Aromatherapy For Hospitals Course (CAH)

Texas Harris Methodist Fort Worth, TX

Alegent Health, Omaha, NE

Boston Medical Center, MA

Ingham Medical

Aromatherapy in Hospitals

More than 400 small pilot studies have been held because of the CCAP course and these have led to hospitals accepting aromatherapy as part of holistic nursing care. Please see below for some of the hospitals that have sponsored the course or currently use clinical aromatherapy.

Special mention should be given to Texas Harris Methodist Fort Worth, TX (THFW) which has continued to sponsor courses as well as sponsoring two instructor courses. THFW was featured on CBS News in 2008 for its pioneering work with aromatherapy in high-risk pregnancy patients. Mention should also be given to Aurora WI, which has supported and sponsored clinical aromatherapy for several years, and to Alegent Health, Omaha, NE, who sponsored 20 of their nurses through the clinical aromatherapy program. These are just a few examples out of many. Thank you to all those who have helped open the doors. We could not have done this without you.

Clinical aromatherapy can create a more holistic environment, increase patient satisfaction, empower nurses, reduce infection, and even reduce drug bills.

Aromatherapy for Hospital Course

While the CCAP course is still running successfully in many States and is being funded by several hospitals, Dr. Buckle was asked to create a short course in clinical aromatherapy - one that would enable nursing staff, and other medical personnel, to use a limited range of essential oils in a safe and effective manner within a hospital setting and could be taught quickly. After several conference calls with instructors, the new Clinical Aromatherapy for Hospitals Course (CAH) was created. There has been great interest in this program from hospitals wanting to ‘dip their toe’ into the clinical aromatherapy world without committing themselves to the much longer CCAP course. It is anticipated that hospitals will see the benefits of clinical aromatherapy and follow the short course (12-hour class time) with the CCAP program (280+ hours) for a selected number of their staff.

Clinical Aromatherapy in Nursing

CCAP instructors

Dr. Jane Buckle wrote her 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”. Dr. Buckle's aim was to change the face of nursing. Her 2nd book, Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Practice, published in 2003, expanded the vision. Reprinted 10 time, the book 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 to use aromatherapy to improve comfort, reduce anxiety, fatigue, grief, infection and pain. 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. Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Healthcare is the 3rd in the trilogy and will is Dr. Buckle's last book. Published in 2015, it strives to put clinical aromatherapy into healthcare. This is the first totally peer-reviewed, evidence-based clinical aromatherapy text and Dr. Buckle is very grateful to the reviewers of each chapter for their time and encouragement. The book contains a great deal of new information.  Dr. Buckle also included tables of some of the studies completed by her students in each chapter, as well as published research.

Clinical Aromatherapy in Nursing

"Thank you to AHNA for being the first to believe in our vision. Thank you, CCAP instructors for helping us spread the word. It is thanks to you that nurses, doctors and hospitals are now using clinical aromatherapy."  Dr. Jane Buckle


Clinical Aromatherapy for Hospitals: Aim & Objectives

Aim:  Nurses and other health professionals will be able to use six essential oils safely to enhance their practice.


  1. Describe the historical path of aromatherapy
  2. Define a true essential oil
  3. Determine the purity of an essential oil
  4. Describe the chemistry of essential oils
  5. Discuss the application of essential oils
  6. Compare 6 essential oils and possible clinical uses
  7. Discuss case studies
  8. Discuss 2 methods of extraction
  9. Apply principles of essential oils to case studies of clients with health challenges
  10. Discuss protocols, policies and training options
  11. Review all material presented for test
  12. Complete Final exam

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Clinical Aromatherapy for Hospitals: Course Details

Course Purpose and Evaluation Details

The purpose of this program is to educate nurses and other licensed health professionals on the researched-based use of 6 essential oils to enhance nursing or health care in a rapid and safe manner.

Aromatherapy can be used by nurses in all settings from birth through death, in wellness and illness care, as well as with critically ill patients.  Research has shown that aromatherapy can affect the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual aspects of people of all ages.  In addition, aromatherapy can be used to nurture and promote self-care by nurses, who can also apply these principles to themselves.

An evaluation of the module is conducted to measure learner satisfaction with the activity as well as perception of achievement of objectives.  A student who completes both taught days, the evaluation tool and the test will verify the achievement of the program objectives related to nursing practice and will receive a certificate for contact hours.

Clinical Aromatherapy for Hospitals: Course Approval


Please use this link to see the current contact hour approval for this course.

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