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Healing and Caring Modalities – Department of Nursing

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Nursing Caring & Healing Modalities Program is dedicated to creating, supporting and sustaining a caring, healing, healthy and inclusive environment in which staff can provide insightful and compassionate care to patients and families. Recognizing the importance of relationships in the healing process, health care providers need to know and understand the physical, psychological, mental and spiritual needs of each patient. Incorporation of safe, evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies is a key component of the program, providing a wider breadth and depth of services to meet individual needs. Examples of services provided by Caring & Healing Modalities include:

  • Reiki sessions provided by BWH-trained reiki volunteers
  • Harp music
  • Instruction in acupressure
  • Patient education videos
  • Pet therapy

To assist providers in being present and forming healing and caring relationships with patients, families and staff, the program provides support through education, consultation and ongoing research. Our goal is to provide strategies and tools for stress management and self-care, making it possible for providers to bring their complete, authentic selves to work and foster stronger, more collaborative teams. We are always examining current research and adapting our program to maximize the health and well-being of our patients and staff. Offerings are available at an organizational, unit and individual level. Some of these include:

  • Resilience education
  • Meditation education
  • Acupressure instruction
  • Reiki certification
  • Quarterly publication of “Complementary and Alternative Journal Watch”
  • Wellness days
  • Unit-based and leadership consultations
  • Research and interventions for burnout and secondary traumatic stress in health care providers

Watch our Nursing Caring & Healing Modalities video:

Watch our video on healing and meditation from the Nursing Caring & Healing Modalities Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Patricia M. Reilly, RN, MSN
Director of Caring and Healing Modalities
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
Office: 617-732-4819
Cell: 617-840-6572


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