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Hospital Nurse Launches Evidence-Based Practice Study Using Imagery with Medical Procedures

07 Nov

We got this note from the extraordinary Mary Bowes, RNC, 200-Hour RYT, BSN, PRYT Yoga Teacher & Practitioner-in-Training, who is looking into launching an evidence based program and evaluation of using guided imagery CDs with patients facing difficult medical procedures.  Recent changes in patient/staff ratio make it hard for her to provide one-on-one imagery, so she’s investigating going digital.  And she’d love to hear from any of you out there who have done something similar or are thinking about it.

Dear Belleruth,

Your CD's populate our patient library cases with a large variety of topics. You are considered the expert in Guided Imagery by the group I work with.

I am spearheading an Evidence Based Practice project, "Guided Imagery for Procedural Pain" in the unit where we frequently perform quick, sometimes uncomfortable, procedures, such as Bone Marrow, Thyroid, Endometrial Biopsies, Lumbar Punctures, and so on.

May I have your permission and advice? I would like your permission to use one of your tapes for this project. I would like your advice for a title you recommend for this purpose.  I would be writing up the experience of guided imagery for the patients, as well as the experience of implementing guided imagery in our hospital, and evaluate both the patient and nurse perspectives.  This is one of the reasons I am asking your permission to use your work, as I would be referencing your recording in writing. Please let me know if this is acceptable to you.

I have been providing guided imagery verbally for a very long time. Since our patient/staff ratio has changed, it has become increasingly difficult to provide this important individual care. I hope the project will support the use of CD's to implement increased comfort for these and other patients. We often care for patients in Pain Crisis. I hope to begin a nursing trend to use Guided Imagery readily for pain management.

Mary Bowes


Dear Mary,
Thank you for the kind words and for your commitment to improving patient care.  I'd suggest Relaxed & Awake during Medical Procedures, a variation on our Relaxation & Wellness imagery which was deliberately tweaked for use during uncomfortable medical procedures where rooms generally need to be kept pretty chilly.  

You can find the description here.  And Yes, of course.  We’re all delighted you want to use it and we can send you a few extra copies or downloads for the study if you wish.  The company's policy is to support as much as possible efforts like yours to increase the knowledge base, improve patient care and get the word out about this simple, low-cost, self-administered, empowering tool.
Thanks again for your interest.  I and the Health Journeys staff are all happy to be available to you for any further questions or concerns.

All best,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award