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Empowered Holistic Nursing Education as the Philosophical Framework for an RN-BS Program

A Six-Year Impact Evaluation Study

Love, Katie

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000500

The educational structure of many nursing programs is largely monocultural, with a traditional pedagogy. Empowered holistic nursing education (EHNE) creates a learning environment with more cultural responsiveness and support for diverse classrooms. The aim of this study was to determine what impact the theory had on diversification. With EHNE the philosophical framework of a new RN-to-BSN program, student demographic data were collected, along with exit survey questions. A statistically significant increase was found in the diversification of the six cohorts. The EHNE shows potential as a programmatic framework for increasing diversification of the nursing profession.

About the Author Katie Love PhD, RN, PHCNS, BC, AHN-BC, is an advanced holistic nursing consultant, Love Grows Consulting Nursing, West Hartford, Connecticut. She was program director for the RN-BS program and associate professor at University of Saint Joseph when this study was conducted. For more information, contact Dr. Love at

The author has declared no conflict of interest.

Online date: September 3, 2019

© 2019 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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