Hope and Healing

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/continuinged/hope.html

If you are a nurse or other health care provider who is intrigued by or want to expand your understanding of what hope is and its potential value in health and illness, gain a set of tools by which to assess hope, and implement evidence-based strategies to maintain and enhance hope in yourself and in those individuals/families you care for in your practice, then this module is for you. It will provide you with the theoretical and conceptual basis upon which to build your evidence-based practice of hope along with a tool box from which to draw assessment tools and strategies for empowering hope.

The course is divided into four modules. Module I focuses on the conceptual/theoretical background underlying hope, selected hope models, hope’s relationship to other variables, and nursing’s contribution to understanding hope.  Module II focuses on challenges and complexities in assessing hope in clinical practice, and provides a guiding framework for assessing hope including implicit and explicit assessment methods and tools, strengths and limitations of available tools in the assessment of hope, as well as future directions. Module III focuses on the nurse’s role in engendering hope (creating a vision of hope) and delineates specific strategies/interventions to mobilize, support, and enhance hope and to diminish or eliminate threats to hope both in you and those you care for in your practice.  Module IV focuses on the evolution of hope research conducted by nurses, summarizes both quantitative and qualitative research on hope and charts a course for future hope research in the health and illness experience, in education, in healthcare policy, and globally.



Date: On going

Time: On going

Location: Online

Cost: $45


  • Discuss the state-of-the knowledge about the concept of hope and healing in the health and illness experience from the theoretical, research, clinical, and educational perspectives.
  • Identify research based assessment tools and specific strategies to mobilize, support, and strengthen hope and prevent, reduce, and/or eliminate threats to hope in self and within individuals, their significant others, and their family and/or professional caregivers within your practice.
  • Delineate the current research findings regarding the chronology of hope across the age span and the health-illness continuum and trajectory.
  • Describe the challenges of understanding and applying hope in practice and the dynamic, intertwined, and continuous process of assessment, intervention, and evaluation.
  • Identify the implications for future direction of hope research and hope practice in nursing and across health care.

Continuing Education:

  • Course members who successfully complete the exam (80% correct) will receive 4 contact hours

Course Design:
This course has been designed for adults seeking to enrich their learning. It is offered on a Pass/No Pass Basis. Course members who successfully complete the exam will receive four (4) continuing education contact hours from Minnesota State University, Mankato College of University Extended Education.

It has been designed as an asynchronous self-paced course, meaning that (1) there are no live online exchanges between the teacher/author and students occurring or any class meetings scheduled to occur on any particular date or time and (2) you are expected to read and complete the activities within each module and the course exam at your own pace. You are expected to carefully read the text in each module and complete the worksheets provided, but you are not required to submit the worksheets for grading or feedback. You are expected to complete the final exam, which, upon submission, will be electronically scored. If you fail to receive 80% on the exam, you may retake it until you pass.
No continuing education credits will be issued until you have successfully completed (at 80% or better) the exam for the course and have sent an email to ext@mnsu.edu with the following:

Subject Line: "Hope and Healing”
Copy/Paste this sentence into the body of the email: "I have completed the Exam for the Hope and Healing course. Please verify the completion of this module."
Upon receipt of this email, the College of University Extended Education will issue you a Certificate of Completion for your continuing education credits.


Kaye Herth

Dr. Kaye Herth, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. is Dean Emeritus, Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has extensive clinical, teaching, and administrative experience at universities, hospitals hospices, and community health settings and on community boards. Dr. Herth's pioneering research has focused on hope, humor, grief in those individuals with a chronic or terminal illness and the impact on their family/significant others, as well as homeless families and children. Her instruments to measure hope have been translated into nineteen foreign languages and are used throughout the world. Dr. Herth's Hope Intervention Program as well as guide for Leadership from a Hope Paradigm has achieved national/international recognition. She has over 60 publications in refereed professional journals and has presented at over 200 regional, national, and international professional conferences. Her foundational book with colleagues on hope and hopelessness established hope as a crucial construct in health care and across disciplines. Dr. Herth consults with clinicians and researchers across the globe and serves on the Editorial Board of four professional journals and as a manuscript reviewer for nine professional journals.

Dean Herth has received numerous honors and awards for her scholarship, leadership, and teaching. She was recognized by the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Palliative Care for her work on hope in the terminally ill and is included in 32 honorary biographical directories including Two Thousand Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century. Dr. Herth is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and was recently inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International's Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

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