Research Presentations and Posters from AHNA Annual Conference

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016



AHNA 2016 Research Papers

ParaCHUTE: Providing Comfort and Healing Using Team Experience: Roxane Raffin Chan, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, LMT

Making Connections in Qualitative Research Data Analysis Using the Creative Unconscious: Rothlyn Zahourek PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, AN-BC

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness versus Yoga: Effects on Depression and/or Anxiety in College Students: Nasrin Falsafin, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, PMHCNS-BC

Sit N Fit Chair Yoga - A Program for Older Adults Unable to Exercise Standing: Ruth McCaffrey, DNP, ARNP, FAAN, FAANP

Testing of a Statewide Initiative to Enhance Depression Care in Older Home Care Patients - An Integrative Approach: Colleen Delaney PhD, RN, AHN-BC & Cynthia Barrere PhD, RN, CNS, AHN-BC, FAAN

A Pilot Study on Bowenwork for Symptom Management of Women Breast Cancer Survivors with Lymphedema: Christine A. Argenbright PhD, RN; Ruth E. Taylor-Piliae, PhD, RN, FAHA; & Lois J. Loescher, PhD, RN, FAAN

Connecting Through Documentary Script to Promote Cross-National Understanding: Patricia Liehr PhD RN; Ito, M; Nishimura, C; Morris, K; Matsuda, Y; & Takahashi, R


Inter-Professional Online Training in Heart-Centered Meditation is Feasible and Improves Gratitude, Well-Being, Self-Compassion, and Confidence in Providing Compassionate Care: Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH

Understanding Interconnectedness for Health Promotion and Healing from the Military Nurse Perspective: Helen M. Taggart, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC; Katrina Embrey, DNS, RN; & Catherine Gilbert, EdD, RN

Storytelling Effectively Facilitates Acquisition of Holistic Nursing Values and Knowledge in an Accelerated Nursing Program: Amy Kenefick Moore, PhD, CNM, APRN & Robin J Miller, PhD, RN, CNE

Effect of an Essential Oil Mixture on Radiation-Associated Acute Skin Reactions: A Pilot Study: Margo Halm, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC; Clarice Baker, CCAP, OTR/L, NCTMB; & Val Harsche, BS, RT(T)

Integrating Complementary and Alternative Modalites of Care in Nursing Practice: A Phenomenological Inquiry: Nel Thomas, MSN, PhD, RN

Gardens and Resilience: Connecting the Inner and Outer Worlds: Christie Bailey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC

The Use of a Zen Den and the Reduction of Stress in Registered Nurses: A Pilot Study: Josephine Bodino, DNP(c), MPA, RN, NEA-BC, HN-BC

Online Training in Guided Imagery Improves Stress, Anxiety, Empathy, and Self-Efficacy among Health Professionals: Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH & Nisha Rao, BA

Self-Care for Nurse Leaders in Acute Care Practice Studied: Perceived Stress Reduced: Susan Dyess, PhD, RN, AHN-BC; Angela Prestia, PhD, RN, NE-BC; & Doren-Elyse Marquit

