Below is what one of Haym Salomon Home’s skilled nurses, Azza Ezzat Doctor of Nursing Practice, RN, said about the holistic approach in nursing, including in pain management.
Holistic medicine is based on the understanding that to know health and disease it is necessary to know the function of the biological system of individuals.
This principle was applied over many years, in which all components of the biological system are interacting functionally with the environment and planning, intervention with each other.
The study and practice of medicine focus on the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Nursing focuses in the human response to illness and its treatment. We at Haym Salomon Home focus on multidisciplinary team planning approach, which is so crucial in addressing personal care approach and pain management.
Generally, people enter the healthcare system because they have a problem. A sick person wants to know what causes his or her symptoms and pain. They want the health care provider to make the symptoms go away. In addition, to solve the diagnostic riddle and apply treatment to cure the disease or, at least, calm the symptoms.
As advanced practice nurses, we open new ways of thinking and acting. Holistic ways approach broad concepts of health, wholeness, caring, and healing of the entire system.
Taking this broader patient-centered, holistic view presents an opportunity to an individualized care. This also provides the utmost goal with maintaining safety, wellbeing as core to be considered when planning care for our residents.
The advanced practice nurse begins with the human being, not with the disease, and with the individual human’s unique value and goals. And that is also our attitude towards pain management.