Relaxation to the Rescue

Minigrant-Renee-Trambert-1.jpgAfter learning about essential oils at a hospital-based class, Renee Trambert, RN, nurse at the Carol W. and Julius A. Rippel Breast Center, had a hunch that aromatherapy could reduce anxiety in patients during image-guided breast biopsies. She was right.
A $2,500 Foundation mini-grant let Ms. Trambert put her theory to the test. A research study of 87 patients at the Rippel Breast Center found lower stress levels in patients who used the lavender and sandalwood tabs mounted to their clothing before undergoing biopsy procedures. “The sky is the limit on how nurses can make a difference in improving patient care,” she says.
The study is getting attention. Ms. Trambert shared her findings at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet conference in Atlanta, and her research was featured in Worldviews of Evidence-based Nursing and on the National Institutes of Health’s website. As a result of her hard work, select patients are now offered aromatherapy.
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