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Welcome!

The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) would like to take a moment to welcome you to our website.  Here you will find information to assist you in your journey on the path to holistic nursing and holism.  The AHNA is a specialty nursing association serving over 4,500 nurses and other holistic healthcare professionals who's Vision is a world in which nursing nurtures wholeness and inspires peace and healing.  

AHNA is well known as the definitive voice for holistic nursing through continuing education, research, practice, networking, and advocacy.  In late 2006 the American Nurses Association (ANA) recognized Holistic Nursing as an official specialty in nursing, and assisted AHNA in the publishing of the Holistic Nursing Scopes and Standards of Practice. 

News

May

AHNA's 2017 Annual Conference Plenary Speaker is Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation sponsored Christine M. Hopkins, APN, FNP-BC, MSN.

Ms. Hopkins’s presentation, “Understanding the Complex Diagnosis and Needs of People Living with Substance Abuse Disorders,” is on Friday, June 9th at 10:30 am through 11:30 am. 

Prior to joining the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in May 2017, Christine worked in a wide range of settings, with clinical experience in Level I trauma centers and post-acute rehabilitation facilities in the Chicago area. Her clinical practice has allowed her to focus on peri-anesthesia care, acute and chronic pain management, and spine injuries, as well as chronic medical conditions and debilities. Christine’s understanding of a holistic and integrated approach combining medical and psycho-social content allows her to comprehensively address all aspects of the patient’s care. She regards the utilization of a multidisciplinary team approach as the most successful dynamic, creating a cornerstone between herself, her patients and the collaborating team.

Delight Your Colleagues or Students with the Holistic Nurses' Pain Relief Tools for Patients & Self-Care!

This beautiful quick-reference guide provides 8 core actions and 11 nonpharmacologic pain management nursing interventions that are safe, simple, effective and evidence-based. Use with patients and for your own pain relief, too. 

Now through May 12, get the Nurses' Week Gift Pack: 25 Pain Relief Tools for Patients & Self-Care on high quality cardstock in gorgeous glossy color plus 25 Nurture the Nurse from A to Z Bookmarks full of holistic tips for taking care of ourselves! Get 25 gifts for only $12 + shipping! Go to www.ahna.org/Shop/Publications to purchase.

Or go to www.AHNA.org/holistic-pain-tools to download, print, and share this 2-page pdf for free!

April

Announcing the Overflow Hotel w/ Shuttle Services for the 2017 AHNA Conference:

The DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort Palm Spring Area will be available for lodging as an over-flow hotel location until May 15th, please click the link above for more information. 
Room Rate is $139 per night 

ICN Theme for the 2017 International Nurses Day

The International Council of Nurses’ theme for the 2017 International Nurses Day is 2017 - NURSES: A VOICE TO LEAD - ACHIEVING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.  The toolkit, and the accompanying website, video and social media campaign raise awareness both amongst the nursing profession and the general population and policy makers of what the SDGs are and why they matter. This year’s campaign aims to give to all the chance to contribute at their own level and recognize the efforts they already make every day to achieve these goals. 

March

AHNA's New Website is Now Live!

Our website has been redesigned to provide a user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality, allowing you to access up to date content with the option to share information across all major social networking sites.

 

AHNA Member Jill E. Bormann, PhD, RN, FAAN Designated as Academy Edge Runner by American Academy of Nursing

AHNA member Jill E. Bormann, PhD, RN, FAAN of San Diego, CA received designation as an Academy Edge Runner for her Mantram Repetition Program (MRP): Mind-Body-Spiritual Approach to Symptom and Stress Management by the American Academy of Nursing. The program is the result of her 18 years of research on spirituality's influence on health and has been proven to be a viable non-pharmacological option for treating populations suffering from symptoms of psychological distress.

