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Therapeutic Touch Helps Patients Relax and Recover

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: December 6, 2010
Source: Nurse Week

Luisa Porrata, RN, MPH, CCAT, QTTT, comes from a family of healers. Her relatives’ use of herbs and massage were part of the culture in their native Puerto Rico.
“My aunt, a midwife in the hills of her small town, would do massages after births and administer herbal teas to calm the mother into a gentle sleep,” she says. “As a nurse, I planned early in my education to incorporate holistic healing modalities as part of my plan of care for clients.”
Porrata, an adjunct professor at Hostos Community College in New York City, is among a growing number of nurses who are using holistic healing methods, says Elizabeth Ann Manhart Barrett, RN-BC, LMHC, QTTP, PhD, FAAN, who is in private practice in New York City and professor emerita at Hunter College of the City University of New York. More people are accepting of holistic healing practices today because there is a growing body of literature, as well as more educational offerings on the topic, she says.

100 and Counting: PT Helps Centenarians

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: August 16, 2010
Source: Today in PT

Bernadette “Dette” Martin, of Delray Beach, Fla., was 100 years old when she asked her physician to prescribe a walker. A recent fall and her plans to go on cruises in the following months fueled the centenarian’s concerns about being able to get around. But the physician refused.

Research Shows Exercise May Improve Cognition with MS

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: April 12, 2010
Source: Today in PT

A new study suggests a positive association between fitness level and cognitive functioning in people with multiple sclerosis. This adds to a growing body of evidence that appropriate exercise offers wide-reaching benefits for MS patients. Lead author Ruchika Shaurya Prakash, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, Ohio State University, Columbus

New York Law Makes Assaulting a Nurse a Felony

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: November 22, 2010
Source: Nurse Week

For nurses in New York state, Nov. 1 represented a victory for on-the-job safety. It was the day that the Violence Against Nurses law took effect, making it a felony to assault an on-duty RN or LPN.

For many nurses, including those in home health, dealing with violent or abusive patients and caregivers was considered part of their plight. The New York State Senate passed the legislation in January, noting that, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, nearly 500,000 nurses each year become victims of violent crimes in the workplace. Most commonly reported acts of violence include spitting, biting, hitting and shoving.

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