My Arts In Medicine Diary

Hello there!

Welcome to my blog.

This year has been full of events for me, and I have been trying to write as much as I can. Due to my recent posts on Instagram @theidealnurse, I’ve received questions and comments about Arts In Medicine and I found out that many had no idea what it was all about.

My Story😎

Last year my classmates became Arts in Medicine fellows and I truly liked what they did during and after, since then I planned to sign up for the next cohort.

I attended the Arts exhibition, saw the artworks done by fellows and patients, noticed how creative and expressive they were and said to myself “I’ll be here next year”.

I signed up around November last year, my friends and I submitted our applications 30 minutes to the deadline🙈.

We actually saw the advert before time, but we had exams and project stuff in between, plus we weren’t sure if we were going to be available for the duration of the fellowship.

We applied regardless and BOOM on one sunny day, I found myself in a Whatsapp group, I was excited when I saw Arts In Medicine Cohort ’19 as group name.

Fast forward to this year, the journey officially began on 13th January and it’s been beautiful.

Week 1 was for pictures and introduction, we had a panel session with about 5 esteemed panellists.

It was a great time to listen to stories, how people had experienced Arts In Medicine, how effective it was for them as well as how important it is to prescribe Arts in treatment in the 21st century and beyond.

We had Nurses everywhere amongst other Health Care Professionals. I was happy they came around and hoped fellows eventually implement lessons as much as possible by God’s grace.

I hope to keep a diary of my experiences from which I’ll be sharing from time to time.

First, What is Arts In Medicine?

Arts in medicine, also referred to as arts in healthcare, is a diverse, multidisciplinary field dedicated to transforming health and the healthcare experience through the arts. The field integrates literary, performing, and visual arts and design into a variety of healthcare and community settings for therapeutic, educational, and expressive purposes.

The arts are now being used within healthcare institutions worldwide. The international arts in medicine movement represents a rediscovery of the links between body, mind and spirit and of the unity between the creative and medical arts. It recognizes and advocates the role of the imagination and creativity in developing and maintaining health. Specific applications may include:

  • Bringing the arts into the hospital environment through exhibitions and/or performances.
  • Providing arts activities and workshops for patients, family members and staff.
  • Artists facilitating creativity with patients on an individual basis.
  • Workshops for health maintenance for healthcare givers or other healthy or non-hospitalized participants.

— from http://www.arts.ufl.edu

In a nutshell, “Arts In Medicine is an emerging health solution that all should embrace”.

Healthcare providers should take out time to be involved in this because trust me it is a good way to spend time with your patients and have fun with them while you’re at it. Also, owners and managers of healthcare institutions also have roles to play.

Welcome again to my Arts In Medicine diary. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have.

My experiences in Week 2 and Week 3 will be here soon.

Best regards,

The Ideal Nurse.


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