Essay: Holistic Nursing Care Plan

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[. . .] The hospice team assists in identification of strategies for coping. The hospice care team will instruct the patient to do the following: (1) Make an appointment with an attorney to prepare/update a durable power of attorney for financial decisions; (2) Update life insurance policies as needed; (3) Provide family and physician with copies of your advance directive; (3) Review health insurance so you know what is covered and what isn't; (4) Write down important information such as names of banks, where safe deposit keys are, names of attorneys, etc., and share it with someone trusted; (5) Talk with employer about disability and other benefits. (Wuerl, 2013, p.1)

Alternative Care Methods

Some of the alternative care methods that are used with terminally ill patients include energy therapy, biologically based therapies, mind-body interventions, alternative medical systems, and manipulative and body-based methods. These are described in the following table along with examples of the use of each therapy.




Energy Therapy

manipulating electromagnetic fields that surround the body therapeutic touch, reiki

Biologically Based Therapies

these make use of elements found in nature

nutritional supplements, vitamins, aromatherapy

Mind-Body Interventions

This makes use of the knowledge that mind can affect the body. It uses positive therapy techniques to help improve overall health art therapy, yoga, music/sound therapy, hypnotherapy, meditation, dance

Alternative Medical Systems

each of these therapies stand on their own as a complete health system homeopathy, osteopathy,

Manipulative and Body-Based Methods

by gentle movement or manipulation of the body in certain therapeutic ways promotes healing and general health

Acupressure, Alexander technique, reflexology

Source: American Holistic Nurse Association (2013)

The holistic nursing assessment is such that provides the patient the opportunity to give thought and to provide direction about their care needs and to work as a partner with their health care team in setting out a plan that has realistic goals. The holistic nursing care plan enables the patient in their own self-care and hands the patient the control, which raises the confidence and self-esteem of the patient. The health care team is able to provide more effective and efficient support and to make decisions based on the needs and wishes of the patient. Since holistic care is a team approach, to health care all views and points of care are included with the mind-body aspect of care being encouraged as well as the spiritual aspect of care. The focus of holistic health care is on the whole person rather on just one aspect of the individuals' care.

Summary and Conclusion

In summary, the Holistic nursing care plan is one that addresses the whole individual in terms of their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. The holistic nursing care plan for end-of-life care focuses on providing the patient with physical comfort, emotional comfort, and spiritual well-being. The holistic nursing care plan for end-of-life care will direct the patient in activities and strategies that prepare not only themselves but also their family as a whole for the ending of the patient's life so that the patient can achieve quality of life in their last days.

The patient in this study will be signed on with Hospice Care for her daily needs of physical assistance with self-care. The Hospice Care team will assess and monitor the patient's pain medication and the patient will be receiving medication for depression as well which will also be monitored by the Hospice Care team. The Hospice Care team will provide emotional, mental and spiritual support along with the physical care provided to the patient. The patient will be encouraged to seek spiritual support as will her husband and family members.


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What is Holistic Nursing Care (2004) American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). [END OF PREVIEW]

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