Research Poster Presentations

 Title Presenters
 Aromatherapy, Creating a Caring Moment  Christine Coughlin, RN & Margaret Reid, RN
 Art Images in Holistic Nursing Education  Cheryl V Elhammoumi, MSN, BA, RN, CCRN
Effect of Integrative Medicine Therapies in the Acute Care Setting Carole Reifsnyder BSN, RN, HNB-BC
Effectiveness of a HeartMath® Intervention with Parents or Guardians of Children in Head Start Beth King, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC & Karethey Edwards, DrPH, APRN, FNP-BC
Exploring the Interconnectedness of Nurse Knowledge, Clinical Confidence and Self-Care Practices Of Nursing Working in Hospice and Palliative Care Monica Wooldridge, NP-C, FNP-BC, ACHPN
Facilitators and Barriers of Tai Chi Practice in Older Adults: a Mixed Method Approach Facilitators and Barriers of Tai Chi Practice in Older Adults: a Mixed Method Approach
Impact of the Electronic Health Record on Patients’ Perception of Feeling Known by Their Nurse Lisa A Preston, MSN, RN
Maintaining Optimal Caregiving in a Healthy Environment through Assessment of Risk for Strain and Frequency of Physical Health Symptoms of Caregivers of Persons with Parkinson’s Disease Maryann Abendroth, PhD, RN
Music Therapy and Pain Management: The Evidence Saliha Erenay, MSN, RN
Peer to Peer - Recognizing the Need for Self-Care in the Workplace Elizabeth Dailey, BSN, RN, OCN, HN-BC
The Effects of Healing Touch on the Vital Signs of Critical Care Patients: Implications for Holistic Nursing Practice Mary Ann Friesen, PhD, RN, CPHQ
Examination of the Use of Healing Touch by Registered Nurses in the Acute Care Setting: Implications for Holistic Nursing Practice Mary Ann Friesen, PhD, RN, CPHQ
The Lived Experience of Folklore Practice as a Health Patterning Modality Mary A Joseph, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, APP
Utilizing Music and Nature Sounds for Hospice Cancer Patients Lenny Chiang-Hanisko, PhD
Why Men Won’t Take Meds: How Unspoken Gender Stereotypes Create Isolation and Limit Potential for Healing Lee Ann Hawkins, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
ZAFÈ NEG SE MISTÈ:  The Process of Making Decisions About End-of-Life Healthcare for an Adult Family Member Among Haitian and Haitian Americans in South Florida Susan Charlotte Ladd, PhD, MSN, RN

2015 - AHNA's 35th Annual Conference

The practice of holistic nursing is rooted in culture, folk medicine, caring, and an understanding of rich traditions. Holistic nurses draw from these ancient caring models and the Core Values of Holistic Nursing to lead the way in providing integrative caring for the health of self and others.


AHNA 2015 Research Papers

Caring Outcomes from a Holistic-Integral Curriculum: Carey Clark RN, PhD

Development and Testing of an Instrument to Measure Holistic Attributes of Nurse Practitioner Care: Elizabeth Kinchen RN, MSN

Nursing Perspectives on the Usefulness of Integral Theory in Nursing Practice and Education: Linda Shea PhD(c), RN

The Use of Simulation to Instruct Nursing Students in Stress Management: Pilot Testing of the NURSE Intervention: Collen Delaney PhD, RN, AHN-BC, Cynthia Barrere PhD, RN, CNS, AHN-BC, FAAN, Sue Robertson RN, PhD, & Rorry Zahourek PhD, PMHCNS, AHN-BC

Acknowledging Praxis: Recognizing Caring in Reflective Narratives of Pediatric Nurses: Mary Enzman Hines RN, PhD, CNS, CPCP, APHN-BC

The Ethical Caring Theory of Existential Authenticity: The Lived Experience of the Art of Caring and Healing in Nursing Administration: A Holistic Approach: Marilyn Ray RN, PhD, CTN-A, FAAN

Faith Based Caring: Research Supports a Historical Front-Runner in Holistic Nursing and 21st Century Opportunities: Susan Dyess PhD, RN

Men in Holistic Nursing: Caring, Healing and Intentionality: Rorry Zahourek PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, AHN-BC

Creative Expression with Women Who Have Experienced Emotional and Physical Trauma:  The Effectiveness of a Weekly Craft Group: Linda Garner PhD, RN, APHN-BC, CHES

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Reiki on Stress, Anxiety, Pain and Depression among Persons Living with HIV/AIDS: Marie Bremner RN, PhD, Barbara Blake PhD, RN, ACRN, FAAN, V. Doreen Wagner PhD, RN, MSN, CNOR, & Gunseli Karakayali BS

Effects of Reiki on Pain, Anxiety and Blood Pressure in Knee Replacement Patients: Ann Baldwin PhD, Anne Vitale PhD, APN, AHN-BC, Elise Brownell PhD, & Elizabeith Kryak MSN, RN-BC

Teaching Nurses Reiki Energy Therapy for Self-Care: Angela Brathovde MSN, RN, BC, HNB-BC



