Candidate for Nominating Committee
Sharon M Weinstein, MS, RN, CRNI, FACW, FAAN
Chief Wellness Officer at SMW Group
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Sharon M Weinstein, MS, RN, CRNI, FACW, FAAN is an energetic, motivating and highly skilled consultant specializing in workplace wellness, corporate training programs, and motivational speaking presentations. Her background includes 30 years as an educator in a diversity of environments. Presently she is the Chief Wellness Officer for the SMW Group in Buffalo Grove, IL offering needs-based solutions for healthy mind, body and spirit. She is the author of over 150 peer-review manuscripts; her articles related to wellness have been published in Remarkable Woman Magazine, the Sierra Club, Advance for Nurses, the Washington Post, Natural Awakenings, Crain’s Chicago Business, and the American Organization of Nurse Executive’s newsletter as well as multiple business publications. She is also the author of 9 books, including B is for Balance, a guide to creating balance at home and at work.
Sharon is founder of the Integrative Health Forum, an alliance of licensed healthcare practitioners committed to creating the evidence base for wellness practice. She practices energy medicine, including healing touch and 5 Elements. She is also an independent founding member of Alphay, the global health and wellness company. She has advised schools and US healthcare organizations on best practices in creating healing environments that promote well-being. She is Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University Of Illinois College Of Nursing and a member of the Advisory Board of Kaplan University College of Nursing. Sharon is also an advisor to the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health and an authoritative spokesperson for energy medicine and integrative health. She is a past President of an international nursing organization and past chair of the Certification Board of Directors.
Kellogg Executive Program Graduate, 2000
MS, University of Texas, 1985
BSN, Wilmington College, Delaware, 1979
RN, Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, 1965
American Academy of Nursing
American Holistic Nurses Association
American Nurses Association
National Speakers Association
National Wellness Institute
Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) International Advisory Board
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
Just to name a few
I will be a great addition to the Board of Directors as a Nominations Candidate. I bring a wealth of experience to the position and a strong understanding of board roles and responsibilities. As an AHNA member, I have presented both pre-conference research sessions and workshops during the Annual Conventions. I have worked closely with the Chicago and Northern Fox River Valley Chapters to promote Holistic Nursing. I have a broad network of holistic nursing colleagues. In addition, I have a unique understanding of domestic and international nursing leadership and association management. I view holistic nursing as a process. While a modality adds value to the intervention, it is a ‘caring presence’ that embodies holism. It is not what the nurse does- but who the nurse is- that makes one holistic. In meetings with AHNA members, and within the broader nursing community, I am aware of the need to ensure awareness of holistic nursing. As a professional with a background in education, practice and research, I am prepared to accept the challenge of uniting nurses in healing. The time is now to promote healing, health promotion, reflection, and balance in our lives. Through AHNA, that is possible.