattern of knowing of personal knowledge within the nurse-patient interaction. With this approach, the nurse is able to examine the phenomenon of the patient with the patient to explore the essential nature that makes the patient who he or she is and what he or she is trying to become. During this exploration, the nurse uses the senses, language, and a critical mind to do what no machine or test could—to see the underlying meaningfulness and internal coherence of the patient. The intuitive revelation would expose nursing interventions simultaneously. Moving beyond the myopic perspective of how to keep “person” central to the nursing metaparadigm, nursing is beginning to see the embodiment of the patient as a means for understanding and providing care for patients. The challenge that remains is for nurses to see their own embodiment and reflect on if or how it is at odds with the necessity of providing holistic care to patients.

Date

22 January 2015

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Contact Information

Dr. Deanna Marie Mason

Calle Téllez, 26, 28007 Madrid
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T. +34 912 192 862

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