Did you know there are over 128 systematic reviews on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions with mindfulness? Learn from two Advanced Practice Nurses and researchers who incorporate mindfulness in enhancing the physical and mental wellness of individuals. Dr. Kinser and Dr. Robins are both forerunners in their field, and believe in the power of mindfulness to enhance the physical and mental wellness of individuals. Be prepared to hear their unique stories and ways that healthcare is changing the way they treat patients with cancer, chronic pain, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, anxiety disorder, PTSD, depression substance abuse, eating disorders and burnout within one's chosen profession.
Participants will have the opportunity to develop and awareness an appreciation of current evidence related to mindfulness-based approaches as well as acquire specific skills for self-care, relaxation and stress management.
Dr. Patricia Kinser, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP is an Associate Professor at the VCU School of Nursing, where she teaches women’s health, mindful-ness, advanced health assessment, and research methods to the Nurse Practitioner and PhD students. Kinser is the co-director of the course Mindfulness for Healthcare Professional Students. Her program of research is largely focused on enhancing wellness in women across the lifespan, with specific foci on biobehavioral mechanisms (including epigenetics) of depression and stress and on the biobehavioral effects of psychobehavioral interventions and complementary health approaches for stress and depression. Thanks to funding from the National Institutes of Health and other foundation grants, Dr. Kinser is currently conducting studies on the epigenetic mechanisms of perinatal depression and on the use of yoga and mindfulness interventions as self-management tools for depressive and related symptoms in pregnancy. Dr. Kinser maintains an active clinical practice as a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP-BC) at a free clinic in Richmond (Health Brigade). She serves as a governor-appointed member of the Virginia State Board of Health.
Dr. Jo Robins, PhD, RN, AHN-BC is an Associate Professor and Director of the PhD Program in the School of Nursing at VCU. Dr. Robins received her undergraduate degree from Virginia State University then completed her Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral work at VCU. She teaches in the undergraduate, masters and PhD programs. She has been an adult primary advanced practice nurse for almost 30 years with a focus on integrative health. Her program of research focused on cardiovascular risk reduction through effective stress management in high risk and underserved populations. She places high priority on spending time with family and friends and firmly believes in the health benefits of laughter and chocolate.
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Tuesday, November 13
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