Holistic Nursing Care: The Importance of Compassionate Care

Holism is a philosophical approach in support of the belief that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. According to this approach, the whole cannot be understood by examining its individual parts; instead, it is individual parts that allow us to see and hear the reality of the whole. This philosophy can be applied to the health care field in the form of holistic care. Holism goes beyond the actions performed or words spoken to a patient. It’s a method to ensure care for all parts of a patient. The American Holistic Nurses’ Association defines holistic nursing as “all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal.”