Facilitating Holistic Nursing Through the Development of Mindfulness: A Model for Student Nurses

Lerato Matshaka, Charlene Downing, Nompumelelo Ntshingila

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Abstract

Holistic nursing should be a goal for all nurses. Patients that receive holistic nursing feel acknowledged, valued, and appreciated. Caring for patients holistically requires student nurses to possess and display attributes of mindfulness and Ubuntu. Student nurses therefore need to be supported and taught how to provide caring holistically to patients while being aware, being present, and conscious in the caring moment. The purpose of this article was to describe the model developed as a frame of reference to facilitate holistic nursing through developing mindfulness and Ubuntu. A theory generative, exploratory, and contextual research design was followed. A diagrammatic structure was constructed after the concept analysis was conducted. The model consisted of three phases with an outcome of a student nurse who is caring holistically and mindfully. The model provides a framework of reference to facilitate holistic nursing through the development of mindfulness. This study adds a model of mindfulness and a lens of looking at mindfulness through an African philosophy of Ubuntu.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Holistic Nursing
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

Keywords

  • awareness
  • caring
  • facilitation
  • holistic
  • mindfulness
  • presence
  • ubuntu

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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