The Center for the Study of the Healer’s Art™ was implemented in 2005 and with the development of various new RISHI educational programs at Pure Healthcare® in collaboration with Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. We now have a dedicated RISHI Research Team committed to providing support and serving as a clearinghouse for all research involving the Healer’s Art and related RISHI curriculum.
The RISHI Research Team includes the National Director of the Healer’s Art, a representative from the Power of Nursing and Tending the Flame™ programs, the Founder, and research faculty from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.
The RISHI Research Team’s mission is to:
- Promote the understanding and study of the short and long-range impact of RISHI’s educational programming on participating students and other health care professionals.
- Promote the understanding and study of the impact of RISHI’s educational programming on course faculty.
- Support the dissemination of these findings to a national and international audience of medical educators.
- Promote collaborative community among faculty offering RISHI’s educational programming nationally and internationally through research and presentations.
- Consult on ongoing research and publications at individual schools and institutions teaching The Healer’s Art, Power of Nursing and other RISHI educational programming.
- Serve as clearinghouse for academic and professional presentations by RISHI educational programming course directors and faculty.
- Further collaboration between schools and institutions teaching RISHI educational programming on presentations to national meetings of professional societies.
- Gather annual standard evaluations from all schools teaching the Healer’s Art, Tending the Flame™, and the Power of Nursing and provide all institutions yearly with detailed summaries of their student and faculty evaluations.
- Design and implement a progressive series of research projects on the collective experience with The Healer’s Art, Tending the Flame™, as well as research projects on the nursing school experience with the Power of Nursing curriculum.
Annual Outcomes Evaluation:
In 2004, standardized student and faculty evaluation forms were developed and have been implemented annually since then at all schools teaching The Healer’s Art, Power of Nursing and other RISHI educational programming. Evaluation forms are updated annually.
RISHI Research Projects:
Collaboration in research is highly encouraged as data is strengthened in studies across schools and institutions while replication of research efforts can diminish the chances of successful publication for any individual researcher.
Annually, the RISHI Research Team communicates with all course directors to orient them on the ongoing Healer’s Art evaluation and research projects. Throughout the year, the RISHI research team collaborates and consults with course directors pursuing both formal and informal academic presentations and projects related to RISHI educational programming.
Published articles in professional journals have been highly useful in enabling national faculty to gain attention and approval for implementing the Healer’s Art or Power of Nursing curriculum from their respective schools’ Deans of Students and Curriculum Committees. In addition, publication in the medical literature and at national medical conferences has proven to be an effective way to attract additional schools and faculty to the training programs.