Research Poster Presentations

 Title Author(s)
Development and Testing of an Instrument to Measure Holistic Attributes of Nurse Practitioner Care  Elizabeth Kinchen RN, MS, AHN-BC 
Assessing Risk for Strain in Caregivers of Persons with Parkinson’s Disease: A Holistic Approach Maryann Abendroth PhD, RN
Empowered Holistic Nursing Education: Achieving Interconnectedness in the Online Class
Katie Love PhD, RN, PHCNS, BC, AHN-C
Comparison of America’s South Central States Position on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Tamisha Gatewood-Henderson MSN, RN, CCM, MHA
A Randomized Control Trial of the Effects of Healing Touch for Newborn Male Infant Circumcision Inpatients
Laurie Bourn BS, RNC-NIC, ASPMN-BC & Marty Downey RN, MSN, PhD, AHN-BC, CHTP, CNE
The Effectiveness of Two Holistic Therapies in Reducing Test Anxiety Among Nursing Students Marty Downey RN, MSN, PhD, AHN-BC, CHTP, CNE, Janet Willhaus PhD, RN, CHSE & Alia Crandall
Grounded in Mindfulness: Fostering Self-Care and Presence in the Classroom Debra Van Kuiken PhD, RN, Jennifer Bradley PhD, RN, GPCC, Barbara Harland MSN, MED, CNL & Margaret King PhD, RN-BC, AHN-BC, CNL
Teaching Nurses Reiki for Self-Care
Angela Brathovde MSN, RN, BC, HNB-BC


2014 - AHNA's 34th Annual Conference

Gazing into the "looking glass," to the future of healthcare, holistic nurses are poised to lead the way in transforming the healthcare system to one built on the Core Values of  Holistic Nursing. This year we had eleven research papers and nine research posters at conference.     

AHNA 2014 Research Worshops

The Nurse's Lived Experience of Becoming an Interprofessional Leader:
Kim A Stiles, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, CNE, and Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD.

Finding the Right Words: The Experience of New Nurses after ELNEC Education Integrated into a BSN Curriculum: Cindy Barrere, PhD, RN, CNS, AHN-BC.

Preferences to Receive Information about Palliative Care for Adult Patients: Gail Elaine Pittroff, PhD, MAPS, BSN, RN.

Familes' Perceptions of a Pediatric Palliative Aquatics Program
: Sheila Pyatt, BSN.

Acupressure for ADHD: A Pilot Program to Teach an Acupressure Protocol to Parents of Children Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD for Adjunctive Symptom Management:  Elizabeth Monson, M.A, M.S., ANP-C

The Incidence and Impact of Deathbed Communication Reported by Hospice Nurses: Elizabeth Repede, APRN-BC, MS, FNP, CMH, RN, AHN-BC.

Holistic Leadership Based Outcomes from an RN- BSN Reiki Course: Carey S Clark, PHD, RN, AHN-BC

Improving Health-Related Quality of Life with an Innovative Holistic Nursing Model of Care Entitled Centering Chronic Pelvic Pain: Priscilla Abercrombie, RN, NP, PhD, AHN-BC and Maria T. Chao, DrPH, MPA

The Effect of a Reflective Garden Walking Program: Ruth McCaffrey, DNP, ARNP

Aromatherapy Hand Massage for Older Adults with Chronic Pain: Kathleen Cino PhD, RN, CNE

The Effect of Sit-N-Fit Chair Yoga on Older Adults with Osteoarthritis: Ruth McCaffrey, DNP, ARNP, FAAN and William J. McCaffrey.

Poster Presentations:

Title   Author(s)
Stress Management as Healing for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA): Leading the Way.  Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT 
How Effective is Bowenwork?  Sandra Gustafson, RN, BSN, MHS
Effect of Healing Touch Education on Self-Care In Nurses.  Pegi Black, MSN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, ACHPN, CHTP/I
Use of Acupressure in Ambulatory Surgical Patients at High Risk for Post-Operative Nausea and Vomiting.  Debra Hofmann, DNP, MS, RN
Leading Holistic Nurses Through Evidence-Based Practice: The Effects of Aromatherapy on Anxiety and Nausea in Cancer Patients Undergoing Post Access  Marty Downey, RN, MSN, PhD, AHN-BC, CHTP, CNE
The Impact of "Snack and Relax" on Nurses Professional Quality of Life.  Perpetua S. Markwell, RN, BSN
Preparing novice critical care nurses to be self-care leaders for tomorrow.  Deborah McElligott, DNP, RN
Hand Massage...Creating a Calmer You in Two Minutes.  Susi Roos, RN
Renewal Room: Bringing Forth an Awareness of Compassion Fatigue within the Oncology Nursing Environment and Offering an Innovative Solution Based on Self-Care.  Heidi Larder, MSN, RN, OCN

   Holistic nurses are poised, locally and globally,    to be active participants in the creation of              caring/healing healthcare systems. They are            experts in their understanding of the                      relationship between holistic praxis (integrated      practice, education and research) and the creation of these environments; however, their contributions and expertise remain unrecognized on a broader scale. 


