Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery. 1995 Oct; 1(5): 128-32.
Complementary therapies in nursing. Implications for practice using aromatherapy as an example.
Nurse Education Dept, Leeds College of Health.
This paper explores the use of aromatherapy within nursing. Beliefs and values which may influence nursing are explored and how these frequently parallel the philosophies that influence complementary therapies. Organisational and professional factors which may influence the use of aromatherapy are considered. The development of policies to guide aromatherapy practice plus identifying the most appropriate person to undertake this care is discussed. Justifying care is explored via the development of research based practice and the generation of appropriate knowledge to guide practice. Although the paper is based on aromatherapy many of the issues raised are relevant to other complementary therapies. Similarly, the word 'nurse' is used but the issues also relate to the practice of aromatherapy within midwifery and health visiting.