Candidate for President-Elect

Lourdes Lorenz DHA-abd, MSN-IH, RN, AHN-BC, NEA-BC
International Integrative Health Institute
Asheville, North Carolina 

Lourdes Lorenz, DHA-abd, MSN-IH, RN, AHN-BC, NEA-BC earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and is a doctoral candidate in Health Care Administration at the University of Phoenix.  She is currently a Board Member-At-Large for the American Holistic Nurses Association, serves on the AHNCC Advisory Committee and is a member of the American Integrative Holistic Medicine Academy Board Membership Committee/Fundraising Committee. Lourdes is the CEO for the International Integrative Health Institute (IIHI), a consulting service that helps bring hospital administrators, medical professionals, nurses, CAM practitioners and the community together to share information and solutions to patient needs.  Prior to working at the IIHI, she created and implemented an Integrative Health department that provided holistic nursing inpatient and outpatient services at a large Level I Trauma hospital in Asheville. She has been an RN for 32 years with extensive experience in critical care and healthcare administration.  She is board certified as an Advanced Holistic Nurse, Advanced Nurse Executive, and is a Healing Touch apprentice.  She is a national speaker who promotes holistic nursing, Integrative Health, and evidence-based complementary modalities.  Lourdes has provided presentations at the national meetings for the American Holistic Nurses Association, Oncology Nursing Society Congress, American Society of Clinical Hypnotherapy, and at the Healing Touch Worldwide Program. In September 2011, she was appointed to represent the AHNA at the American Nurses Association Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics and co-authored the position paper on The Value of Care Coordination.

ADN, Valencia Community College, Orlando, Florida
BSN, University of Phoenix, Orlando, Florida
Master of Science in Nursing/Integrative Healthcare, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona
Pending Doctorate in Health Care Administration, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona

Organizational Membership
Organization of Nurse Executives
American Nurses Association
American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Sigma Theta Tau
Healing Touch Program 


Position Statement
I know Holistic nursing is the thread that weaves through every discipline of nursing. My passion for holistic nursing has allowed me to bring nurse executives and health care leaders together for the purpose of recognizing the value we bring to the patient's experience and honoring our practice.  The time has come to bring national awareness to Holistic Nursing with a unified voice.  I believe this can be achieved through advocacy, collaboration, research, and education, adding credibility to all our practice settings.  I have trained over 600 nurses in holistic nursing, empowering them to incorporate holistic practices in their clinical settings, including measuring outcomes.  As a previous Director of Integrative Health, my holistic nurses collected documentation in over 30,000 patients, demonstrating the benefits of holistic nursing for pain, anxiety, nausea, and patient satisfaction.  We are in the perfect storm to transform health care through health creation, re-defining our roles in this new environment of health care reform.  As president-elect, it is my vision to facilitate this paradigm shift to further integrate holistic nursing nationally.



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