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.
Twyla Lehmann is a Rural-Acute Registered Nurse and is currently working towards her Holistic Nurse Baccalaureate-Board Certification. Twyla is also a Certified Canfield Trainer in the Success Principles, an avenue specializing in personal development and human potential. Passionate about increasing awareness of holistic care, Twyla founded the The Lantern TL, a personal development and empowerment business to fill the gap in healthcare, specifically mental wellness. Twyla’s vision is to increase awareness in holistic healing modalities, promote self-care, and ensure healing of the whole person the priority in her patients care.
Dana’s ongoing interest for self-care among the nursing profession fueled her passion for holistic nursing early in her career. She has been board certified in holistic nursing since 2008 (through the AHNCC). In 2012, she completed her MA in Health Arts & Sciences, with a concentration of Holistic Nursing, from Goddard College, Vermont. Her thesis included the development of a theoretical nursing model focused on self-care sustainability among nurses and it’s correlation with staff satisfaction and patient care outcomes. Dana has experience in various holistic modalities, some of which include reiki, non-violent communication, music therapy, and aromatherapy. She has been fortunate to have worked in a number of nursing settings throughout the U.S. and Canada. Dana’s nursing background includes Cardiology, Medical/Surgical, and Operating Room Nursing, as well as staff education in Long Term Care.
The changing landscape of healthcare encourages us to shift our primary focus to one that promotes health and prevents disease. Sherry has practiced nursing for over 25 years and joined CHNA in 2015 in hope of encouraging nurses everywhere to open their hearts and minds to the distinct role Holistic Nursing plays. Using an integrative model, Holistic Nurses support individuals by focusing on their strengths and introducing them to self-care practices and mindsets that serve to empower them as they find a new way of being. Sherry believes nurses are drawn to this profession out of a sincere desire to help and heal others; unfortunately, this often results in caregivers neglecting or placing their own needs last. Sherry’s passion lies in helping others discover their own strengths and find ways to bring healing into their daily lives.
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.