NURS 4323 Holistic Health: The Art and Science of Caring and Healing

Summer 2022

Scheduled Class Days and Times: Online

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to holistic philosophy, theory, and practice. Included will be seminar discussion, demonstration, and experiential sessions on holistic health assessment and alternative treatment modes to promote health and healing in practice and in daily living. Open to all majors. This course is taught in a 7-week semester.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in any UTT classes.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1)   Differentiate between the philosophy of holistic health and that of contemporary western medicine.
2)   Examine the knowledge base/theory for understanding the history, current practice, and future of holistic health practice as a complement/supplement to modern techno-medicine.
3)   Implement strategies for health promotion, healing, and change within self and clients.
4)   Propose alternative methods/strategies to promote health and healing.
5)   Analyze the relationship of self-care/self-responsibility to the role of the informed consumer.

Required Textbooks and Readings:

Blaszko Helming, M. A., Shields, D. A., Avino, K. M., and Rosa, W. E. (Eds.).(2020). Dossy & Keegan’s holistic nursing: A handbook for practice. (8th edition). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett ISBN: 9781284196528, 1284196526 (Online access code is NOT required.)

Assignments and Weights/Point Values:

1. Module Assignments & Discussions  (4 Modules each 10%) 40%
2. Holistic Practice and Reflective Journals 30%
3. Online Presentation 30%

Grading Scale:

Specific guidelines and grading criteria for all assignments are in the Modules. Final grades for the course will be determined based on the following point assignments:

A – 90-100

B – 80-89

C – 70-79

D – 60-69

F – Below 60

Grades will not be rounded when calculating the average (79.5 is not rounded to 80 and 89.5 is not rounded to 90).

Exam and homework materials, questions, and problems are the intellectual property of faculty, UT Tyler, or publishers.

  • These materials may not be distributed without permission.
  • Distributing them or uploading them to online resources destroys the integrity of the assignment and the course, allowing others an unfair advantage by letting them view the materials.
  • Uploading these materials to online resources is a violation of UT Tyler’s academic misconduct policies and may result in formal conduct charges.
  • Sanctions for uploading or otherwise divulging the contents of these materials can include:

o a reduced or failing grade on an assignment

o a reduced or failing grade for the course

o removal from the Nursing program

o removal from UT Tyler

Late Policy: 5% will be deducted each day an assignment is past due unless prior arrangements have been made with your course faculty. Extenuating circumstances may apply.

Repeating a Course: Students repeating this course may not use previously submitted assignments nor utilize the same patients for an assignment. Submitting the same or slightly modified assignments from previous semesters is considered self-plagiarism and is subject to academic discipline, including failing the assignment or the course.

Attendance and Make-up Policy: Attendance/participation is expected. Make-up for exams, quizzes, assignments, and clinical time missed is at the discretion of the instructor.

Graded Course Requirements Information:

  1. Module Assignments & Discussions (4 Modules each 10%): Weekly modules include reading assignments and various activities that include, but are not limited to: experiential learning achieved by exploring various holistic modalities available in the community and via online sources; video clips included in each module highlighting holistic practice; discussions with peers sharing experiences and thoughts; research to find Evidence-Based Practice related to the holistic topic of choice.
  2. Holistic Practice and Reflective Journals: Weekly practice of one chosen holistic modality

(5 hours minimum per week during Modules 2, 3, and 4 to achieve a total of at least 15 hours by the semester end). This modality will be the topic of student research for EBP information to be presented in the Poster Presentation. Weekly reflective journals are the student’s reports of all the activities in the Module. These are expected to be thoughtful and expressive.

  1. Online Presentation: Poster Presentations will be posted for student viewing as well as for

grading by faculty. The design will follow a 1 slide PowerPoint template that is provided.

Please Note: Detailed information along with grading rubrics for all assignments will be provided in the Canvas course.

Calendar of Topics, Readings, and Due Dates


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