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The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) would like to take a moment to welcome you to our website.  Here you will find information to assist you in your journey on the path to holistic nursing and holism.  The AHNA is a specialty nursing association serving over 4,500 nurses and other holistic healthcare professionals who's Vision is a world in which nursing nurtures wholeness and inspires peace and healing.  

AHNA is well known as the definitive voice for holistic nursing through continuing education, research, practice, networking, and advocacy.  In late 2006 the American Nurses Association (ANA) recognized Holistic Nursing as an official specialty in nursing, and assisted AHNA in the publishing of the Holistic Nursing Scopes and Standards of Practice. 



Terri Roberts J.D., R.N. executive director of the American Holistic Nurses Association will join 75 leaders representing the full scope of licensed and certified health care professionals involved in pain care, along with insurers, government officials, regulators, researchers, and policy experts in San Diego October 21 -22 at the first ever Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress. The Congress will provide an opportunity for experts to come together and discuss ways to improve pain care policy in the U.S. Just a few R.N.’s will be in attendance.

AHNA announces Judith Shamian, RN, PhD, D.Sc, (Hon), LLD (Hon), FAAN as the 2018 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker

The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation and the American Holistic Nurses Association Announce the Release of New Holistic Nursing Curriculum Guidelines 

AHNA President Lorenz Lourdes-Miller Offers Condolences to Las Vegas on Behalf of AHNA

The AHNA 2018 Exhibitor Prospectus is Now Available for Viewing!  Click Here to Check the 2018 Conference Exhibitor Offerings


AHNA President Lourdes Lorenz-Miller meets with Attorney General, Derek Schmidt on NAAG letter on the Opioid Crisis

AHNA Recognizes Margaret Erickson, PhD, RN, CNS, APHN-BC, Helen Erickson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, Mary Brekke, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, Mary Natschke, RN, BAS, HNB-BC, IAC, Kay Sandor, PhD, RN, AHN-BC and Mary Elaine Southard, DNP, RN, HWNC, APHN-BC as the Recipients of the 2017 Journal of Holistic Nursing Writing Award for Practice

AHNA Recognizes William Deane, PhD, MSN, RN-BC as the Recipient of the 2017 Journal of Holistic Nursing Writing Award for Education

AHNA now Endorses the Transpersonal Nurse Coaching program offered by Huntington Meditation and Imagery 

AHNA recognizes the Transpersonal Nurse Coaching Program, a series of courses worth 87.5 CNE focused on transpersonal communication in nursing, as its newest Endorsed Program. The skills acquired from Transpersonal Nurse Coaching can be used to create a relationship of trust with the patient/client, cultivating awareness, presence and self-knowing, connecting with inner wisdom, establishing patient/client-centered goals, assessing readiness to change, effective communication skills including deep listening, motivational interviewing and appreciative inquiry and active imagination, all to create a deeper connection both with the patient and themselves. Learn more a

Thank You for Completing the AHNA Membership Survey

AHNA would like to thank the 1049 individuals who took the time to complete the 2017 AHNA Membership Survey. We would also like to congratulate the winners of the incentive prizes for participating! The winners are:

  • Carmela Joyce Caragan, RN- Los Angeles, CA
    Complimentary Registration to 2018 AHNA Conference in Niagara Falls, NY

  • Kathy Holloway, DNP, RN, CNE, AHN-BC- Bowling Green, OH
    AHNA Hoodie Color Grey

  • Ashley Wakefield, RN- Denver, CO
    AHNA Beach Towel

  • Kelly Wilson, BSN, RN, CNOR- Hackensack, NJ
    AHNA Logo Bistro Mug

  • Charlotte Eliopoulos, RN, MPH, ND, PhD- Glen Arm, MD
    The Wisdom of the Whole: Coaching for Joy, Health and Success. Linda Bark Coaching Book




American Holistic Nurses Association now Soliciting Workshop Proposals for 2018 Conference

July Webinar- July 19, 2017 at 1:00pm EST Holistic Nursing Research: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

Speaker: Colleen Delaney PhD, RN, AHN-BC; Cynthia Barrere PhD, RN, CNS, AHN-BC, FAAN; Amy Kenefick Moore, PhD, RN, APRN, CNM, FNP-BC; & Ruth McCaffrey, DNP, ARNP, FAAN


AHNA's 2017 Practice Grant Award winner is Northern Westchester Hospital

AHNA's 2017 Institutional Excellence Award winner is Broward Point

AHNA's 2017 Holistic Nurse Rising Star is Christine Eaches RN-BC HW-NC

AHNA's 2017 Research Grant Award recipient is Dawn Langley-Brady, PhD(C), RN, AHN-BC, CHPN, CCAP

