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Another Great Conference
Conference was awesome to say the least. Again the
enthusiasm for research development in holistic nursing
was palpable and demonstrated by over 40 people's
willingness to stay through our research planning
meeting (even with the unexpected drumming ceremony
going full blast next door!).
A summary of our research planning meeting is available
on the AHNA Web site
At the meeting, several new people expressed interest in
working on projects for research development in AHNA. We
still need more of you to help with ideas and who are
willing to work on the development of our Web site
resources, finding funding sources, and submitting
proposals for presentations and posters at conferences
and for grants. We also need you to submit articles for
the Journal of Holistic Nursing
, and for
, this research eNewsletter. For
, we are specifically looking for
articles about methodology and tools as well as articles
about IRB. Also, we welcome guest editorials and still
need nominations for our monthly cameo focus.** Please
e-mail your ideas and articles to
Presentations at Conference
This year we had six research presentations
and 28 posters.
about them in the article below
or on the
AHNA Web site
Research One-on-One Consultations
The research one-on-one consultations were also
conducted during the conference. Ten people benefited
from this project. Verbal reports were again very
enthusiastic, and because there was a small charge for
the service, some income was generated for AHNA. The 1:1
mentoring, which is a great resource for new or even
experienced researchers, will continue at the next
conference. Thanks to the members of the research
committee who have given their time to make this such a
Studies Conducted at Conference
Six studies were conducted at the conference.
These included two that involved students, one that was
associated with a poster in which the presenter asked
participants to talk about their views of qualitative
research, and another one involved stories collected
from workshop participants on the role of reflective
practice with nurse leaders. The final two studies were
sponsored by the AHNA research committee: one on the
consultation experience and the development of a
mentorship program, and the other collected stories from
members attending the conference about their experiences
with healing. If you attended conference and haven't
e-mailed your story, please send to Marlaine Smith
. This study will be expanded at a
later date and will include more of the AHNA membership.
In an effort to learn what our members are
doing related to research, a short survey was
distributed to attendees about their research and
scholarly activities. If you did not attend conference
or if you forgot to turn it in at conference, please download
and complete the survey and return it to Amber,
Looking Forward to 2010
For next year's conference (2010), we also plan
to have at least one session specifically devoted to
holistic research. Let us know what topics you would
like to see addressed related to holistic research (both
doing research and research utilization).
Also consider submitting a proposal for presentation or
a poster. We need proposals for pre-conference,
workshops, panels and posters for next year's conference
in Colorado Springs. Proposals for presentations are due
September 9, 2009.
Guidelines and theme are on the AHNA Web site
We look forward to seeing you next year!
Rorry Zahourek PhD, PMHCNS-BC , AHN-BC
AHNA Leadership Council Coordinator for Research
Research at Conference
1. The completion of a study, funded by an AHNA
grant, by Lori Settersten PhD, RN, WHNP, C, FNP, BC,
"The Effect of Esoteric Healing in Critical Thinking
Among Family Nurse Practitioner Student"
year we had six research papers and 28 posters
at conference. The research papers varied and
included three that focused on students
2. Lisa Ruth-Sahd DEd, RN, CEN, CCRN presented her
study, "The Use of Nursing Student Dyads to Create
Sacred Space in the Clinical Experience"
3. "Holistic Coping in BSN Students" by Kathleen
Hudson RN, MSN, MBA and Linda Colvin RN, MS
Two studies focused on self care for the nurse and
nursing staff. Marlaine Smith RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN
presented a study by Anne Vitale PhD, APN, "Nurses'
Lived Experience of Reiki for Self-Care" and
Patricia J. Meyer RN, MS, AOCN, LMT, CCAP presented
"Aromatherapy for Stress Management: Caring for the
An interesting (and unusual for AHNA) study using a
basic science research approach with rats was "Are
We in 'Tune' with Wound Healing?" presented by Susan
McAlister DNP (c), RN, CMP. This study looked at the
effect of different sound frequencies on rats'
pressure sore healing rates.
BOOK REVIEW: Clinical Research in
Research in Practice: A Guide for the Bedside
Scientist (by Janet Houser PhD, RN, and Joanna
L. Bokovoy DrPH, RN; published by Jones & Bartlett
Click here for a table of contents.
