Professional Presence and Influence

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Professional Presence and Influence
Esther Lopez
Western Governors University

PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE AND INFLUENCE 2 Over the last one hundred years there has been a great change in the way nurses, doctors, and others in the medical field, as well as the general public, have come to view health and wellness. Where once health was thought to only be comprised of our physical body and the physical things that affect it, we now know that health encompasses so much more. We know that who we are is made up not only of the physical body, but also of mind, and spirit (Koerner, 2011), and that this not only affects each of us individually but also those
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Inside the body the disturbances are twofold: (a) the relationships between and among the various body parts and biochemical processes; and (b) the relationship between the mind and the body. Outside the body, these relationships are also twofold: (a) the relationship between the individual patient and his or her environment, including the ecological, physical, familial, social, and political nexus of relationships surrounding the patient; and (b) the relationship between the patient and the transcendent.” (Sulmasy, 2002, p.26)
I think that in order to care for the patient in a complete and holistic way, it is of utmost importance that we take into consideration not only their more obvious physical needs, but also their emotional and spiritual needs.
A2. As I discussed above, there are different models of health and healing after which we have patterned our care and practice. Dr. Dossey (n.d.) wrote about three models or Eras, and how the understanding of health and healing, and the practice of medicine, has developed and changed over the last several hundred years. Although Era I was a very important time of medical growth when dealing with the physical part of our human body, I feel that Era III has brought a much more complete way of helping the patient reach a higher state of health and wellness.
Era I focused only on the
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