I have had the pleasure of practicing registered nursing for over 35 years in a variety of settings. Certainly long enough to know that not all the answers to achieving and maintaining health lie in allopathic medicine. My direct experience with holistic therapies includes Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch and Reiki. Evidence from the literature demonstrates that energy and other holistic therapies work. Holistic practitioners should have recognition form their provincial/jurisdictional regulatory bodies so that they can continue to practice and identify themselves as RNs. We are well positioned to be leaders in holistic health as RNs bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this field of healing.
Linda Turner is the manager of Health and Human Services at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where she also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She studied MBSR at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center where she became a certified instructor. She is a registered nurse who has worked extensively with patients in pain in Vancouver, San Francisco and Toronto. Linda completed an Interdisciplinary PhD investigating pain and complementary therapies at the University of British Columbia. She has a strong interest in incorporating alternative and complementary modalities into the mainstream of health care and she is the president of the Canadian Holistic Nurses Association.
Kate has worked in a variety of healthcare settings for over 20 years as a midwife, nurse, consultant, educator, clinical supervisor, speaker, and author. She is clinical faculty at UBC School of Nursing in both adult and child and adolescent psychiatry, and clinical and lecturing faculty at Langara College in their Integrative Energy Healing and Strategic Resilience for First Responders programs. Kate assists with communications management for the CHNA.
Kate Shelest is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing Science from the University of Victoria, practicing since 1986. Her Nursing background includes Chronic Disease Management, Medical/Surgical Nursing, Acquired Brain Injury Vocational Rehab, Long Term Care Case Management, Palliative Care and Hospice. Kate currently maintains a private practice as a Certified Advanced Integrative Energy Healing Practitioner; the College of Registered Nurses of BC recognizes AIEH as being within her Scope of Practice as a Registered Nurse. Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics have been the primary sources of guidance throughout her Nursing career and she strives to maintain research-based client-centered care. This philosophy continues to be the backbone of Kate’s practice as an Advanced Integrative Energy Healing Practitioner.