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Examination of the Perceptions of Registered Nurses Regarding the Use of Healing Touch in the Acute Care Setting
Journal of Holistic Nursing (2016)
  • Joel Anderson
  • Dr. Mary Ann Friesen
  • Jennifer Fabian, BSN, RN, CCRN
  • Diane Swengros
  • Anna Herbst
  • Lucrezia Mangione
Abstract

Given the current transformation of traditional health care to provide more integrative and complementary modalities, health systems are implementing new programs and services to meet consumer and provider needs. One such integrative modality, Healing Touch, with a foundation in holistic nursing, is a gentle therapy that uses touch to promote health and well-being by balancing the human energy system. This article describes the perceptions of registered nurses regarding the implementation of a Healing Touch training program at a multihospital health system. Five themes were identified: benefit to the patient, benefit to the nurse, holism beyond task orientation, integrating Healing Touch into acute care, and barriers and challenges. Nurses recognize the importance of creating caring-healing relationships and a holistic approach to care. Training in Healing Touch provides one avenue for nurses and health care providers to provide compassionate care.

Publication Date
June, 2016
DOI
doi: 10.1177/0898010115592744
Citation Information
Joel Anderson, Mary Ann Friesen, Jennifer Fabian, Diane Swengros, et al.. "Examination of the Perceptions of Registered Nurses Regarding the Use of Healing Touch in the Acute Care Setting" Journal of Holistic Nursing Vol. 34 Iss. 2 (2016) p. 167 - 176
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/maryann-friesen/3/