These are turbulent times for health care as well as nursing. Nursing needs to consciously evolve to survive and thrive in the 21st century. The authors suggest that nursing has many of the theoretical and conceptual models needed to facilitate this evolution. However, the profession would benefit from the addition of a comprehensive framework that can integrate various aspects of nursing and serve as a device to effectively interface nursing with the rest of the health care system. We believe that the Integral Nursing approach described here is such a framework. In this article, we describe the model and explore benefits of its application for nursing within health care.
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