AHNA's Practice Committee was formed in 2009 to serve as a resource and a support to AHNA members in their holistic nursing practice.
A few examples of the important work that the practice committee does include the following:
Click the links below to learn about the members of your Practice Committee.
Rebecca is one of the two Co-Chairs of the Practice Committee. She has a career that has spanned directing QI and program development departments in acute, long term and mental health care, as well as state public health facilities; grant consultation for the NIH, National Cancer Institute; and as a tenured professor of nursing. She has published numerous nursing textbook chapters and articles, and is a public speaker, on preventive health care. Her education includes certification in Holistic Nursing, Wellness Coaching, gerontology, Reiki level 2 and Heartmath. She has served on many AHNA committees and believes that holistic nurses have a strong voice in bringing mind/body/spirit care to this country and the world.
Bonnie is a perioperative nursing specialist who advocates for holism and environmental responsibility while writing and editing documents, reviewing or presenting educational material, and facilitating member groups. For personal balance she advocates for healthy environments, conservation biology, and spiritual growth by volunteering as a docent at The Denver Zoo, providing photography and flowers at an annual spiritual Women’s Conference, and supporting an annual Native American Sundance. For rejuvenation, Bonnie enjoys time with her son, his wife and their dogs in the foothills of Colorado, and visiting her other son and her sister’s family in southern California.
Padma considered retirement and decided to become a nurse entrepreneur instead. Integral Nursing Solutions, PLLC, Embracing Healing, Empowering Nurses and Transforming Healthcare provides personalized and interactive online programs and in person workshops for nurses. The underlying theme is always Self care based upon the participant’s self-assessed needs. Once again I love what I am doing!
Meryle Gurmankin earned her RN diploma from the Albert Einstein Medical Center School of Nursing, her MSN in Adult Health and Illness from La Salle University and a PhD in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. She is also a certified school nurse, Stress Management Instructor and Health Coach. She is an Adjunct faculty member at the BirchTree Center for Healthcare Transformations and an Adjunct faculty member at La Salle University where she earned her school nurse certification, BSN and MSN degrees. She has also been published several times, the most recent being her article ‘Meditation as a tool for helping the elderly decrease stress’ published in 2008 in the Pennsylvania Association of Directors of Nursing Administration Journal.
Danielle Johnston earned her Associates degree in Nursing from Queensborough Community College in 2008 and her BSN in Holistic Nursing from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2015. Prior to 2015, Danielle was a firefighter in the NYC Fire Department for 12 years. As an RN, she has worked in neurology, burns, ICU, pediatrics, school nursing & home care. She also served in voluntary deployment to assist Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and is a counselor at Soul Camp. Danielle runs an herbal company and has co-founded a workplace wellness company with her husband, working collaboratively with other practitioners to empower people to hone their inner knowledge and build their wellness toolbox.
Rita fell in love with OB as a student and specialized upon graduation in 1976, getting Lamaze certified. She has 30 years' experience as an Labor & Delivery nurse with forays into Home Health, med-surg, NICU, camp nursing and occupational nursing. Rita is proud of her 2 years' experience in the Peace Corps/Honduras in charge of a clinic without electricity or running water. She currently teaches nursing school full-time and works OB part time. She is a Reiki Master healer with a specialty in oncology, a past life reader and a Sasquatch communicator.
Stasi Lubaansky earned her RN at Buffalo General School of Nursing, BSN at Cornell University School of Nursing, MS at Columbia University and DNP at SUNY Stony Brook School of Nursing. She is Board Certified in several areas including Holistic Nurse, Aromatherapist, Diabetes Educator and Tobacco Treatment Specialty. Stasi is a full time adult nurse practitioner at Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates and an adjunct faculty member at Hunter College. She is a member of many professional associations including AHNA, the American Diabetes Association, Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists. She’s also been published in the Journal of Smoking Cessation and the AHNA Beginnings magazine.
James uses his holistic practice in all that he does. As a Correctional Administrator and a Wiccan Priest he works to balance the needs of those he counsels. His goal is to show all that you are able to balance your needs with those of others as you share this wonderful earth with all the creatures of the planet. Balancing body, mind, and spirit.
Deborah is a Holistic Nurse Practitioner and a board certified Health & Wellness Nurse Coach. With 40 years of nursing experience, her current focus is on wellbeing and healing through individual and group coaching, collaborating with the Katz Institute for Women’s Health. As faculty for the International Nurse Coach Association, Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine and an AHNA chapter leader, she is a champion for Holistic Nursing. She has conducted, presented and published research in the area of integrative therapies, health promotion, healing, and integrative nurse coaching.
Jalma Marcus, MSN, RN, HNB-BC, CBP is the AHNA Board of Directors liaison with the Practice Committee. Click here to see her Bio.
Betsy is one of the two Co-Chairs of the Practice Committee. She has been in private practice for many years as a board certified Holistic Nurse and a certified yoga therapist. Holistic nursing is woven into the mind body education, mindfulness wellness programs and yoga therapy she provides her clients.