Candidate for Board of Directors

Margaret O'Brien King, PhD, RN-BC, AHN-BC, CNL

Associate Director Undergraduate Program

School of Nursing

Xavier University

Loveland, Ohio


Margaret (Maggie)  O’Brien King, PhD, RN-BC, AHN-BC, CNL is currently Professor Emeritus and former Associate Director of the Undergraduate Program, School of Nursing at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH where she has been a faculty member for the past 27 years. She was responsible for the development of a nursing curriculum incorporating the Scope and Standards of Holistic Nursing.  It was largely through her work that the School of Nursing was recognized as one of two initial schools providing a nursing curriculum that would permit students to obtain Holistic Nurse Certification through the American Nurses Certification Committee upon completion of their nursing program.  This distinction remains in place to this day.

Maggie’s most recent recognition for her work with AHNA was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 annual meeting in Branson, MO. Recognizing Maggie’s passion and expertise with holistic nursing, AHNA has also asked her to prepare a 60 minute and a 120 minute power point, discussing holistic nursing to be distributed to all schools of nursing throughout the United States.  Maggie has been a Sharing Circle Facilitator at the AHNA Annual Convention for many years and in 2014 served as the Co-Lead Facilitator for the conference. She has presented several workshops and posters and has served on the Awards Committee for the past three years.  She has been the Co-chair of the Consortium of Nurse Educators and is presently a member of the Education Committee writing continuing education questions for a select article every Beginnings issue.  Having published and reviewed numerous manuscripts related to holistic nursing, leadership, gerontology and education, she was appointed an Associate Editor for the Journal of Holistic Nursing.  She frequently addresses nurses encouraging them to follow in Florence Nightingale’s footsteps.

PhD in Natural Health, Clayton College, Birmingham, Alabama
MS, Community/Rehabilitation Nursing, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
MEd, Curriculum & Administration, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois
BSN, Nursing, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois

Organizational Membership
Consortium of Nurse Educators
Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Iota & Omicron-Omicron Chapters
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati
Madisonville Education Assistance Center
OKI Gerontological Nursing Association

Position Statement:
Let me begin with my reflection that it is an incredible privilege to be a member of AHNA.   I have had numerous opportunities to work with extremely talented and extraordinary professionals on many committees and task forces.  All of these experiences have provided me with greater insight into myself and constant reminders of what is best holistic practice and compassionate leadership.

Holistic Nursing has transformed my life, influenced my passion for nursing, and enriched my practice and teaching career. My introduction to Florence Nightingale’s work through Barbara Dossey’s research has been instrumental in re-directing my life and my work with nursing students, nurses, and all populations.  I have promoted holistic nursing practice across all settings and encouraged students and nurses to engage in self-care. I look forward to continuing this work throughout my life.

If elected, I believe, through shared leadership and enthusiasm, I will be able to impact AHNA by being attentive to the work and needs of the numerous programs and committees. I can better support the members of AHNA to continue to transform healthcare delivery by nurturing and assisting all individuals through my experience with holistic nursing, education, and research.  I would be a passionate and supportive advocate for holistic nursing on a larger scale. 


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