Featured Graduate: Svetlana Dimovski

  Three Moments that Touched My Life I grew up in former Yugoslavia. Tucked away in a quaint country town, surrounded by endless sunflower fields, my early childhood was happy and carefree. But, my early twenties were a struggle; the country was torn by civil war. I was a student, my parents were retired, and my sister was still in middle school. My college town was a gateway to safety for many directly affected by conflict. Whenever I’d go to the train station, I’d see…

Featured Graduate: Shawann Norwood

Why did I become a nurse? The funny thing is—I never wanted to be a nurse. Growing up, the only nurse I knew was my aunt Mary Anne, and my aunt Wendy was a Certified Nursing Assistant. They both worked in nursing homes, and as a kid I thought I don’t want to do that! I didn’t think about what I wanted to be when I grew up, I just knew I wanted to buy my mother a house. In 2002, I lost my mother.…

Featured Graduate: Charlotte Adams

Featured Graduate: Charlotte Adams RN, BSN HC-BN I have been a nurse for 39 years and I can honestly say that it has been a wonderful career choice. I have no regrets in making this decision and I plan to continue to work in the health care field in some capacity as long as I am able. I feel that I have gained valuable knowledge and insight over the years and hope to be able to use this to help others in some capacity. For…

Featured Graduate: Laura Dvorak

Laura Dvorak, RN, BSN has been a nurse with UCHealth for 10 years. She is very passionate about helping individuals learn the tools and skills they need to keep themselves healthy. Laura has training in chronic disease self-management and wellness coaching. Laura graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. In her free time she loves hanging out with her family. She and her husband…

FEATURED GRADUATE: Colleen Delaney

Dr. Colleen Delaney is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Connecticut where she is the coordinator of the RN-MS program and founding director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Holistic Nursing. Her clinical specialty area is community/public health nursing. She is currently the Treasurer of the American Holistic Nurses Association and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Holistic Nursing. Dr. Delaney conducts clinical and health outcomes research with the major goal of improving the health status and healthcare…

Featured Graduate: Kate Lockhart

The Emotion of Awe Do you ever have the impulse to share a beautiful or amazing sight with someone else? Lately I’ve been noticing how much I love sharing my enthusiasm for the natural world. When I do this with other people around me, I get a lot of different responses. Some people avidly agree, “Yes, the clouds are amazing today!” while others merely grunt or outright ignore my commentary. I feel disappointed when I attempt to recruit a companion into reverie and they greet…

Featured Graduate: Michele Uhl

Michele Uhl is a diploma graduate of Mount Carmel School of Nursing and obtained her BSN from Northern Kentucky University. She is a licensed massage therapist and is trained in CranioSacral Therapy, Reflexology, Healing Touch, Reiki and Guided Imagery. Most of her clinical career included maternal-child health and hospice as well as community nursing as a health educator. She also has a private nursing practice at her home. Michele lives outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, at a quiet, peaceful lake with fabulous views of sunrises and…

Featured Graduate: Romina Portas

Romina Portas is an International Coach Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC). She is a project manager and entrepreneur currently developing a program about cross-cultural coaching. She was born in Italy, and works in Italy, Spain, and Pakistan. Here is more about Romina and her story: Three years ago, I decided to move to Pakistan to broaden my horizons and develop an inter-cultural coaching program. After one year living in Pakistan, I then became involved in another project to better understand the culture and country.…

ACTIVITY & TAKING ACTION

Last month we talked about our Holistic Assessment as a tool to consider when cleansing/spring cleaning, and this month we thought it would be a great opportunity to look at the Holistic Assessment in terms of activity and taking action. Here in the Northern Hemisphere it’s springtime; a time of activity and things coming to life, a time for new growth and movement. Sometimes people dread the idea of exercise or going to the gym (and other’s love it), so we thought it might be…

Lynda Berger: A Featured Graduate

Lynda Berger is a Registered Nurse, and Board Certified Holistic Nurse. She is currently working toward a Holistic Health and Wellness Nurse Coach Certification and has nearly completed the 60-hour Wisdom of the Whole coach training program. She is on a holistic care team at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, Colorado. Her department is in Integrative Care Services, and they are known as the TLC Team (Touch, Love and Compassion).   Here is more of Lynda’s story: The TLC team goes everywhere in the…