I CARE Story - Transforming Nursing - Fargo VA Health Care System
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I CARE Story - Transforming Nursing

Hand receiving a hand massage

Hand massages are just one of a variety of techniques Fargo VA Health Care System nurses use to enhance Veteran care.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Nursing has transformed its model of care delivery to a holistic whole-health approach. By incorporating holistic care, self-care, and integrative therapies ,Veterans are having new experiences in their care.

On a daily basis, nurses apply a variety of techniques to enhance Veteran care including massage, guided imagery, acupressure, breathing techniques, meditation, music, and aromatherapy.

Nursing is also teaching Veterans to utilize these techniques as part of their self-care to achieve health goals.

Brenda, RNI answered a call light and a patient was having difficulty breathing. I began massaging his right hand while I softly encouraged him to breathe in through his nose and out through his mouth. After a short period of time, the tension and anxiety decreased, not only for the Veteran, but his family as well. ~ Brenda, RN

Kayla, RNAcupressure and massage have been the two methods I have utilized the most since completing transformative nursing, both of which have been helpful in cases of increased pain, levels of anxiety, and nausea. It has assisted Veterans, and they have verbalized appreciation and gratitude. ~ Kayla, RN

Lisa, RNMy patient complained of scalp pain. He was receptive to a scalp massage and stated “I would never turn down a massage”. I placed a heated shampoo cap on him and massaged his head and around his ears. He fell asleep. When he woke up 15 minutes later he stated “that felt really good”. He seemed more relaxed the rest of shift and had no more complaints of scalp pain. I have helped many patients in my nursing career, but it feels since nursing’s transformation in care delivery I now do this with more purpose and intention for the individual patient. ~ Lisa, RN

Ashley, RNI used hand massage for a Veteran with anxiety and hand cramps. He stated it made a huge difference, was very appreciative, and I did not have to administer a muscle relaxer. I also used this with the same Veteran at bedtime; he said it helped him relax before bed. ~ Ashley, RN


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