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SCI Nurs. 2002 Fall;19(3):117-24.

Strategies for innovative energy-based nursing practice: the Healing Touch program.

Kelley M.

Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Hampton, VA, USA.


The purpose of this article is to share professional knowledge, practice, and educational opportunities related to energy-based nursing in order to broaden and improve the delivery of health care services. The holistic, theory-based approach places a patient’s perceived needs first, and cares for the human body as well as the spirit. Energy medicine is an intricate part of the patient’s expectation for health care. Watson’s transpersonal-caring-healing model is explored (Watson, 1999). This model expands the view of the person to one that embodies energy that is comprised of spirit, a universal mind, and consciousness. The North American Nurses Diagnosis Association (NANDA) recognizes energy therapy as an intervention representing a specific theory: human energy field theory (HEFT). This therapy is related to the approved nursing diagnosis of energy field disturbance 1.8 (NANDA, 1995/1996). Healing touch (HT) is an energy-based therapeutic approach to healing that emphasizes caring for the whole person based on the HEFT. It is used in the nursing profession to influence changes in the human energy system; HT affects physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. The nursing process is evident throughout the curriculum. Nurse researchers report positive patients outcomes. The holistic nursing concept of energetic healing returns nurse professionals to the essence of nursing. Spinal cord injury (SCI) nurses will benefit by increasing their knowledge and awareness of energy therapy to increase patient satisfaction and improve outcomes for persons with SCI.

PMID: 12510515 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Nursing Diagnosis and Intervention

According to NANDA ( North American Nursing Diagnosis Association), energy field disturbance is defined as the disruption of the flow of energy, or aura, surrounding a person’s being that results in a disharmony of the body, mind, and/or spirit.

According to NANDA, the recommended way to respond to energy disturbances is to explain the benefits of practices such as healing touch ( and then to administer this care to the client.

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One Response to Does Stress have you overwhelmed?

  1. Geetha says:

    Thank you for the healing seosisn, Nancy. I recieved your e-mail May 24th and have been integrating the information with joy and humble thanks. I feel the healing of the whole above my high heart is repaired after all these years! I am listening to my body and spending time grounding and meditating.Please keep me in mind during your Free Healing seosisns and I will be in touch following the Lab work and Doctor visit.Blessings,Danelle

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