Awards and Achievements

9 Methodist employees complete Healing Touch course

Published: May 13, 2024
Healing Touch

Congratulations to the nine Methodist employees who recently completed Healing Touch Course 1.

Healing Touch is a nonpharmacological approach to help manage pain, ease anxiety and more. The gentle, nurturing, compassionate form of energy therapy aims to complement the body’s natural ability to heal.

Employees completing the two-day course were: 

Cheryl Bies, RN
Cardiac Cath Lab
Methodist Fremont Health

Danielle Sheehy, RN
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
Methodist Hospital

Deb Yates, RRT
Respiratory Therapy
Methodist Hospital

Erin Shapcott, RN
Critical Care
Methodist Hospital

Kim Rouse, RN
Methodist Hospital

Mary Pecha, RRT
Respiratory Therapy
Methodist Hospital

Therese Cochran, RN
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
Methodist Hospital

Unita Kham, RN
Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit
Methodist Hospital

Yasmine Kaiser, RN
Methodist Hospital

Healing Touch graduates spring 2024

The class was taught by Jane Bies, BSN, RN, CHHC, CHTP/I, a Healing Touch nurse at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital. Nikki Stanley, RN, from the Methodist Hospital Critical Care Unit and Kristin Fox – who is working to become a certified Healing Touch practitioner – were also instrumental in helping the course run smoothly. 

In a survey after class, participants were asked what changes they planned to make to their practice based on their new knowledge and skills. Among the responses:

•    “Use for open heart patients in early post-op.” 
•    “Use the different techniques for sure in my professional practice and will try these on my family, especially my mom with chronic pain.”
•    “Use Healing Touch to calm my patients and help with their pain and anxiety management.”
•    “Integrating Healing Touch into my practice with patients.”

Other comments about the course:

•    “Very informative, interactive and fun class! Will recommend to others.”
•    “I absolutely have a new appreciation for this modality and the pain relief it provides.”


Upcoming Healing Touch courses

The next Healing Touch training opportunities will take place Aug. 19 and 26, Sept. 14-15 and Oct 23 and 30. The class is open to staff members who provide direct patient care at Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women's Hospital, Methodist Fremont Health and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital. Sign up here.


Learn more about Healing Touch

Read more about Healing Touch at Methodist in the summer 2022 issue of The Meaning of Care Magazine, or watch the video below.