When the nursing curriculum was revised at a small midwestern BSN program, complementary therapies were introduced as a curricular thread. One of the therapies chosen to be taught was Bio-Touch, a non-invasive butterfly light touch therapy that requires no equpment and is extremely easy to teach to patients, families, students, and faculty. In strategizing ways to also revise and update an undergraduate nursing research course to reflect the use of evidence based practice and to imbue students with a passion for the importance of research in nursing practice, faculty elected to develop a research project in conjunction with the Bio-Touch training and to have students participate in the research as part of this training and their research course.
The results have been nothing short of fantastic, with students not only actively participating in research and enjoying it, but utliizing the strategies, presenting the research and interested in doing many more projects. The outcomes of students in the course have indicated significant improvement in their knowledge of the research process, the use of evidence based practice and the integration of evidence and complementary therapy into their clinical practice.