Implementing integrative nursing in a pediatric setting

Megan E. Voss, Mary Jo Kreitzer

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Pediatric blood and marrow transplantation (BMT) is one of the most challenging allopathic treatments a patient and family can be faced with. A large Midwest academic health center, and leader in pediatric BMT, made the decision in 2013 to incorporate integrative nursing as the care delivery model. Nurses trained in advanced nursing practice and specialized in integrative health and healing performed a deep-dive needs assessment, national benchmarking, a comprehensive review of the literature, and ultimately designed a comprehensive integrative program for pediatric patients and their families undergoing BMT. Four years after implementation, this paper discusses lessons learned, strengths, challenges and next phases of the program, including a research agenda. The authors conclude that it is feasible, acceptable and sustainable to implement a nurse-led integrative program within an academic health center-based pediatric BMT program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: The pediatric BMT integrative therapy efforts and research have been funded in large part by the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, a national nonprofit with a dual mission of curing cancer and simultaneously enhancing the quality of life of children battling cancer. The authors would like to express deep appreciation and gratitude for the support and dedication offered by the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

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© 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


  • Pediatric blood and marrow transplant
  • Pediatric integrative nursing
  • Program development


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