– August  12, 2010
Contact: Anna Schoner, American Holistic Nurses Association,, (800) 278-2462 Ext. 19

Holistic Nurses Celebrate 2010
as International Year of the Nurse

The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is proud to recognize and celebrate the 2010 International Year of the Nurse (2010 IYNurse). AHNA, whose mission is to foster a vital community that advances holistic health and nursing, applauds the work of 2010 IYNurse. Holistic nurses worldwide have joined in to promote this sustained public awareness initiative, resonating AHNA’s vision for “a world in which nursing nurtures wholeness and inspires peace and healing.”  

AHNA considers Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) to be one of the first holistic nurses. Nightingale not only shaped the profession of nursing, she laid the foundation for whole-person, patient-centered care which models the core values of holistic nursing practice. August 13, 2010 will mark 100 years since the death of Florence Nightingale.

To honor her legacy, 2010 IYNurse founders (the Honor Society of Nursing; Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI); Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH); and the Florence Nightingale Museum), have launched a sustained public awareness initiative to actively involve the world’s nurses — estimated to be more than 15 million — in a celebration of commitment to promoting health in their communities, locally and worldwide. This holistic campaign promotes education and leadership, the two key platforms of AHNA.

In a recent article published in AHNA’s Beginnings magazine, 2010 IYNurse founders explain, “We are that generation of 21st century Nightingales who have arrived to transform hospitals and healthcare….AHNA nurses are key in mobilizing new holistic approaches in health education and healthcare delivery in all areas of nursing” (Spring 2010, p. 6).

2010 IYNurse seeks to recognize the contributions of these nurses globally and to engage them in the promotion of world health, including the 8 U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); In collaboration with other global citizens, nurses will demonstrate - throughout 2010 IYNurse - how they advocate for the achievement of these goals globally:

•    Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
•    Achieve universal primary education
•    Promote gender equality and empower women
•    Reduce child mortality
•    Improve maternal health
•    Combat HIV, AIDS, Malaria and other diseases
•    Ensure environmental sustainability
•    Develop a global partnership for development

This past June, AHNA dedicated their 30th annual conference as well as the 11th annual Nightingale Moment (held annually on May 12th, Nightingale’s birthday) in celebration of 2010 IYNurse and the global contributions of nurses worldwide. AHNA Executive Director Jeanne Crawford explains, “We are celebrating a pivotal moment in nursing. As the demand for whole-person/ patient-centered care grows, AHNA celebrates 30 years and the International Year of the Nurse. We are proud to recognize 2010 IYNurse, in support of the eight U.N. Millennium Development Goals.”
NIGH founding board members of 2010 IYNurse, Deva Marie Beck PhD, RN and Barbara Dossey RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN, are both long-term active members of AHNA and have dedicated many years to advocating the philosophy and practice of holistic nursing. Other AHNA members (active or former) who have contributed to the development of 2010 IYNurse include Eleanor Kibrick, MSc, NIGH Director, Program Development; Wayne Kines, DTM, NIGH Director, Global Communications; and NIGH International Board Advisors: Jean Watson, RN, PhD, FAAN, AHN-BC; Yinong Chong, PhD; Louise Selanders RN, EdD, FAAN and JoEllen Koerner RN, PhD, FAAN.

To learn more about 2010 IYNurse, the U.N. Millennial Development Goals, and to submit events and personal stories, visit   

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. The Mission of AHNA is to foster a vital community that advances holistic health and nursing. 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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