2017 Bea Alley Scholarship recipient is Catherine Szal, RN

2017 Charlotte McGuire Graduate Scholarship recipient is Stephanie Hope, RN, BSN, NC-BC

2017 Charlotte McGuire Undergraduate Scholarship recipient is Deborah Greenspan, RN, RM, CNHP, CHPN

AHNA's 2017 Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is Noreen Frisch, PhD, RN, FNI, FAAN of Victoria, BC Canada

AHNA's 2017 Holistic Nurse of the Year is Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, CHT, of Nashville, Tennessee

Lourdes Lorenz-Miller, DHA-(c), MSN-IH, RN, AHN-BC, NEA-BC installed as the 2017-2019 AHNA President

AHNA is proud to announce that Lourdes Lorenz-Miller, DHA(c), MSN-IH, RN, AHN-BC, NEA-BC was officially instated as the President of the AHNA at the Annual Conference in Rancho Mirage on June 5 - 10th. 


AHNA's 2017 Annual Conference Plenary Speaker is Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation sponsored Christine M. Hopkins, APN, FNP-BC, MSN.

Ms. Hopkins’s presentation, “Understanding the Complex Diagnosis and Needs of People Living with Substance Abuse Disorders,” is on Friday, June 9th at 10:30 am through 11:30 am. 

Prior to joining the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in May 2017, Christine worked in a wide range of settings, with clinical experience in Level I trauma centers and post-acute rehabilitation facilities in the Chicago area. Her clinical practice has allowed her to focus on peri-anesthesia care, acute and chronic pain management, and spine injuries, as well as chronic medical conditions and debilities. Christine’s understanding of a holistic and integrated approach combining medical and psycho-social content allows her to comprehensively address all aspects of the patient’s care. She regards the utilization of a multidisciplinary team approach as the most successful dynamic, creating a cornerstone between herself, her patients and the collaborating team.

Delight Your Colleagues or Students with the Holistic Nurses' Pain Relief Tools for Patients & Self-Care!

This beautiful quick-reference guide provides 8 core actions and 11 nonpharmacologic pain management nursing interventions that are safe, simple, effective and evidence-based. Use with patients and for your own pain relief, too. 

Now through May 12, get the Nurses' Week Gift Pack: 25 Pain Relief Tools for Patients & Self-Care on high quality cardstock in gorgeous glossy color plus 25 Nurture the Nurse from A to Z Bookmarks full of holistic tips for taking care of ourselves! Get 25 gifts for only $12 + shipping! Go to to purchase.

Or go to to download, print, and share this 2-page pdf for free!


Announcing the Overflow Hotel w/ Shuttle Services for the 2017 AHNA Conference:

The DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort Palm Spring Area will be available for lodging as an over-flow hotel location until May 15th, please click the link above for more information. 
Room Rate is $139 per night 

ICN Theme for the 2017 International Nurses Day

The International Council of Nurses’ theme for the 2017 International Nurses Day is 2017 - NURSES: A VOICE TO LEAD - ACHIEVING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.  The toolkit, and the accompanying website, video and social media campaign raise awareness both amongst the nursing profession and the general population and policy makers of what the SDGs are and why they matter. This year’s campaign aims to give to all the chance to contribute at their own level and recognize the efforts they already make every day to achieve these goals. 


AHNA's New Website is Now Live!

Our website has been redesigned to provide a user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality, allowing you to access up to date content with the option to share information across all major social networking sites.


AHNA Member Jill E. Bormann, PhD, RN, FAAN Designated as Academy Edge Runner by American Academy of Nursing

AHNA member Jill E. Bormann, PhD, RN, FAAN of San Diego, CA received designation as an Academy Edge Runner for her Mantram Repetition Program (MRP): Mind-Body-Spiritual Approach to Symptom and Stress Management by the American Academy of Nursing. The program is the result of her 18 years of research on spirituality's influence on health and has been proven to be a viable non-pharmacological option for treating populations suffering from symptoms of psychological distress.


Aromatherapy Education Webinar Series Offered by the American Holistic Nurses Association

The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), in response to registered nurses becoming increasingly interested in the use of essential oils in healthcare, is offering a series of three evidence-based aromatherapy webinars that are approved for 1 hour of continuing nursing education


AHNA Releases First Section of Holistic Pain Relief Toolkit for Nurses

The American Holistic Nurses Association, in response to the chronic pain and opioid abuse epidemic, has released the first section of its Holistic Pain Relief Toolkit. This section of the Toolkit is a 2-page pdf designed to be a quick guide to nursing pain management interventions that are safe, simple and effective. Nurses are encouraged to download, print, and freely share the Holistic Nurses' Pain Relief Tools for Patients & Self-Care with their peers.



