Complementary and alternative medicine is rapidly making its way into the mainstream through the addition of a variety of therapies in existing settings. Yet, in national surveys, the public seems interested not only in alternative therapies, but also in a more holistic form of healthcare. Nurses have a critical role to play in creating such a healthcare system. Recovering their own identity as healers is a first step in that direction. This article explores the topic of the self as healer through four key questions: what is healing, who or what is the locus of healing, how can nurses facilitate healing, and how does one become a healer?
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Complementary and Alternative Therapies| February 01 2000
The Self as Healer: Reflections From a Nurse’s Journey
AACN Adv Crit Care (2000) 11 (1): 17–26.
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Janet F. Quinn; The Self as Healer: Reflections From a Nurse’s Journey. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 2000; 11 (1): 17–26. doi:
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