AHNA 2013 Research Workshops

Joining Forces: Mantram Repetition Research to Improve Quality of Life in Veterans with PTSD:  Jill E. Bormann, PhD, RN

Meditation in the COPD population: Pilot Study: Roxanne Chan, PhD (c), RN

Internet-Delivered Mantram Program Improves Mindfulness and Spiritual Well-being in Healthcare Workers: Jill Bormann, PhD, RN

Healing Touch Supports Healthy Older Women: Kristin Wicking MSN, RN, PhD (c)

Personal Healing: Experiences of Holistic Nurses: Mary Irene Enzman Hines PhD, CNS, CPNP, AHN-BC, & Diane Wind Wardell PhD, CNS, CPNP, AHN-BC, CHTP/I

Healthcare Provider and Patient Perceptions of Spirituality in Oncologhy:  Ruth Frankenfield RN, MS, CNS, & Kathrynn Thompson MSN, RN, PMHSNS-BC

Posters Presentations:

 Title  Author(s)
Self-Reported Outcomes in a Longitudinal Study of Reiki with People with Cancer and Their Caregivers.  Meredith F. Kendall, RN, MSN
Stress and Stress Management in Mexican Americans with Type 2 Diabetes.  Emily G. Pfau, BSE
Spirituality: The Meaning as Experienced by Nurses Enrolled in Graduate Nursing Programs.  Ivreen Robinson, PhD, RN, FNP
Oceans of Possibilities: Evaluation of a Passive Nature Viewing Program.  Sally Cadman, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, AHN-BC
The Effects of Far Infrared Heat on Sub Acute Back Pain; A Pilot Study.   Annette R. Mitzel, DNP, RN, CNS, HTCP
Helping the Helpers: Decreasing Burnout Syndrome in Pediatric Oncology.  Deborah Kramer, EdD, RN, CPNP, FNP
Pain and Satisfaction During Mandatory Staff Influenza Vaccination Program: Can Relaxation Techniques Improve Vaccination Rates?  

2012 - AHNA's 32nd Annual Conference

AHNA 2012 Research Workshops

Pre-conference Workshop:

Holistic Nurses Create Change through Translational Research - Colleen Delaney, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, Debra Lee James, BSN, RN, BA, HNB-BC, Ruth McCaffrey ND, ARNP, Sue Robertson, RN, PhD, Anne Vitale, PhD APN AHN-BC & Rorry Zahourek, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, AHN-BC - This workshop will provide holistic nurses with the knowledge and skills to participate in translational research and research teams. Emphasis will be on the value and importance of holistic nurses at all educational levels to understand, apply, and participate in translational research and research teams.
Track: Research/Praxis (B,I,A)

Poster Presentations:

