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 2018 Conference  –   October 21-24, 2018

Empowered Within –  The New Way Forward

Topics and Presenters


Holistic Nursing: An Overview

This presentation intends to define holistic nursing in the U.S. and summarize its origin, history and guiding principles. It describes many of the ways holistic nursing is practiced and identifies professional organizations, resources and other important relationships that nurses need to be aware of. Associated concepts include: holism, health, healing, integrative practices, holistic nursing, and other scientific theories.

Kathleen Bell, RN, MSN, CNM, MS1-BC, AHN-BC earned her BSN from Boston College, and completed her MSN in Nurse-Midwifery at the University of Utah. Her career of over forty years has focused on Maternal–Child Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery, nursing and consumer education, integrative health, and holistic nursing.  She has practiced as a pediatric nurse Certified Nurse Midwife and a Women’s Health Care NP in private practice. Now retired from ten years in academia where she taught nursing and midwifery at undergraduate and graduate levels, Kathleen maintains adjunct faculty status at Linfield College in Portland, OR, and Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Kathleen has held multiple national instructor certifications and is presently Board Certified by multiple nursing organizations, as well as by the Center for Meditation Science as a Meditation Specialist. She has authored multiple publications, the latest of which describes the use of therapeutic touch with a clinical group of pediatric nursing students.  

The Road to Health is Paved with Good Intestines: Food As Medicine

Chronic illness and auto-immune diseases are increasing rapidly worldwide. Prior to 1950, celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity were known medical concerns in the USA, then a shift occurred which left a void of research, diagnosis and information until very recently. Participants in this workshop will be exposed to the history of celiac disease, the science and art of sign and symptom recognition, how gluten and other foods are capable of causing bodily harm, and how to effectively use food as medicine to heal the intestines, immune system and the entire body. Participants will have opportunities to verbally review case histories and will discuss options for healing, correcting nutritional deficiencies and improving quality of life. Participants will take home tools that include a handout specifically for nurses.

Nadine Grzeskowiak , RN, BSN, CEN has a background in critical care, emergency room, and trauma nursing. She has her own personal experience of being misdiagnosed for many years until an eventual “plummet into multi-system failure” finally led her to a correct celiac diagnosis. Being so close to death when she finally learned how to regain her health fuels her passion for educating the public about gluten intolerance and celiac disease, so others’ health never has to descend to that state. She is a published author of the book “Dough Nation: A Nurse’s Memoir of Celiac Disease from Missed Diagnosis to Food and Health Activism” and is a recognized Celiac Education Nurse.

Astrology as a Healing Modality in Everyday Practice

Holistic nursing thought leaders describe the profound significance and power of meaning and purpose in an individual’s healing process. Astrology provides a framework for meaning and purpose that helps each individual to better understand his- or herself and what will best support him or her in his or her unique healing path. When nurses and other healing practitioners can access this insight into the individual’s makeup and needs, they can provide a deeper level of support and care, facilitating healing in body, mind, emotion, and spirit. This presentation will provide participants with some basic tools for understanding an individual’s path of self-awareness and empowerment based upon the patient’s date of birth.

Marina Ormes, RN, HN-BC (ret) is certified as a Level Two Practitioner through the Steven Forrest Apprenticeship Program. She is a retired holistic nurse: RN, HN-BC (ret.) with a BA in biology. She is the author of Cycles of Healing: Personal Transformation in Relationship to a Living Cosmos, the chapter in Nurse Sparks titled “Dancing with the Universe: How Astrology Brings Meaning to the Healing Process”, and the forthcoming book “Astrology Heals: The Ormes Method of Transformational Astrology”. She is in her second term as Director of the Oregon Holistic Nurses Association and has previously presented twice at the OHNA Breitenbush conference.

Cannabis as a Holistic Nursing Modality

With the changes in laws surrounding the use of cannabis, both in the state of Oregon and across the nation, nurses are seeing more open use of cannabinoids than ever before. There is a need for nurses to have a knowledge base of the impact cannabinoids have on the pain pathways as well as on other physiological aspects of their patients. This presentation will provide an introduction to cannabis therapy research, education, legal implications, and resources specific to holistic nursing practice.

Janna Champagne, BSN
, RN, founded Integrated Holistic Care, a Southern Oregon non-profit medical and health education organization dedicated to providing quality health counseling and education services rooted in a whole systems approach to health. Her focus holistic treatment, natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals that include cannabis therapy, and epigenetic screening (nutrigenomics) in specialty areas that include autism and Autoimmune/ Inflammatory/ Chronic Pain Syndromes. Janna has completed the Cannabis Nurse courses at The Medical Cannabis Institute, and is an active member of the  American Cannabis Nurses Association, Americans for Safe Access, and the Oregon Holistic Nurses Association.

Calming the Storm: Treating Anxiety Disorders with Mantra, Breath, and Mudra

Between the current chaotic global state of affairs and our personal, immediate life crises, our energetic systems are continuously being bombarded, potentially putting us in a state of anxiety. Whether or not we are aware of our level of anxiety, our body is the messenger, continually reminding us through discomfort that can show up in various ways. Some experience anxiety to the disabling degree. At any level, anxiety creates an inflammatory response that research has shown is the precursor to many chronic disease processes. This presentation offers simple, practical, evidence-based interventions for reducing the anxiety response.)

Kathy Wilmering, MSW, ARNP, BC, DCEP, QTTT, CCCMP is a nurse practitioner / social worker who specializes in helping people heal early trauma, transform mood issues, and live well with chronic illness. Certifications include Qi Gong, cross-cultural music, Therapeutic Touch, Energy Psychology, EMDR, and a variety of other energetic therapies. Prior workshop participants have described her as a compelling, clear, and humorous facilitator who compassionately coaches them in integrating new skills. They leave her workshops with practical tools they can implement immediately, both with themselves and their patients/clients


Morning Yoga Classes (M-T-W, Oct 22-23-24)

We’re delighted to offer Yoga this year as we have in previous years (excluding last year). This class will be offered before breakfast to get your day started with focus, breath, grounding, and centering energy.

Pamela Brucks, MN, RN is our talented and experienced instructor, with a long history of yoga instruction. Ever since Pamela’s Mom brought her to her first Yoga class in 1970, she was hooked; she began teaching Yoga in the 1980s. Pamela received certifications from the Ananda Yoga Ashram and the Osho Multiversity in Pune, India. She has taught Yoga and Meditation in hospitals, private studios, Buddhist monasteries, and at Breitenbush. Combining her love for Yoga and Nursing, she developed a Yoga/Meditation program for student nurses at a community college.  Pamela has worked as an RN in inpatient psychiatry, the Burn ICU, nursing education, and case management.  She currently works as a discharge facilitator at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Healing Room Experience (Monday night, Oct 22)

OHNA’s  mission: To create an environment of collaborative opportunities that promote empowerment, support, self-care and education for holistic nurses and other healing practitioners.

To fulfill our mission, we have reserved 90 minutes on the evening of the first full day of the conference for a special event. We tried it for the first time last year to rave reviews, and decided to continue it again this year. Any practitioner of a healing modality who would like to share what they do with other conference participants may do so during this time. Please bring what you’ll need. We will provide chairs, but are unable to provide massage tables, etc.

Healing sessions will be in 10-12 min increments, with a 2-3 min turn-around/set-up time for your next session. These sessions will be volunteer and for the purpose of exposing attendees to modalities they may never have experienced before. It is also a great opportunity for further networking.

If you chose to be a provider of a modality, remember to leave a space in your Healing Room schedule for yourself to receive!

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