Optimal Care Model Supports Spiritual Wellness

When we developed our Optimal Care Model we focused on the four main aspects of the self which we can improve through self-care measures: spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental.   SPIRITUAL… Sadly, Western Medicine is severely lacking in the area of spiritual focus. In the early years of my nursing education, when patients talked about […]

Nature, Time, Patience…the great healers!

In developing our Balancing for Self Care-Model, we drew from the many medical systems that predated our Western Medical one. Most every system values balance as vital for health and includes the holistic view of the individual…mind, body, and spirit.   We chose the structure of the Native American Medicine Wheel to visually display the […]

Self-Care…the Heart of Healthcare

As we have been walking the path of promoting Integrative Medicine, Judy and I, as nurses, have become convinced of the body’s inherent ability to heal…when all is in BALANCE. We realize, from the teachings of cultures thousands of years old, that we are complex beings with, not just physical, but also mental, emotional, and […]

Mindfulness Meets Transplant Survivors!

Judy and I were privileged to be able to share Mindfulness Meditation as a self-care and healing modality at the Celebrating a Second Chance at Life Survivorship Symposium in Raleigh, NC presented by BMT InfoNet (Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network). It was also our first opportunity to “roll-out” our course on this website, Mindfulness Based […]


Welcome to our first addition of The Institute for Optimal Care blog. As we create educational series that you can access in your home, we want you to know that these come from our years of experience as nurses who value your feedback. We come to this experience with loving hearts and the passion for sharing information that can open […]