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The Faculty Development Training offers academic nursing faculty the opportunity to learn and experience the processes, content, tools, materials and strategic thinking necessary to offer The Power of Nursing: Embracing the Healer’s Art course at their nursing school. The 5-day training workshop is an immersion experience into this unique curriculum in resiliency, professionalism, formation education, ethics and mindfulness.

To learn more about the Power of Nursing course including goals and objectives, click here.


The Power of Nursing: Embracing the Healer’s Art (PON) faculty training is both experiential and didactic and offers participating course directors an opportunity to personally experience each session of the PON course, and then learn the psychological and discovery model principles underlying and shaping the curriculum modules. The process enables course directors to master these innovative techniques and gain confidence in implementing them. All course directors have access to long-term, ongoing phone and email consultation with RISHI staff, and a national network of PON faculty and deans available for additional insight, colleagueship and support.

This training is offered annually to nursing faculty who teach nursing students at accredited schools only.

Faculty development training GOALS & OBJECTIVES


Overall goals of The Power of Nursing: Embracing the Healer’s Art Faculty Development Training are to:

  • Train faculty in the planning and implementation of the PON curriculum.
  • Support faculty in positioning the PON curriculum within their institution.
  • Teach faculty innovative approaches to strengthen and preserve the professionalism and resiliency of their nursing students.
  • Validate values clarification, purpose and meaning as legitimate goals in nursing education.
  • Foster the appreciation of curriculum as a transformative as well as an informative process.
  • Validate contemplation, reflection and self-care as legitimate educational objectives.
  • Foster relationships that are harmless, judgement-free and healing, between student and teacher, professional colleagues, nurses and patient.
  • Broaden the understanding of the nature of self-care.
  • Re-inspire faculty as educators and renew their commitment to teaching.


Faculty participants will be able to:

  • Implement and evaluate a 15-hour experiential, transformational curriculum for undergraduate and graduate nursing students.
  • Compare the transformational potential of the discovery model to the traditional cognitive/intellectual educational model.
  • Discuss the shadow of nursing education and strategies to detoxify it.
  • Name three parameters of safe interactional space for learning and transformation.
  • Use reflection and contemplation as major educational tools.
  • List the characteristics of a community of inquiry approach to nursing school education.
  • Lead a class exercise focused on discovering effective healing responses to the losses of others.
  • Discuss grief and its importance in preventing burnout.
  • Discuss grief’s impact on the ability to find meaning in professional work.
  • Run a Finding Meaning in Nursing group for faculty colleagues.
  • Discuss the personal meaning of their work with peer professionals.
  • Lead two class exercises in service, calling and professional commitment.
  • Discuss the importance of silence and generous listening in transformational nursing school education.
  • Facilitate a small group discovery model discussion.


  • Participants will receive the full syllabus for the course and be prepared to implement The Power course for their nursing students.
  • Ongoing phone and email consultation with RISHI staff will be available to all participants for any questions or concerns that arise about the course itself, implementation, and support for writing a curriculum committee proposal,
  • Opportunity to consult with The Center for the Study of The Healer’s Art, to design and implement curricular research. For research papers and other publications about The Healer’s Art and Power of Nursing discovery model curriculum, click here

Click here to read the article “The power of nursing: An innovative course in values clarification and self-discovery” from the Journal of Professional Nursing (February 23, 2017).



BRN Information: The Remen Institute for the Study of Health & Illness. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 10064. California BRN continuing education credits are accepted by most state nursing boards; please verify with your state professional regulatory agency if they will accept a California CE certificate.

Disclosure policy: The Remen Institute for the Study of Health & Illness has implemented a process where everyone who is in a position to influence the content of the educational activity must disclose to learners any relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest. Having an interest or affiliation with a corporate entity does not necessarily prevent the speaker from participating in the proposed CME activity. It is a policy of the CME Committee to resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the presentation.

Disclosure Information: The speakers, presenters and planning committee members for this educational activity disclose no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.



As an organization accredited for continuing medical education (CME), Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine fully complies with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act rules and regulations. If any participant is in need of accommodations, written requests should be submitted at least one month in advance.



