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Critical Incident Technique Utilization in Research on Holistic Nurses

Sharoff, Leighsa EdD, RN, NPP, AHN, BC

doi: 10.1097/01.HNP.0000287989.40215.87

This article describes the critical incident technique (CIT) as it informs holistic nursing. The CIT is a qualitative, systematic, open-ended technique for educing descriptive data from participants. It is an effective naturalistic tool for focusing participants on a specific event. The CIT is a user-friendly instrument that can foster reflection and promote personal expression. Holistic nursing is a personal and professional commitment to the healing process of self and others. The competency of holistic nurses revolves around their ability to incorporate the concepts and standards of the philosophy of holistic nursing into their life and practice. This article explores the use of the CIT in 2 separate studies on holistic nurses. Both studies utilized the CIT as a secondary source of data collection. All participants in both studies were members of the American Holistic Nurses Association. One study explored how experienced certified holistic nurses learned to become competent practitioners, while the other study focused on holistic nurses' experience with modalities, the perceived benefits to self and client.

Hunter College – Bellevue School of Nursing, City University of New York.

Corresponding Author: Leighsa Sharoff, EdD, RN, NPP, AHN, BC, Hunter College – Bellevue School of Nursing, City University of New York, 425 E 25th St, New York, NY 10010 (

The author thanks the nurses who participated in each of the studies used in this article.

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