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DH Ambulatory Nursing Presents – The Art of Nursing: Creativity, Growth and Innovation

Learn how you can improve your physical and mental well-being through art and music. Creative expression is in the subconscious, and innovation happens when we are relaxed and open to new ideas. Music, art, and other forms of creative expression can lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety. Join us as we share our way of being creative and tapping into your own subconscious!

Activity Date:
Start Date:   June 25, 2021
End Date:  June 25, 2024
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  • Amy Eilertsen, MN, RN  

    About our presenter:
    Amy relates to creativity, art, and nursing. She has 60 credits of undergraduate art and has been practicing art and music since childhood. Recently, she has been researching the effects of creating or viewing art on nursing and other medical professional performance. Amy is also investigating creating art and any related health effects.  

    Currently, she is in her second year of a Master’s in Photography studies program and is studying cognitive dissonance and the human experience.
  • Carol A. Townsend, BSN, RN

    About our presenter: 
    Carol has been a musician-vocalist since the age of 13. She was a recipient of the Music Award 1985 at Lawrence Academy and the winner of a singing contest in 1995 called Hawaii Stars (television series). Carol has taken brief courses in music throughout her career. She has been a vocalist in 9-piece Motown Band for three years, as well as, beginning her own band during Covid.

    Carol has been a nurse for 29 years and has experienced the use of music to calm and soothe anxious patients before surgery and connect with someone on a ventilator in the ICU.

There is no fee for this activity, but to receive contact hours you must register online and complete the online Attestation and Evaluation form (you must register to access this form).

Learning Outcome

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to discuss the evidence that supports how music and the arts can enhance one’s personal and professional well-being.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 1.0 contact hour.

Requirements for Successful Completion

Dartmouth-Hitchcock will award contact hour(s) for successful completion. In order to receive full contact hour credit for this Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) activity, you must:

  • View the entire presentation 
  • Complete the online Attestation of Attendance & Evaluation Form (you must register to access).

The activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content have reported NO financial interest or relationship* with various companies. There were no individuals in a position to control the content that refused to disclose.

*A “financial interest or relationship" refers to an equity position, receipt of royalties, consultantship, funding by a research grant, receiving honoraria for educational services elsewhere, or to any other relationship to a company that provides sufficient reason for disclosure, in keeping with the spirit of the stated policy.

Bibliographic Sources
  • Asprou, H. Music is a universal language, new Harvard University study proves 9 January 2020, 16:44 | Updated: 9 January 2020, 17:03 Link to Article
  • Fancourt, D., Finn, S.  Health Evidence Report # 67. What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being? A scoping review.
  • Gerry, D., Unrau, A. & Trainor, L.J. (2012) Active music classes in infancy enhance musical, communicative and social development, Developmental Science. 15 (3), 398-407. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2012.01142.x
  • Matsumoto, E. (2019). American Nurse. Art- A healing tool for nurses.
  • Music and health. Harvard Health Publications. Harvard Men's Health Watch. 2011 07.
  • Semenza, D. (2018) Feeling the Beat and Feeling Better: Musical experience, emotional reflection, and music as a technology of mental health, Sociological Inquiry. 88(2), 322-343. DOI: 10.1111/soin.12194.
  • Thakare, A. E., Mehrotra, R., & Singh, A. (2017). Effect of music tempo on exercise performance and heart rate among young adults. International journal of physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology, 9(2), 35–39.Link to Article
Provider Contact Information

Provider contact information for questions of the activity or regarding accreditation: 

Director of Continuing Nursing Education, Center for Nursing Excellence
Center for Learning and Professional Development
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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