Many Light Hands

Contributor: Patricia Stout Traina
October 10, 2018

Practice/Theory Exemplar

  • Cold Spring NY at The Skybaby Building, 75 Main Street
  • Nanuet at the home office 57 Treetop Circle

Many Light Hands aims to help the client balance their energetic field with Polarity Therapy, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Aromatherapy, Hand and Foot Massage and health coaching work. The goal is balanced chakras, an enhanced immune system and overall well-being. Tarot Card Readings are also offered as a counseling tool.

Key nurses involved

Patricia Stout Traina MS, RN is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Holistic Nursing, Childbirth Educator and Lactation Consultant. Patricia is the Director of the Learning Resource Center for Nursing and Faculty at the College of New Rochelle School of Nursing and Healthcare Professionals, with a background in maternal child health, HIV/AIDS, pediatrics, home care and hospice.

Date of Implementation – 2008
Theoretical Framework

The theoretical framework used consists of the works of Florence Nightingale, Martha Rogers, Margaret Newman, Elizabeth Barrett and Jean Watson. Goals are wrapped in assisting clients and students to access their best health and optimal learning in an inclusive environment that provides a safe place to express their needs and absorb new learning. Participation in this caring, healing helix is encouraged so mutual reciprocity is achieved and used to benefit nurse and client.

Health is not merely of the body. It is the natural expression of the body, mind and soul when they are in rhythm with the One Life. True health is the harmony of life within us, consisting of peace of mind, happiness and well-being. It is not merely a question of physical fitness, but is rather a result of the soul finding free expression through the mind and body of the individual. (Dr. Randolph Stone, DO, DC, Founder of Polarity Therapy)

  1. Caring can be effectively demonstrated and practiced only interpersonally.
  2. Caring consists of carative factors that result in the satisfaction of certain human needs.
  3. Effective caring promotes health and individual or family growth.
  4. Caring responses accept the patient as he or she is now, as well as what he or she may become.
  5. A caring environment is one that offers the development of potential while allowing the patient to choose the best action for him or herself at a given point in time.
  6. A science of caring is complementary to the science of curing.
  7. The practice of caring is central to nursing.
    (from Jean Watson)

In my private practice it is implemented in my caring, kindness and willingness to assist my clients on their healing journey with several modalities to help them achieve their best health. With my students, my office is open for venting, relaxation, aromatherapy, meditation, yoga and crying, if needed. I have provided materials for coloring mandalas, building sand bottles, meditative music and yoga mats.

Approaches to Evaluation

Clients give me anecdotal evidence of how they feel before and after treatments.
Students demonstrate knowledge with quantitative data in their grades

Practice Recommendations

This practice affirms the need for nurses to participate in self care activities that relieve stress and increase coping skills for their best care and the care of their clients.

Theory development recommendations

This practice demonstrates the importance of teaching Nursing Theory in baccalaureate programs to assist students with a framework for their own practice.