Often I am asked "if you work in a hospital, how do you practice holistic nursing?" Today I will answer that question briefly. Before I begin to share, I just want to speak on why I chose this topic. A few days ago I Created the topic "healing touch in pacu" with the intention to write about it sometime in the future. After my shower, I went looking thru one of my bags in search of my lavender oil, instead I found one of my first journals since beginning yoga. I happen to stumble upon entries written around the time I had taken level1 healing touch and how excited I was to possibly include the therapy into my private holistic nursing practice.
Ok back to topic.... Healing touch is an energy therapy that may help alleviate pain and anxiety. Every since I had a patient report to me that simply placing my hands on her shoulder with the intention to help her feel better, I have been very intentional everytime I touch my patients. Particularly, thoracic patients because they all complain of shoulder pain after their surgery and unfortunately narcotics don't alleviate this type of pain. We use heat packs and repositioning instead, every time I place the heat packs I hold my hands in place for a few seconds with the intention to help my patient heal and to help the energy move thru me and the field to help their body in whatever way needed. I have been practicing this every chance I get and so far it makes for a happy patient and happy nurse. I think my patients can feel my heart centered intention when I place the heat packs because they almost always close their eyes, sigh, and say "oh that feels better "when I do so. Now of course it could be just feeling the heat on their skin from the hot pack but deep inside I know the energy is working. This is just one way I practice holistic nursing in the hospital setting.
To learn more about healing touch please visit http://www.healingtouchprogram.com