First International Integrative Nursing Symposium Held in Iceland

Mountain glacier in Iceland
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A wide range of health professionals gathered in Reykjavik, Iceland, last week for the inaugural International Integrative Nursing Symposium. The three-day event was attended by about 250 people and centered around improving health care by focusing on wellbeing rather than disease. Mary Jo Kreitzer, founder and director of Consortium member The Center for Spirituality and Healing, co-chaired the conference, which focused on creating relationships between healthcare professionals worldwide to teach each other about different integrative nursing methods. “We need to focus more on the art of nursing,” Kreitzer said in an article in the Minnesota Daily. “Instead of resorting to drugs or technology, we should think of the 10 other things we can do to help someone before administering a drug.”