The art and science of holistic nursing emanates from five core values. These values reflect an integrated approach to caring for the whole person, including body, mind, spirit, emotion, energetic and cultural/environmental connections.

Core Value 1. Holistic Philosophy, Theories, and Ethics

What are the holistic philosophies, theories and ethics that ground holistic nursing practice and inform a way of being that deepens our inner knowing and connects us with others and our environment?

Core Value 2. Holistic Nurse Self-Reflection, Self-Development and Self-Care

How can nurses become more aware of themselves and reflect on the values, beliefs and perceptions, that can influence their holistic practice, making them more authentic and mindful of the world around them?

Core Value 3. Holistic Caring Process

What is the nursing process from a holistic viewpoint? How do holistic nurses empower the client as a whole person? How do holistic nurses develop a holistic caring relationship with the client that integrates the nursing assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention and evaluation, and promotes healing and well-being?

Core Value 4. Holistic Communication, Therapeutic Relationship, Healing Environment, and Cultural Care

How do holistic nurses artfully use a holistic style of communicating that values cultural diversity, the therapeutic relationship and the healing environment? What are the key concepts of nurse coaching, appreciative inquiry, and motivational interviewing? How do holistic nurses assist the client’s health behaviors and patterns, leading to greater health and well-being?

Core Value 5. Holistic Education and Research

What education is required to begin and continue holistic nursing practice? How is the evidence basis of holistic nursing practice determined through research? What are the characteristics of holistic nursing leaders?

The above information is from Holistic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 3rd ed. (2019), which is a foundational resource for holistic nursing that reflects a consensus of the most current thinking in the specialty of holistic nursing and provides a blueprint for its philosophy, theory, principles, education, research, and practices.

The Standards incorporate the fundamental philosophical beliefs, theories and practices as well as new developments and advancements in the field and guide clinicians, educators, researchers, nurse leaders, and administrators in professional activities, knowledge, and performance that are relevant to basic and advanced practice, education, research, and advocacy in holistic nursing.

When used in conjunction with Nursing’s Social Policy Statement: The Essence of the Profession (ANA, 2010), Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 3rd Ed. (ANA, 2015b), Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (ANA, 2015a) and the laws, statutes, and regulations related to nursing practice for the nurse’s state, commonwealth, or territory, the Standards delineate the legal and ethical responsibilities of holistic registered nurses.

For complete information on the Core Values and the Standards of Holistic Nursing Practice, see Holistic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. (3rd ed.), by the American Holistic Nurses Association/American Nurses Association Publishers. To purchase, go to: