Miss. Nightingale was the first person to mention Holism (Treating the whole patient) in Nursing. Holistic nursing is a nursing speciality concerned with the integration of a person’s mind, body, and spirit with their environment.
Holism defined from Greek holos “all, whole, entire” is the idea that systems (physical, biological, chemical, social, economic, mental, linguistic, etc.) and their properities should be viewed as wholes, not just as a collection of parts.
The term Holism was coined by JC Smuts.
Holistic nurses are legally licensed nurses who use nursing knowledge, theories, expertise and institution to recognize and care for the totally of the human being within the scope and standards of their state and the Holistic Nursing speciality. Holistic nurses nurture wholeness, please and healing by valuing each person’s physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and environmental strengths and challenges and honouring each person’s values, health beliefs and health experience. The condition of the whole person is taken into account during the nurse’s assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention and evaluation of the results.