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Keywords

competency, credibility, holistic nursing, personal and professional growth and development

 

Authors

  1. Sharoff, Leighsa EdD, RN, NPP, AHN-BC

Abstract

This article, part of a larger qualitative naturalistic study, examined what motivates professional RNs to become certified holistic nurses and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes holistic nurses perceive they need to become competent practitioners. Two key findings were (1) disjuncture between the traditional nursing structure and the nurses' own personal and professional growth and development and (2) the need for credibility. For these participants, obtaining the HNC credential conveyed credibility and legitimacy.