Reviewed by Debra Lee James RN, BSN
I've never written a book review before this, and
I've never done research outside of school before
reading this book. Yet this book inspired me to
begin my research project in the county hospital
where I work, and it inspired me to write my first
book review. Is it synergy? Is it kismet? Luckily
you don't need to understand either of those words
to reap the benefits of this book. The first chapter
starts right where it should by explaining the
importance of research in clinical practice. Imagine
that? There it was in black and white print:
research separates myth from evidence in what I do
as a nurse. Research improves my
professionalism as a nurse. Research improves my
quality of care as a nurse. Research improves ME as
This book is truly written for the "bedside
scientist." The layout of the chapters is logical,
giving the reader a simple starting point, flows
easily and uses terminology that is not cumbersome
(i.e. a dictionary need not be close at hand.) In
fact, the glossary of terms, concepts in action,
check lists and additional resources are enough to
give even the most skittish of researchers the
confidence to move forward. The appendices even
include an example of a signed consent form. This
book takes the reader from deciding on a research
question through planning for publication. It is a
well-rounded book that can be used as a resource
over and over. Definitely one for any nurse's
Wanted: Your Research & Expertise for the
AHNA Web Site
Do you have an idea for research related information you
would like to have on our Web site? Would you like to work
on coordinating the web effort with Rorry and Amber? Do you
have a published research paper that you feel would be
especially useful, and you are able to get permission for
its placement on the Web site? Would you like to develop a
research-oriented educational module for our Web site?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please
contact us! E-mail Rorry at
Congratulations to Research Grant Recipients
Congratulations to Judith M. Fouladbakhsh
PhD, APRN, BC, AHN-BC, CHTP and Jeanette Plodek
CSHN, CCAP/I, PhDc. They are the recipients of this
year's AHNA Research Grants.
Judith is investigating "A Pilot Study of Gentle Yoga
for Lung Cancer Patients: Focus on Body, Mind and
Spirit." Her study will examine the feasibility of a
gentle yoga intervention for post-treatment lung cancer
patients who are currently living in the community. AHNA
is granting her $1500 for this project.
Jeanette is a doctoral student at Saybrook Graduate
School in San Francisco, California. The main purpose of
her doctoral research, "The Effects of Daily Usui Ryoho
Reiki Self-Treatments on the Perceived Stress Levels of
Staff Nurses" is to explore the effect of Usui Ryoho
Reiki self-treatments as self-care on perceived stress
and cortisol rhythms among specialty nurses such as ICU
or NIC nurses. AHNA is providing $500 to assist her with
the qualitative section of her research.
Resources for Researchers
Oncology Nursing Society
(ONS) Foundation Research Grants are available
for research of breast cancer, lung cancer and
translation to practice. A Letter of Intent for the
Breast Cancer Grant is due September 1, 2009,
with dates for the other grants coming soon after that.
Click here for more information.
Do You Want to Publish?
Journal of Holistic Nursing (JHN) offers a
path to publication for holistic nursing researchers.
JHN seeks to publish work that contributes to the
development of knowledge regarding holism, holistic health
Until September 1, 2009
is seeking papers for a
special issue on Florence Nightingale
2010, The Year of The Nurse, they will be seeking
manuscripts that illuminate the significant
contributions of holistic nursing to the larger
discipline of nursing, to healthcare and the well-being
of our world.
JHN is also very interested in receiving
meta-analysis and critical literature reviews.
Guidelines for critical literature reviews are included
in the overall submission guidelines.
Click here for submission guidelines.
We Need You!
For the next issue of Connections
we need a
general article on human subject's protection: what is
an IRB? Why do we need one? What kind of studies needs
an IRB? How do you obtain one particularly if you are
not in an institution or university? What kind of study
Please also send us your experiences with IRB. We have
collected some already that will be included in that
issue. Send all articles to
. Thank you in advance.
