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Deb Shields PhD, RN, CCRN, QTTT, AHN-BC
Named 2009 Holistic Nurse of the Year

The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is a national membership association for nurses and other holistic healthcare professionals; its mission is to advance the philosophy and practices of holistic nursing. AHNA's highest honor, the Holistic Nurse of the Year award, is presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of holistic nursing.  Deb Shields, PhD, RN, CCRN, QTTT, AHN-BC has been named 2009 Holistic Nurse of the Year by AHNA.

Dr. Shields integrates theory, research, and practice to excel in her work and service to others. Shields is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and works as a staff nurse in CV Care and PACU at Doctors Hospital OhioHealth. In February 2009, all four nursing programs at Capital University were endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses' Certification Corporation (AHNCC) as meeting the standards of holistic nursing practice. Shields served as the chairperson of the nursing department's self-study and application to AHNCC.

In 2008 Shields completed her doctorate; her research focused on the meaning of the experience of receiving Therapeutic Touch in persons living with heart failure. She is an End -of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) trainer, a volunteer at FairHoPe Hospice, and has worked with the Hospice Organization of Ohio to promote the integration of a shared vision of holistic nursing through collaboration between AHNA and OHPCO.

As the current chair of AHNA's Education Provider Committee, Shields is a member of a team of people who are key in preparing and implementing CNE offerings for AHNA such as the Foundations of Holistic Nursing and Introduction to Holistic Nursing courses.  She serves on the Journal of Holistic Nursing Continuing Nursing Education Subcommittee and is the Nurse Planner for the 2010 AHNA conference in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Says Richard Cowling, III RN, PhD, APRN-BC, Professor and Director of PhD Program in Nursing at the University of North Carolina; Editor, of the Journal of Holistic Nursing and 2008 AHNA Holistic Nurse of the Year, "Deb is grounded in caring and is a source of vision and strength for colleagues. Her practice embraces the highest standards of holistic care. She is gifted with a vision that truly exemplifies a caring healing philosopy."

Founded in 1981, AHNA is a non-profit membership association for nurses and other holistic healthcare professionals.  AHNA is the definitive voice for holistic nursing, and promotes the education of nurses, other healthcare professionals, and the public in all aspects of holistic caring and healing. Holistic nursing is recognized by the American Nurses Association as an official nursing specialty with defined scope and standards of practice. Go to for more information.



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