Barbara Dossey, RN, PhD

Barbara Dossey, RN, PhD

Compassion and Healing Rituals in Dying


How can we harness the power of consciousness in creating healing rituals in the dying process? How does one’s personal story and imagery combine belief systems and innate healing abilities?

As we increase our awareness of presence and compassion, we allow these qualities to flow into living and the dying process. A view of healing partnership which goes beyond the idea of separate individuals coming together will be presented. The evidence that at some level of consciousness we are already united and one will be explored.

The spiritual implications and our interconnectedness with self and others are essential to the future of healing in healthcare — local to global.


At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explore components of presence, compassion, and healing.
  • Identify the three phases of healing rituals.
  • Examine how healing rituals help to bring more presence, compassion, balance and harmony into living and dying.
  • Examine reflective questions related to your life.
  • Explore lessons from Florence Nightingale about the implications of compassion and healing.


Academic background

  • BSN, Baylor University School of Nursing
  • MS, Medical Surgical Nursing, Texas Woman's University
  • PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies in Nursing Science and Healing, The Union Institute & University


Barbara Dossey is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the holistic nursing movement. She is a:

  • Florence Nightingale scholar
  • Nursing theorist
  • National and international speaker and teacher on the role of integrative nurse coaching in the emerging integrative health care paradigm.


She is:

  • Co-Director, International Nurse Coach Association (INCA)
  • Core Faculty, Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (INCCP), Miami, Florida
  • International Co-Director and Board Member, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH)
  • Director, Holistic Nursing Consultants, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Barbara Dossey is a former Samueli Institute Board Member (2008-2011).


Barbara is an author or co-author of 24 books. Her most recent include Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice 6th Ed., 2013), The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies (2013); and, Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer Centennial Commemorative Edition, (2010), Being with Dying: Com- passionate End-of-Life Care Training Guide (2007), and Florence Nightingale Today: Healing, Leadership, Global Action (2005).

Barbara’s Theory of Integral Nursing (2008) is considered a grand theory that presents the science and art of nursing. It includes an integral process, integral worldview, and integral dialogues that is Praxis—theory in action. It also focuses on compassionate care of the dying, and nurses’ roles as 21st Century Nightingales. Her collaborative global nursing project, the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) and the Nightingale Declaration Campaign (NDC) has been developed to strengthen individual commitment toward achieving a healthy world as a priority objective for action by ordinary citizens, by civil society organizations and by all governments, local and national.