Yesterday, we took a Roberts bus north to Waimea, climbing many hills to get there. Our first bus had trouble getting up the hills, and our driver, Jeff, didn’t think it would make it up the final, steepest one. So, we waited at a restaurant for a new vehicle (http://www.texdriveinhawaii.com/). A few students tried their famous malasadas, a Portuguese filled pastry.
Once we were back on the road, we arrived at our destination, North Hawaii Community Hospital (NCHC) quickly. We were greeted by the Holistic Care Team, met the Chief Nursing Officer, and settled in for the presentation.
NCHC was described as the one place the nurses had worked that truly lived holistic care. It is the core of their mission. Patients receive aromatherapy services, acupuncture (with an acupuncturist on sight four hours a week), reiki and other energy therapies, pet therapy, and more. The staff we talked with were enthusiastic about their work. While willing to try new therapies, they rely on evidence from research when instituting new therapies or changing current ones. The Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota is the main source for the protocols used for alternative therapies.
The head of the holistic care team explained that their goal is to restore the patient to be able to care for themselves. She used a cup and straw to explain this. When ill, we need someone to hold our cup and straw. As we recover, we become able to use the straw ourselves. When we are healed, we no longer need the straw. The holistic care team applies this analogy to spiritual needs. It is very similar to Orem’s theory that we follow in the School of Nursing.
Our tour highlighted that all the rooms have an exterior view of gardens and/or the nearby mountain peaks. The halls were decorated with local art (and a few Disney drawings & cels).
After the tour, we learned more about aromatherapy and the students sampled several essential oils. We had a quick lunch from the hospital cafeteria and the students picked a scent to add to a hot towel for oshibori. The hospital uses these hot scented towels to calm patients or to revive tired nurses before they drive home.
Jillian C. & Stephanie M. smelling a combination oil of rose, lavender, and blue lotus.
Hattie R., Meghan H., and Kristen C. pick out scents for oshibori.
On our way back to the hotel, we stopped at Waipi’o Valley to view what has been called the most beautiful spot on the island. It did not disappoint. We learned it was the spot where the end of Waterworld was filmed, but students I asked had not seen this movie. I felt old.
Looking into the lush valley area.
Coastline at Waipi'o Valley
We continued our journey back to the hotel without incident, and the students had the rest of the day to themselves.