We hear the term "holistic" all the time, but what does this actually mean? Is this quality important or even worth trying to achieve? Is it relevant at all to the often harsh, tumultuous reality of modern bedside nursing or just another fancy buzzword?
Merriam Webster defines holistic
as "relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts <holistic
medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body> <holistic
ecology views humans and the environment as a single system>"
: "Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts."
And yet another definition
: "A wide-reaching term, designating views in which the individual elements of a system are determined by their relations to all other elements of that system. Being highly relational, holistic theories do not see the sum of the parts as adding up to the whole. In addition to the individual parts of a system, there are "emergent," or "arising," properties that add to or transform the individual parts. As such, holistic theories claim that no element of a system can exist apart from the system in which it is a part."
Just curious - What's your personal
definition of holistic
? And, more importantly, are you able to incorporate these principles or values day-to-day in your nursing practice?