The Valley Hospital is committed to creating a healing environment that balances the care of the body with the care of the mind and spirit. Valley's Integrative Healing Services encourages and supports the practice of holistic nursing care for patients, families and staff.
There are more than 100 board-certified holistic nurses at Valley — the most in the nation for one organization.
Meeting the Needs of the Whole Patient
At the heart of holistic nursing is the philosophy of holism, which emphasizes the importance of understanding and meeting the needs of the whole individual. Weaving holistic care with Western medicine offers patients and families other options for healing.
By taking a whole-person approach to patient care, integrative nursing addresses the spiritual, emotional and physical concerns of each person.
Integrative Nursing Techniques
Holistic nursing combines traditional nursing practice and theory with various complementary therapy modalities, including:
- Touch therapy
- Guided imagery
- Energy therapy
- Pet therapy
- Harp therapy
Educational Opportunities for Nurses
Throughout the year, The Center for Advancement of Integrative Healing offers opportunities for nursing professionals and community at large to learn about integrative healing practices and self-care techniques. Valley also offers a Holistic Conference every spring.