Curriculum Overview

The Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship (INFF) is a 12-month program consisting of two in-person residential intensives in Tucson, three interactive online courses with application of integrative therapies to self, immersion in at least two additional integrative therapies and a mentored teaching practicum.

Throughout the fellowship, you will be utilizing Integrative Nursing, the first textbook and reference to guide assessment and clinical treatment of the most common conditions using a broad spectrum of methodologies focused on whole-person wellbeing, lifestyle enhancement and symptom relief. 

Residential Intensives:

You will attend two in-person residential intensives in Tucson Arizona. The Intensives take place at the start and end of the fellowship. All residential intensives are three days long.

  • Residential Intensive I
    The purpose of this initial residential intensive is to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the foundations, principles and potential of integrative nursing. You will articulate your goals for the program, create a self-care contract and engage in collaborative and experiential learning with colleagues and integrative health experts. In addition, you will be asked to examine how integrative nursing can be applied to practice, academic and personal domains, and begin to identify educational areas appropriate for this transformation.
     
  • Residential Intensive II 
    You will reflect on the self-care contract created during Residential Intensive I and evaluate your progress, challenges and transformation during the program. You will present the integrative health curriculum changes implemented in your courses or learning activities during the practicum. Your curriculum changes will be evaluated by your cohort and mentors, and you will have an opportunity to share intended future improvements based on their feedback. You will develop a comprehensive and realistic plan, including strategies for overcoming resistance or obstacles. Lastly, you will evaluate the INFF program using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Courses:

The INFF curriculum includes:

  • Course 1: Principles of Integrative Nursing Practice 
    This course provides the philosophical and theoretical foundations of integrative nursing and includes an investigation into integrative nursing principles. Integrative therapeutic modalities are explored and you will complete an individual wellness assessment and select a therapy to apply to your own health and wellbeing.
     
  • Course 2: Integrative Nursing Care and Symptom Management
    Examining integrative nursing health history, physical exam approaches and specific integrative therapeutics for symptom management, you will identify at least one reoccurring symptom from your own health history and physical exam and apply an integrative therapy, documenting the experience. You will work as a group to identify and refine the current nursing competencies, scope and standards, and practice to be more reflective of an integrative approach. 
     
  • Course 3: Educational Strategies for Integrative Nursing 
    This course will prepare you to engage in the education paradigm shift required to transform a nursing course or learning activity. Technical skills and a plan for implementing an integrative nursing education intervention will be developed.
     
  • Mentored Teaching Practicum 
    Building upon Course 3, during this practicum you will implement and evaluate integrative nursing approaches in the educational setting. You must be active in a nursing course or other learning activity during the spring semester in order to complete the teaching practicum.
     
  • Integrative Therapeutic Experential Immersion
    This component of the INFF entails exploration of and practical immersion into two integrative therapeutics. You will complete both didactic and hands-on learning with the goal of integrating personal insight and experience into the learning environment. The experiential immersion includes shadowing integrative practitioners when feasible as a method of observational learning and the facilitation of collaborative relationships.

2017-2018 Cohort Program of Study: 

 

Start Date

End Date

Additional Information

Residential Intensive I

May 19, 2017

May 22, 2017

In-person in Tucson

Principles of Integrative Nursing Practice Course

May 22, 2017

July 30, 2017

Online, 10 weeks

Break

July 31, 2017

Aug. 6, 2017

1 Week

Integrative Nursing Care and Symptom Management

Aug. 7, 2017

Oct. 22, 2017

Online, 11 weeks

BREAK

Oct. 23, 2017Oct. 29, 20171 Week

Educational Strategies for Integrative Nursing Course

Oct. 30, 2017

Dec. 17, 2017

Online, 7 weeks

HOLIDAY Break

Dec. 18, 2017

Jan. 15, 2018

4 Weeks

Educational Strategies for Integrative Nursing Course (Continued)Jan. 16, 2018Feb. 4, 2018Online, 3 weeks

INFF Reconnect and Practicum Orientation

Feb. 6, 2018 (morning)Feb. 7, 2018 (afternoon)In-Person and Zoom (choose one date)

Integrative Nursing Teaching Practicum

Feb. 12, 2018

April 22, 2018

Online with on-site practicum, 10 weeks

Break

April 23, 2018

April 22, 2018

Break, Preparation for Residential Intensive II, 3.5 weeks

Residential Intensive II

May 18, 2018

May 20, 2018

In-person in Tucson, 3 full days

All dates are subject to change. National holidays will be observed and the Fellowship has been structured around the academic calendar as much as possible to accommodate your professional obligations.