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Holistic nursing is defined as all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal. (AHNA, 1998)

As the definitive voice for holistic nursing, the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)  promotes the education of nurses, other health care professionals, and the public in all aspects of holistic caring and healing.  AHNA is a non-profit membership association serving more than 4,500 members and 130 local chapters across the U.S. and abroad.

In December of 2006, due to the efforts of AHNA, holistic nursing was recognized as an “official nursing specialty” by the American Nurses Association, with its own defined scope and standards of practice.  Read more about our accomplishments and activities.

AHNA serves as a bridge between conventional healthcare and complementary/alternative healing practices.  As health care professionals, holistic nurses may integrate complementary and alternative modalities (CAM) into clinical practice to treat the whole person and view healing as a partnership between a person seeking treatment and their practitioner.

AHNA Goals

  • Increase AHNA influence on Holism in Healthcare
  • Increase Communication, Education, and Awareness of Holistic Nursing and AHNA
  • Enhance Financial Strength and Resources
  • Expand and Increase Awareness of Member Service Benefits
  • Increase Membership
  • Strengthen AHNA Infrastructure
  • Increase Holistic and Integrative Research


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"The words 'Holistic Nursing' mean  nursing the whole person in the ways of Nightingale….fresh air, fresh food and water, spiritual sustenance, and mental and emotional support leading to clarity for the one being cared for." -- AHNA member Julie Nelson RN, HN-BC


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