NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –Feb 1, 2009

Contact:  Miriam Hillson, American Holistic Nurses Association, conference@ahna.org (800) 278-2462 Ext. 14

29th Annual AHNA Conference – Reflective Practice: Creating Sacred Space

Flagstaff, Ariz. – The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is holding their 29th Annual Conference Reflective Practice: Creating Sacred Space in Madison Wisconsin, June 11-14, 2009 at the Madison Concourse Hotel.  Attendees will learn about holistic health therapies and reflective practice from nursing and health experts. Up to 23.5 contact hours are available for nurses.* More information about the conference can be found at www.ahna.org

Reflective practice is quickly becoming a well recognized tool for healthcare practitioners across the globe. It is the process of exploring the meaning and purpose of caring experiences while creating space within oneself to evolve as a practitioner.

Keynote speakers include:

Rachel Remen MD, author of the best selling book, Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal (1996), and co-founder of the Commonweal Cancer Help Retreat Program, featured on the Bill Moyers' PBS special Healing the Mind.

Christopher Johns RN, PhD, PACT, Professor of Nursing, University of Bedfordshire, UK, who is recognized nationally and internationally as a pioneer of reflective practice within nursing and health care. 

Carla Mariano RN, EdD, AHN-BC, FAAIM, Immediate Past President of AHNA & Holistic Nurse of the Year 2003, who has developed and is the former coordinator of the Advanced Adult Holistic Nurse Practitioner Program, College of Nursing at New York University, the first holistic nurse practitioner program in the country.

Special invitational workshops will be offered by James Oschman PhD, and Bruce Wilson MD. Dr. Oschman, author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis (2000) conducts inquiry into the scientific basis of energy therapies and their effects on the human body.

Dr. Wilson, cardiologist and Medical Director for the Institute of HeartMath, will discuss the scientific research behind the human stress response and the consequences of living with this physiology in today's world.

Bob Orvis of the Milwaukee-based Comedy Sportz will conduct a live auction and raffle on Saturday night. Other conference highlights include: group drumming, music by harpist Tami Briggs and an opening ceremony song composed by local Madison musician Donal MacCoon. Attendees will also enjoy early morning activities such as Yoga and Tai Chi.

All conference attendees will receive free gifts from AHNA’s Gold Media Sponsors including: a free one-year subscription to Shift magazine (Institute of Noetic Sciences) and one-year digital subscriptions to the International Journal of Healing and Caring (Dan Benor, MD), Bridges magazine (ISSSEEM) and Norm Shealy's monthly eNewsletter.

All are welcome to attend and experience a time of professional and personal reflection and growth. The conference brochure can be downloaded at https://www.ahna.org/Portals/4/docs/Conference/brochure.pdf

AHNA, founded in 1981, advocates a mind-body-spirit-emotion approach to heal nurses, patients, and the healthcare system.  We promote and advance holistic healthcare through professional development, advocacy, research and education. Holistic nursing was recognized by the American Nurses Association as an official nursing specialty with defined scope and standards of practice in 2006.  For more information: www.ahna.org

 * The American Holistic Nurses Association’s Education Provider Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission (ANCC) on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 10442.

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