Fact Sheet: The Voice of Holistic Nursing 
The American Holistic Nurses Association

Who we are


  • Is a non-profit membership association for nurses and other holistic healthcare professionals, serving more than 4,500 members across the U.S and abroad.
  • Serves as a bridge between conventional medicine and complementary/alternative healing practices: holistic nurses integrate complementary and alternative modalities (CAM) into clinical practice to treat the whole person, helping individuals access their greatest healing potential
  • Was founded in 1981 by Charlotte (Charlie) McGuire MA, RNC, HNC, and a group of nurses dedicated to bringing the concepts of holism to every arena of nursing practice

What we do


  • 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
  • Efforts have resulted in the recognition of Holistic Nursing as an “official nursing specialty” by the American Nurses Association
  • Publishes the Scope and Standards of Holistic Nursing Practice (2013), the Journal of Holistic Nursing and Beginnings magazine
  • Offers research grants for holistic nursing research and scholarly inquiry in order to build the knowledge base for holistic healing
  • Offers a variety of education opportunities and endorses continuing nursing education programs that align with the mission and purpose of AHNA
  • Works cooperatively with the American Holistic Nurses' Certification Corporation, the national credentialing corporation for the specialty of Holistic Nursing
  • Hosts an annual national conference with continuing nursing education and networking opportunities
  • Organizes and nurtures more than 130 local, area and special interest Chapters across the United States that further the AHNA mission

    Holistic Nursing…

  • Is defined as “all nursing that has healing the whole person as its goal,” (AHNA 1998) and integrates complementary and alternative treatments into clinical practice
  • Is recognized by the American Nurses Association as an official nursing specialty



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