A program to engage the heart and spirit of nurses! We designed a day-long retreat in which nurses can explore and renew their personal connection to nursing practice.
We begin with a focus on the essential but often neglected balance between caring for self and caring for others. Through personal discovery and self-reflection exercises, nurses gain insight into their beliefs, dreams and visions while forming community with other nurses.
Nurses are introduced to holistic nursing philosophy, which offers a context for providing relationship-centered care and human caring science, and provides a foundation on which to ground complementary healing modalities. Emphasis is placed on the healing power of self-care as an essential characteristic of the compassionate caregiver.
Interwoven throughout the curriculum are integrative modalities presented with the intention of assisting participants in gaining practical and experiential knowledge in the integration of these sought after skills. The program also offers nurses an understanding of the specific nursing practices that fall under the umbrella terms of holistic, complementary, alternative and integrative healthcare. Nurses receive 7.8 contact hours of continuing education credit.
Nurses find ReAwakening the Heart rewarding because it provides them with a day of retreat and renewal. Nursing leaders have endorsed it as a valuable program for improving nursing morale and enhancing caring behaviors.
Roseann Pokoluk RNC, MA, CNRN, LMT
Staff Development Coordinator, NYU Medical Center
Suzanne Chenowith, RN
Staff Nurse, Conway, NH
Peggy Reiley, RN, PhD,
Chief Nurse Executive, Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale, AZ