Candidate for Board of Directors
Karilee H. Shames, RN, MSN, PhD, AHN-BC
Clinic Nurse at Preventive Medicine Center of Marin
San Rafael, California
Karilee Halo Shames, RN, MSN, PhD, AHN-BC, is currently a Clinical Nurse at the Preventive Medicine Center of Marin, providing psychotherapy and life transition guidance alongside her MD husband and Acupuncturist daughter, using energetic interventions to support the fullest recovery. Karilee has this service for over thirty years, currently offering her services via telephone and Skype consultations.
Karilee’s academic achievements include Assistant Professor of (Holistic) Nursing at FAU, working with Dr. Eleanor Schuster; and Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society. She trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, caring for Viet vets.
Karilee has been an AHNA member for decades, serving as Director at Large for several terms, CA Coordinator, providing a keynote presentation at the 1998 AHNA conference. She also created and produced the acclaimed AHNA video in late 1990’s. She hopes to be able to use her knowledge, organizational skills, and productivity for the benefit of Holistic Nursing.
PhD Holistic Health Studies, 1979 Columbia Pacific University, San Rafael, California
MS Psychiatric Nursing, 1974 University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
BS Nursing, 1972 University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
BA Sociology, 1971 University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
American Holistic Nurses Association
Having always loved nursing, I co-founded “Nurses in Transition” (networking & support groups - before AHNA was born). I then joined AHNA, became California Coordinator, then an AHNA Director-at-Large: and I love being part of change.
I believe the skills I bring include an open mind, a willingness to grow, a long view, a strong desire to support nursing’s evolution, an ability to write and speak publicly, and to think critically, and creatively. My studies in Sociology, Psychology, Spirituality, and Energy have enriched my world view.
As a veteran, I was inspired at the 2013 conference to help AHNA continue outreach to veterans, helping them to heal more fully. I hope to coordinate AHNA holistic nursing projects working with veterans.
I was item writer for the first Holistic Nursing Certification examination, published several lead articles in Beginnings, and wrote the original “Touch” chapter in the Holistic Nursing Handbook & Core Curriculum.
I was amongst the first 19 Certified Holistic Nurses, and taught Holistic Nursing at FAU for three years.
Recently, my MD-husband & I wrote three holistic Thyroid books, and I created an anthology of great women, including several nursing leaders from the AHNA.
It is my sense that today holistic nurses are sought as innovators in Health Promotion.
I would consider it an honor to be involved in AHNA leadership again, if meant to be.