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Nursing as an Integrative Healthcare Profession 

Nursing as an Integrative Healthcare Profession
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Nursing as an Integrative Healthcare Profession
Author(s):

Natalie Pool

, Mary Koithan

, and Deborah Ringdahl

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190851040.003.0023
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date: 18 October 2021

Nurses have traditionally provided care that is inherently integrative in nature, and they continue to utilize these approaches across contemporary healthcare settings. This chapter explores the state of nursing as an integrative healthcare profession. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has called for nursing to embrace an integrative approach to care, and a comparison of integrative nursing principles and values with the current version of the ANA’s Scope and Standards of Practice reveals significant congruency with several areas calling for increased alignment. Recognizing this alliance strongly suggests that integrative nursing is not a specialty practice and does not merit separate scope and standards statements or additional certification examinations. Additionally, an increasing number of professional organizations and state boards of nursing provide parameters for integrative nursing practice, including guidelines for the safe implementation of specific health promoting and healing modalities.

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