AHNA Announces 2014 Holistic Nurse of the Year

Lynn Keegan was named 2014 Holistic Nurse of the Year (HNY) at the AHNA annual conference in Portland, OR in June. The award recognizes her for her career of holistic innovations and significant contributions promoting holistic nursing.  The honoree was nominated for being a pioneer in the development of holistic nursing and for developing procedures and resource materials that foster and enhance holistic healthcare in a variety of setting.

Dr. Lynn Keegan currently serves as the Director of Holistic Nursing Consultants  in Port Angeles, Washington.  She is a founding member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, is a past AHNA president, and a continuing supporter of AHNA's Elder Council.

Dr. Keegan is the author or co-autor of numerous books, nuring chapters and journal article.  One of her most significant publishing accomplishments if being c0-author of all six editions of
Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice. She is also co-authored the 2013 edition of  The Golden Room: a Practical Guide for End of Life.

Dr. Keegan's career long work exemplifies the core values of holistic nuring through her volunteer leadership, holistic focused publications and her personal mentoring of other nurses as they meet the challenges of nurturing wholeness and inspiring peace and healing for their patiens. For more information read Press Release.

AHNA Announces 2013 Holistic Nurse of the Year

Dr. Rothlyn (Rorry) Zahourek PhD, PMHCNS-BC, AHN-BC was named the 2013 Holistic Nurse of the Year at the annual meeting in Norfolk, Virginia on June 5th.  Rorry has embodied caring and holistic healing throughout her career and has been a strong mentor, leader and educator in the specialty of holistic nursing. Rorry's deep commitment to holistic nursing research and her strong leadership to elevate and support colleagues as beginning researchers was illuminated by those nominating her.  Rorry received her BSN from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, her MSN from University of Colorado, Denver, CO, and her PhD from New York University, Division of Nursing, School of Education.  Rorry is well known-for her research on intentionality in healing and is the author of Intentionality: The Matrix of Healing: A Qualitative Theory for Research, Education and Practice (2009).  She is also the past Chairperson of the AHNA Research Committee, past Research Coordinator on the AHNA Board of Directors, and recently served on the 2013 Conference Committee.  Learn more about her read the Press Release.


AHNA Announces 2012 Holistic Nurse of the Year

The American Holistic Nurses Association annually recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of holistic nursing with the Holistic Nurse of the Year (HNY) award. AHNA proudly honored Dr. Helen Erickson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN at their 32nd annual conference with the 2012 HNY award for her contributions in furthering the practice of holistic nursing and bringing caring and healing to the forefront of nursing practice. 

 Dr. Erickson started her nursing career after graduating from the Saginaw General Hospital School of Nursing with a diploma in 1957.  Dr. Erickson later went on to obtain her B.S.N. in 1974, her M.S. in nursing in 1976, and her Ph.D. in educational psychology in 1984, all from the University of Michigan. Dr. Erickson has demonstrated commitment to the certification of holistic nurses and the development of holistic nursing certification criteria, and she has participated in writing holistic nursing certification exam questions. She has served on the AHNA Research Committee, and has provided the keynote address for numerous universities and professional association meetings including AHNA. 
Dr. Erickson worked for several years in clinical practice prior to becoming a nurse educator. She taught holistic nursing at the University of Michigan, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Texas at Austin. She served in academic administrative positions at both the University of South Carolina and the University of Texas. Dr. Erickson was awarded Professor Emeritus status at the University of Texas at Austin upon her retirement in 1997. AHNA is pleased to honor Dr. Helen Erickson as the 2012 Holistic Nurse of the Year.  Read the Press Release to learn more.

Holistic Nursing Awards & Scholarships: 2011

2010 HNY Jean Watson (l) and 2011 HNY Christina Jackson (r)
Jean Watson, 2010 HNY, and Christina Jackson, 2011 HNY

Christine Jackson
PhD, RN, AHN-BC was awarded the 2011 Holistic Nurse of the Year (HNY) Award by AHNA. A professor of nursing at Eastern University in PA, Jackson embodies holistic values. She is a true ambassador for holistic education and approaches to care. The HNY Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of holistic nursing. Look out for an article about Christina in the Fall 2011 issue of Beginnings.

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Immaculata University's Division of Nursing, Immaculata, PA, received the 2011 AHNA's Excellence in Nursing Education Award. This is presented to recognize and honor schools that: demonstrate an exemplary commitment to the values and competencies of holistic nursing; focus on the holistic nature and needs of people; emphasize self-care; and offer innovative approaches to curriculum design and implementation.


Tracy Gilhuly RN, BSN and Christine Haboush received the 2011 Charlotte McGuire Scholarships.


Bonnie Berk MS, RN, HNB-BC, ERYT, holistic health and wellness educator and adjunct faculty at Dickinson in Carlisle, PA, received AHNA's 2011 research grant for her project, "Quality of Life & Satisfaction in Cancer Survivors after Completing a Community-Based Integrative Therapy Program." 


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