Creativity and spirituality in nursing: implementing art in healing

Holist Nurs Pract. May-Jun 2005;19(3):122-5. doi: 10.1097/00004650-200505000-00008.


Creative modalities offer nurses a new perspective on how to care for patients. The link between creativity and healing is well documented. In response to this, many hospitals have instituted programs that include arts and creativity. Because of their unique bonds with patients, nurses play a crucial role in bringing creative arts into patient care. Several recommendations are given for implementing specific art media (eg, music, drawing, dance, writing) in the clinical setting.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Art Therapy
  • Creativity*
  • Dance Therapy
  • Holistic Nursing / standards*
  • Humans
  • Music Therapy
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Nurse-Patient Relations*
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Patient Care Planning / organization & administration
  • Psychophysiology
  • Sensory Art Therapies / nursing*
  • Sensory Art Therapies / standards
  • Spirituality*