Holistic Nursing:
Fulfilling the Nurse as Well as the Patient

The American Holistic Nurses Association describes holistic nursing as a practice that "requires nurses to integrate self-care, self-responsibility, spirituality, and reflection in their lives. This may lead the nurse to greater awareness of the interconnectedness with self, others, nature, and spirit."


Incorporating a full circle approach to healthcare that involves the mind and spirit as well as the body allows holistic nurses a range of techniques to use in healing patients, in addition to the skillset they learned when they became RNs. What most people don't know is that it can also lead the nurse to a more balanced lifestyle with increased fulfillment.


Many of us experience some degree of stress in the workplace, but ironically, nurses (who help treat patients suffering from stress related illnesses) are experiencing stress at a much higher rate than most other groups. According to a study...READ MORE 

Welcome Back to School:
How to Focus for Fall

Autumn is almost here, and school has officially commenced. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) puts great stock into the impact each change of season can have for your body and your mind. Get into the fall mindset and prepare for a great semester by increasing your focus as we enter the third season of the year.  


One of the more common herb formulas for focus is Gui Pi Tang. Known as the "Student's Formula" at Pacific College, Gui Pi Tang is a combination of herbs that are known to restore your spleen qi (which is actually what 'gui pi tang' translates into in English) and to harness your concentration. The spleen is considered to be the organ of thinking in traditional Chinese medicine.  Gui Pi Tang works to build qi, or energy, in the blood, which, in TCM, is believed to...READ MORE  

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