This specialization is for nurses and nursing students who would like to use a variety of integrative healing modalities for patient care. Using the six principles of integrative nursing, you will learn how to assess its current and potential role in a relationship-based approach to health and health care, as well as how to partner with patients to develop a plan of care that fits their needs and preferences. You will examine the evidence base (historical, clinical) for use of integrative therapies and the safety and quality considerations of each. Throughout, the focus is on educating and advising patients in clear, simple, and patient-centered language. Courses, including peer-reviewed projects, are eligible for Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements and may be eligible for continuing education credit from other professional boards.
The specialization takes approximately six months to complete at the suggested pace of three hours per week. All U of M Coursera courses, including those that are part of this specialization, may be taken individually. Coursera for Minnesota gives U of M students, faculty, and staff free access to courses and specializations.