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Health Redefined: A Foundation for Teaching Nursing Strategies

Saylor, Coleen PhD, RN

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Current models of health are inadequate to meet nursing education and healthcare needs related to the growth in alternative health. Concepts of energy, holism, and balance expand the current health definition and provide conceptual understanding for mind-body and energy system strategies. As a result, nurses will increase alternatives for promoting health. Nurse educators have an exciting opportunity to be an integral part of this trend by providing a broader, more holistic definition of health.

Author affiliation: Professor, School of Nursing and Director, Center for Faculty Development and Support, San Jose State University, San Jose, Calif.

Correspondence: Center for Faculty Development and Support, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 95192-0245 (csaylor@sjsu.edu).

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.