Author: Shields D1,2, Fuller A3, Resnicoff M4, Butcher HK5, Frisch N6
1Capital University Dshield2@capital.edu.
2Doctors Hospital OhioHealth Dshield2@capital.edu.
4NYU-Lutheran Medical Center.
5The University of Iowa.
6University of Victoria.
Conference/Journal: J Holist Nurs.
Date published: 2016 Nov 23
Other: Pages: 0898010116678709 , Word Count: 189
The human energy field (HEF) as a phenomenon of interest across disciplines has gained increased attention over the 20th and 21st centuries. However, a concern has arisen that there is a lack of evidence to support the concept of the HEF as a phenomenon of interest to professional nurses and nursing practice. Using Chinn and Kramer's method of creating conceptual meaning, a concept analysis was conducted for the purpose of developing a conceptual definition of HEF. A systematic review of the literature using the CINAHL database yielded a total of 81 articles and text sources that were determined to be relevant to the concept analysis. The HEF is defined as a luminous field of energy that comprises a person, extends beyond the physical body, and is in a continuous mutual process with the environmental energy field. It is a vital energy that is a continuous whole and is recognized by its unique pattern; it is dynamic, creative, nonlinear, unpredictable, and flows in lower and higher frequencies. The balanced HEF is characterized by flow, rhythm, symmetry, and gentle vibration.
© The Author(s) 2016.
KEYWORDS: concept analysis; energy; energy field; nursing
PMID: 27881613 DOI: 10.1177/0898010116678709