 

Aromatherapy Education Webinar Series Offered by the American Holistic Nurses Association

The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), in response to registered nurses becoming increasingly interested in the use of essential oils in healthcare, is offering a series of three evidence-based aromatherapy webinars that are approved for 1 hour of continuing nursing education

 

AHNA Releases First Section of Holistic Pain Relief Toolkit for Nurses

The American Holistic Nurses Association, in response to the chronic pain and opioid abuse epidemic, has released the first section of its Holistic Pain Relief Toolkit. This section of the Toolkit is a 2-page pdf designed to be a quick guide to nursing pain management interventions that are safe, simple and effective. Nurses are encouraged to download, print, and freely share the Holistic Nurses' Pain Relief Tools for Patients & Self-Care with their peers.

 

February

AHNCC releasing Holistic Nursing Role Delineation Study Next Week, Prizes Offered for Completion

AHNCC will release a Holistic Nursing Role Delineation Study (RDS) next week. This study is vital to EVERYONE who is a Holistic Registered Nurse or wants to become one. RDS analysis is used to inform the public and other stakeholders about the work Holistic Nurses do. It is also essential for the AHNCC to offer nationally accredited and ANCC Magnet recognized certification exams. Please set aside time to take this survey, for the benefit of all Holistic Nurses and yourself. Prizes will be awarded for completion.

 

AHNA joins call to urge Trump and Congress to place patient health and patient-provider relationships first in health reform

The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) joined 36 of America’s leading nursing organizations to call on the Trump Administration and Congress to prioritize patient health and patient-provider relationships in any health reform proposals. AHNA affirms our commitment to advancing patient-centered health care and health care policies that reflect the best interests of patients and the health of our nation.

 

NANDA-I approves the "Imbalanced Energy Field" nursing diagnosis

AHNA is celebrating the NANDA-I vote announced this week approving the “Imbalanced Energy Field” nursing diagnosis submitted in 2016 by the AHNA NANDA-I Energy Task Force chaired by Noreen Frisch PhD, RN, FNI, FAAN. This nursing diagnosis will support registered nurses performing energy modalities in documenting their clients responses.  Congratulations to the Task Force members 


SAGE Publishers has new online platform for Journal of Holistic Nursing. 
The new system will require ALL AHNA members that want online access to the JHN to register for access, those members with access currently will need to re-register for access. 


January

NEW AHNA Soft Launch of Website Redesign

AHNA soft-launched its new Website. 

AHNA staff have been working diligently to redesign and reformat the website for launch, however, there are still a number of pages that are being finished.  On Tuesday this week, we had to take down the SHOP for a short time, but the SHOP is now working again. 

Finishing the remaining pages and redesigning content, where needed, is a priority.  We have 60 pages up and 16 still under construction.  

Events

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - Lancaster AHNA Chapter Meeting, Lancaster, PA

Monday, May 29, 2017 - AHNA Office is closed in honor of Memorial Day

Friday, June 2 - Monday, June 5, 2017 - Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 2017 Annual Conference Begins

Monday, June 19, 2017 - MA/NH Seacoast Chapter Meeting, Byfield, MA

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - Aromatherapy 301 Webinar - "Aromatherapy Challenges & Successes in Healthcare Facilities"

Sunday, July 2 - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium

Friday, August 4, 2017 - AHNA Journal Club

Thursday, August 17 - Sunday, August 20, 2017 - Healing Beyond Borders' 21st Annual Energy Healing Conference

Friday, September 8, 2017 - AHNA Regional Conference- Holistic Self-Care: Your Secret Power for Enhancing Patient Care Rochester, MN

Thursday, September 14 - 15, 2017 - 7th Annual New England Holistic Nursing Conference

Friday, September 15, 2017 - Due Date: AHNA Annual Elections Nomination forms

Friday, October 13, 2017 - AHNA Journal Club

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - AHNA Annual Elections Voting Begins

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - AHNA Annual Elections Voting Ends

Monday, June 4 - Sunday, June 10 - AHNA 38th Annual Conference - Niagara Falls, NY