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Holistic Nursing Education

Teaching in a Holistic Way

Kalb, Kathleen A.; O’Conner-Von, Susan

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000405

Faculty perspectives about holistic nursing education (HNE) were investigated in this descriptive study. All nurse faculty teaching in a religious-affiliated university were invited to complete a researcher-developed survey; surveys were analyzed to identify themes related to respondents’ definitions of HNE. Themes included teaching holistic nursing, seeing with holistic eyes, and using holistic pedagogy. Respondents’ definitions of HNE were found to be consistent with professional standards and competencies. Respondents were nearly unanimous in describing the importance of educating students to see persons holistically, engage in reflection and self-care, and be knowledgeable about holistic nursing and complementary health approaches.

About the Authors Kathleen A. Kalb, PhD, RN, is an associate professor, St. Catherine University Department of Nursing, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Susan O’Conner-Von, PhD, RN, is an associate professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing. The authors gratefully acknowledge the nursing faculty at St. Catherine University who participated in this study. For more information, contact Dr. O’Conner-Von at

The authors have declared no conflict of interest.

© 2019 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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