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Body,

Mind,

Spirit

SoN’s collaboration

with the Center

for Spirituality &

Healing is reshaping

care delivery

BY MARY KING HOFF

For many people, good health care is

synonymous with curing illness or fixing

what’s broken. But nurses understand

that good health care is more than that.

It nurtures the health of the whole person:

body, mind, and spirit. Good health care

supports a healthy lifestyle, promotes

health, provides healthful and healing

environments, honors multiple traditions,

and strives to prevent illness and injury.

This holistic philosophy is the basis for

the decade-long collaboration between

the School of Nursing and the Center for

Spirituality & Healing. “Our partnership

with the Center is a core partnership of the

School,” says Dean Connie Delaney, PhD,

RN, FAAN, FACMI. “We understand that

integrative health practices are essential

to the full experience of health and the

treatment of illness for patients, families,

and communities.”

ENCOURAGING LEARNING

In 1999, Mariah Snyder, PhD, RN, SoN

professor emeritus, and the center’s first

director of graduate studies, launched a

graduate minor in complementary therapies

and healing practices. The minor has been

very popular with master’s and doctoral

students in nursing. Ten SoN faculty currently

hold appointments in the Center, and many

teach in its graduate program.

In 2000, the center received a $1.6

million grant from the National Center for

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

of the National Institutes of Health. The

grant supported an initiative to integrate

complementary therapies into the curricula

of the SoN and the Colleges of Medicine

and Pharmacy. The grant also supported

the development of online learning for

health professionals. Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD,

RN, FAAN, founder and director of the

Center for Spirituality & Healing and a

professor in the School of Nursing, served

as the principal investigator.

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