According to a recent finding published by Medscape on December 17th, 2019, 44% of all Americans take at least 1 prescription, and 17% take 3 or more medications. The proportion of Americans taking 3 or more medications increased 40%.
In a Brief issued by the The American Academy of Actuaries’ Health Practice Council, in March of 2018, “Health care spending in the United States is high and continues to increase, as does the spending for prescription drugs in particular. In 2016, the U.S. spent $3,337 billion, or 17.9 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), on national health expenditures, of which $329 billion was spent on prescription drugs.”
Nurses need to recapture their holistic heritage in herbalism and be educated to be able to make herbal recommendations, when appropriate to help their clients and lower healthcare cost since plant therapies cost less with much less side effects than prescription pharmaceuticals.
Have you ever recommended that a patient with nausea to sip ginger ale or try peppermint tea?
Have you ever encouraged a patient to drink chamomile tea to promote sleep?
If you are a labor and delivery nurse, have you ever recommended that a client apply a chilled witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) compress for its astringent properties to relieve the discomfort of swollen peritoneal tissues after an episiotomy or tear?
If you’ve done any of these then you’ve partnered with plants to create change for your patient, aid in their comfort, and assist their own healing.
Nurses have a long and rich heritage of the use of medicinal plants in their approach to healing. You may not realize it, but nurses use their relationship with plants in the care of their patients everyday!
Patients today, more than ever, are seeking natural ways to approach their health issues. Nurses are on the front lines of patient care.
According to the most recent Gallup polls, for the 17th year in a row, nurses are the most trusted professions by the public, even above physicians, and need to know how to educate their clients on the safe use of natural remedies.
The history of herbalism in nursing, the assessment tools that will guide you towards nurse herbalism, and the herbal interventions and nursing diagnosis examples to create your own nursing care plan with herbal interventions.
There is no other continuing education program for nurses that focuses on the Nursing Process within herbalism. The common thread that unites different types of nurses who work in varied areas is the nursing process. It is the essential core of practice for the registered nurse to deliver holistic, patient-focused care. The nursing process is a scientific, systematic guide to client-centered care with 5 sequential steps of assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. This 3 course program focuses on the evidenced-based nursing process for holistic client-centered care while incorporating herbalism.
Register today and get your certificate in The Practice of Nurse Herbalism!
CNH ™ is dedicated to the education of herbalism within nursing.
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Approved to award 3 contact hours through October 18 .2021 AHNA #1458