AHNCC releasing Holistic Nursing Role Delineation Study Next Week, Prizes Offered for Completion

AHNCC will release a Holistic Nursing Role Delineation Study (RDS) next week. This study is vital to EVERYONE who is a Holistic Registered Nurse or wants to become one. RDS analysis is used to inform the public and other stakeholders about the work Holistic Nurses do. It is also essential for the AHNCC to offer nationally accredited and ANCC Magnet recognized certification exams. Please set aside time to take this survey, for the benefit of all Holistic Nurses and yourself. Prizes will be awarded for completion.


AHNA joins call to urge Trump and Congress to place patient health and patient-provider relationships first in health reform

The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) joined 36 of America’s leading nursing organizations to call on the Trump Administration and Congress to prioritize patient health and patient-provider relationships in any health reform proposals. AHNA affirms our commitment to advancing patient-centered health care and health care policies that reflect the best interests of patients and the health of our nation.


NANDA-I approves the "Imbalanced Energy Field" nursing diagnosis

AHNA is celebrating the NANDA-I vote announced this week approving the “Imbalanced Energy Field” nursing diagnosis submitted in 2016 by the AHNA NANDA-I Energy Task Force chaired by Noreen Frisch PhD, RN, FNI, FAAN. This nursing diagnosis will support registered nurses performing energy modalities in documenting their clients responses.  Congratulations to the Task Force members 

SAGE Publishers has new online platform for Journal of Holistic Nursing. 
The new system will require ALL AHNA members that want online access to the JHN to register for access, those members with access currently will need to re-register for access. 


NEW AHNA Soft Launch of Website Redesign

AHNA soft-launched its new Website. 

AHNA staff have been working diligently to redesign and reformat the website for launch, however, there are still a number of pages that are being finished.  On Tuesday this week, we had to take down the SHOP for a short time, but the SHOP is now working again. 

Finishing the remaining pages and redesigning content, where needed, is a priority.  We have 60 pages up and 16 still under construction.  


Saturday, October 28 - Sunday, October 29, 2017- Aromatherapy Program Launch How-To Program, St. Paul, MN

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - AHNA Annual Elections Voting Begins

Friday, March 23, 2018 - AHNA Regional Conference - Holistic Self-Care: Your Secret Power for Enhancing Patient Care Augusta, GA

Friday, April, 2017 - AHNA Regional Conference - Holistic Self-Care: Your Secret Power for Enhancing Patient Care - Edmond, Oklahoma

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - Sunday, November 12, 2017 - AHNA Tampa Bay Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - AHNA Webinar "Medicinal Use of Cannabis: The Holistic Nurse's Role"

Thursday, November 23 - Friday, November 24, 2017 - THANKSGIVING - AHNA offices closed

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - AHNA Annual Elections Voting Ends

Friday, December 1, 2017 - Submission Deadline- 2018 Conference Research Paper and Poster Proposals

Monday, December 25 - Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - CHRISTMAS - AHNA offices closed

Friday, December 29, 2017 -  NEW YEARS - AHNA offices closed

January, Monday 2, 2018 - NEW YEARS - AHNA offices closed

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - HAPPY 38th BIRTHDAY AHNA!

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 2018 Conference Registration now LIVE

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Early Bird Deadline for 2018 Annual Conference

Friday, March 23, 2018 - AHNA Regional Conference - Holistic Self-Care: Your Secret Power for Enhancing Patient Care Poulsbo, WA

Friday, April 27, 2018 - AHNA Regional Conference - Holistic Self-Care: Your Secret Power for Enhancing Patient Care Troutdale, OR

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - Regular Registration Deadline for 2018 Annual Conference

Sunday, May 6 - Saturday, May 12, 2018 - National Nurses Week

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2018 Conference Hotel Rate Deadline

Friday, May 11, 2018 - AHNA Regional Conference - Holistic Self-Care: Your Secret Power for Enhancing Patient Care Jacksonville, FL

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - National Nurses Week Moment of Silence- 12pm (for each time zone)

Monday, May 28, 2018 - Memorial Day- AHNA offices closed

Monday, June 5 - Sunday, June 10 - AHNA 38th Annual Conference - Niagara Falls, NY

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - Independence Day- AHNA offices closed

Monday, September 3, 2018 - Labor Day - AHNA offices closed

Sunday, June 1 - Friday, June 7, 2019- AHNA 39th Annual Conference- Tulsa, OK