Holistic Nursing Board Exam Preparation Course

at St. Vincent's Hospital

Foundations of Integrative Health and Healing

The Foundations of Integrative Health and Healing course introduces students to the major health and healing traditions, and explores their diverse philosophical and practical foundations. Students examine the ancient healing arts, as well as the allopathic, complementary, and alternative practices that have evolved from them. Study emphasizes the need to gain knowledge in various modalities, to integrate diverse perspectives on how the body functions, and to develop a holistic model in order to achieve health and wellness. When this course is offered for nurses interested in receiving Holistic Nursing- Board Certified (HN-BC), the content additionally prepares them for the Holistic Nursing Certification Examination from the American Holistic Nursing Certification Corporation (AHNCC).


Classes are on Friday 5pm to 9pm and Saturday 8:30am to 5:30pm
Cost of program: $1,800 tuition, $30 program fee, $60 application fee.
This course provides three (3) credits of graduate education
that can be applied towards the
Master of Arts in Integrative Health and Healing at The Graduate Institute.


Bozena Padykula, EdD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, APHN-BC, MSN, RN

Dr. Padykula is nursing faculty and health care provider that advocates caring for others and self. She inspires individuals to reach professional and personal goals. As a nurturing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse (APHN-BC) she maintains an active clinical practice in the out-patient community clinic and in private practice. She takes an eclectic approach to apply advanced knowledge of pharmacology, psychoneuroimmunology, nutritional supplements, and complementary practices to improve mental health. Areas of research interest include the exploration of students’ self-care and health-promotion practices in a holistic nursing course, the effectiveness of Reiki on stress reduction, and the use of acupressure for self-care.

Karen Wexell RN, MSN, HNB-BC, CSPI

Karen Wexell is a passionate holistic nurse leader, educator, and practitioner. She became interested in holistic approaches as a means to introduce the art of nursing back into the high tech healthcare environment. She is a graduate of Lankenau Hospital School of Nursing, received a BSN from Central CT State University and MSN from the University of Harford. She currently is an RN Care Coordinator and Health Coach at Yale New Haven Health System. She an adjunct professor at Post University where she also serves on the RN-BSN Advisory Board. She has held multiple positions in nursing education and clinical practice. She is the founder and leader of the UConn Campuses Chapter of the American Holistic Nurse Association. Karen is certified as a Holistic Nurse, Pranakriya Yoga Instructor, Holistic Stress Management Instructor, ‘M” Technique instructor and as both a Reiki and Healing Touch practitioner.

Artemis Morris, ND

Dr. Artemis Morris is a Naturopathic Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist, professor of nutrition, researcher, author, and public speaker. Artemis is the co-academic director of the Integrative Health and Healing Program at The Graduate Institute and professor of nutrition at The Human Nutrition Institute at University of Bridgeport, where she also taught nutrition for the Naturopathic Medical School. She completed her Naturopathic Doctorate and Masters in Acupuncture at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington and has been in practice for over 18 years. Dr. Artemis is the medical director and founder of Artemis Wellness Center, LLC an integrative wellness center that focuses on women’s health and wellness. Artemis has served as the director of the natural health center at Masonic Healthcare Center in Wallingford, the largest geriatric healthcare center in CT where she did research on acupuncture and pain management. Dr. Artemis has been researching the Mediterranean Diet and plants of Crete since 2005 and lectures at medical conferences on The Mediterranean Diet and other natural health topics. Dr Artemis Morris co-authored the book The Anti-Inflammation Diet for Dummies. Her practice philosophy is inspired by the quote from Paracelsus that states, "The art of healing comes from nature and not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind."
www.artemiswellnesscenter.com & www.drartemis.com

Denise M. Romano, MA, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, HN-BC
Denise Romano is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner whose professional experience includes family medicine, holistic health, and comprehensive women’s health. She currently serves as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit at the Yale University School of Medicine, and at the Smilow Cancer Center. Denise holds a Master of Arts in Experiential Health and Healing from The Graduate Institute, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Pace University/NY Medical College. Previous positions include family practice and clinical ecology at The Gesell Institute and Clinic Coordinator of Planned Parenthood of VA Beach, where she held an Adjunct Faculty position at Old Dominion University. She is passionate about holistic care; she holds certification as an Acupuncture Detox Trainer, a Holistic Stress Management Instructor and has completed a 4 year program in Energy Medicine. She is currently pursuing an additional degree in Functional Medicine.