The gonging of a Tibetan singing bowl signifies the start and end of staff meetings at The Waters in Oakdale. Before every shift, the health and wellbeing team comes together for huddles to talk about their intentions for the day and what they will focus on, starting perhaps with a guided imagery exercise or aromatherapy. Grounded and primed with information needed to provide excellent care, these nurse leaders head out to engage with residents.
In May 2015, more than 250 integrative nurses from 12 countries gathered in Reykjavik, Iceland, to explore how they, as nurse leaders, clinicians, educators, and students, could expand care and help transform patient lives.
When a child is sick in the hospital, finding ways to help families participate in the healing process can be transforming. However, introducing integrative therapies to children and families in ways that are accessible and fun can be challenging given different learning styles, varying ages, degrees of illness, and time constraints.
The Center publishes "Current," a monthly newsletter that offers wellbeing tips, news about upcoming events, perspectives from Center founder and director Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, a Taking Charge monthly feature, and more.