Recently I had the privilege of teaching the holistic nurse certification prep course in
Louisville Kentucky. There were 22 nurses who attended the course and 11 were nurses
that were selected by Norton healthcare system leaders. The more I teach the class in
different cities throughout the United States, the more similarities I find with nurses
struggling with the time constraints in their work. The nursing profession has been so
focused on implementing new technology, that it is creating a barrier for nurses to connect
and care for the patients at the bedside.
Holistic nursing is a solution that provides tools for nurses to create more meaningful
connections and positive experiences with patients. Holistic nursing incorporates holistic modalities
that increases comfort to patients. Many times as nurses we get so task oriented, that we forget
that the patient is a father, a mother, a son, a daughter, etc. I believe when we are task oriented,
we become mindless to the fears and anxieties of our patients. Having tools to ground and center
ourselves helps us to create those meaningful connections with our patients.
Some of the comments that the nurses who attend the class, reflected this need for
connecting with others. Below are comments made by the students that attend this class:
“All nurses need to go through holistic program and gain certification, it will help them
become more compassionate in nursing. This class will enhance my nursing practice,
relationships, and remind me to increase my empathy and treat patients like my most
precious family member."
"This class allowed me to realize some of the practices I do are holistic. It reaffirms my
thought processes and opens my eyes to another aspect of nursing. I realize the more
present in the moments I am, I recognize what a privilege it is to share that with my
“ These past three days, I've learned about the importance of self-care, self reflection, and
techniques to help heal myself body, mind, and spirit. We need to heal the healers!"
“This course has provided tools to sharpen my ability to be present and listen to my
patient. It has also encouraged me to create a sacred space with my patients and
connecting with them in a more meaningful way."