 Title  Author(s)
Effect of Healing Touch on Post Surgical Adult Outpatients Joan Anderson RN, HTPA, Mary Kay Foley PT, GCFP, CHTP, Laurie Mallea RN, HTPA, Karen Morrison, RN, Marty Downey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC
Impact on Perceptions and Level of Stress of Students Learning Healing Touch Program Level 1 Curriculum Denise Anthes RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, HTCP/I 
Quality of Life and life satisfaction of cancer survivors after completing a community-based Integrative Therapy Program: Partners in Wellness Bonnie Berk MS, RN, HNB-BC, ERYT, Gigi Jantos RMT, Camille Baughman LMT, Meredith Frohman BA, Kaixan Liu BA, David Sarcone, PhD, J.A. Skelton, PhD
A Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) Program for Newly Hired Nurses Sherry S. Chesak MS, RN, Susanne Cutshall RN, CNS, Amit Sood MD, MSc, Denise A. Foy MSN, RN-BC, Darrell R. Schroeder MS
How can teachers foster nursing students' competence and emotional wellbeing? Pamela Crary PhD, Yacob Tedla MS, RN, & Diane Lauver, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN
Intentionality and Hatha Yoga: An Exploration of the Theory of Intentionality, the Matrix of Healing, Using Narrative Analysis to Test Theory Lauri Deary BSN, RN, RYT, CBS, Rothlyn (Rorry) Zahourek PhD, PMHCNS-BC, AHN-BC, Joan Roche PhD, RN, Karen Plotkin, PhD, RN
Empowering Nursing Students to Practice Holistically Dorothy J. Dunn PhD, APN, FNP-BC, AHN-BC
Healing Pathways - An Integrative Resiliency Training Program for Health Care Professionals Michael Earley, DMEd, Michael D. Earley, MEd, Bonnie Tarantino, MFA, Donna Audia, RN
Holistic Nurse Educators Transcend NaRisa Yvette Holt-Waldo PhD, RN, HTSM-CP
Reiki in Combination with Hypnotherapy to Prepare for Gastric Bypass Surgery Karen Pischke BSN, RN, RMT, NSMC, Sandra Skinner RN, MA, Frederick O. Buckle, Jr. MD, Cheryl Williams, BSN, CRT, TTS
Impact of Music Therapy on Patients and Family Members in Outpatient Chemotherapy Mary Allison Beckham RN, BSN, OCN; Kelly Phair; Judith Seipp RN, BSN, OCN, NE-BC; Susan E. Appling PhD, CRNP 

Research Papers:

Helping family caregivers access their inherent power to foster strong support systems in caring for persons with Parkinson's disease. - Maryann Abendroth, PhD, RN

Research Needs Assessment of Members of the American Holistic Nurses Association -Colleen Delaney PhD, RN, AHN-BC, Debra Lee James BSN, RN, BA, HNB-BC, Ruth McCaffrey ND, ARNP, Sue Robertson, RN, PhD, & Rorry Zahourek, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, AHN-BC

Nurses' Attitudes and Barriers to Providing Spiritual Care - Barry Gallison MS, MSN, APRN-BC, NEA-BC

Promoting wellness behaviors as informed by self-determination theory and mindfulness principles - Diane R. Lauver, PhD RN FNP

The Effects of Daily Usui Ryoho Reiki Self-Treatment on the Perceived Stress of the Staff Nurse - Jeanette Lee Plodek, PhD

Testing feasibility of a brief mindfulness program among rural, low socioeconomic workers. - Rebecca West, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, Diane R. Lauver, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAAN, Amit Sood, MD, MSc

2011 - AHNA's 31st Annual Conference

From birth through our final transition holistic nurses are present, tending to the sacred flow of life. Through the creation of caring/healing spaces, they help people find peace within the transformations that are a part of the journey.


AHNA 2011 Pre-conference Workshops:

The Holistic Nursing Avatar: Embodying Wholeness in Praxis
- W. Richard Cowling, III, RN, PhD, APRN-BC, AHN-BC, FAAN demonstrate the perspectives and practices for developing a praxis that embodies unitary healing for nurses and their clients. It will provide insights and strategies for practitioners, researchers, and educators who wish to ground their work in wholeness, patterning, and appreciation - an avatar of holistic nursing.
Tracks: Practice, Education & Research (I,A)

The Sacred Flow of Understanding Research: The IMRAD Method for Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches - Bernadette Lange, DNS, RN, AHN-BC; Carla Mariano RN, EdD, AHN-BC; Ruth McCaffrey, DNP, introduce IMRAD (Introduction, Methods, Results And Discussion) as a blueprint for the development of research proposals. Participants will improve skills in reading/critiquing research.
Track: Practice (B,I)

Conference Workshops:

Research Papers #1
Track: Education (B,I,A)

Can Caring and Self-care Education Improve Nurse Retention during the First Year of Employment? - Mary Ellen Bonczek, RN, MPA, NEA, BC; Dr. Ann D. Quinlan-Colwell, PhD, MS, RNC, AHN-BC, FAAPM; Kathy Wines, RN, BSN, MSHC, CNOR... To explore whether workshops designed to convey caring and to teach nurses self-care behaviors can improve retention of nurses during their first year of employment.

