Wanda is an experienced pediatric nurse with over 26 years of work with children and families in community and hospital settings. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and a Masters of Science in Nursing, specializing in Integrative Health Care, from the University of Phoenix. Her experience with children and families is broad and well-grounded in both conventional and complementary approaches to health and healing.
Wandas background includes pediatric intensive care, general pediatrics, pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, pediatric hospice and palliative care, neonatal intensive care, and the nursing care of children and families living in the Central High Arctic. Her experience and interest in holistic pediatrics and pain management lead her to establish her private pediatric nursing practice - Complementary Kids to provide children and families with mind-body approaches for pain/symptom management, common pediatric health issues and promotion of wellness.
Wanda has received extensive professional training in Interactive Guided Imagery through the Academy for Guided Imagery (AGI), and in medical hypnotherapy through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute (NPHTI). She believes in empowering children and teens by teaching them healthy ways to achieve and maintain control over their own health and healing. Mind-body approaches to health and wellness, including relaxation, breath work, interactive guided imagery and medical hypnotherapy enrich her holistic child-and-family-centered nursing practice. These approaches are particularly useful in her work with kids experiencing acute and chronic pain, chronic disease, habit and stress-related issues, and those wanting to learn health promotion strategies.
Throughout her career and education in healthcare, Wanda has received several honors including the Dalhousie University Award of Pediatric Nursing Excellence and the North Carolina Great 100 Nurses Award. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for nurses in recognition of her leadership and excellence in nursing practice. Wanda is a member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), and the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). For 8 years she maintained national certification in hospice and palliative care and membership in the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). She was a co-founder and active member of the Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition of North Carolina (PPCCNC) and was also a facilitator of bereaved parents groups at KinderMourn in Charlotte, North Carolina. She presents at conferences and workshops on using mind-body connections to promote health and healing in children and adolescents.