Catherine is a board certified Health and Wellness Nurse Coach and Jin Shin Jyutsu(JSJ) Self-Help instructor working as an Integrative Medicine Practitioner at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey. Since the COVID-19 crisis, her focus has shifted from helping patients at the medical center by providing interventions to help with their pain, anxiety and nausea relief to helping nurses with strategies aimed at decreasing stress and increasing resiliency.
In 2017, Catherine did all the teaching for a research study looking at the effects of teaching JSJ Self-Help to nurses and their stress levels; physical, personal and professional. Those results show that JSJ Self-Help is a viable option for stress reduction in nurses.
In June of 2020 the study was published online in the Journal of Holistic Nursing titled “Jin Shin Jyutsu® Self-Help Reduces Nurse Stress: A Randomized Controlled Study.” This attention brought a renewed interest for helping the nursing staff during these challenging times.
In addition, Catherine teaches an eight hour Introduction to JSJ Self-Care in American Holistic Nursing Association’s Integrative Healing Arts Program, presents JSJ Self-Help classes on request to area hospitals, nursing educational programs and enjoys mentoring coaching students for the International Nurse Coach Association | Integrative Nurse Coach™ Academy.
She is also an advocate for making core competencies in self-care strategies part of any initial nursing education program to help with stress reduction during the student years, helping transition from student to professional nurse and helping nurses to remain actively engaged in the profession and not get burned out.