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Reflections In reading “Practice Tip of the Week | COVID-19 Shines a Light on Racial Inequalities,” a few words jumped out at me. I’ve found that racism hides behind that which we don’t even consider, perhaps more than that which we are considering.

As my daughter has tried to tell me many times, it is not enough to be non-racist and anti-racist; we have to be aware of what we are learning from others, search our souls, and recognize in our inner being that systemic racism is a thread of what composes the psyche of white people in America. Periodically, institutional inequality is so obvious that we can’t ignore it, but unfortunately, it lies dormant to surprise us when we discover or rediscover its existence.
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Dr. Sharon Tucker Dr. Sharon Tucker, PhD, APRN-CNS, NC-BC, EBP-C, FNAP, FAAN, was appointed as the Grayce M. Sills Endowed of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in January 2017. A psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist, Dr. Tucker is a nationally and internationally recognized researcher focusing on behavioral strategies to promote health and wellness, prevent disease, and reduce stress and risks among children and working mothers. She is also a recognized expert in evidence-based practice and evidence-based quality improvement, and has served as director of large, Magnet-designated hospital programs for the past 15 years. She will lead the Translation Research Core of the College of Nursing’s new Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare.

Dr. Tucker earned her BSN from the College of Saint Teresa in Winona, Minnesota, an MSN from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and her PhD in Nursing from Rush University in Chicago. In addition to her research and teaching responsibilities, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Nursing Research Society and was recently elected as Treasurer, is the associate editor of Worldviews in Evidence-based Nursing, and regularly reviews manuscripts for several interdisciplinary and nursing journals. She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program and was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.

Sharon presented an online program:
Trusted & Outdoor Voices: Take Time to Thrive with Dr Sharon Tucker
for Bevy Cares.

Nurses are often nurturers by nature. But how and when are nurses taking the opportunity to care for their own wellbeing? Dr. Sharon Tucker, psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist and professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, leads us through a 1-hour event to help nurses thrive by prioritizing emotional and social wellness.

Nurses, you deserve this time and attention for yourselves. Join us for a 60-minute session that focuses on mindful presence and articulating gratitude, and leave the event with concrete strategies to care for yourself, first.

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LisetteShanhai Lisette Shanhai, MSN, RN, AHN-BC became a registered nurse in 2004 and received her MSN with a concentration in Advanced Holistic Nursing from Florida Atlantic University in 2014. She earned her certification in Advanced Holistic Nursing in 2015. Her nursing experience includes medical mission nursing, travel nursing, nephrology, post-surgical, step-down and direct observation, home hospice, acute care behavioral health and nursing education. She currently works as a care coordinator for Orlando VA Medical Center and serves on a complimentary and integrative health cyberseminar accreditation planning board and the Lake Baldwin Whole Health planning committee. Ms. Shanhai has presented within the VA locally on topics such as nurse self-care, Reiki within hospitals and compassion fatigue. Ms. Shanhai serves as an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Central Florida for the basic and accelerated BSN programs and as a mentor through the alumni program. She has completed a Therapeutic Touch mentorship and is now a Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner through the Therapeutic Touch International Association and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. She is also an active member and represents the Orlando VA in The American Holistic Nurses’ Association. Ms. Shanhai is a column contributor for the online nursing magazine Advance/Elite Healthcare, publishing the article entitled, “Making Self-Care A Nursing Priority”. Ms. Shanhai has also submitted a patient care vignette for the upcoming publication of The Holistic Nursing Handbook for Practice, which was accepted and will print Fall of 2020. She became a Certified Reiki Master in 2008 and is passionate about self-care and the power of transformation, energy healing and meditation. Ms. Shanhai has volunteered in Cambodia as well as with St. John’s Hospital Reiki program in Oxnard, CA. Most recently, Ms. Shanhai has embraced the opportunity to provide energy-based modalities to hospice patients through the VITAS volunteer program in Central Florida. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and her dog, traveling, reading, cooking, attending festivals, concerts, meditation retreats and yoga. Ms. Shanhai has been able to apply holistic principles to all areas of nursing and leadership and looks forward to expanding her knowledge in the commitment of holistic practice.

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MaryellenMarciniak I am Maryellen Marciniak, MSN, RN, NBC-HWC, CDE, AHN-BC, an advanced practice nurse, nationally board certified in health and wellness coaching, a Certified Diabetic Educator, board certified in Advanced Holistic Nursing as well as nursing education who has been with the VANJHCS for the past 9 years.

My career in nursing started at acute care facilities within intensive care/cardiac care and emergency departments. I later became a certified occupational health nurse dealing with employee care and designing employee health/wellness and safety promotion programs, occupational nursing manuals (that introduced employee wellness concepts) for Aerospace/Automotive divisions and I have authored articles establishing the occupational nurses’ comprehensive role within Industrial Health and Safety Programs as well as designing health and wellness programs for the community at large.

All of this has led me to the pinnacle of my career as a Clinical/Nurse Health Coach within VA New Jersey. It is a privilege and honor to partner with our Veterans, their care givers and our employees. I use evidenced based skills that facilitate sustainable behavior changes – a combination of Nursing theory and Whole Health Coaching strategies and techniques. By assisting Veterans to recognize their inner wisdom – they are given the space to identify and state their values and attain goals through an action plan that is based on their individual mission, aspiration and purpose towards their health. By employing Whole Health Coaching along with my other nursing skill sets, I have found that I can be a catalyst to both individual’s and groups’ positive behavior change. The Clinical Health Coaching groups that I facilitate include, Type 2 DM, Tai Chi Easy/Adaptive Tai Chi, Mindfulness, as well as working with our VA weight management program – MOVE! – as of late, these groups have been switched to Video platforms. Health Coaching groups are crafted as the Veterans’ needs present themselves – a Healthy Heart and Health Coaching group is being crafted and will soon be implemented.

