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Creating Healing Relationships

1.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the elements of intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships that support healing, including the components of the C.A.R.I.N.G. model of self-care, the role of balance and thriving in healing relationships, the dimensions and characteristics of a healing presence, and the principles of relationship-centered care (RCC).
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A healing relationship involves two major elements—a relationship with the self (intrapersonal relationship) and relationships with others (interpersonal relationships). Each is critical to creating a healing environment for an organization’s staff and clients. Healing relationships support the social, spiritual, psychological, physical, and behavioral components of people and the organization. These relationships stimulate the healing abilities inherent in patients/clients, employees, and families. Optimal healing environments support and enhance the intentions, health behaviors, treatments, and buildings of all who share the space.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Compare the intrapersonal and interpersonal environments of the person providing care.
  • Describe the elements of intrapersonal relationships that support healing relationships.
  • Identify the elements of the C.A.R.I.N.G. model of self-care.
  • Explain the role of balance and thriving in healing relationships.
  • Describe the three dimensions of a healing presence.
  • Describe the characteristics of a healing presence.
  • Identify the components of a healing interpersonal relationship.
  • Explain the role of the health care provider in creating a healing environment for clients.
  • Describe the key principles of relationship-centered care (RCC).

Life unfolds around us every day, and our individual choices shape what life “looks like” as it evolves. Maintaining a healthy life means navigating daily challenges personally and at work while living in an ever-changing world. This is especially true in the healthcare environment, where daily challenges include life-and-death decisions and outcomes, crises, and the constant need to remain current and relevant both clinically and professionally. There has never been a more exciting time to work in health care. This is a time when a healing presence is paramount, and effective and innovative leadership is desperately needed to reshape the healthcare system so providers can deliver care that supports healing and connectedness while working in one of the most challenging professions imaginable (Bowcutt, 2004).

Most healthcare administrators spend a great deal of time strategizing about the future, trying to improve clinical processes and patient care outcomes, determining which new technologies are needed to deliver exceptional care, and attempting to ensure corporate health and viability. Many staff members spend a great deal of their time addressing clinical and technological advances in health care and less time than they would like actually caring for patients. Caring is the capacity to care for others and self, including selffulfillment, self-integration, and self-transformation (Hines, 2017). One of the most important aspects of health care is people—healthy people involved in healthy relationships (with patients and each other) supporting an organization’s healthy growth and development (Bowcutt, 2004).

When patients or their loved ones come into contact with a healthcare facility, what are they most likely to remember? While the buildings can be impressive, it is the people—the employees, specifically—that they most often recall. Usually, the nurse is the person with whom they have the most contact and with whom they share their most intimate, critical, and life-altering moments. However, all healthcare providers have the gift of sharing inspiring and important moments with their clients and each other. This gift means they invest their heart and soul in their work, allowing them to not only earn a living but also make a difference in the lives of others. Whether we work in health care or other fields, the only way we can invest our hearts and souls into our work is by understanding and practicing balance in our own lives. One of the most important ways to achieve balance is through healthy, meaningful relationships—with ourselves and others.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors


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Content Focus:

Occupational Therapy Process

Course Expires:

September 01, 2021

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.