In late 2006, the American Nurses Association (ANA) recognized Holistic Nursing as an official specialty in nursing and assisted AHNA in publishing the Holistic Nursing Scopes and Standards of Practice. Today, AHNA is well-known as the definitive voice for holistic nursing.
2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner is Mary Enzman-Hines, RN, PhD, CNS, CPNP, APHN-BCThe Lifetime Achievement Award is given to celebrate the outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of holistic nursing; a way of acknowledging all the holistic nursing work accomplished through sustained participation in AHNA and advancing the specialty practice of holistic nursing. Mary Enzman-Hines of Aurora, Colorado has been an active member of AHNA since 1995, serving in multiple roles including AHNA President, Education Coordinator, and several more. Mary not only integrates holistic nursing practices into her professional life, but her personal life as well.
2022 Institutional Excellence in Holistic Nursing Practice Award Winner is Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Old Bridge Medical CenterHackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Old Bridge Medical Center are one hospital located on two campuses, located in Perth Amoby and Old Bridge, New Jersey. They are institutions dedicated to transforming health care. These hospitals begin their embodiment of holistic nursing with each batch of new employees at their hospitals nursing orientation. Their nursing staff acknowledge the value of providing a holistic approach to health care. Not only do the hospitals support holistic nursing practices, their Integrative Medicine department is an integral part within their institution. Their nurses are encouraged to obtain holistic nursing certification through their Integrative Healing Arts Academy and the facility is committed to their care being human-centered, accessible and affordable.
AHNA Receives Circle of Light Foundation Grant Award DonationThe Circle of Light Foundation headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania recently donated to the AHNA to honor holistic nurses by contributing to the following 2022 cycle scholarships: $2500 towards nursing education scholarships as part of the Charlotte McGuire Endowed Nursing Scholarship Program, and, $2500 towards the Bea Alley Commemorative Scholarship.
American Holistic Nurses Association Awards the Compassion Caravan with the 2021 Presidential AwardThe Presidential Award in 2021 is for a dedicated group of holistic nurses. Their inspiring idea of celebrating the Year of the Nurse in 2020 by hosting a Compassion Caravan to promote the need for self-care and compassion within the broader nursing profession had to be re-envisioned unexpectedly in March of 2020. The Compassionate Listening Circles were born in April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic surges on the East Coast of the U.S., and they were scheduled rapidly and held initially 5 days per week with holistic nurses facilitating them for 1 hour to meet the needs of nursing colleagues.
American Holistic Nurses Association Selects Kristen Reed as Recipient of 2021 Media AwardOn June 12th during its 41st Annual Conference, The American Holistic Nurses Association recognized Kristen Reed, BA, BSN, RN, HN-BC, of Lynnfield, MA, as its 2021 Media Award recipient. The Media Award is to recognize reporters, editors, other media personnel and citizens, websites, and mobile apps that have accurately and effectively delivered messaging about holistic nursing to the public.
The Standards of Holistic Nursing Practice were developed by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) as a public statement regarding the practice of holistic nursing as a specialty. This article reviews the development of the practice standards, and presents the philosophies and values which underpin holistic nursing. Certification in the speciality is awarded through the American's Holistic Nurses' Certification Corporation (AHNCC) to nurses able to demonstrate knowledge and skills described in the Standards. The relationship between holistic nursing practice and complementary and alternative modalities is discussed.
As nurses consider their role in the movement toward complementary modalities and integrative care, it is also useful for them to examine the standards of practice of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). The AHNA is a national nursing organization committed to bringing holism, compassion, science, and creativity to nursing practice with a stated mission \"to unite nurses in healing\" (www.AHNA.org). The AHNA Standards of Holistic Nursing Practice (hereafter called the Standards) provide guidance for nursing care that meets the intent of the description of holistic nursing -- \"care . . .that has enhancement of healing the whole person (from birth to death) as its goal (AHNA, 1992/1998).\" The Standards grew from an interest in describing holistic nursing, and in articulating the values, knowledge, and skills required for its practice. The Standards represent practice of a nursing speciality, but unlike speciality practice defined by a client group (pediatric nursing) or a disease category (oncology nursing), holistic nursing is practiced by nurses in virtually every area of care. The speciality is based on practice that recognizes the body-mind-spirit connection of persons, and demands its practitioners integrate self-care and self-responsibility into their own lives.
Precisely because holistic nursing recognizes the body-mind-spirit connection of persons, holistic nurses often practice complementary/alternative modalities. Precisely because holistic nursing recognizes the body-mind-spirit connection of persons, holistic nurses often practice complementary/alternative modalities.
Holistic nursing embraces all nursing practice that has enhancement of healing the whole person from birth to death as its goal. Holistic nursing recognizes that there are two views regarding holism: that holism involves identifying the interrelationships of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual dimensions of the person, recognizing that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts; and that holism involves understanding the individual as a unitary whole in mutual process with the environment. Holistic nursing responds to both views, believing that the goals of nursing can be achieved within either framework. The holistic nurse is an instrument of healing and a facilitator in the healing process. Holistic nurses honor the individual's subjective experience about health, health beliefs, and values. To become therapeutic partners with individuals, families, and communities, holistic nurses draw on nursing knowledge, theories, research, expertise, intuition, and creativity. Holistic nursing practice encourages peer review of professional practice in various clinical settings and integrates knowledge of current professional standards, law, and regulations governing nursing practice.
Practicing holistic nursing requires nurses to integrate self-care, self-responsibility, spirituality, and reflection in their lives. This may lead the nurse to greater awareness of the interconnectedness with self, others, nature, and God/LifeForce/Absolute/Transcendent. This awareness may further enhance the nurse's understanding of all individuals and their relationships to the human and global community, and permits nurses to use this awareness to facilitate the healing process.
The description makes clear that the views, beliefs, and practices of the nurse are as important as the nurse's view of nursing care. This statement on holistic nursing provided a basis from which to consider the actual practice. With this description of holistic nursing in hand, the AHNA undertook a four-step process to 1) develop initial Standards of Practice, 2) complete a role-delineation study of the actual practice of nurses who consider themselves to be 'holistic', 3) promote certification in the speciality, and 4) revise the Standards based on previous work (Dossey, 2000).
While there was no definitive authority on holistic nursing practice in the early 1990s, there existed a wide literature on holistic nursing. While there was no definitive authority on holistic nursing practice in the early 1990s, there existed a wide literature on holistic nursing.
An eight-member task force used these initial Standards to develop a survey instrument that would solicit information about the practice of holistic nursing in the field. This survey, titled an Inventory of Professional Activities and Knowledge of a Holistic Nurse (IPAKHN), was administered to over 700 nurses (Dossey, Frisch, Forker, & Lavin, 1998). Data obtained indicated areas of commonality that crossed over all nursing areas of practice. These data were used to develop a nursing certification exam and to refine the Standards. The revisions of the Standards were then reviewed by a 24-member Advisory Committee, composed of AHNA members noted for leadership in practice, and by a 24-member Review Committee composed of nursing leaders/educators nationally recognized through their publications as knowledgeable of the field. A final draft of the Standards was submitted by the task force to the AHNA Leadership Council in 1999 and gained approval of the Council and the membership at that time.
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The curriculum focuses on patient-centered nursing using a newly developed curriculum based on a construct of healing and holistic care. This major prepares students for initial RN licensure and entry into the workforce. 153554b96e