It is also my privilege to mentor our VANJ Onsite Whole Health Champions – individual employees who represent each of our Ambulatory Care sites, these individuals are tasked with:

– Describing the philosophy and goals of Whole Health and Whole Health Coaching in the clinical setting to employees, Veterans and Caregivers.

– Enhancing and supporting Whole Health and Whole Health Coaching framework, concepts and skills with other members of PACT through role modeling and serving as the Onsite Whole Health resource/liaison.

– Notifying the setting of all implementation tools and strategies as they are approved to support Patient Centered Care through Whole Health and Whole Health Coaching.

Nurse/Clinical Health Coaching is what matches my values – mission, aspiration and purpose. I can weave multiple nursing theories, including complimentary and integrative health modalities. into my Nurse/Clinical Health Coaching practice. By utilizing the Circle of Health and the Components of Wellbeing, I am able to provide a framework to my Nurse/Clinical Health Coaching that is individualized and Veteran centered – I am able to provide the space for individuals and groups to access their greatest healing potential by partnering with not only our Veterans but also their Caregivers, as well as my colleagues and staff.

I have always practiced this way throughout my long career but there were never words or a conceptual framework or theory that described the Clinical Nurse Health Coaching role – until now – and I have found my home.

Thank you to all the dedicated nurses, colleagues and staff of the Veteran Administration – whose works and caring brings out the best in all of us.

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Virtual Sharing Circles for Community Connection and Support
led by Dr Linda Bark and team

Tuesday, July 28, 4:30 pm PST
Monday, Aug 17, 4:30 pm PST
Monday, Sept 21, 4:30 pm PST
Monday, Oct 19, 4:30 pm PST
Monday, Nov 16, 4:30 pm PST
Monday, Dec 14, 4:30 pm PST
Click here to RSVP now.

For the remainder of 2020, I would like to gather our community each month in a Sharing Circle. It is free to participate and everyone is invited.

Our goal is to remind everyone that we are connected and belong to a community that does care about how we are all doing. Moving into the new integral paradigm is difficult but, as they say, practice makes perfect! We want to support each other in this process of dealing with Covid-19 and looking at deep-rooted injustices.

Just register once and you’ll get monthly reminders for each upcoming Circle so you can attend when you are able. It’s as easy as that!

Note: These events are open to everyone, so please invite your friends and loved ones. You do not have to be a coach to attend.

All the best,

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BEING WITH SUFFERING: Tools for Clinical Practice in the Midst of Crises – with Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD; Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Anthony Back, MD.
In this special 1-day online program on Sunday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time, Roshi Joan, Cynda, and Anthony Back share special practices and approaches for clinicians and other health care providers working in the midst of the COVID pandemic. – Upaya Zen Center

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As a Partner for Health of the Integrated Health Policy Consortium (IHPC), AHNCC would like to invite you to an important upcoming event.

The Congressional Integrative Health and Wellness Caucus
Virtual Briefing
on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

The Pain-demic: Fallout from COVID-19
Solutions for Our Worsening Opioid Crisis and the Rising Impact of HealthCare Disparities

COVID-19 has exacerbated the raging opioid crisis driven by the nation’s more than 50 million chronic pain sufferers, magnifying existing healthcare disparities and heightening barriers to essential, cost effective, non-opioid, non-drug pain treatments.

Learn from Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Task Force Chairperson and pain management expert, Vanila Singh, M.D. about the groundbreaking findings and recommendations of her 29-member, inter-agency Best Practices in Pain Management Task Force report.

Learn how the nation’s largest healthcare safety net, our system of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC’s), are leading the way in implementing the HHS Task Force recommendations to cope with the opioid crisis and care for the 29 million children and adults who are part of our rapidly growing Community Health Center population. FQHC family physician Sharad Kohli, M.D. details his “in the trenches” experience with non-drug, innovative pain management programs being piloted in these hardest hit communities.

Vanila Singh M.D. – Former Chief Medical Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Chair, HHS Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force; Clinical Associate Professor Stanford School of Medicine

Sharad Kohli, M.D. – Family Physician, People’s Community Clinic – Federally Qualified Health Center; Board of Directors, Integrative Health Policy Consortium

David Fogel, MD – CEO & Co-founder CHI Health Care; Board of Directors & Co-Chair, Policy Committee, Integrative Health Policy Consortium

Please RSVP here.

This is the first in a series of Congressional Integrative Health and Wellness briefings exploring pressing national health policy issues and innovative solutions.

Hosted by the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) –
To learn more about IHPC please go to

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As part of the work of AHNCC, Dr. David Rabinowitsch and Dr. Noreen Frisch reviewed the literature to find out how the terms “Holistic Nursing”, “Integrative Nursing” and “Integrative Health Care” are defined. They have won the 2020 Journal of Holistic Nursing (JHN) Excellence in Research Writing Award for their article:
Frisch, N. C. and Rabinowitsch, D. (2019). What’s in a definition? Holistic Nursing, Integrative Health Care, and Integrative Nursing: Report of an integrated literature review. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 37(3), 260-272.