- July 27, 2009

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

The American Holistic Nurses Association Announces New President-Elect Glenda Christiaens, PhD, RN, AHN-BC

The American Holistic Nurses Association is pleased to announce the election of Glenda Christiaens PhD, RN, AHN-BC as President-Elect. The President-Elect is chosen by AHNA members and will serve two years as President-Elect, and then become AHNA's President for another two years.

Christiaens is currently an Associate Teaching Professor of Nursing at Brigham Young University. She has served for AHNA in the following roles: Education Coordinator (2008), Annual Conference Chairperson (2007), Education Provider Committee Chair (2007), and representative to National Student Nurses Association annual conventions (2005, 2007). Christiaens is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Integrative Health Network

Christiaens says "AHNA is currently in a period of growth and moving forward as the leader in holistic nursing education, practice, research and aesthetics." She believes that AHNA can transform the nursing profession "by opening a space for satisfaction and healing for individuals, families, communities and nurses be the national and international leader in holistic nursing."
AHNA is moving forward with more than 4,200 members nationwide.  Growth, transformation and change will lead AHNA to new heights with the support of its Leadership Council as they work to advance the philosophy and practices of holistic nursing.

Christiaens will join the other members of the Leadership Council: President Mary Enzman Hines RN, PhD, CNS, CPNP, AHN-BC; Executive Director Jeanne Crawford MA, MPH; Mary Anne Hanley, RN, PhD, QTTT; Mary Koithan PhD, RN-C,CNS-BC; Joyce Murphy RN, MSN, HN-BC; Cindy Bultena RN, MS; Rorry Zahourek APRN, PhD, BC, AHN-BC; Sonja Simpson RN, MSN, AHN-BC, and Vicki Slater RN, PhD, HN-BC, CHTP/I.

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 and complementary and integrative healing practices.  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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