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Creativity and Spirituality in Nursing: Implementing Art in Healing

Lane, Mary Rockwood PhD, RN


Creative modalities offer nurses a new perspective on how to care for patients. The link between creativity and healing is well documented. In response to this, many hospitals have instituted programs that include arts and creativity. Because of their unique bonds with patients, nurses play a crucial role in bringing creative arts into patient care. Several recommendations are given for implementing specific art media (eg, music, drawing, dance, writing) in the clinical setting.

Center for Art and Healing, Education, and Research and the Center of Spirituality and Healthcare, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Corresponding author: Mary Rockwood Lane, PhD, RN, University of Florida, College of Nursing, PO Box 100197, Gainesville, FL 32610 (e-mail:

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.