Nurses worn down by the demands of the job may have a stylish new champion. The Urban Zen Foundation, founded by the fashion designer Donna Karan, has added a two-day nursing workshop to its roster of wellness events.
Karan was praised in the New York Times in September for a pragmatism that may appeal to those in a stressful profession with around-the-clock shifts. (“Ms. Karan … has taken into account that we are living in a mixed-up world, where people may care deeply about fashion but are not going to buy clothes just for the sake of shopping,” Eric Wilson wrote.)
The event, the foundation’s first to focus exclusively on nurses, takes a particularly holistic approach, including aromatherapy, energy healing and yoga. No specially tailored scrubs appear to be part of the weekend package—but continuing education may be. Organizers have applied to the American Holistic Nurses Association for approval.
The workshop, to be held at Urban Zen’s headquarters in Greenwich Village in New York, will feature folks it touts as “pioneers in the fields of holistic nursing and integrative healthcare,” including Barbara Dossey, Susan Luck, Bonney Schaub and Aurora Ocampo.