Jackie Levin, RN, MS, HNC-A, CHTP
Program Coordinator for the MindBody Patient Care Program at New York University Medical Center, New York City, NY. NYU is an 800 bed, acute care facility. Since 2004, NYUMC has received grants over $500,000 to implement this hospital-based, holistic nursing education program.
Since 2003, Jackie has been a Holistic Clinical Nurse Specialist and Program Coordinator for the MindBody Patient Care Program at NYU Medical Center in New York City. Jackie is trained in Mind-Body-Spirit techniques involving Imagery, Relaxation Breathing, Healing Touch, Hypnosis, Pilates and Mindfulness-Based meditation.
The work of the MindBody Patient Care Program serves both outpatients and inpatients. For outpatient surgery, patients are instructed in relaxation breathing, imagery of post-surgical outcomes and stress reduction techniques. Inpatients are referred to Jackie by other patients, families, nurses, social workers and physicians. She teaches and provides such techniques as imagery, relaxation, Healing Touch, hypnosis and meditation to patients, families and staff to facilitate relaxation, stress reduction, anxiety and pain management across all ages and patient populations. She also works as an educator for new graduates, teaching them self-care and holistic nursing modalities, philosophies, and strategies.
She teaches the general hospital nursing staff holistic nursing education through “lunch and learn” programs, including a wellness and mindfulness meditation program for nurse managers and nurse executives. She has also started a group for advanced practice nurses to nurture self-reflective and self-care skills.
Physicians at the medical center are supportive of the pre-surgical education program Jackie has implemented and have come to believe that this program is beneficial for their patients.