Reflection of a 7-year patient care program: implementing and sustaining an integrative hospital program
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Reflection of a 7-year patient care program
Abstract: 

Integrative alternative therapies, also known as holistic therapies, have many applications in hospitals and health centers. These may include relaxation therapies, meditation, massage, reflexology, and Reiki or healing touch. Patients today are looking for these services, and institutions continue to explore ways to provide them without affecting their bottom line. The Integrative Cardiac Wellness Program is such a service, and its growth and longevity comes out of the personal investment of the staff to the program and to their patients. The literature review on the permanence of caring practice shows that caring about your work with patients, not just the job, is critical in longevity (Graber & Mitcham, 2004). The holistic nurses' and staff 's commitment to their professional growth within their specialty and their personal spiritual practice as experts in the field forms the backbone of the Integrative Wellness Program's success. It has been in existence for 7 years, providing integrative healing therapies to more than 7,000 patients, making it one of the most experienced. The program now serves cardiac surgery patients, and patients who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Author(s): 
Ernst, Lorraine S.
Ferrer, Lynn
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Holistic Nursing: Official Journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Holist Nurs
Publication Date: 
2009-12
Publication Year: 
2009
Pages: 
276-281
Volume: 
27
Issue: 
4
ISSN: 
1552-5724
DOI: 
10.1177/0898010109339526
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 20009019

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Lorraine S. Ernst and Lynn Ferrer. 2009-12. "Reflection of a 7-year patient care program: implementing and sustaining an integrative hospital program." Journal of Holistic Nursing: Official Journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association 27: 4: 276-281. 10.1177/0898010109339526.

Wikipedia Citation

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