I was listening to fellow entrepreneur this morning talk about niches. I found what she had to say interesting because I was on the same ‘wavelength’ today. Maybe you’ve thought about this too?
The topic was depersonalization in medical care and specifically, how narrow the focus of health care can be. My friend’s experience included a desire for information, to know why, how, and likely to find meaning in the context of an emergent health care crisis – she was left searching on her own for an answer. Which is what many of us do. Thanks to the internet, we can often find answers, but then there is also a plethora of extraneous information that may be misleading or even harmful.
In Greco-Roman plays, the god deus ex machina was created to solve all problems. Today we look to technology as the “god in the machine”; many of us seek out the technology of health care to work its miracle and seeming magic when our health is in jeopardy. As Erie Chapman explains in Radical Loving Care, “given a choice, all of us would prefer laparoscopic gall bladder surgery with a one-day recovery to old-time scalpel surgery with a six-week recovery.” Of course, right? We rely on technology and advances in health care to get us back to good health as soon and as painlessly as possible.
However, we are not “Cartesian constructs” as Chapman goes on to explain. Our body and our mind are not separate. We are in fact, a unified whole: body, mind, and spirit.
In the same book, Henri Nouwen states, “In our society, technocratic streamlining has depersonalized the interpersonal aspects of the healing professions.” So, one might ask, where has all the caring gone and why has it gone…out of health care.
Which brings me back around to niches. Many of my fellow IIN new graduates may be looking for a niche and are thinking perhaps they are all taken up. My feeling is there is such a great need for support; support that is found in a community of people who are seeking answers. Fellow IINers, you have such a wonderful wealth of information and a world-wide web of resources at your fingertips through the connections we have made over the past year. Please, let your lights shine! There are people out there that are looking for the answers you have!
None of us wish to replace modern medical care, but add to it. Guide people to find the meaning in their condition and to resources that are healthy and supportive to the mind, body, and spirit. Who of us would not seek out traditional health care for an emergent situation? There is a place for healing in both fields. Our role can be an invaluable support to our clients.
Chapman, Erie. (2011). Radical loving care: Building the healing hospital in America. TN: Erie Chapman Foundation.
by Beth Bazevage, RN, Health Coach. You can find out more of what I'm up to at www.purehealthysolutions.com and on Facebook.