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J Holist Nurs. 2021, April 16: 8980101211007007. doi: 10.1177 / 08980101211007007. Online before printing.


Purpose: In response to the 2019 global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, this article describes an innovative, theory-led, holistic hands-on project at a major academic medical center in Northern California. The purpose of this theoretically-led COVID-19 project was to address the self-sufficiency needs of caregivers so that they can better care for patients / families faced with daily pandemic requirements. Study Design: The organization’s professional practices are based on Watson’s theory of human welfare and the Caritas processes. This mindset has 16 Caritas Coaches® who have acquired expertise in human care from an accredited program of the Watson Caring Science Institute ( Methods: Caritas Coaches® were mobilized to implement holistic healing methods such as aromatherapy and mindfulness meditation throughout the company. Results: By considering the self-care needs of the caregivers, the organizational culture shifted from fear, fatigue, stress and burnout to a more conscious, mindful, caring presence, gratitude and intention. Conclusion: This study has implications for other institutions in terms of theoretically driven practice and system responses to the self-sufficiency needs of staff. This study provides an overview of the project from its creation to implementation and results.

PMID: 33861185 | DOI: 10.1177 / 08980101211007007

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