Intuition Medicine as an Effective Treatment in Psychiatric Nursing
A psychiatric hospital is an emotionally demanding and hectic environment for both staff and clients. As a psychiatric nurse at a leading psychiatric hospital, I use Intuition Medicine® on myself in order to function more effectively in this environment and also on clients in order to assist them with healing and trauma.
My career in both nursing and Intuition Medicine began at the same time. From my days in nursing school and as a student at the Academy of Intuition Medicine, I saw the connection between health and intuition. The therapeutic relationship between nurse and client is primary in treatment. Intuitive skills enhance this relationship and promote healing in cases where traditional methods might not be as effective.
Faced with dementia patients who are agitated and screaming, I use Intuition Medicine and notice that within minutes, they become quiet and sometimes drop off to sleep. This has proved easier at times than using medication to calm patients down, as it is difficult to get an agitated, confused person to take medication.
A geriatric patient who had major depression and anxiety begged me not to leave him alone at night. He was too afraid to sleep. This man was very anxious and would pace the halls with his walker almost at a run, as he was too nervous to sit still. After some intuitive healing, he became calm and fell asleep quickly. For the rest of his hospital stay he was much less anxious and no longer paced the halls.
I currently work on a residential unit where medicines are not always readily available. Because of this I find situations where I might not be able to give medication when a client escalates. In these instances, Intuition Medicine has been effective in de-escalating the client. One client who was explosive became calm. Another client was crying because voices were bothering him. He stopped crying and reported that the voices went away.
One patient in particular, a 36-year-old woman, benefited greatly from intuitive work. She was very depressed, felt hopeless, and had chemical dependency issues and an eating disorder. She also had very low blood pressure and the flu. I used Intuition Medicine with her and the next day in “shift report” the nurse who spoke about her said, "It’s a miracle, her depression has lifted, it makes you glad to be in this line of work.” Indeed the client’s mood and energy were bright, her blood pressure was within normal limits and she no longer had the flu. Also, the patient contacted her family for the first time in years and they were extremely supportive. She was very motivated to work on herself and soon moved on from our program.
I believe Intuition Medicine played a role in promoting wellbeing in these clients. But perhaps one of the biggest benefits of using intuitive healing in my nursing practice is simply that it enables me to stay present and grounded. Being present for my patients while witnessing their suffering is a tremendous gift and in itself allows for healing to occur.
By Ann T. McCluskey RN, BSN, MIM