The Compassion Caravan

Welcome To The Compassion Caravan

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. As the caravan travels it will have three major events/workshops for nurses. There will also be small meet and greet opportunities for the public to sign The Declaration of Compassion.

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.

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 venues for compassionate holistic communication, dialogue, brainstorming, and guided reflection. This grass roots national project, whose target audience is nurses, creates a thread of Compassionate Connection as we travel 2,546 miles of the USA.

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
To honor Florence Nightingale’s Legacy, nature and forest therapy mini sessions will also be offered along the route.
Click Here to learn more about Nature and Forest Therapy.

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The Compassion Caravan Team consists of experienced Nurse Theorists, Leaders, Educators, and Holistic Healers that have heard the call to reach out and support nurses.
Helen Erickson
Dr. Helen Erickson PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Lead Theorist
Margaret Erickson
Margaret Erickson PhD, RN, CNS, APHN-BC
Lead Lecturer
Margaret Brown
Margaret Brown MSN, RN, ANP, HWNC-BC, AHN-BC
Project Lead
Melissa Eddy
Melissa Eddy RN, BSN, HBN-BC
Barbara Bryrne
Barbara Bryrne Notte, BSN, HN-BC
Lynn Furakawa
Lynn Furakawa, RN-Retired
Shannon Brown
Shannon Brown, Organizational Support
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Doug Eddy
Doug Eddy, Camping/Outdoor Support, Nalah’s dad

Click Here to view more about ALL of The Compassion Caravan Team Members and their Bios.


Meet The Canine Travel Team
Nalah
Nalah
Molly
Molly
Sammy
Sammy
Honorary Feline Team Member (not traveling with the team)
George The Cat
George The Cat

Workshops and Events


The National Theme of this project is a core group of holistic nurses carrying the spirit of interconnectedness and the power of compassionate healing presence across 2,546 miles of the USA.

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 participant.

Workshops
Welcome nursing students, CNAs, RNs, BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD...

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.

Registration Begins: Omega 2/15/2020, Philadelphia Events 3/1/2020, Texas Events 3/15/2020

Join us for The Official Pre-Launch Community Event

Hosted by Dr. Nancy Gahles and The Rockaway Sangha

Saturday May 9th 2020 11am to 1 pm

Rockaway Beach Blvd and Boardwalk, Beach 94th St.
The Compassion Caravan Pre-Launch Event
  • Sign The Declaration of Compassion
  • Walk an Outdoor Labyrinth
The Compassion Caravan Pre-Launch Event
Click HERE for more information.

The Compassion Caravan Project Launches
at The Omega Institute Retreat

Omega Institute Non-Profit Retrea
Omega Institute
“Healing Nurses through Compassion and Self-Care”
5/12/2020 9am to 7pm and 5/13/2020 9am to 4pm
Registration through The Omega Institute by phone: 877-944-2002

Celebrate Florence Nightingale's 200th Birthday in a powerful and much needed way. Be heard and be held in compassionate space. Discuss challenges, re-engage with shared purpose, generate ideas, deepen commitment to self, and enjoy some much-needed peace and relaxation. Working and resting together, participants return to their daily efforts replenished and invigorated.

It is recommended to arrive 5/11 PM, visit https://www.eomega.org/rhinebeck/, then click SLEEP at Rhineback location to view accommodation options. Divide the 5 day rate to get your daily rate.

Presenters:
Dr. Helen Erickson PhD, RN, AHN-BC®, FAAN
Margaret Erickson PhD, RN, CNS, APHN-BC
Linda Bark PhD, RN, MCC, NC-BC, NBC-HWC
Margaret Brown MSN, RN, HWNC-BC, AHN-BC, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide


Click HERE for Detailed Program Outline.

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

Widening The Circle of Compassion Community Event
Georgian Court University
5/14/2020, 12 noon to 2 pm.
More Details to Follow

Greater Philadelphia Area Venue

Greater Philadelphia Area Venue
5/15/2020 6:30pm to 8:30pm and 5/16/2020 8am to 3:30pm
Healing Nurses Through Compassion and Self-Care
St. Thomas’ of Whitemarsh Campus
7020 Camp Hill Road
Fort Washington, PA 19034

Friday May 15th, 2020 Circle of Compassion Celebration,
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Free Event ticket needed for attendance tracking.

Drumming, Guided Meditation, Silent Auction, Networking Connections.


Saturday May 16th, 2020. 8am to 3:30pm. Compassion Self-Care Retreat.

Click HERE for Detailed Program Outline.

Presenters:

Dr. Helen Erickson PhD, RN, AHN-BC®, FAAN
Margaret Erickson PhD, RN, CNS, APHN-BC

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.

Retreat-like pace to the day

Greater Philadelphia Area Venue

Widening the Circle of Compassion Community Event
Appalachian Trail Compassionate Thread of Connection

Tuesday May 19th 2020, evening
Roanoke, Virginia
Trail location TBA
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Texas Area Venue

Texas Area Venue
Healing Nurses Through Compassion and Self-Care
May 26th 2020 and May 27th 2020
CEs Pending

Tuesday May 26th, 2020, Gathering of Kindred Spirits (times to be determined)
Margaret Erickson: Artistic Expression for Self-Care
Helen Erickson: Back Draft Awareness/Intervention/Resources

Wednesday May 27th, 2020, 7:30 AM to 4 PM

9th Texas Regional Holistic Nursing Conference
Keynote--Helen Erickson--The Transformation that IS the New Holistic Health System
Lynn Rew--From Cheerleader to Coach--Reflections of a Charter AHNA Member

Texas Area Venue
Click HERE for more Information

Nursing Campout

Nursing Campout

Some of The Compassion Caravan Through Team will be taking part in a nursing campout on the way to The AHNA Conference. Check this out if you are interested. Nature and Forest Therapy offered.

May 30th and May 31st
https://www.lindasnursecoaching.com/upcoming-events

The Compassion Caravan Culminating Event

Arrival at The AHNA Annual Conference
6/1/2020 to 6/6/2020
6/5/2020 World Environment Day and Full Moon Recognition
The Compassion Caravan Culminating Event
Details to follow

The Declaration of Compassion

Nurses, as well as the general public, are invited to support nursing and all humanity by signing the Declaration of Compassion Document.

Compassion Declaratoin

“I acknowledge suffering as a human experience and embrace compassion as a beautiful necessity of humanity. Today, I will practice One Small Act of Compassion.”

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Will you ever need a nurse? Do you know a nurse? Are you a nurse? If you answered yes, then The Compassion Caravan Project is an offering relevant to your life.

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