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Author advocates for health care beyond the physical


Julie J. Adams
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Author advocates for health care beyond the physical
Whole-person caring model being adopted nationwide

INDIANAPOLIS — Nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale once said, “We are a reflection of the divine, with physical, metaphysical and intellectual attributes.” She was foreshadowing, by a century, the concept of whole-person caring, now being implemented in health care facilities across the country and the subject of a new book published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).
Whole Person Caring: An Interprofessional Model for Healing and Wellness by Lucia Thornton, ThD, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, helps health care leaders (and other employers) implement an integrated, holistic approach to caring for patients and employees.
“This model speaks to those wanting to infuse their workplace with spirit and soulfulness and serves as a useful guide in helping to create a healing environment in one’s personal or professional life,” says Thornton. “The model has resulted in increased patient satisfaction, decreased nurse turnover and considerable cost savings in a hospital where it was implemented.”
In Whole Person Caring, the author supplies the tools health care professionals need to implement the model. The focus is on involving every aspect of the individual: physical, emotional, social and spiritual.
“This book puts forth a framework that can unify the practices of healers and healthcare professionals to create cultural shifts toward healing and wellness,” Thornton says.
The author calls it an integrated approach to healing and wellness.
Leaders in the field of integrative healthcare such as The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, Duke Integrative Medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, and the University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Program understand that focusing on the whole person is necessary in providing the best quality care to patients. The Model of Whole Person Caring provides individuals and organizations the framework and tools needed to create healing and wellness right now.
The book is available at
Whole Person Caring: An Interprofessional Model for Healing and Wellness
By Lucia Thornton, ThD, MSN, RN, AHN-BC
ISBN-13: 9781937554996
Published by STTI, 2013
About the author:
Lucia Thornton, ThD, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, of Fresno, Calif., is the developer and consultant for The Model of Whole Person Caring and a professor at Energy Medicine University. She is a past president of the American Holistic Nurses Association and served as the first executive director of the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation. She helped develop one of the first inpatient hospice homes in the country and was instrumental in creating the process of board certification for holistic nursing in the U.S. Thornton established and directed The Visions in Healthcare Council and The Institute of Health and Wellness.
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at

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