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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/183158
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Pieces of a Dream: An Expressive Arts Tool for NICU Mothers
Author(s):
Manning, Patricia
Author Details:
Patricia Manning, RN, BSN, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL, email: pmanning@mac.com
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of this process is to provide mothers of critically ill newborns or very low birth-weight infants the ability to reduce stress, anxiety and concretely express their hopes, fears and dreams through conscious relaxation, guided imagery, writings and tessellation art. The need for NICU infants to be aware of their mother's presence is extremely important for their overall growth and healing. The need for the mothers to feel they are actively involved in their infant's healing process is just as important. Method: We identified the need for a multi-sensory process to help mothers bond with their NICU infants - emotionally, verbally and creatively. While the mother is with her infant, she listens to a special guided imagery and relaxation CD to help redirect stress toward positive healing thoughts and feelings. Next, either one on one or in a group, she (the mother) is then guided through a special form of poetic journalism to easily express her thoughts, feelings and emotions in a concrete manor. The mother transfers the writing/poetry to a specially designed and colorfully shaped card. She may embellish the card by design or collage. This card(s) becomes a visual expression of the process - "pieces of a dream" - that contains the written expression of the mother's hopes, fears and dreams. Finally, at the end of the process, these creative expressions can be read to her infant and the mother may leave her dreams (a piece of herself) with her infant in the NICU. At discharge, the mother is presented with all the beautiful and loving piece of expressive art - which becomes the representation of the time both she and her infant have spent on this journey- no matter what the outcome. Findings: This program is innovative by providing the tools to guide NICU mothers through a process that will reduce stress, establish strong mother/infant bonds and provide comfort and support. This multi-step/multi-sensory process, (1) redirects stress through a unique form of guided imagery; (2) helps mothers express emotions and "speak" to their newborns through poetic journalism; (3) creates a tessellation design puzzle forming an interlocking bond; (4) provides an opportunity to capture written emotions and creative designs on the tessellation shapes and (5) produces a concrete, visual expression - a loving piece of art - the story of time spent by the mother/infant on their journey together. Discussion: This program has been presented to the Expressive Arts and Healing community in Sarasota, Fl, Ringling College of Art and Design, Art and Healing instructors and students, a test group of 6 NICU mothers and at the 23rd Annual Gravens Conference, in collaboration with the March of Dimes. It was well received by all. It now needs to be presented for pilot study.
Repository Posting Date:
28-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
28-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2010
Conference Name:
7th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference
Conference Host:
University of South Florida College of Nursing; Sigma Theta Tau International; Florida Organization of Nurse Executives
Conference Location:
Naples, Florida, USA
Description:
7th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference - Theme: Research at the Point of Care. Held 11-13 February 2010 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida, USA.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePieces of a Dream: An Expressive Arts Tool for NICU Mothersen_GB
dc.contributor.authorManning, Patriciaen_US
dc.author.detailsPatricia Manning, RN, BSN, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL, email: pmanning@mac.comen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/183158-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this process is to provide mothers of critically ill newborns or very low birth-weight infants the ability to reduce stress, anxiety and concretely express their hopes, fears and dreams through conscious relaxation, guided imagery, writings and tessellation art. The need for NICU infants to be aware of their mother's presence is extremely important for their overall growth and healing. The need for the mothers to feel they are actively involved in their infant's healing process is just as important. Method: We identified the need for a multi-sensory process to help mothers bond with their NICU infants - emotionally, verbally and creatively. While the mother is with her infant, she listens to a special guided imagery and relaxation CD to help redirect stress toward positive healing thoughts and feelings. Next, either one on one or in a group, she (the mother) is then guided through a special form of poetic journalism to easily express her thoughts, feelings and emotions in a concrete manor. The mother transfers the writing/poetry to a specially designed and colorfully shaped card. She may embellish the card by design or collage. This card(s) becomes a visual expression of the process - "pieces of a dream" - that contains the written expression of the mother's hopes, fears and dreams. Finally, at the end of the process, these creative expressions can be read to her infant and the mother may leave her dreams (a piece of herself) with her infant in the NICU. At discharge, the mother is presented with all the beautiful and loving piece of expressive art - which becomes the representation of the time both she and her infant have spent on this journey- no matter what the outcome. Findings: This program is innovative by providing the tools to guide NICU mothers through a process that will reduce stress, establish strong mother/infant bonds and provide comfort and support. This multi-step/multi-sensory process, (1) redirects stress through a unique form of guided imagery; (2) helps mothers express emotions and "speak" to their newborns through poetic journalism; (3) creates a tessellation design puzzle forming an interlocking bond; (4) provides an opportunity to capture written emotions and creative designs on the tessellation shapes and (5) produces a concrete, visual expression - a loving piece of art - the story of time spent by the mother/infant on their journey together. Discussion: This program has been presented to the Expressive Arts and Healing community in Sarasota, Fl, Ringling College of Art and Design, Art and Healing instructors and students, a test group of 6 NICU mothers and at the 23rd Annual Gravens Conference, in collaboration with the March of Dimes. It was well received by all. It now needs to be presented for pilot study.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-28T16:17:02Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-28en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T16:17:02Z-
dc.conference.date2010en_US
dc.conference.name7th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conferenceen_US
dc.conference.hostUniversity of South Florida College of Nursingen_US
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_US
dc.conference.hostFlorida Organization of Nurse Executivesen_US
dc.conference.locationNaples, Florida, USAen_US
dc.description7th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference - Theme: Research at the Point of Care. Held 11-13 February 2010 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida, USA.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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