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Discussion Post: Integrative Abilities
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Discussion Post: Integrative Abilities
Different specializations in the nursing practice require a set of skills and abilities. The
course instructors stated on the response board that “The advanced practice roles of CNM, CNP,
CNS, and CRNA require an intensive set of clinical skills, understandings, and integrative
abilities that synthesize advanced practice nursing knowledge.” I believe that the teacher’s use of
the term “integrative abilities” meant the ability of nurses to work with patients in enhancing
their health outcomes. Integrative ability involves recognizing that a patient possesses an innate
ability to heal (Lavretsky, Sajatovic, & Reynolds, 2016). As such, nurses should engage patients
as whole persons by incorporating the element of the mind and spirit, alongside the physical
body.
As explained by Doherty & Thompson (2014), the effectiveness of a nurse in offering
care to patients is dependent on their ability to nurture therapeutic relationships with patients. In
this respect, caring for patients is complex and thus requires the use of a collaborative approach
involving nurses, patients, and patients’ social support groups. Once a therapeutic relationship
has been developed, it becomes much easier for the nurse to offer patient-centered care. Nurses
should understand that every patient is unique and thus has different needs. A close nurse-patient
relationship enhances the use of this approach (Doherty & Thompson, 2014). A nurse must also
understand the importance of social meanings and understandings to enhance the patient-nurse
interaction. For instance, understanding the value placed on different aspects of the life of the
patient such as family and occupation can assist in boosting knowledge about the patient. One
can then harness this knowledge to enhance the customer experience (Stoddart, 2012).
Based on these facts, I believe that the course instructor used the term “integrative
abilities” to refer to the ability of nurses to involve the patient actively in the healing process. In
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particular, these skills are important when dealing with situations where medical knowledge has
limited ability to promote positive health outcomes. For instance, the management of chronic
diseases may benefit from these abilities.
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References
Doherty, M., & Thompson, H. (2014). Enhancing person-centred care through the development
of a therapeutic relationship. British Journal of Community Nursing, 19(10), 502-507.
Lavretsky, H., Sajatovic, M., & Reynolds, C. F. (2016). Complementary and integrative
therapies for mental health and aging. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Stoddart, K. M. (2012). Social meanings and understandings in patient-nurse interaction in the
community practice setting: A grounded theory study. BMC Nursing, 11(1), 14-23.

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Running Head: INTEGRATIVE ABILITIES 1 Discussion Post: Integrative Abilities Name Institution Date INTEGRATIVE ABILITIES 2 Discussion Post: Integrative Abilities Different specializations in the nursing practice require a set of skills and abilities. The course instructors stated on the response board that “The advanced practice roles of CNM, CNP, CNS, and CRNA require an intensive set of clinical skills, understandings, and integrative abilities that synthesize advanced practice nursing knowledge.” I believe that the teacher’s use of the term “integrative abilities” meant the ability of nurses to work with patients in enhancing their health outcomes. Integrative ability involves recognizing that a patient possesses an innate ability to heal (Lavretsky, Sajatovic, & Reynolds, 2016). As such, nurses should engage patients as whole persons by incorporating the element of the mind and spirit, alongside the physical body. As explained by Doherty & Thompson (2014), the effectiveness of a nurse in offering care to patients is dependent on their ability to nurture therapeutic relationships with patients. In this respect, caring for patients is complex and thus requires the use of a collaborative approach involving nurses, patients, and patients’ social support groups. Once a therapeutic relationship has been developed, it becomes much easier for the nurse to offer patient-centered care. Nurses should understand that every patient is unique and thus has different needs. A close nurse-patient relationship enhances the use of this approach (Doherty & Thompson, 2014). A nurse must also understand the importance of social meanings and understandings to enhance the patient-nurse interaction. For instance, understanding the value placed on different aspects of the life of the patient such as family and occupation can assist in boosting knowledge about the patient. One can then harness this knowledge to enhance the customer experience (Stoddart, 2012). Based on these facts, I believe that the course instructor used the term “integrative abilities” to refer to the ability of nurses to involve the patient actively in the healing process. In INTEGRATIVE ABILITIES particular, these skills are important when dealing with situations where medical knowledge has limited ability to promote positive health outcomes. For instance, the management of chronic diseases may benefit from these abilities. 3 INTEGRATIVE ABILITIES 4 References Doherty, M., & Thompson, H. (2014). Enhancing person-centred care through the development of a therapeutic relationship. British Journal of Community Nursing, 19(10), 502-507. Lavretsky, H., Sajatovic, M., & Reynolds, C. F. (2016). Complementary and integrative therapies for mental health and aging. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Stoddart, K. M. (2012). Social meanings and understandings in patient-nurse interaction in the community practice setting: A grounded theory study. BMC Nursing, 11(1), 14-23. Name: Description: ...
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