How Nurses Can Engage with Healthy Eating Practices

Field Trip

Wonder what a direct link between nurses and farming looks like? Meet Kathy Taylor, nurse at Mission Hospital and founder of KT’s Orchard and Apiary, where she grows a variety of apples, peaches, nectarines, black, and red raspberries, pears, and local honey. Taylor will offer a tour of her farm and insight into combining two demanding careers.

While on the farm, J. Danielle Martin, a nurse and grant director at Western Carolina University, will lead a discussion on how nurses can best engage their patients—and themselves—in healthy eating and other healthy lifestyle practices. Balancing an exhausted hospital schedule and the mental exhaustion that comes with it can be tough; learn to focus on healthy foods to keep yourself energized and feeling motivated in an otherwise fatiguing lifestyle.

Field trips will combine a small-group tour of a local farm, garden, or market with a more informal presentation and discussion on important healthy eating topics. Buses will transport conferees to the location and back. Return times are approximate.



Kathy Taylor

Kathy Taylor

Kathy Taylor is co-owner of KT’s Orchard and Apiary in Canton, North Carolina, as well as a Registered Nurse at Mission Health.

Danielle Martin

J. Danielle Martin

J. Danielle Martin, MSN, R.N., SCRN, is the grant director for Western Carolina University's Health Resources and Services Administration grant for BSN Practicums in Population Health, which supports students who are interested in primary care post graduation.