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Using Lavender Essential Oil in Clinical Nursing Settings
6.5 CE Contact Hours for Nurses & Administrators
This online Aromatherapy CE course was written by Barbara Jackson, a nurse and certified clinical aromatherapist. The course provides nurses with a focused overview of how to safely and effectively use lavender as a nursing intervention in a variety of clinical settings.
In this course, you will enjoy 13 case vignettes from actual nursing practice and six vignettes that illustrate nurses using lavender essential oil for self-care. See the "Course Curriculum" section below for a complete outline of the course's learning content.After completing this course, you will be able to safely use lavender essential oil as a nursing intervention in patient care if you have a facility policy that allows it. If you work in a facility that does not have a policy allowing administration of essential oils, you can use this training to communicate with your supervisor about the safety and efficacy of using lavender essential.
The course scope and intention of this course are to provide solid guidance from a certified clinical aromatherapist so you can safely administer lavender essential oil in a clinical setting for specific patients.
The course does not train or certify you to be an aromatherapist. The landscape of aromatherapy is broad and requires additional depth of study before practicing as an aromatherapist.
This CE course is part of a larger series, in development, that covers many aromatherapy topics. If this course inspires you to learn more, you will enjoy the recommended resources for further study that are included. These references are specific, evidence-based, and reflect best practices from the field.
Learning Outcomes for the "Using Lavender Essential Oil for Patient Care" Course
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Use a decision tree to determine if administering lavender essential oil to patients in a clinical setting is in their scope of practice
Locate research on the clinical use of lavender essential oil
Identify considerations in a Patient Selection Template
Recognize and respond to potential adverse reactions to lavender essential oil
Identify the key principles of safe storage and disposal of lavender essential oil
Determine quality sources of lavender essential oil for use in the clinical setting
Safely administer lavender essential oil topically and by inhalation and document that administration in a clinical record
Foundation for Using Lavender Essential Oil in Nursing Practice
Video and worksheets
What is aromatherapy?
Brief history and use of lavender essential oil
Using a scope of practice decision tree
The role of chemistry
Lavender essential oil chemistry & functional groups table
Lavender vs. lavandin: All lavender is not the same
Safe Application of Lavender Essential Oil in Nursing Practice
Possible adverse reactions and how to avoid them
Inhalation and topical routes of administration
Safe storage, handling, and disposal of essential oils
Documentation of essential oil administration in the clinical record
Evidence to Address Efficacy
Evidence basis for the clinical use of lavender essential oil in nursing practice
References and recommended resources
19 Aromatherapy Vignettes from the Real World of Nursing
13 Vignettes from nursing practice
6 Vignettes for nursing self-care
Provides clarity for nurses using lavender essential oil in clinical settings!
This course covered all of the most pertinent considerations for using lavender essential oil in a variety of clinical settings. I especially appreciated the focus on safety, the references, and the resources for further learning.
Grace O, MSN
"If you go to a store, you will find many products labeled "lavender". For the intention of clinical aromatherapy, the essential oil should not just be labeled “lavender essential oil”. It should also identify the genus, species, and country of origin where the plant was grown.
If that information is lacking, there is the possibility the product is not 100% pure or is chemically different than lavender angustifolia. The product could have also been extended or adulterated with a laboratory version of the chemical component. Sometimes, that chemical difference may not be apparent to you. However, in the clinical context, it is considered a red flag where unknown additives might cause allergic reactions. Growing conditions are also a consideration, since a plant treated with herbicides or pesticides may contain harmful residues when they are distilled.You might also be purchasing lavender intermedia, also known as Lavandin, from a grower who distills this type of lavender because they can get a higher yield than they can obtain by distilling lavender angustifolia, also called "True Lavender". The chemical profile of lavender angustifolia is different from the profile of lavender intermedia (Lavandin). For example, Lavandin has the caution that it can inhibit platelet aggregation."
Energetic Aromatherapy: Grounded in Our Core
According to certified clinical aromatherapy practitioners Grace Orosz, RN-BC, CCAP and Barbara Jackson, M.Ed, LPN, CCAP, "Aromatherapy and essential oils are important tools in our toolkit that allow us to shift the energy within ourselves in order to be secure and balanced when we step into the unknown of our working day. We appreciate that essential oils are used along with breathwork and therapeutic touch to be, in the words of Gandhi, the change we wish to see in the world.
Going in full COVID PPE to provide patient care, it’s comforting to have the intention of calm and it is strengthening to have calm-producing scents to back it up... having an essential oil in our mask has helped us make it through our day, more able to tolerate the challenges of COVID.
Essential oils also provide something aromatic for a nurse or CNA who is challenged with tolerating the distinctive smell of c. diff while providing a patient's peri-care. The pleasant aroma from the essential oil helps the caregiver maintain their balance in that intimate encounter and shields the patient from the nurse's unspoken repulsion."Grace and Barbara are two of the three aromatherapy instructors for the nationwide Integrative Healing Arts Program for Holistic Nurses, produced by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). Barbara is the author/instructor of this CE course, and she generously shares her reflections and practical tips about the energetics of aromatherapy in nursing practice.
Barbara Jackson, M.Ed, LPN, CCAP
Barbara Jackson, M.Ed, LPN, CCAP is a licensed nurse and an essential oil therapist who has more than 600 hours of aromatherapy classroom study. Barbara has trained with some of the leading practitioners who have pioneered this work. She has studied under Robert Tisserand and Kurt Schnaubelt; has a certificate in Aromatherapy from Bastyr University; has achieved the credential of Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner (CCAP) through the innovative Jane Buckle course, and has completed the Madeline Kerkoff-Hayes course Complementary Care in Palliative and End of Life Care.
Barbara works with hospice programs and in skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities where aromatherapy is effective and appropriate. She also creates custom blends using high-quality essential oil ingredients to relieve symptoms and provide comfort and relaxation for private clients. Barbara’s mission and passion are bringing essential oil therapy into the clinical setting as a recognized nursing intervention. She has presented on the safe use of essential oils in the clinical setting at the local, national and international levels.
Additional information can be found at Barbara's website alambiqua.com
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days, tell us what was unsatisfactory, and we will give you a full refund.
Awakening to Grace, dba New Directions for Nurses, is a CE Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #17389.
All of our courses are accepted for nursing license renewal in all 50 states and all levels of AHNCC Holistic Nurse certification and re-certification.
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