Candidate for Nominating Committee

Cynthia Backer BSN, RN, MAT, AHN-BC
Director/Wellness Consultant
Purple Shoes Wellness
Carlsbad, California

Cynthia Backer BSN, RN, MAT, MIH, earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at St. Olaf College (Magna Cum Laude), a Master Art of Teaching at Lewis and Clarke College (Summa Cum Laude), and a Master of Integrative  Health at National University. She recently founded her own business, Purple Shoes Wellness, to promote wellness in adults and children through integrative wellness strategies. She is a long-standing AHNA member and is also a member of Healing Touch International, San Diego Reiki Corps., and Sigma Theta International Society of Nursing.  She is well traveled with a long and varied nursing career with positions ranging from school nurse coordinator to director of public health, to hospice nurse. She has also been a nursing instructor, nursing supervisor, and education manager in nursing programs across the U.S.

BSN, St. Olaf College, Northfield Minnesota (Magna Cum Laude)
Master Art of Teaching, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon (Summa Cum Laude)
Master of Integrative Health, National University, San Diego, California

Organizational Memberships
Healing Touch International
San Diego Reiki Corps
Sigma Theta International Society of Nursing

Position Statement
Constant change is upon us and holistic nursing is needed now more than ever. Despite concerns about an inefficient healthcare model, rising numbers of clients with diabetes and global health problems, I am optimistic that solutions exist. Holistic nurses are an integral part of these solutions. Holistic nursing is needed on all fronts, in all areas, old and new, to assist our clients, caregivers and us in navigating through the challenges as healthy and balanced as possible. 

I would be honored to serve you on the national level. I bring expertise as a holistic nurse and educator with a focus on integrative wellness education for all ages. I am passionate about holistic nursing, our role in the advancement in digital health, the growing intra-professional movement and providing continued education to improve excellent, sustainable healthcare for our clients. Together we can learn, share and support each other.


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