About me, Jackie
30 years ago I began my healthcare career as an Emergency Medical Technician and Training Officer for my rural Vermont EMS Department. With almost an hour for transport to the hospital and no medications to offer, I searched for what I could bring to the care of patients suffering with pain, anxiety, and shortness of breath.
What I discovered was hypnosis, guided imagery, energy-based healing and even music helped my patients to breathe easily, relax more and reduce their pain.
So impressed with these outcomes for the patients and how it simultaneously reduced the anxiety experienced by myself and my co-EMT’s, I decided to become a nurse and be a bridge between western medicine and holistic therapies. Since 1992 I’ve taught thousands of nurses and other health professionals a science-based approach to integrative care.
As a life-long learner, I traveled around the world studying with indigenous healers and continued my passion for science and research working as a Holistic Clinical Nurse Specialist and Consultant at the teaching hospitals of Beth Israel Medical Center and NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.
To grow the role of holistic nursing, I co-edited of the American Holistic Nurses Association research electronic newsletter and co-authored chapters in the award winning textbook Holistic Nursing: A handbook for practice, 6th Edition and Core Curriculum for Holistic Nursing.
My Masters in Nursing Science is in Holistic Nursing and am Board Certified as an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse and Nurse Coach.
I find they really work. As a busy health professional I want approaches that are quick, have impact and are easily integrated into my day. I like that these strategies are research supported, adaptable to any location and most circumstances. And I don’t need any special equipment or tools. Just me.
Mindfulness is probably the single most significant practice I use during my day. It changes how I respond to stressful moments, helps me listen non-judgmentally, communicate with more success and truly have more joy even during the hard times. I’m so committed to Mindfulness for Health Professionals I created an online Mindfulness course so there’s easy access and a community that gets what its like to work in healthcare.
In my experience, holistic/integrative modalities have another benefit. When I teach these to patients they have a greater sense of their own power to participate in their health care. And they see new possibilities of health and well being for themselves.
In 2008 I feel in love and left my East Coast life and moved to Port Townsend, Washington near the Olympic Mountains and the Salish Sea (Puget Sound). We got married, bought land and created Pond Road Holistic Retreat and Learning Center.
And as much as I can, I encourage health professionals to take time in Nature for inner health so our work in the outer world comes from a full tank.
Without a doubt, my greatest joy is when I’m teaching and working with health professionals. And whether it’s online, at national conferences or on retreat in a nature-based setting, I look forward to sharing my passion with yours; being of service to others while caring for ourselves.
With much love and appreciation for all you bring and all you do,
Jackie Levin RN, MS, AHN-BC, NC-BC, CHTP