Concepts and Expectations
The Whole Person
What does it mean to be “whole”?
Might not the obverse of wholeness be “human need”?
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If one is “called” to a profession of human interest and service, what natural, innate abilities are required? How are they recognized? How may they be applied? This short module prepared for congregational nursing practice may prove enlightening. SPIRITUAL GIFTS-PNsg
Howard Gardner in the early 80s proposed a theory which describes the construct of learning as multiple intelligences–varying mental operations of varying strengths across the population of learners of all ages. There are 7 of them: (1) linguistic, (2) musical, (3) logical-mathematical, (4) spatial, (5) bodily kinesthetic, (6) personal/social, (7) naturalist. [He published 2 books on the subject: Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983) and Reflections on Multiple Intelligences: Myths and Messages (1995)]
Inn this decade, Daniel Goleman uses Gardner’s theory to explain effective leadership in business and industry, pointing to the importance of understanding one’s personal intelligence in order to grow a competent style of leading that displays flexibility, responsibility, adherence to standards, offers rewards, builds clarity, and is committed.
Mindfulness meditation is an awareness of moment-by-moment experiences arising from purposeful attention, in the context of
nonjudgmental acceptance of the experiences. It has its origins in Buddhist lifestyle practices, but in the past 20 years has been taught in the Western countries as a means of reducing stress and coping with challenging circumstances. It has been accepted in psychology circles and some nurse scientists and practitioners are using it in a variety of settings for a variety of interventions to provide patient comfort and well-being. In this course we will consider it as a manner of caring through communication and assessment of human need. The focus is more on the “other” than on the nurse’s sense of self.
It is the expectation of this collaborative group of course-builders that readers will deeply embrace a spirit of commitment impassioned with moral courage to express and demonstrate perceptive and effective care in service to humanity.