Holistic Nurse Consultant, Teacher, Dancer,
Founder of Attunement Movement, LLC
“When an illness is a part of your spiritual journey, no medical intervention can heal you until your spirit has begun to make the changes that the illness was designed to inspire.”
Jess Young is a holistic nurse, dancer and teacher in Portland, Oregon. Jess is blazing her own trail as a registered nurse and as an artist. After finding herself burned out and disillusioned by the Western healthcare system, Jess went in search for medicine that heals the body, rather than merely masking the symptoms. Guided by her heart, she created a position for herself in a holistic clinic, where she began to understand the potency in Chinese and natural medicine. Now, working as a nurse in community based care, Jess is learning to integrate this ancient wisdom into her personal and professional practice. She is the Director-At-Large of the Oregon Holistic Nurses Association.
Balance is the key to sustainability; when Jess is not providing oversight to twenty-four beloved elders with dementia, she is plugging away at her creative projects. Jess is the founder of Attunement Movement, a global initiative for conscious music video production. The intention of this movement is to spread inspiring art around the planet, to open hearts, touch souls and encourage others to share their creativity with the world! As the creative director and producer, Jess intends for her music videos to serve as a soothing salve amidst this world in chaos.
As a teacher, Jess hosts a dance class called, The Alchemy of Improv. Here, she creates a container where ceremony meets expression; as prayers are danced in the moment, live, improv music weaves the theme of two of the four elements—Air, Fire, Water & Earth. A potent offering, The Alchemy of Improv is rooted in ritual, empowerment and the art of manifestation. Like endless water flowing into a chalice, Jess’ creative pursuits are what keep her balanced and thriving!
Determined to bring holism to the forefront, Jess aspires to host national nursing conferences. Nurses are the mitochondria of the healthcare system; we are what keep the engines running in hospitals and clinics across the country. By empowering self-care and igniting her peers to challenge the status quo of our healthcare system, she is following her path as a beacon for change. Jess aims to begin hosting empowerment retreats for nurses in 2018.
With a background in oncology, behavioral health, natural medicine and elder care, Jess is here to educate and empower nurses, patients and the community at-large to listen and trust the wisdom of the body, to quiet the mind, to deeply feel and honor one’s emotions and to tend to the inner stirrings of the Spirit.
In her free time, you could find Jess working diligently on her long-term goals and creative projects, dancing, African drumming, writing, hiking and traveling the world!
-Jess traveled for a month throughout Mali, West Africa in 2012. She spent time in the Sahara Desert in Timbuktu and rode a camel. This journey forever changed her path in nursing.
-While working as an agency nurse on the inpatient behavioral health unit, Jess' patient was fixated on his remote control helicopter, which was locked away. Jess worked her magic and got approval for the patient to fly the helicopter up and down the halls, an act she aptly refers to as, "psych ward shenanigans!"
-To escape the rain of the Pacific Northwest each winter, Jess travels to Hawaii, where she dances her heart out for weeks at a time and swims with dolphins!
-Two of the best days of her life were: the day she went skydiving and the day she got to assist with open-heart surgery in nursing school
-Jess is happiest when dancing on big stages to live music.