Utilizing Caring Pedagogy to Foster Student Nurse Transformation - Dr. Desiree Hensel, PhD, RN... to describe how a pre-licensure wellness course was redesigned utilizing caring pedagogy and discuss how student nurses' self concept, self-care practices, and stress levels changed while enrolled in that course.

Graduate Nursing Students' Knowledge and Attitudes Related to Depression in Older Adults: Implications for Holistic Nursing - Dr. Colleen Delaney PhD, RN, AHN-BC; Dr. Cynthia Barrere PhD, RN, discuss graduate students' knowledge and attitudes related to depression in older adults.

Research One-on-One Consultations - the purpose of the Research One-on-One Consultation sessions is to provide support to novice nurse researchers through education, individualized project development, and mentoring from more experienced nurse researchers. Register for this session if you are seeking mentoring for a research project or if  you are a doctorate prepared nurse who can provide mentoring.  Both Mentors and Mentees will receive 1.5 contact hours.  All registrants will receive a questionnaire, via e-mail, to aid in pairing mentees and mentors based on need and expertise.
Track: Research (B,I,A)

Stories of Healing from Holistic Nurses: Methodology and Preliminary Analysis - Dr. Marlaine C Smith, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN; Joan Engebretson, DrPH, AHN-BC, RN; Diane Wardell, RN, PhD, WHNP-BC; Mary Irene Enzman Hines, RN, PhD, PNPBC; Rothlyn (Rorry) Zahourek, PhD, PMHCNNS-BC, share the methodology and the preliminary analysis from a study of holistic nurses' stories of healing self or others.
Track: Research (B,I,A)

Research Papers #2
Track: Research/Practice (B,I,A)

The Influencing Effect of Anger, Anger Rumination and Gender on Living with Chronic Low Back Pain - Dr. Ann D. Quinlan-Colwell PhD, MS, RNC, AHN-BC, FAAPM... to share a research study, which explored the influencing effect that anger (emotional), anger rumination (cognitive) and gender (physical and multi levels) have on the experience of living with chronic low back pain.

A Pilot Study: The Effect of Healing Touch on Anxiety, Stress, Pain, Pain Medication Usage, and Physiological Measures in Hospitalized Sickle Cell Disease Adults Experiencing a Vaso-occlusive Pain Episode - Linda Thomas PhD-C, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, HTP... to report the results of a randomized controlled trial designed to determine the effectiveness of Healing Touch in hospitalized adults living with sickle cell disease (SCD) and experiencing Vaso-occlusive pain.

Poster Presentations:

Title Author(s)
The Effect of Lavender in Reducing Anxiety in the Pre-Cardiac Catheterization or Pre-Peripheral Catheterization Patient; A Pilot Study Susan Levenhagen, BSN, RN, HN-BC
The Effects of Self-Massage Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Randomized Controlled Trial Dorothea V Atkins, RN BSN, MA, ThD, David A. Eichler Ph.D
Caregiver Stress and Healing Touch Deborah Lynn Krueger, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNRN
Using Healing Touch in Non-Community Dwelling Older Adults with Pain: A Feasibility Study Dr. Sheila Decker, PhD, Diane Wind Wardell, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, AHN-BC, CHTP/I, Stanley G Cron, MSPH
Spiritual Care in Geriatric Advanced Practice Nursing Barbara Baele Vincensi, PhDc, RN, FNP, AHN-BC

Spiritual Transformation from the Experience of Being Healed Through Prayer Mary a. Helming, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, AHN-BC, 
Seasonal Affective Disorder: A Phenomenological Inquiry Dr Frances Downs, PhD
Dancing into Wholeness Kathleen M Miller, PhD, MA, RN, MGH
The Nurse Manifest Project: An Emerging Story Dr Carey Clark, RN, PHD

2010 - AHNA's 30th Annual Conference

AHNA 2010 Research Workshops

Pre-conference Workshop:

Research to Praxis: Using the Evidence to Implement Holistic Interventions for Practice and Education.
Research (B) Sue Robertson RN, PhD; Ruth McCaffrey ND, ARNP, BC, FND, GNP

