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Introductory Workshop - Foundations of Anthroposophic Nursing [April 27, Chestnut Ridge, NY]

A special day-long experience offered for nurses, nursing students and caregivers new to the ideas of Anthroposophic Nursing. The workshop will include presentations, discussion and hands-on experiences of Anthroposophic Nursing care. Participants are invited to stay for dinner and lecture the opening evening of the IPMT week-long intensive.

Details on this introductory workshop are at https://anthroposophicnursing.org/event-3121856

Information on the week-long intensive that follows is here: https://anthroposophicnursing.org/event-3087930

Anthroposophic nursing - an introduction (see more at https://anthroposophicnursing.org/aboutus)

Extensive concepts for nursing practice, training and research based on Rudolf Steiner's approach to knowledge have been developed within the anthroposophic nursing movement since 1923. The aim of anthroposophic nursing is to assist people to find their individual way – on the level of body, soul and spirit – during phases of life when they are ill and dependent on care. Nurses in collaboration with doctors and therapists have been contributing to the realization of a spiritual art of healing.

Anthroposophic nursing understands the human being to be a free, evolving being which has manifold connections to self, nature, culture and the cosmos on the various levels of body, soul and spirit. Nursing serves to maintain, or where necessary, regain or redevelop these connections. Each human being is the measure of these evolving interactions. Each biography, illness or social relationship has its own patterns and rhythms, seldom does it progress in a linear fashion. Research and understanding of these connections and their significance for human freedom form the basis for developing concepts for nursing, training and research. Anthroposophic nursing is not founded on a closed, normative, theoretical system. Rather, it can arise wherever nurses rely on an anthroposophic background understanding from which to provide professional care out of knowledge and love, with presence of mind.

Knowledge and love, as well as all other traditional virtues and values of the nursing profession, are not morally normative imperatives. They are developmental opportunities within each caregiver, who is responsible for his or her own conscience. The nurse, like the client, is a human being in a process of development, whether professionally or privately. Self-chosen professional progress or regression can be seen not just in terms of outer skills. Professional progress is also found in the readiness to cultivate emotional and spiritual qualities such as love and compassion. Spiritual nursing care will concern itself with questions of reincarnation and karma, as well as with questions about the spiritual and social significance of typical kinds of need for care, such as that of babies or the care of patients who are in a vegetative state. It is only against such a background that ethical questions become objectively discussable, outside the constraints of a normative code of practice.

  - Translated from Rolf Heine: Anthroposophische Pflegepraxis. Grundlagen und Anregungen für alltägliches Handeln. 3rd ed. Berlin: Salumed; 2015.