Integrative Nursing

University of Minnesota

Integrative Nursing is a comprehensive course offered by the University of Minnesota, designed to equip nurses with the skills and knowledge to implement integrative therapies in patient care. Throughout this specialization, you will delve into the six principles of Integrative Nursing, exploring their applications in real-world healthcare settings. From assessing the role of Integrative Nursing in health and healthcare to discussing evidence-based integrative therapies, this course provides a deep understanding of patient-centered, relationship-based nursing care.

Upon completion, you will be prepared to apply Integrative Nursing principles and strategies to patient care and symptom management. The course’s focus on evidence-based practice ensures you gain the necessary skills to assess the appropriateness of integrative therapies, educate patients about their benefits and risks, administer or advise on their use, and evaluate their effectiveness.

  • Identify ways to implement the six principles of Integrative Nursing in your work setting
  • Discuss the evidence base for the use of integrative therapies
  • Apply Integrative Nursing principles and strategies to patient care and symptom management

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Course Modules

The course modules cover a range of integrative therapies, including aromatherapy, acupressure, guided imagery, and mindfulness, enabling nurses to incorporate these methods into patient care for improved symptom management and overall well-being.

Introduction to Integrative Nursing

Introduction to Integrative Nursing: Delve into the six principles of Integrative Nursing and their key behavioral indicators. You will also learn key elements and strategies of Integrative Nursing assessment, allowing you to apply Integrative Nursing goals and strategies to improve symptom management in patients.

Aromatherapy: Clinical Use of Essential Oils

Aromatherapy: Gain insights into the clinical use of essential oils, including safety and ethical considerations, and learn to assess, administer, and evaluate the use of essential oils for pain, anxiety, nausea, and fatigue management. Additionally, you will explore the logistics of establishing and sustaining a clinical aromatherapy program.


Acupressure: Learn the basic concepts of East Asian Medicine and the clinical indications for acupressure, along with evidence-based protocols for managing pain, gastrointestinal disturbances, and wellbeing. Discover strategies for incorporating acupressure into professional practice and self-care routines.

Guided Imagery

Guided Imagery: Evaluate the role of guided imagery in healthcare and learn to assess its appropriateness for patients, identify helpful resources, and create your own imagery intervention for specific patient needs.

Mindfulness in Integrative Healthcare

Mindfulness in Integrative Healthcare: Explore the benefits of mindfulness supported by research evidence, identify contraindications, and discuss professional benefits, including stress reduction and enhanced focus. Discover local and online resources for patient referrals.

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