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J Nurs Adm. 2016 Apr;46(4):221-5. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000327.

Development of a Health System-Based Nurse-Delivered Aromatherapy Program.

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Author Affiliations: Registered Nurse (Ms Joswiak), Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, United Hospital, Saint Paul; Registered Nurse (Ms Kinney), Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis; Senior Scientific Advisor (Dr Johnson), Research Coordinator (Ms Kolste), Associate Scientific Advisor (Ms Griffin), Scientific Advisor (Ms Rivard), Director (Dr Dusek), Integrative Health Research Center, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Healthcare systems are increasingly looking to integrate aromatherapy (essential oils) as a safe, low-cost, and nonpharmacologic option for patient care to reduce pain, nausea, and anxiety and to improve sleep. This article describes the development and implementation of a healthcare system-wide program of nurse-delivered essential oil therapeutic interventions to inpatients throughout an acute care setting. In addition, we provide lessons learned for nursing administrators interested in developing similar nurse-delivered aromatherapy programs.

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