Holistic Nursing

Introductory Holistic Nursing Program for Registered Nurses

This course, available to be taught off site at an interested medical facility, gives an overview and introduction to the principles, techniques and modalities of our Holistic Nursing program and their integration into Western medical scenarios. It is designed to be a 5-day course. New York State awarded the College a retraining grant of $600,000 to train 240 Registered Nurses at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, the oldest Western hospital in the US, in an Introduction to Holistic Nursing. Additionally, this course is offered for the Registered Nurses at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City and is paid for by their union, 1199 SEIU.

Course Description

This course introduces the basic techniques and modalities of holistic nursing as refined by the New York College of Health Professions. This is a highly developed and complex system of therapies which combine the use of Traditional Chinese Medical principles in Acupuncture, Western Bodywork, Asian Bodywork, Physical Arts, Herbalism and Nutrition with a Western approach to organ dysfunctions. Our holistic modalities restore, promote, and maintain optimum health through the treatment of the physical body, the bio-energy, and the emotions, which reflect and are bound into the neuromuscular system. The techniques used balance the musculoskeletal system and promote the proper circulation of energy, which regulates all the physiological processes of the body. The techniques presented will address the clinical scenarios common in the hospital setting, e.g., acute post-operative pain, procedural related pain and anxiety, chronic pain, and address a variety of populations, e.g., rehab, elderly, post-trauma. At the completion of this course, the student will have a generalized knowledge of Holistic Nursing as well as the basic technical skills necessary to begin to integrate the modalities into nursing practice.

Course Objectives

To provide the nurse with:

  1. an introduction to basic patient assessment, and practice techniques utilized in Holistic Nursing;
  2. an understanding of the energy system, fundamental to Traditional Chinese Medicine;
  3. proper body mechanics;
  4. a knowledge of the proper practitioner/ patient relationship as practiced by Traditional Chinese Medicine;
  5. the tools necessary to introduce these techniques into nursing practice.

Standards for Completion

  1. practical application examination
  2. written final examinations
  3. attendance/completion

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate basic therapeutic massage techniques.
  2. describe the role, application, and value of the following Holistic modalities in a hospital setting: Acupuncture, Western Massage, Asian Bodywork, Nutrition, and Tai Chi Chuan.
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