Catherine Errico, one of our graduates, recently shared this healing interaction with a client:
I saw a client the other day that I had coached over the summer. When I met her in May, she was struggling to believe that her ovarian cancer was not going to “come back” and it was affecting every aspect of her life. She was often worried and anxious and as the coaching went on she began to lighten up and become more of what she called her “essential light spirited self.” Last week she looked wonderful and shared a story with me. We got a nice sized snow storm right after the new year. She explained that she was restless and decided to go outside and shovel and, she added, to do so fully appreciating that it was her choice. After clearing a path she went for a walk to the park where she couldn’t fight the urge to get down on the ground and make a snow angel. She enjoyed it so much that she made a string of them all along the walk on one side of the park. When people walked by she just looked up at them and smiled. For several days as she drove by, she looked at her long string of snow angels and got in touch with the childlike joy they were made with. With a big beautiful smile on her face, she said, “Making them made me feel so alive! I remembered that life is supposed to be joyful!”
Catherine is a board certified Health and Wellness Nurse Coach and Jin Shin Jyutsu(JSJ) Self-Help instructor working as an Integrative Medicine Practitioner at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey. Since the COVID-19 crisis, her focus has shifted from helping patients at the medical center by providing interventions to help with their pain, anxiety and nausea relief to helping nurses with strategies aimed at decreasing stress and increasing resiliency.
In 2017, Catherine did all the teaching for a research study looking at the effects of teaching JSJ Self-Help to nurses and their stress levels; physical, personal and professional. Those results show that JSJ Self-Help is a viable option for stress reduction in nurses.
She is also an advocate for making core competencies in self-care strategies part of any initial nursing education program to help with stress reduction during the student years, helping transition from student to professional nurse and helping nurses to remain actively engaged in the profession and not get burned out.