Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) Announces the 13th Annual Worldwide
Commemorative Moment for Nursing's Florence Nightingale - May 12,
May 12th at noon, every nurse around the world is invited to pause and observe a
moment of silence in celebration of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the
founder of modern nursing. The goal is to reach every nurse in the world with
the fundamental principles of holistic nursing.
Holistic nurses join together each year during
National Nurses Week (NNW), May 6-12, 2012) to show their gratitude for
Nightingale's contributions to both modern health care and holistic
nursing. Holistic nurses are the key to quality care in a transformed healthcare
system and the specialty of Holistic Nursing resonates with this year's NNW
theme, Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring. Nursing is the profession
with a holistic approach to patient care. Holistic nurses have the experience
and expertise to design and implement improved care environments and new ways to
advocate for and provide patient-centered care at their facilities and
The Nightingale Moment is an ideal opportunity to
share the spirit of holism during National Nurses Week (NNW) with the entire
nursing community. AHNA is encouraging all nurses to take time to celebrate and
reflect on the life of Florence Nightingale. Holistic nurses are honoring this
day by meeting with other nurses, holding candlelight vigils, participating in
"Blessing of the
ceremonies and much more.
During this 24-hour period, nurses around
the world will:
- Honor Florence Nightingale and her legacy to modern nursing.
- Honor the strength and wisdom of our nursing mission.
- Reconnect with the sense of calling to the nursing profession.
- Acknowledge the interconnections and oneness of nurses in the personal,
political, social and scientific domains.
- Relight the lamp and carry the vision of caring and healing forward for
holistic nurses will celebrate Nurses Week 2012 and the Nightingale
- Organizing special celebrations and self-care days for nurses.
- Working with local hospitals and other health facilities to set up special
displays about Florence Nightingale and AHNA.
- Requesting local city councils to officially designate May 12 as Florence
- Hosting special programs and retreats.
- Performing "Blessing of the Hands"
- Holding candlelight vigils.
- Writing articles.
originated the Florence Nightingale Commemorative Moment in 2000 as a
celebration of nursing's founder.This interest in Nightingale's influence has
spread throughout the world for nearly a decade through the creation of events
and special commemorations honoring her.
More information about the 13th
annual Nightingale Moment and tips on how to celebrate can also be found at the
AHNA website: www.ahna.org/nightingale
including a calendar of Nightingale events
across the country.
The American Holistic Nurses
Association (AHNA) is a non-profit membership association for nurses and
other holistic healthcare professionals. Founded in 1981, 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 medicine 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. AHNA's mission is to advance holistic nursing through
community building, advocacy, research and education.