Mary Pat Thomas, MSN, RN, AHN-BC joined the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness in December 2016 as Director of the national Power of Nursing program and retired in 2024 as the Continuing Education Coordinator for RISHI. She brings 45 years-experience in bedside nursing, clinical education and shared governance leadership. Mary Pat was the Relationship-Based Care Coordinator for Miami Valley Hospital, a Magnet designated organization in Dayton, Ohio before retiring in December 2015. Mary Pat is passionate about inspiring and leading change that focuses on what’s best for patients, families, care providers and organizations that serve their constituents. She developed MPT Healthy Living, LLC as a vehicle to provide educational programming and retreats for nurses that focus on transformational leadership, holistic nursing, and patient, family, and employee care. In 2016 she worked as adjunct consultant with Creative Health Care Management (CHCM), serving as a Re-Igniting the Spirit of Caring (RSC) facilitator and coach. Mary Pat is board certified as an Advanced Holistic Nurse, and serves as the Dayton Area Chapter Leader representing the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). As a community volunteer she provides education and workshops on health, wellness and holistic self-care for patient and family support groups. Since 2010, she has coordinated an annual holistic nursing conference and speaker series for nurses and holistic practitioners. Mary Pat received her BSN from Wright State University – Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health and MSN from Tennessee State University. She is a member of the Zeta Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, American Holistic Nurses Association, and Healing Beyond Borders. Mary Pat serves on the Boonshoft School of Medicine’s advisory committee for the annual Medicine-Spirituality Conference. Mary Pat holds Courtesy Faculty Appointment at Wright State University where she helps facilitate the Power of Nursing program.

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., is clinical professor of family and community medicine at the the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and a clinical professor of community health at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She is founder and director of the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (RISHI) at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, an international training institute for physicians, nurses, medical students, nursing students and other health professionals who wish to practice a medicine of compassion, meaning and service. She is an internationally recognized medical educator for her innovative discovery model courses in professionalism, resiliency and relationship-centered care for medical students. The Healer’s Art: Remembering the Heart of Medicine, is taught annually at more than 90 medical schools in the United States and eight countries abroad. Her best selling books, Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings, have been published in 23 languages and have more than a million copies in print.

In recognition of her contribution to medicine and medical education, she has received numerous awards including the prestigious Bravewell Award as one of the earliest pioneers of integrative medicine and relationship-centered care; and the Gold Cane award from UCSF for embodying and teaching the qualities and values of the true physician. Dr. Remen has a 62-year personal history of chronic illness, and her work is a potent blend of the perspectives and wisdom of physician and patient.

Evangeline Andarsio, M.D., is a clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, where she is also director of The Healer’s Art course. She is director of RISHI and director of the National Healer’s Art Program. Dr. Andarsio is an Ob/Gyn physician, who, in private practice during the past 25 years, has experienced the blessing and inspiration of genuine and meaningful relationships with patients, while also dealing with the increasing challenges and difficulties of the day-to-day practice of medicine.

In 2004, after participating in several of Dr. Remen’s workshops, where she discovered she was not alone in her struggles to offer caring and compassion to patients, medical students and colleagues within today’s current health care system, Dr. Andarsio started a Finding Meaning in Medicine group in her medical community. In 2006 she assisted in starting The Healer’s Art course at Wright State. Dr. Andarsio initiated an annual Medical-Spirituality Conference in 2009 and also started an annual physicians’ retreat at that time. In 2011, with Dr. Remen’s support, she initiated a Midwest Regional Healer’s Art Faculty Retreat, which then led to a National Healer’s Art Faculty Retreat in 2013.

Dr. Andarsio has received hospital Physician Excellence Awards, the Dean’s Award at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in 2016, an Outstanding Alumni Award at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in 2011, and a Physician Mentor Recognition Award from the AMA Women Physicians Congress in 2009. She is a Harvard Macy Institute Scholar since participating in the Program for Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education in June 2013.



For more information, please contact Becky Johnson 937-245-7450 ext. 1 or or Suzanne Scheller at 937-245-7450 ext. 3.

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