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Welcome to The Compassion Caravan

Hosted and Facilitated by the AHNA Chapters:

Healing Nurses Through Compassion and Self-Care

About


The Compassion Caravan is a national project led by holistic nurses for all of nursing to offer compassion through heart centered presence, holistic communication, networking and focused experiences in self-reflection and healing.

All support will be provided virtually at this time.

Compassion is being expressed in response to the high burnout rates in nursing. While other projects work on the legislative level to help improve nurse/patient ratios, The Compassion Caravan invites nurses to be compassionately heard, seen, and supported. The Compassion Caravan will hold in-person workshops in October 2020.

Why now: 2020 is The Year of The Nurse and Midwife, Florence Nightingale’s 200th Birthday, and the 40th Anniversary of The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA).

The Goal is to provide safe virtual venues for compassionate holistic communication, dialogue, brainstorming, and guided reflection. This grass roots national project whose target audience is nurses.

The Mission of the Compassion Caravan is to bring more compassion into the lives of nurses.

The Vision of the Compassion Caravan is that “small seeds of compassion” will germinate and provide momentum for change in the current health care system and culture.

The Compassion Caravan
The Compassion Caravan Team founding team consisted of experienced Nurse Theorists, Leaders, Educators, and Holistic Healers who heard the call to reach out and support nurses. As The Compassion Caravan has evolved in response to COVID, these members continue to serve as a support and consult resource. New team members have joined to support the virtual Compassionate Listening Circles and the Nurses in Nature. Link Coming Soon for Founding Team Members and Current Team Members. Click HERE to read Maggie’s interview by research editor Heidi Rodgers regarding the evolution of the project.

Nursing

Helen Erickson
,Dr. Helen Erickson:
PhD, RN, AHN-BC®, FAAN. Lead theorist and Creator of MRM Theory
Margaret Erickson
Margaret Erickson:
PhD, RN, CNS, APHN-BC. Lead executive consultant. CEO of the AHNCC
Margaret Brown
Margaret Brown:
MSN, RN, HWNC-BC, AHN-BC, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, Project Lead of Compassion Caravan and the Compassionate Listening Circles (CLC). Co-leader Philadelphia Area AHNA Chapter InnerLightRecovery.com
Barb Notte
Barbara Byrne Notte:
BSN, HN-BC. Compassion Caravan Project Nurse Planner, CLC facilitator
Susan Ezra:
RN, NC-BC, ACC, HN-BC-Retired. CLC facilitator
Alex Crowley:
MSN, RN, PMHNP, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. CLC facilitator
Terry Reed:
RN, MS, HNBC, CLC Facilitator
Kathleen Colloton:
RNC, WHNP, CLC Facilitator
Debbie Brantley:
RN, MS, NC-BC, Transpersonal Nurse Coach, CLC Facilitator
Mary Loughran:
MSN, AHN-BC, RN, CLC Facilitator
Betsy Murphy:
MS, RN, HNB-BC, C-IAYT, CLC Facilitator
Barbara Schmock:
MSN, RN, AHN-BC, CLC Facilitator
Jill Strawn:
EdD, RN, CLC Facilitator
Dorothy Larkin:
PhD, RN, Co-Leader Lower Westchester AHNA Chapter Leader
Angelica DeSantis:
MS, RN, Co-Leader Lower Westchester AHNA Chapter Leader
Toyoko Yasui:
MSN, RN, AHN-BC, OCN, NC-BC, CCAP, CHT
Linda Bark:
PhD, RN, MCC, NC-BC, NBC-HWC
Heidi Rogers:
DNP, FNP-C, APHN-BC. Research consultant
Melissa Eddy:
RN, BSN, HNB-BC, HWNC-BC
Barbara Abramek:
MSN, PMHCNS-BC, CCTP, Philadelphia AHNA Chapter Co-Leader
Carol Fazzini:
RN
Lynn Furukawa:
RN-Retired
Sharon Lohse:
RN, Horticultural Therapist, Certified Forest Therapy Guide

Founding Member

Barbara L. Musselman:
RN, HN-BC, Reiki Master Teacher, Transpersonal Nurse Coach
Keith Carlson:
BSN, RN, NC-BC
Kathleen M Rodriguez:
RN BSN MA CWOCN
Cheryl L. Fattibene:
DNP (c), MSN, MPH, CRNP
Sheree King:
MSN, RN, HNB-BC
Carla Hay-Perdue:
DNP, RN, FNP, ANP-BC, NC-BC
Elicia Baker-Rogers:
DNP, RN, COHN-S, AHN-BC, CCM, LMT, BCTMB
Lyn McCright:
MPH, APRN, ANP, GNP, CNS, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, Austin Area Chapter Collaborative AHNA co-leader
Teresa Walding:
RN, BSN, NC-BC, Austin Area Chapter Collaborative AHNA co-leader
Linda Bokros Blansit:
BSN, RN, NC-BC
Susan Rinkus Farrell:
MSN, APRN, GNP-BC, CHC

Interprofessional Support

Jaquie O’Malley:
M.Ed
Jesse Frechette:
LCSW
Amy Raphael:
E-RYT 200, RYT 500 YOGA
Terry Maluk:
MS Public Health, EFT Practitioner, Reiki Master
Michelle Hickey:
Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs
Susan Annenberg:
Certified Forest Therapy Guide
Heidi Trout:
Promotional Products Consultant
Alex Gonzalez:
Media Intern
Larry Ehrlich:
Web Master
Alexander Rodriguez:
Composer/Producer Consultant

Virtual Support, Workshops and Events


The Compassion Caravan is a national project, led by holistic nurses and hosted and facilitated by the AHNA Chapters for all of nursing. The intent is to offer compassion through heart-centered presence, holistic communication, networking and focused experiences in self-reflection and healing.

