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The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is pleased to welcome Fortis College Director of Nursing Glenda Christiaens, PhD, RN, AHN-BC to the position of president. AHNA is a non-profit association serving more than 5,400 members and 160 local chapters/networks both in the U.S. and abroad. The organization promotes the education of nurses, other health care professionals, and the public in all aspects of holistic caring and healing.

Christiaens has served as president-elect the past two years, in preparation for her role as president. On June 2, 2011, she was installed as AHNA president at the organization's 31st Annual Conference in Louisville, Ky. As president, Christiaens' responsibilities will include working closely with the executive director who handles the day-to-day operations, overseeing policy development for the organization, and chairing the board of directors.

"My vision is to move nursing away from the biomedical model toward a more caring model," explained Christiaens, who supports AHNA's vision of a nursing profession that nurtures wholeness and inspires peace and healing. "Sometime nurses need a gentle reminder that patients are greater than the sum of their parts," explained Christiaens.

Prior to her position at Fortis, Glenda Christiaens was an associate professor of nursing at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah for 10 years. She also hosts the "Glenda the Good Nurse" talk show and regularly includes guests who advocated alternative therapies. Her talk show supports AHNA's mission to foster a vital community that advances holistic health and nursing.

"Christiaens is a committed and experienced holistic nurse who I know will bring the energy and enthusiasm needed to help our organization grow," explained Jeanne Crawford, MA, MPH, MBA, executive director of AHNA.

AHNA and its leaders such as Christiaens promote the education of nurses, other healthcare professionals, and the public in all aspects of holistic caring and healing. The organization provides a supportive community, informative publications, continuing education, local networking opportunities, liability insurance, and a focus on self-care and wellness, among others.

AHNA is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's holistic nurses, and is at the forefront of policy relating to holistic nursing and integrative health care. Christiaens, AHNA and its networks are working to legitimize holistic health care and to help resolve the nursing shortage. Together they recognize the bond linking patient satisfaction and holistic nursing, as well as the connection between holism and career fulfillment. For more information about Glenda Christiaens and the American Holistic Nurses Association, 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, serving as a bridge between conventional health care, the philosophy of holistic nursing  and complementary and alternative healing practices.  Holistic nursing is recognized by the American Nurses Association as an official nursing specialty with a defined scope and standards of practice. Please visit AHNA's website at


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