Kicozo, the Knowledge Institute for Integrative & Complementary (Nursing) Care is the largest school in complementary care / therapies for professionals in health care (facilities) in The Netherlands and beyond. It was founded by former nurse Madeleine Kerkhof in 2010. This is her BIO.
Madeleine Kerkhof, RNret, CAE, INEE, MTE, ACSE.
Madeleine is founder, chair and principal teacher of Kicozo International, Knowledge Institute for Integrative & Complementary (Nursing) Care
Madeleine is a former RN. As a nurse, she gained a passion for a more holistic approach. This lead to her studies into complementary therapies in addition to existing care. After leaving the hospital Madeleine had a private practice for many years, and gradually started training nurses and health care professionals in complementary nursing care techniques as well.
Now, over 20 years later, she is a highly respected expert and world renowned educator in Clinical Aromatherapy (AromaCare), AquaCare and other complementary therapies, specialised in the care for the frailest patients and elderly, in oncology, in palliative and end of life care. Her calling is to help integrate complementary therapies in mainstream health care. She is a frequently asked speaker at conferences for professionals in health care.
Madeleine is accredited by the Board of Nursing’s Quality Registry, and a member and advisor to the Dutch Nurses Society and Palliactief (NL), as well as being a member of IFPA (UK), the American Holistic Nurse Association, AIA USA (and on the Education Committee), IAAMA, NAHA USA (and approved CE Provider), and other professional organisations.
Madeleine is the author of two highly acclaimed books: “Complementary Nursing in End of Life Care” (2015), and “CO2 Extracts in Aromatherapy, 50+ Extracts for Clinical Applications” (2018). In 2020 she published the Dutch book Clinical AromaCare, Aromatherapy for Clinic and Practice (2020).
She feels very passionate about adding quality of life and dying to patients and helps health care professionals to achieve that by offering them safe and science based tools to add to their tool kit with the help of natural aromatics, touch, relaxation and AquaCare techniques for optimum comfort and care.
She is also the chair of De Levensboom Foundation which is a registered charity in palliative care that supports vulnerable patients by providing nurses, hospitals, aged care facilities and hospices in several ways. Her work and generosity is highly valued and regarded in health care throughout the Netherlands and beyond. She was commended by Her Excellency the President of Malta in 2018 for her support to the National Maltese Cancer Fund.
Madeleine was also one of the nominees of the Lifetime Achievement Award (2019) of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (USA).
She feels Kicozo wouldn’t be where it is today without its wonderful team of like minded and equally passionate teachers and colleagues. Also, Madeleine feels she wouldn’t be who she is today without her loving partner Kees Kerkhof, and dear friends and esteemed colleagues around the globe.
Madeleine teaches in Kicozo’s campus in The Netherlands where she heads a team of tutors, as well as its branch in Hong Kong, and travels the world, both personally and online, to train nurses and health care professionals in clinical aromatherapy (AromaCare), and other clinical complementary (nursing) techniques to enhance quality of life for patients and their loved ones.
Interview with Madeleine in October 2020 by Melani Kovac, (creator of DropSmith, excellent online support system for aromatherapists). The approx.. 30 minutes reflect Madeleine’s great passion for safe AromaCare for vulnarable patients:
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