Illuminating Nursing’s Value: The 12 Anthroposophic Nursing Gestures

Kramer, Michele R.; Schmiesing, Laurie; von Dach, Christoph (2021). Illuminating Nursing’s Value: The 12 Anthroposophic Nursing Gestures Journal of Holistic Nursing, 40(3), pp. 281-294. Sage Publications 10.1177/08980101211039083

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Nursing care historically has not been separated from institutional care costs. Organizations seek to quantify nursing care with no assignation of the value or uniqueness of the individual patient–nurse encounter. New models point to measuring care at this level. Nursing care encompasses tangible evidence that can be easy to quantify but, in the paradigm of healing and caring, and more specifically within the knowledge pool of holistic nursing, significant contributions are intangible and thus hard to measure. Anthroposophic nursing’s 12 nursing gestures offer an integration by making intangible nursing practice tangible. They incorporate addressing the whole person and more clearly show the caring and healing aspects of nursing care. Making such intangibles of care tangible contribute to the discussion of nursing value and how it is measured in healthcare organizations. More research is needed, however, to refine and value nursing care to more accurately reflect the connection between caring, healing, and patient outcomes.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


School of Health Professions
School of Health Professions > Nursing


Kramer, Michele R.;
Schmiesing, Laurie and
von Dach, Christoph


R Medicine > RT Nursing




Sage Publications




Christoph von Dach

Date Deposited:

11 Nov 2022 08:54

Last Modified:

11 Nov 2022 08:54

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

measuring nursing value; intangible and intangible nursing care; anthroposophic nursing; spirituality; healing; holistic nursing




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