Conference Workshops:

Research Papers # 1

Eco-Spirituality: The Experience of Environmental Meditation in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease. Colleen Delaney PhD, RN, AHN-BC; Cynthia Barrere PhD, RN, AHN-BC

Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: Creating a Healing Internal Environment for Women With Fibromyalgia.
  Janice Surina Cise DNS, RN, AHNC, BCIA-C

Impact of Reiki on Knee Replacement Patients: Rating of Pain Before and After Reiki Therapy. Carol Fazzini RN, BC; Ruth Mooney PhD, RN, Barbara Notte RN

Research Papers # 2

Hand Massage for Insomnia in Nursing Home Residents.
Marlaine Smith RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN;  Anne Vitale, PhD APN; Jacqueline Staal FNP-BC
Presentation Slides

Self-healing Practices: Connecting Internal and External Environments. Evelyn Clingerman PhD, RN

Expert Holistic Nurses' Advice to Nursing Students. Glenda Christiaens PhD, RN, AHN-BC; Jo Ann Abegglen DNP, APRN, PNP; Andrea Gardner BS, RN

A Mind Body Intervention for Depression in a Community Health Setting. Research & Practice (B) Kathleen M. Miller RN, MA, PhD

Stepping Stones: Achieving an Integrative Healthcare Framework. Education, Practice & Research (I)  Lourdes Lorenz RN, MSN-IH, AHN-BC, Denise Anthes RN, BSN, MBA, HTCP/I, HN-BC, Sandra Barkei RN, BSN, HTCP, HN-BC, Kat Knihnicki Yarboro RN, BSN, PhD, ThD, HN-BC

Reiki Research Dissemination: The Touchstone Project. Anne Vitale PhD APN; Elise Brownell PhD   
Presentation Slides    References

AHNA 2010 Research Poster Presentations

1. Is there a relationship between the use of Reiki and the self reporting level of anxiety of a mother of a neonatal abstinence syndrome baby. Christine Naoum-Heffernan RN, MS, CPNP, Reiki Master Teacher, Gilda Castillo, RN, Jeanine Midy RN, Carolyn Drew RN, MS, CCRN, Christine Pailler RN, BSN, Jocelyn Lundi RN, BSN, Janice Weinberg ScD, & Maureen Beirne Streff EdD, RN, MS, CS, BC

2. Perceptions of Nursing Faculty and Students regarding Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). By Karen Avino EdD, MSN, RN, AHN-BC

3. Time out for Tea: Guided Imagery Gatherings for Families and Staff in a Pediatric Oncology Unit. Anke Reineke PhD, BCIAC, Lisa Thompson RN, LMT, CHTP/I, Jeanie Spies RN, MSN, CPNP, & Tamara Maginot MS

4. Healing the Air: Essential Oils and Healing the Effects of Tobacco. Barbara Cordell PhD, RN, AHN-BC, CCAP

5. The M Technique: Creating a Healing Environment.
Jane Buckle PhD, MA, RN

6. Creating a Healing Environment with Families who have a Child with Special Health Care Needs. Sharon Falkenstern PhD, CRNP

7. Fostering an Environment of Healing and Civility in Nursing Education. Margaret “Marty” Downey RN, PhD, AHN-BC & Cynthia Clark RN, PhD, ANEF

8. Healing at home: empowering family caregivers to use touch as supportive cancer care. William Collinge MSW, MPH, PhD & Mary Malinski BA, RN, LMT, HN-BC

9. Spirituality of the Older Adult during Relocation to Long Term Care. Cheryl Lantz PhD(c). MS, RN & Dr. Eleanor Yurkovich, Professor, CNS/NP

10. Hypnotherapy as an Aid for Smoking Cessation of Hospitalized Patients. Karen Pischke RN, BSN, Sarah Conway BA, Faysal Hasan MD, James Stahl MD, Anne Marie Bettencourt MTTS, Laura Beal MTTS, MSW. Joanne Rowley MS will be presenting with Karen Pischke.