Translating CAM Research Results Into
Clinical Practice: Results From a National Survey of
Physicians and CAM Providers
Blog recently highlighted a study from the Archives
of Internal Medicine. This survey of NDs, LAcs,
internests and rheumatologists sought to assess
the awareness of current research in CAM and willingness to
put this knowledge into practice among the two "CAM" and two
conventional practitioner groups. Although this study did
not include nurses, it may give you insights into how your
colleagues view CAM and CAM research.
The Integrator Blog had the following comment about the
study: "The NCCAM review of the article points out an
odd paradox. Clusters of CAM practitioners were both
more likely to view research as 'most important' and as
'least important' in their clinical decision-making,
relative to their conventional counterparts. The two
physician groups were much more likely than their CAM
counterparts to rank 'patient preference' as least
AHNA Researchers in Action
(May/June 2009). Nurses lived experience of reiki for self
care. Holistic Nursing Practice, 23(3),
Some papers recently published by AHNA members:
A phenomelogical study of the experience of Reiki by
nurses who use it for self care. The Colaizzi method of
analysis is used for data analysis. A useful appendix
for presenting the emergent themes is attached to the
article and a CNE test is available at the end of the
article. This study was presented at the AHNA 2009
conference as part of a research panel of paper
View the abstract
Carolyn Magdelen Monroe. (June
2009) The effects of therapeutic touch on pain.
Journal of Holistic Nursing, 27(2), 85-92.|
A useful comprehensive review of studies from 1997-2007.
Seven studies were found and only 5 were of enough merit
to be reviewed. Four of those found statistically
significant results in the positive direction and the
technique caused no unwanted side effects.
View the abstract
, Debra J. Thomas
& Ann Orth Kinzelman
. (May/June 2009).
The effects of lavender and rosemary essential oils on
test-taking anxiety among graduate nursing students. Holistic
Both lavender and rosemary essential oils reduced test
taking anxiety. Lavender however also was found to be
too relaxing and decreased focus and recall. Rosemary in
contrast cleared the mind and increased focus and
concentration. This study was funded through a grant
from Nature's Way and administered through AHNA.
View the abstract
Zahourek, Rothlyn. (May
2009). Healing: Through the lens of intentionality.
International Journal of Healing and Caring, 9(2).
The study may be accessed on line
from the IJHC on line at
subscription is free to those who attended
conference this year.
Understanding and studying healing is one of our
challenges as healthcare providers. This study is a
presentation of a secondary analysis of data
collected to study intentionality in the context of
healing. Six healers and six healees, five of each
who participated as dyads, described their
experiences and their concepts of healing. The
theory, Intentionality: the Matrix for Healing
(IMH), is presented, along with a more expanded
definition of healing as an awareness of shift and a
Mary Jo Kreitzer, Cynthia Gross, On-among
Waleekhachonloet, Mary Ann Reilly-Sprobg, &
. (March 2009).
brief serenity scale: A psychometric analysis of a
measure of spirituality and well being. Journal
of Holsitic Nursing
We would love to hear about your research. Send
your "Researcher in Action" to
News and Notes
received the Award for Excellence in Nursing
Research granted by the Massachusettes Association
of Registered Nurses at their annual awards banquet.
Have you recently presented, started a new
study, or are you looking for volunteers or
collaborators? Share your news here. Send your "News
and Notes" to
Join the Discussion
Do you have a question about creating a conference proposal?
Are you looking for collaborators for your research project?
Would you like to share your latest findings? Or are you
willing to answer another member's question about research?
Then visit the
AHNA Discussion Forum and click on one of the three
forums dedicated to holistic nursing research.
(Note: You will need to login with
your AHNA member account to view this page. Click "My
Login" at top left. If you haven't already created or
activated a user name and password on our new Web site,
Click Here for instructions).
For instructions on using the discussion forum
AHRQ's 2009 Annual Conference-Research to Reform: Achieving
Health System Change
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
September 13-16, 2009; North Bethesda
Marriott, Bethesda, MD.
This free conference will feature exciting opportunities
to learn about AHRQ's latest research aimed at
accelerating system-wide improvements in the quality,
safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of care.
Conference sessions will highlight leading experts
involved in AHRQ-sponsored research and implementation
projects. Click on the title to learn