Catherine Calder Calisi, MS, APRN-BC, APHN-BC
Catherine holds a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, MA with a certification to practice as a nurse practitioner and currently is in private practice, Wellness Connections, as a wellness coach and consultant. She holds certification to practice as an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse from the American Holistic Nursing Association and certification to practice as a health and wellness coach from the National Society of Health Coaches. She is a Reiki II practitioner providing Reiki treatments to her clients and patients.
Catherine has been a leader in developing Mind-Body initiatives at Massachusetts General Hospital and in her practice. Her passion is in teaching nurses, from novice to expert, the importance of caring for oneself through self-care and resiliency strategies. She holds a position as Adjunct Faculty at the Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital where she teaches in the Mind, Body, Spirit Certification Program. She is a co-leader of the American Holistic Nursing Association: Boston Chapter.
Catherine has worked in various settings in the healthcare arena for more than 30 years, including hospital, clinic, nursing home, home care and education settings. She has observed the drastic changes which have ensued in healthcare for both those who care for patients as well as the patient themselves. She has been involved with the mission of Clinician Well-Being, through the National Academy of Medicine and provided testimony on the importance of self-care in healthcare as part of the cure for the rampant problem of nursing/physician burnout, as well as the declining health of our nation. Self-care is needed in healthcare -- on all levels!
Nursing/ Physician Burnout prevention
Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse, AHNA
Certified Health Coach, NSHC
MSN, Gerontology, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
BSN, Salem State University, Salem, MA
Calisi, C.M., (in press). A pilot study: The Effects of the Relaxation Response on Nurses’ Level of Anxiety, Depression, Well- Being, Work-Related Stress and Level of Confidence in Teaching Patients. Journal of Holistic Nursing.
Bazes, S. & Calder, C.M. (2007) Relaxation Channels on MGH Patient TV, CARING Headlines: Massachusetts General Hospital, Oct.4;
Noyes, D. A., Calder, C.M., Donovan, P., Polynczyk,C.A., Carroll, D.L., & DiSalvo,T.G., (1998). Abstract: Outcomes of an Advanced Practice Nurse Home Care Program for Heart Failure Patients. American Heart Association
Aronen, H.J., Provenzale, J.M., Goldberg, I.E., Thulborn, K R., Gonzalas, R.G., Hochberg, F.H., Pardo, F.S., Calder, C.M., Campbell, T.A., Brady, T.J., & Rosen, B.R. (1992). Comparison of low and high dose (0.1 and 0.3 mmol/kg) gadodiamide in central nervous system lesions. Eleventh Annual Scientific Meeting and Exhibition of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Berlin, Germany: Book of Abstracts, 3008.
Aronen, H.J., Boxerman, J.L., Goldberg, I.E., Weisskoff, R.M., Belliveau, J.W., Provenzale, J.M., Vevea, J.M., Calder, C.M., Campbell, T.A., Brady, T.J., & Rosen, B.R. (1992). Susceptibilty-contrast CBV imaging: Optimization of contrast dose and imaging sequences. Eleventh Annual Scientific Meeting and Exhibition of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Berlin, Germany: Book of Abstracts, 1129.
Aronen, H.J., Goldberg, I.E., Pardo, F.S., Hochberg, F.H., Kennedy, D.N., Buchbinder, B.R., Belliveau, J.W., Weiskoff, R.M., Cohen, M.S., Fishman, A., Calder, C.M., Campbell, T.A., Brady, T.J., & Rosen, B.R. (1992). Susceptibility-contrast CBV imaging: Clinical experiences in brain tumor patients. Eleventh Annual Scientific Meeting and Exhibition of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Berlin, Germany: Book of Abstracts, 739
- Provided testimony for Self-care in Healthcare for National Academy of Medicine: Clinician Well Being Meeting: Seattle, WA. ’19
- Guest lecturer in Professional Issues in Nursing Practice ’19
- Faculty/ presenter: CEU program for nurses: Mind, Body, and Spirit Program ’18
- Presenter: Keynote speaker: 34th International Nursing Education and Nurse Specialist Conference: Innovations in Nursing Practice: Self care for Nurses ’17
- Developed Wellness sessions for staff and presented poster for Quality Improvement project ’15
- Recipient of Massachusetts General Hospital: Nursing Research Award ’15
- Presented on panel discussion for Cardiac Visiting Scholar program ’14
- Faculty/ presenter of Medical Nursing Clinical Scholar Program ’09
- Faculty/ speaker for Creating a Healing and Therapeutic Environment ’06, ’07
- Developed and implemented the Massachusetts General Hospital Relaxation and Humor TV Channels via the Making a Difference Grant ’06-’07
- Designed and implemented a study on, “The Effects of the Relaxation Response on Nurses’ Level of Anxiety, Depression, Well-Being and Work-Related Stress” via the Making a Difference Grant ’05-’06
- Developed and implemented a study measuring the effects of Therapeutic Touch on institutionalized patients ’92
- Developed and presented protocols to promote Self- Esteem in the Elderly and the management of Congestive Heart Failure ’91
- Developed and implemented research for the effectiveness of distraction on the patients’ anxiety during MRI examination ’93