US news ranks Vanderbilt number 17 overall, the School of Medicine was listed at 15th among research-oriented medical schools, and the School of Nursing was listed at 19th. The Vanderbilt hospital is currently using Doterra CPTG Oils and are conducting studies. Fox News reported on how it has helped staff and possible patients with stress and frustration with Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, and Citrus Bliss.
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It is one of the most stressful jobs on the planet.
But the doctors and nurses in Vanderbilt’s Emergency Room are feeling calmer.
They’re improving the mood, and the smell at the same time.
There’s no denying, hospitals have a certain odor.
“It makes you feel bad, it makes you feel sad. It brings back bad memories,” says hospital visitor Terrie Pierce.
“Kind of has a death smell to it, I guess I’d say a funeral home,” says another hospital visitor.
Inside Vanderbilt’s Emergency Room, the hospital smell has disappeared.
“People say it smells like dreamsicles. I’ve heard margarita,” says nurse Anna Mlodzik.
Scattered around are several essential oil diffusers.
They are dispensing a therapeutic scent throughout the ER.
“It’s very pleasant fresh clean,” says nurse Ali Grubbs.
The ER’s Wellness Committee decided to test the oils to not only improve the smell, but also the workplace.
“We wanted oils that would help decrease stress and increase energy,” says nurse and project co-leader Teresa Sturges.
The results are dramatic.
According to their survey of more than 100 ER staff members, before the oils 41% of them said they were stressed-out at work.
After the oils, only 3% were stressed.
Prior to aromatherapy 60% of staff members were frustrated at work.
After a little oil, 6% felt frustrated.
“The results were phenomenal, just the before and after,” says nurse and project co-leader Tonya McBride.
Before the oils there were plenty of skeptics. They did not believe a drop here and drop there could really make a difference.
“Some people, I included, at first thought it was like voodoo medicine like it’s never going to work,” says nurse Anna Mlodzik.
Now nurses like Anna Mlodzik are using them at home.
“It really is amazing,” says Mlodzik.
Vanderbilt’s ER may be the only one in the country diffusing essential oils, and supporters say if it’s working for staff it could also help patients.
“Not make it as a medical treatment, but a complementary therapy for the patients,” says McBride.
There are many people who will tell you what a hospital is supposed to smell like.
“It’s not pine sol, but it has a smell,” says another hospital visitor.
In Vanderbilt’s Emergency Room it’s wild orange, lemon, lime and citrus bliss.
“I love anything that we do for our staff to make them better, because the better that we make our staff, the better our patients are going to be,” says Ali Grubbs.
It is a change that definitely passes the smell test.
84% of the nurses and doctors inside Vanderbilt’s Emergency Room “strongly agree” that the oils contribute to a more positive work environment.
The Wellness Committee plans to publish their results highlighting the success.
I’m glad to be part of a company that markets Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils recognized by leading medical authorities at least for benefits with relieving stress and frustration.