AHNA Announces New Leadership
Council Members

Contact:  Lynne Nemeth, American Holistic Nurses Association, publicrelations@ahna.org, (800) 278-2462 Ext. 17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 30, 2008

Flagstaff, Ariz. – The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) announces the election of new Leadership Council members. As the governing body of the AHNA, the Leadership Council works to advance the philosophy and practices of holistic nursing. 

New members, elected for terms beginning in June 2008, are Glenda Christiaens MS, RN, AHN-BC of West Jordan, Utah, and Rothlyn (Rorry) P. Zahourek PhD, APRN, BC, AHN-BC of Belchertown, Mass. Christiaens, Associate Professor of Nursing at Brigham Young University, is AHNA’s new Education Coordinator, responsible for overseeing educational activities for AHNA. Christiaens states, “Using my experience in teaching, leadership, and developing and evaluating courses and programs, I envision AHNA moving forward as the leading source for holistic nursing education.”  AHNA is accredited as an approver and provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, and is additionally Provider-approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.  

Zahourek is in private psychotherapy practice in Amherst, MA, is an adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts School of Nursing, and is researching intentionality in the process of healing.  She is beginning her second term as AHNA’s Research Coordinator.  She says, “Our goal is to foster and develop researchers and scholars in holistic nursing, which is essential to our mission.”

Christiaens and Zahourek join the other members of the Leadership Council: AHNA President Lucia Thornton RN, MSN, AHN-BC; President-elect Mary Hines, RN, PhD, CNS, CPNP, AHN-BC; Executive Director, Jeanne Crawford, MA, MPH; Mary Anne Hanley RN, PhD, QTTT; Cindy Bultena, RN, MSN; Joyce Murphy RN, MSN, AHN-BC, CHTP; and Ellie Slette RN, MS.

Founded in 1981, AHNA is a non-profit membership association for nurses and other holistic healthcare professionals with headquarters in Flagstaff, Ariz.  AHNA 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 medicine and complementary and alternative healing practices.  Holistic nursing is recognized by the American Nurses Association as an official nursing specialty with defined scope and standards of practice.  For more information: www.ahna.org




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