All nursing workshops will include large group discussion, small group breakout, information about self-compassion, and an expressive arts component. Each venue will also have unique components to their schedule. We enthusiastically invite all levels of nursing to participate in widening the circle of compassion.

Virtual Support for Nurses and Healthcare Providers

Virtual Meetings with Zoom
Supports for Nurses and Healthcare Providers:
  • Zoom Virtual “Compassionate Listening Circles
    Details below
  • If you desire One on One support at this time, check the ANA/ANF web resources for COVID 19 or your state COVID 19 resources

Virtual “Compassionate Listening Circles”

  • Saturdays 12 noon EST (5/30-8/29)
  • Sundays 8:30 pm EST (5/31-8/30)
  • Wednesdays 6:30 pm EST (5/27-8/26)
For a Wide Range of Valuable Resources Visit for Self-Care and Stress Management AHNCC : https://www.ahncc.org/resources/covid-19-response/
Offered Several times a week for 60 minute circles. Reach out via the contact section to get more information and a Zoom Invite.
The Intent of these virtual circles is:
  • To offer Compassionate Heart-Center places for nurses and other healthcare workers to be heard.
  • To offer Connection.
  • To be fully present for others.
  • To embrace common humanity.
  • Circles are a no judgement space. The privacy of all individuals is to be respected; what is said in the circle, stays in the circle. There is no cross-talk. Shares are to be in regard to oneself and spoken from the I statement. Circle facilitators will remind all participants of these guidelines and support the group in maintaining its emotional, mental and spiritual safety.
  • The Compassionate Listening Circles are not a place for feedback, guidance, or problem-solving. Resource Referrals can be provided for this.

The Compassionate Listening Circles are a virtual Compassionate Listening offering and are not a replacement or substitute for medical, psychological or mental health crisis care. Participants are requested to let all facilitators know of their need to access such supports and agree to provide their phone number to the facilitator. Participation in the circles is fully voluntary. Facilitators are present to Compassionately listen and are not serving as a crisis or mental health support team.

Dial 911 if you are feeling suicidal, unsafe or in crisis.

Need text support? Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor or on the web at:crisistextline.org (international text numbers available on their web site).

Watch or Listen to a Compassion Caravan Feature

The Compassion Caravan

Hosted and Facilitated by the AHNA Chapters:
Healing Nurses Through Compassion and Self-Care

Nurses in Nature Weekend Retreat
October 9th and October 10th, 2020
Innabah Retreat Center, Spring City, PA


Innabah is a Lenape Word Meaning “May the Great Spirit be with you always”

Interactive Workshops adaptable to Physical Distancing Guidelines

*RELAX*RENEW*RESTORE*

  • Arrival: Friday 10/9/20 between 10 am and 10:30 am
  • 11 am -12:15 pm Opening Circle
  • 12:30 pm- 1:15 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 pm- 4:30 pm Expressive Arts / Movement Therapies
  • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Self-Reflection / Self-Care time
  • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Drumming and Bon Fire
  • Saturday 10/10/20
  • 7am Sunrise Offering with Qigong
  • 7 am – 8:00 am Tea, Coffee
  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 12 noon Forest Therapy/ Expressive Arts
  • 12 noon - 1 pm Lunch. Followed by Manifesting Miracles Closing Circle

Register and Plan your time off

Hosted and Facilitated by the AHNA Chapters: Healing Nurses Through Compassion and Self-Care. Hosted by The Philadelphia Area Chapter of the AHNA and the Lower Westchester Chapter of the AHNA.

Gather in the Loving Embrace of Nature. Please fill out the contact me to sign up for this healing retreat. We are currently limiting sign-ups to 30 people. No deposit required. Health and safety will be the priority. The decision to hold event will be made mid-September.

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The Compassion Caravan Team is sending out love and light to all those who are suffering.

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Upcoming Workshops TBA (Target Fall 2021):


  • Mobilizing Self-Care Resources through Artisitic Expression
    Dr. Helen Erickson PhD, RN, AHN-BC®, FAAN
    Margaret Erickson PhD, RN, CNS, APHN-BC
  • Moral Injury and Self-Compassion
    Linda Bark PhD, RN, MCC, NC-BC, NBC-HWC

These activities will be submitted to the American Holistic Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The American Holistic Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Greater Philadelphia Area Venue

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The Compassion Caravan

The Compassion Caravan is a national project, led by holistic nurses and hosted and facilitated by the AHNA Chapters for all of nursing. The intent is to offer compassion through heart-centered presence, holistic communication, networking and focused experiences in self-reflection and healing.

AHNA Philadelphia Chapter AHNA Lower West Chester Chapter

Dial 911 if you are feeling suicidal, unsafe or in crisis.

Need text support? Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor or on the web at:crisistextline.org (international text numbers available on their web site).

The Compassionate Listening Circles are a virtual Compassionate Listening offering and are not a replacement or substitute for medical, psychological or mental health crisis care. Participants are requested to let all facilitators know of their need to access such supports and agree to provide their phone number to the facilitator. Participation in the circles is fully voluntary. Facilitators are present to Compassionately listen and are not serving as a crisis or mental health support team.

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