Discussion: Invest in Self-healing.
Through creation of trusting, client-
centered relationships, nurses facilitate the
client’s ability to invest in self-healing. Self-
healing is not seen as some magico-religious
phenomenon, but as the process of
addressing issues that block personal
wellness. Self-healing allows the person to
be centered in the potential for the body,
mind, and spirit to work synergistically to
enhance the combined benefits of prescribed,
complementary, and safe alternative
therapies, all of which are focused on
improving health. Intentionality is a key
factor in healing and a quality of the healer
and healee that speaks to a determination or
commitment to achieve a higher level of
wellness. Without intentionality, healing
progresses less efficiently.
The Meta-Paradigm of Nursing
The theory of integral nursing
encompasses the meta-paradigm of nursing
(Fawcett, 2005), which includes person,
environment, health, and nursing. The
meta-paradigm also captures the essence
of Wilbur’s previously described quadrants
of reality, embracing both the fullness of the
human experience and the fullness of the
experience of nursing. The meta-paradigm
of nursing—person, environment, health,
and nursing—surround the theory of
integral nursing’s core concept of healing
in overlapping circles to demonstrate the
continuous nature of interactions that occur
between healing and the meta-paradigmatic
aspects of the theory of integral nursing.
Within the theory, the integral nurse
engages in care-related actions that foster
client wellness while also striving to create
a deeper, more meaningful connection
with the Divine, however interpreted
The concept of integral person captures
how the client interrelates with
the nurse in ways that value and respect
the life experiences of each member of the
relationship, be that of an individual, family,
colleague, or group. The idea of integral
health is viewed as a process that helps
convey ways of restructuring basic
assumptions and beliefs about well-being,
to include perceiving death as a natural part
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