Hi. I originally posted this message on the holistic nursing board, but that forum seems to be pretty inactive so thought i would try here:
Nursing and Aromatherapy - Is there anybody out there who combines the two? I am almost fully qualified as a Holistic Aromatherapist and am hoping to start a Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Nursing later in the year. I eventually hope to use my skills as an aromatherapist as a nurse in a more clinical setting and was wondering if anyone is doing this successfully?
Kitty (London, UK)
Feb 13, '03
Hi! Great question. I work in NICU, and there are a few of us who try to incorporate aromatherapy into our work as much as possible- right down to the lotion we use on our bodies (knowing that we'll be holding babies close to us for feeding, burping, cuddling, etc.). I've read that the hospitalization experience can be very traumatic to babies and has lasting effects- the smell of alchohol wipes, betadine (not horrid but it's not spring-fresh, either...), Purel hand gel, etc. We often will place a small gauze pad rubbed with sweet-smelling lotion (citrus, candy-type smells, etc.) to relax the babies during procedures- we put it close to their faces but not touching them (have to be careful about their sensitive skin and causing an allergic reaction). We've actually had great success with lavendar-vanilla scented lotion on some of the larger, older babies. We rub them down with it (Aveeno- made by Johnson&Johnson...we get free samples) after bathing, and I swear to you, they just fall right to sleep. I think it's the combination of gentle massage and the scent together, but it works! I realize this isn't exactly what you asked, but I thought I'd throw in my two cents. Good luck! I wish more people could find a way to incorporate this type of thing into their daily nursing activities. You know, the field of psychiatry has opened up new arenas for art and music therapy, physical therapy has incorporated massage and bodywork, and I think that this is sort of in the same vein. :>)
Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Feb 13, '03
Feb 15, '03
Here you can read all about Snoezelen.
The real room is awsome! I fell asleep after 10 minutes or so and the disabled, even the severly spastic ones, relaxed, so we could flex their legs, for the first time in years!
sorry, still too stupid for this, try google, they have a lot on Snoezelen.
Last edit by semstr on Feb 15, '03