Nurses & the Humanities was founded in June 2006 to present programs that demonstrate and encourage the healing power of the arts and the humanities for caregivers and their patients.

Programs addressing diverse themes of nursing and the humanities (art, literature, history, philosophy, music, theater, and dance) have various formats, including lectures, workshops, classes, and excursions. The programs are geared towards nurses, caregivers, medical professionals, and nursing students, but are open to the general public.
 

Our Mission

The Hektoen Institute Nurses and Humanities Advisory Committee provides humanistic, creative and interactive educational opportunities to clinicians. We endeavor to expand imaginative horizons and to explore the arts as a source of healing for the self and for providing compassionate and holistic care to others. Our interactive arts-focused programs offer opportunities to network outside the health care arena and to explore the untapped healing potential of creativity.
 

Our Vision

The Hektoen Institute Nurses and Humanities Advisory Committee believes nurses need to balance the science of nursing with an appreciation of the arts that offers them new strategies for self-care and that expands their repertoire of resources for holistic caregiving. The Advisory Committee embraces the joy of artistic expression, heightened sensory perception, and exposure to the vast realm of aesthetic possibilities as essential to the art of nursing.

For more information: rns@hektoen.org
 

ReNewal: A Showcase Event
for Nurses’ Art Expressions

Due to the state of emergency of COVID-19, the Steering Committee for the Exhibit in concurrence with the International Museum of Surgical Science, has rescheduled as the exhibit: Nurses’ Relaxation and Renewal through the Arts, to April 9 through May 23, 2021. We anticipate that all nurses who submitted work to the original showcase will participate with the same pieces originally submitted.

In order to celebrate the 2020 World Health Organization designated International Year or the Nurse, Nurses’ Month (May), and Florence Nightingale’s Birthday, the Digital Catalog of all works are available on this page. We will also work to prepare additional speaker discussions that were scheduled as related events. We hope to provide inspiration and a sense of community in this time of uncertainty and the momentum of your support for Nursing and the Arts.

The Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities, co-sponsor of our exhibit, invites you to subscribe or submit to their free online journal of the medical and health humanities. Articles explore medicine through the lens of art, education, ethics, history, literature, philosophy, and sociology. Associate Editor of the Journal, Anne Jacobson, MD, MPH, has informed us that they will feature Nursing in a section of their upcoming issue and plans to highlight the work of nurses for the World Health Organization’s Year of the Nurse and invites you to submit. Please visit their Submission Guidelines page for more information.

We had over 100 nurses submit over 150 pieces of visual art, print, and crafts. We are so thankful for all nurses for their dedication to patients and the profession. A special thanks to the steering committee for this exhibit: Sandra Gaynor, Geraldine Gorman, Cora Palmer and Mary Ann McDermott. We are grateful to our sponsors who contributed so generously to our endeavor. Sponsorship donations will be used for our 2021 Museum Rental and for funding the Digital Catalog.

 

To view the Digital Catalog of all works submitted to the exhibit, please click below:
Exhibit 1 / Exhibit 2 / Exhibit 3 / Exhibit 4

 

Frida Kahlo Exhibit

Please save the date for our scheduled event viewing the Frida Kahlo Exhibit at the McAninch Arts Center at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art on the campus of the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Best known for self-portraits highlighting themes of identity, politics, sexuality, pain and death, Kahlo channeled her childhood and personal struggles into her art and became an iconic figure and symbol of female empowerment, individual courage and Mexican pride.

Nurses & the Humanities has a pre-paid group reservation for 20 on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at 10:15am for the exhibit’s timed admission at the cost of $20.00.

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