Are you an RN looking to expand your horizons, both in how you care for others and how you care for yourself? With a holistic focus and approach, UMA's BS Completion Program (RN-BS) will expose you to new ways of caring, while preparing you for exciting new career opportunities and graduate level study.

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Reiki Session with Dr. Clark

Meredith Kendall's Dempsey Challenge 2014 Reiki & Massage Tent

Meredith & Patrick Sept 27 & 28. Simard-Payne Park, Lewiston, Maine

Meredith Kendall, MSN, RN, Reiki teacher, and UMA adjunct faculty recently volunteered at the 6th annual Dempsey Challenge. The Challenge is an event to benefit the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. The Center provides free support services to people with cancer and their caregivers.

Kendall is a member of the Challenge Local Organizing Committee and manages the Reiki and Massage Tent. At Challenge 2014, 37 Reiki practitioners and massage therapists donated over 170 hours and provided 289 sessions to athletes and cancer survivors.

Kendall teaches Reiki at UMA: NUR 425 Hands on Healing.

Michael Martin speaks at Convocation 2014BSN Program Rising Scholars and Convocation 2014 Speaker

Every year during the Fall as part of the convocation celebration, UMA announces and honors its rising scholars for the academic year. Rising scholars are recognized for their academic achievement and their scholarly promise. This year’s rising scholars in the RN-BS completion program are:

Amy Krawic
Marian Hastings
Suzanne Cole
Alyssa Cloutier
Annette Bowman
Aimee Nason
Kyla Hersehy-Wilson
Stephen Earle Perkins

We extend our congratulations to each of these accomplished nursing students, who are excelling academically and also creating change in their workplaces.

A previous RN-BS completion rising scholar and honors’ student, Michael Martin, was selected to speak at the 2014 Convocation Ceremony. The Convocation Ceremony helps to set the tone for the academic year and introduces us to the academic theme of the year, which for 2014-2015 is “innovation” and uses the textbook Outliers by . Michael’s speech focused on his own experience with being a patient advocate, and on his personal experience as a part time student in UMA’s holistic nursing education program. Michael reminded us that what is most important is creating a meaningful and happy life!

Amy Krawic and Michael MartinWe look forward to a great year of learning as our rising scholars and all RN-BS students engage in a meaningful educational journey this year!

UMA Reiki students at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care

reikiStudents in NUR 425 Hands on Healing shared Reiki at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in July and August, 2014. This service learning experience provided the students the opportunity to communicate and interact as Reiki professionals. Many students reported that it was the most valuable learning opportunity of the class.

Students distributed information handouts to clients and staff and described the procedure prior to the session. Some clients received Reiki in the waiting room and others in recliners as chemotherapy infused. Some staff received Reiki in the integrative medicine treatment room, complete with soothing music; others had quick sessions right at their desks.

The first service learning experience was so well-received by clients and staff, and found to be so valuable to students, that a second experience was incorporated into the class. Many thanks to clients and staff of the Alfond Center, for these remarkable learning opportunities.


People use Reiki to promote overall health and well-being.

Reiki is a practice that originated in Japan around 1920. Reiki is based on the idea that there is universal energy that supports a person’s own healing abilities. Practitioners seek to share this energy, promoting relaxation and healing. Reiki is used by people seeking relief from disease-related symptoms and the side effects of conventional medical treatments. Reiki is offered in addition to the treatments and medications prescribed by nurse practitioners and physicians. Reiki is not a substitute for nursing and medical care.

How does it work?
Educated and experienced Reiki practitioners assist people to balance and clear their energy systems. Clients are encouraged to relax, fully clothed, as a practitioner's hands are lightly placed on or near, the head, shoulders, arms, legs, and back. A session usually lasts 5- 30 minutes.

How does it help?
Research shows that Reiki is associated with perceptions of improved sleep and relaxation, decreased pain and stress, and increased happiness. It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which calms us down. It is associated with improved immunity, blood pressure, and heart rate. People often report feeling more energetic, light, relaxed, peaceful, or happy.

Is Reiki religion based?
Reiki is a mind- body- spirit modality associated with spirit. However Reiki is not a religion, nor based on any religious beliefs. Reiki practitioners come from many different religions; people of all faiths are welcome to learn or experience Reiki. Reiki is supports a person’s spirit.

How much does it cost?
Reiki students from the University of Maine at Augusta will come to the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care to share Reiki on Monday, Aug 11 from 1 pm til 3 pm. These Reiki sessions are free.

Would you like to learn more?

The National Institutes of Health are an excellent source of information. Please visit their website at http://nccam.nih.gov/health/reiki/
FMI please contact Meredith Kendall MSN, RN, Reiki teacher meredith.kendall@maine.edu


AHNA Club's First Community-Learning Event

UMA has a student American Holistic Nurses’ Association (AHNA) Club. This group is also recognized by the National AHNA organization as a student-faculty chapter. AHNA is active on campus by holding events that support learning opportunities related to holism in nursing. The club holds meetings on the first Thursday of each month, from 11:45- 1 pm in the civic center student lounge. On the third Thursday of each month, a learning event is delivered to the campus community. Any and all interested UMA students are invited to join this club and participate in the meetings and events!

In September, the AHNA club held our first community-learning event. Dr. Dustin Sulak from Maine Integrative Healthcare provided us with education on the use of medical cannabis and how it relates to the healing process. Approximately 50 students and faculty learned about the body’s own endocannibinoid system and the evidence base related to how medical cannabis supports healing and palliation of many illnesses and stress-related symptoms. Participants also learned about Maine’s medical cannabis laws and the prescribing process.

Dr. Sulak stayed after the presentation to answer student questions and provide personal support. His compassion, knowledge, and caring attitude provided us with a fine example of a holistic practitioner with a great commitment toward supporting the healing process of patients in need.

Dr. Dustin SulakIf you missed the presentation or want to learn more about this topic, please visit the Maine Integrative Healthcare website:

BSN Awards Ceremony

Keynote Speaker On May 7, 2014, we held our annual Senior Celebration Ceremony honoring our 12 RN- BSN graduates.  Each student was honored through participating in the Nightingale Candlelighting Ceremony, a tradition that has been passed on to us from Nursing’s Living Legend Dr. Jean Watson. Two distinguished students were also honored: Shelia Roy, BSN, RN and Denise Worcester, BSN RN. Ms. Roy was recognized for her role modeling of self-care and her ability to create meaningful change in her practice setting. Ms. Worcester was also recognized for her self-care efforts, service to UMA through being a student representative to the nursing program meetings, and capacity for leadership. Ms. Worcester recently published her leadership paper entitled  “Burnout and the registered nurse: The implications of leadership style” in the ANA Maine Journal Spring 2014 edition. The article can be read here: http://www.nursingald.com/uploads/publication/pdf/1016/Maine_Nurse_5_14.pdf

All of the graduating students presented their final projects from the Senior Seminar Capstone class, with the topics ranging from adverse childhood events and the potential impact these have on the profession of nursing, to whistleblowing in the clinical setting. Additionally, the students shared their work around self-care. In the capstone course, the students are learn about the work of the Henry-Benson Institute around the importance of the relaxation response and in addition to setting measurable self-care goals, the students focus on learning about mindfulness practices for health and healing.

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2014! We look forward to learning about your future endeavors as leaders in the holistic nursing field!

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