Online Program

Incorporation of an integrative health focus into nurse practitioner program curriculum

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Marie Napolitano, PhD, School of Nursing, University of Portland, Portland, OR
Trends in health care such as increasing chronic illness care and the focus on safe, quality, relationship based care, support an integrative health approach in nurse practitioner (NP) practice. NPs are seeing increasing numbers of patients that are using or requesting complimentary health practices such as acupuncture or botanicals. Ignoring patient practices and demands is unsafe. Therefore, the need for NPs to develop and practice an integrative approach to patient care is significant and should occur during the NP educational program. Integrative health (IH) is more than complimentary practices and practitioners. IH honors the innate ability of the body to heal, values the relationship between patient and health care provider, and integrates complementary medicine when appropriate to facilitating healing. Integrative health refocuses care on health and healing and respects patients as whole persons who actively participate in their own care of health. Philosophies and practices from around the world are interwoven to build this foundation for integrative health. Understanding this need, the University of Portland Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)/Family Nurse Practitioner program developed an IH component throughout the curriculum. These include five IH courses, DNP program competencies, NP management course outcomes, clinical assignments, program-wide case presentations and opportunities for IH clinical placements. The effectiveness of the IH component being part of the graduates' practice is being evaluated through post-graduate surveys. This presentation will provide an overview of the strategies used and challenges encountered to incorporate and reinforce an IH perspective into NP curriculum.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the importance of an integrative health approach in nurse practitioner education and practice. Describe strategies for incorporating integrative health throughout nurse practitioner curriculum.

Keyword(s): Professional Training, Nurse Practitioners

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the director of the nurse practitioner program discussed in the abstract. I have been a nurse practitioner educator for 25 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.