School Of Nursing

MGH Institute and Benson-Henry Institute Collaborative Program

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Nurses who want to include a holistic and integrated mind body spirit approach to patient care can now earn a certificate from a collaboration between MGH Institute of Health Professions and the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Beginning in fall 2011, the MGH Institute will offer the 9-credit Certificate of Completion in Mind Body Spirit Nursing for Bachelor’s-prepared Registered Nurses, and the 15-credit Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study for Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Designed according to the standards of practice of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), the programs provide an innovative blend of course work and clinical experience.

The programs are endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses' Certification Corporation (AHNCC). Nurses who complete the program will be eligible to sit for national certification by the AHNCC .

“The programs’ curriculum is grounded in scientific theory and evidence-based interventions and is reflective of holistic nursing, with healing the whole person as its goal,” said MGH Institute School of Nursing Associate Professor Janice Goodman, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC. “It emphasizes practices of intentionality, presence, and mindfulness to facilitate healing in others, and draws on nursing knowledge, theories, research, intuition, and creativity.”

Dr. Goodman, who is Coordinator for the Mind Body Spirit certificate programs, added that a focus on nurse self-care and personal development is integrated throughout the program.

Students will have direct contact with nationally renowned faculty and preceptors in the field of mind body spirit nursing and integrative health therapies. The Benson-Henry Institute will serve as one of the primary sites for clinical practica. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of research projects.

"For centuries, mind/body interventions have improved people's health," said Benson-Henry Institute Director Gregory L. Fricchione, MD, who also is Associate Chief of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. “This is a wonderful opportunity to partner with the MGH Institute to offer nurses a way to enhance patient care.”

The Mind Body Medical Institute, founded in 1988 by Herbert Benson, MD, a Harvard Medical School-trained cardiologist and world-renowned pioneer in the field of mind/body medicine, was integrated into MGH as the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine in December 2006 with the support of Boston Red sox principal owner John Henry who is a trustee at both the Benson-Henry Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Learn more about both Mind Body Spirit Certificate programs.

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