11. Nurses as a Therapeutic Presence: A Pilot Project.
Debra Groath ARNP, DNP

12. The Journey of Women with Breast Cancer who Engage in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction: A Qualitative Exploration. M. Velma Weitz CRNP, DrNP, Kathleen Fisher PhD, CRNP, Vicki Lachman PhD APRN MBE, & Carolyn Tubbs PhD, LMFT, AAFT

13. Religious and Spiritual Coping Among Family Caregivers of Persons with Early Memory Loss. Scott Nguy BS & Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN

2009 - AHNA 29th Annual Conference

Conference attendee learns from poster presentation.This year we had six research papers and 13 research posters at conference. The research papers varied and included three that focused on students learning: 

1. The completion of a study, funded by an AHNA grant, by Lori Settersten PhD, RN, WHNP, C, FNP, BC, "The Effect of Esoteric Healing in Critical Thinking Among Family Nurse Practitioner Student",

2. Lisa Ruth-Sahd DEd, RN, CEN, CCRN presented her study, "The Use if Nursing Student Dyads to Create Sacred Space in the Clinical Experience"
3. "Holistic Coping in BSN Students" by Kathleen Hudson RN, MSN, MBA and and Linda Colvin RN, MS.
Two studies focused on self care for the nurse and nursing staff. Marlaine Smith RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN presented a study by Anne Vitale PhD, APN, "Nurses' Lived Experience of Reiki for Self-Care" and Patricia J. Meyer, RN, MS, AOCN, LMT, CCAP presented "Aromatherapy for Stress Management: Caring for the Hospital Caregivers".
An unusual for AHNA and interesting study using a basic science research approach with rats was "Are We in "Tune" with Wound Healing?" presented by Susan McAlister DNP (c), RN, CMP. This study looked at the effect of different sound frequencies on the rats' pressure sore healing rates.
The posters from conference are organized in the table below.





The Relationship between Self-Care and Professional Self-Concept among Midwestern Nurses


Desiree Hensel PhD, RN


The Relationship between Adolescent Girls and Horses:

Implications for Equine Assisted Mental Health Therapies


Meg Toukonen RN, CNS, PhD©


The Influence of a Spirituality-Based Intervention on Quality of Life, Depression, and Anxiety in Community-Dwelling Adults with Cardiovascular Disease


Colleen Delaney PhD, RN, AHN-BC

Cynthia Barrere, PhD, RN, AHN-BC

Mary Helming   PhD, APRN, FNP

"I don't know why I'm telling you this." The life processes and patterns of patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


Jane Flanagan PhD, ANP-BC

Elizabeth Ryan

Impact of a Therapeutic Music Intervention on Patients Hospitalized for Emergent Medical Conditions


Kari Sand-Jecklin EdD, MSN, RN, AHN-BC  

Howard Emerson   BA, CMP

Nursing support for early adult male outpatients in a suffering situation after bone marrow transplantation


Tsuneo Nagai RN

Emiko Endo, PhD, RN

Knowledge, Attitudes and Use of Complementary and Integrative Therapies among Clinical Nurse Specialist in an Academic Medical Center


Susanne M. Cutshall RN, MS, CNS, AHN-BC

Anne Miers, RN, MS, CNS

Effects of Healing Touch on Pediatric Pain and Comfort in the Post Operative Period


Monica Meier RN, CHTP, CCA, IBCLC

Wendy Rolf , RN, MSN, CHTP/I, AHN-BC

The Relationship Between Job Satisfaction and Nursing Interventions in Pediatric Oncology Nurses


Jennifer I Rheingans PhD, RN, AHN-BC


Daily Spiritual Experiences and Perceived Quality of Life of Young Adult Women:

Exploring the Impact of Intimate Partner Violence (A Pilot Study)


Carolyn J. Nickerson MSN, MA, EdD, RN, CNE

Alison Colbert, PhD, APRN-BC   Rick Zoucha, PhD, APRN, BC, CTN   Jennifer Behun, BSN, RN

The Field Note as Reflective Practice: Co Creating Sacred Space in Qualitative Research


Bernadette Lange DNS, RN, AHN-BC


The Process of Nursing Care based on Partnership between a Practicing

Nurse and a Patient with Cancer in Chaos


Mari Takaki PhD, RN


Creating Sacred Space for Nurses


Bernadette Beach RN, BSN, MSN

Barbara Nabozny-Valerio, RNC, BSN, IBCLC


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