Holistic Practice Tips
of the Month

January 2013 
Smile when you want to frown and it will relieve facial tension and make you feel better. That one simple smile has the power to calm fear, insecurity, hurt, and anxiety. 
~Anna Dermanchyan

cember 2012
When you leave work and get into your vehicle, stop and take several slow easy breaths, letting go of your day of work. Rub your hands together creating warmth, then place over your closed eyes. Continue to breathe several slow easy breaths. Slowly bring your hand down your face so your finger tips are the last to leave your eyes. Slowly open your eyes to a fresh, new perspective as you prepare to drive home.
~ Carole Ann Drick

November 2012
As you stay present and actively listen you can reduce the person's sense of isolation.
~Jalma Marcus

October 2012
A peaceful and caring environment is very important for the sick patient and their family. Keep the room clean and remove the extra machines, IV polls and pumps to give everyone in the room more breathing space.
~Anna Dermanchyan

September 2012
Sleepy feet. Mix a few drops of lavender and carrier oil (castor or grape seed oil). Gently massage to the soles of feet. The socks keep your feet toasty and the scented lavender oil massage helps relax and welcome sleep.
~Dana Hannah DNP FNP

August 2012

Bed bound patients love backrubs! They both relax and comfort the patient while giving a message of care and a gift of both time and touch.
~Carole Ann Drick, a holistic private practice nurse in Austintown, OH

July 2012
Everything we say and do has an effect on others. Be conscious of your verbal and non verbal behaviors.

~Jalma Marcus

June 2012
Breathe, breathe, and breathe! This cannot be repeated too often. When in doubt as to what to do next, when in doubt of what to say, breathe. It clears the mind and brings an alert awareness.

May 2012
Close the gap between yourself and the other person by listening from a place of deep Stillness. Hear the meaning behind the words and allow your response to rise from the Stillness within. Observe the difference. 

April 2012
Take a refreshing 30-second break. Close your eyes, take a long, slow, deep breath in, taking in more air even when you feel full. Then gently and slowly blow the air out through pursed lips - like blowing up a balloon. Repeat a second time. Feel your whole body come alive with the extra oxygen.

March 2012
The most consistent holistic component of my nursing practice is presence as described by Jean Watson. No matter how stressed out I am (and my unit can be very stressful), I try to pause and ground with a breath prior to entering a patient room. This helps my ability to give each patient my full attention with eye contact and not make them feel rushed. Watch for the payoff; it is amazing.
~Marci Resnicoff RN, Practice Committee

February 2012
Practice self care then translate that to bedside and staff side. Live as you teach others to live!
~Andi Williams, AHNA Practice Committee

January 2012
To be authentic when teaching, walk your talk. People can intuitively feel when you are telling them to do something you don't practice yourself.


December 2011
I use the hand sanitizer dispensers outside patients’ rooms to "sanitize" as well as ground and center myself.  I enter the room after the gel is completely absorbed.  As I gently rub the gel into my hands, I remind myself that my "being with" another carries a silent power which permits me to bear witness to a passage, to ease an emotional burden or to begin a healing process regardless of outcome.
~Maura McDonald, is an advanced holistic Nurse Practitioner providing tobacco treatment support in a 600+ hospital in Portland, Maine.

November 2011
Holism starts with self care and our self in balance then we can bring this balance into our practice. What self care activities did you do today? Every day? 

October 2011
When pain management medications for a stressed out patient aren't working, I gently place one hand on the patient's head, the other on his/her upper chest area and ask the patient to close his/her eyes and slowly and deeply breathe with me as I lead him/her through a guided meditation. Patients are usually asleep within 5 minutes. 
~ Marci Resnicoff RN, Practice Committee

September 2011
Feeling overwhelmed? Time is an illusion. Move into the timeless present moment through focusing on your breath and feel your alert awareness and clarity return. You cannot overdose on focused breathing!

August 2011
Get an extra hour of sleep on a regular basis. You function better and have more energy!

July 2011
Feeling overwhelmed? Time is an illusion. Move into the timeless present moment through focusing on your breath and feel your alert awareness and clarity return. You cannot over dose on focused breathing!

June 2011
Since we are getting more computerized at work with our charting now, one of my most frequently used passwords is partly a nickname for a family pet who is a heart-centered bundle of love. Just typing his nickname fills me with a calming sense of open-heartedness. (Eva Selhub, MD wrote a book called The Love Response which gave me the idea).
~ Marci Resnicoff RN, Practice Committee

May 2011
Trust your intuition when you feel to linger with the other person. Often a simple, “What else?” with a gentle pause and smile is enough to give permission for the next layer to be revealed to you.

April 2011
Before starting your car to drive to work, STOP, take a few easy deep breaths. Feel the deep sense of Stillness rise up in your body. Start the car and drive to work in this place of alert awareness.

March 2011
Be person centered rather than task centered.
~ Andi Williams, Practice Committee

February 2011
Do an “intentional” assessment rather than collect physiological data. Assess the patient and still focus healing intention, touch and caring while gathering information at the same time.
~ Andi Williams, Practice Committee

January 2011
Greet the patient by name, touch their arm/shoulder, make eye contact and smile. Thirty seconds of connecting with respect and listening sends a message of caring, peace and healing which results in an innate relaxation response in the patient.

December 2010
Lot’s to do? Call lights on? Admissions? Discharge? Physical assessments? Treatments? Meds? As you are moving between patients’ rooms, pay attention to your feet! Be aware of each foot as the weight changes from the left to the right foot with each step. You arrive in the same amount of time and in the present moment – clear and ready to give full attention to this patient.

November 2010
Before you answer a patient’s question, stop, take a breath then speak from an open heart. This allows your response to be filled with compassion rather than from the mind’s attitudes and opinions.

October 2010
Have your water bottle at the nurses’ station and take sips often. Even better, sip green tea, a natural antioxidant. Hydration is one key to being clear, energetic and working effortlessly. 


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