Understanding healing: a conceptual analysis

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  • M Cecilia Wendler RN MA CCRN

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    1. Doctoral Student, University of Colorado, Health Sciences Centre, Denver, Colorado, USA
      M Cecilia Wendler, 1510 Thomas Late Point Drive Apartment 203 Eagan Minnesota 55121 USA
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M Cecilia Wendler, 1510 Thomas Late Point Drive Apartment 203 Eagan Minnesota 55121 USA

Abstract

The practice of the healing arts has been a part of human history since ancient times Despite the development of related scholarly concepts in nursing such as caring, healing remains an enigma Using conceptual analysis a clear definition of healing within a Rogerian/Newmaman framework is explicated Case development assists in the understanding of healing as a concept, and questions arising from this definition provide focus for further scholarly work A result of this process of concept analysis was the development of a definition of healing which is clear and which fits the theoretical underpinnings of the unitary-transformative paradigm Healing, as a core variable of interest in the study of health, provides important parameters for study The definition of healing which arose from the concept analysis is Healing is an experiential, energy-requiring process in which space is created through a caring relationship in a process of expanding consciousness and results in a sense of wholeness, integration, balance and transformation and which can never be fully known

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