Clinical Aromatherapy in Nursing

I wrote my first book, Clinical Aromatherapy in Nursing in 1995. Published in 1997, it led the way for some new thinking about nursing. Dr Barbara Dossey, herself a pioneer and leading author in holistic nursing, wrote “this book is a hallmark for holistic nursing”. My aim was to change the face of nursing and I think, in some very small way, I have achieved that aim over the last fifteen years. My 2nd book, Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Practice, published in 2003, expanded the vision. Now in its 9th reprint, the book has opened many doors for those wanting to use aromatherapy as a legitimate complement to holistic nursing care. The development of Nursing Diagnosis in 1985 gave nurses a template and a language. Aromatherapy fits well into Nursing Diagnosis such as altering comfort, anxiety, fatigue, grief, infection, pain, powerlessness and others. Clinical aromatherapy empowers nurses to use the art as well as the science of aromatherapy to nurture their patients, and in the process to nurture themselves.

Thank you AHNA for being the first to believe in my vision. Thank you, CCAP instructors for helping me spread the word. St Clare Hospital, Baraboo, WI: Beth Israel Medical Center New York, NY: Good Shepherd, Marshall, TX are examples of hospitals using clinical aromatherapy.




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