MEGAN HARRIS, R.N., A REGISTERED NURSE in the UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital Surgical Intensive Care Unit 4EAST, discovered a special assistant for helping her patients heal when she began working there five years ago.
In nursing school, Harris was taught about different ways to care for a patient, but she wasn’t aware of the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program, or AIM.
“The Arts in Medicine program is one of my favorite tools that we have at our disposal,” Harris said. “We take care of the medical side, but there’s a component of healing that is mental and emotional for a patient and I feel like the Arts in Medicine program — in particular — touches on those things.”
Sometimes AIM helps with the physical aspect, too.