Danielle’s Art Packs are the second Education Grant project.
Be Interactive exists to fund both large and small projects. While our first education collaborator received a large grant for a big project, Danielle had an experiment she wanted to do, and asked us for $500 to help her make it happen.
As a nursing student at University of North Carolina Wilmington, Danielle will be creating art packs for hospital patients to aid in their healing and in their connection to the medical staff. This work ties into education in a bottom-up way, showing both other nursing students and hospital staff what a difference a small art program can make in patient wellbeing, and how they relate to patients. Her experience in her nursing program is quite powerful, check out the details below.
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In class, we study many ways of healing the sick, ranging from getting up and moving early on after surgery to placing feeding tubes. A topic we also touch on, but only slightly, is holistic healing. It is emphasized that a therapeutic relationship between nurse and patient promoting wellness of the whole person is very important, but honestly that is about all that is said. That is what I want to change.
Recently I have been doing a lot of research on the implications of art in the healing process. There are many studies published, and many more being done, highlighting how art projects can help aid in the healing of those who are ill, whether from a gallbladder removal or cancer. I believe art is a form of therapy that goes beyond what traditional medical interventions can achieve, because it impacts the person on a truly personal level. It gives the patient an outlet to express the emotions inside them, a way to cope with the illness they are going through.
In learning to treat those that are sick, one conviction that really has stuck with me is that people lack an overall wellbeing. It is not just the illness that makes them sick, but the mental state it puts them in as well. Art helps change this.
With this being said, I would like to start a project implementing art in a hospital setting. I have worked at rest homes and skilled nursing facilities with the residents there, just doing art projects to brighten their day. But I would like to do this on a broader level.