Get to Know Your Practice Committee
Andi Williams RN, MS is the Clinical Nurse at Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard, NC. Andi works closely with the nursing and medical staff in a Critical Access Hospital in Western North Carolina in a resource/research/program development role which provides her with the perfect combination of traditional clinical and holistic nursing. The small hospital has an active Healing Arts program with aromatherapy, healing touch and reiki, guided imagery and healing music and pet therapy available to staff and patients. Andi feels privileged to work with staff and administration that embrace Holistic Nursing and are implementing programs such as Lavender Consults for patients and staff, a Healing Room for staff, and stress managerment and wellness education for staff and patients. The entire hospital has worked consistently, diligently and creatively to develop and implement a healing and caring environment for staff, families and patients.
Ann Fuller MSN-Ed, RN, CRT, HSM-I, CHt, is a "military brat", she lived with her family in South East Asia. Later as an adult she traveled and lived in Australia, but now lives in Tampa, FL. Her three rescued Manx fur-babies (kitties) fill her life with love and humor. She enjoys classical music; her instrument of choice is voice. One of the most exhilarating and stress busting self-care activities she took part in was jumping out of a perfectly good air plane—skydiving. She also enjoys sailing, nature trails, biking trails, and is at home in the mountains or on the water.
Previous to becoming a nurse her practice was focused in holism. She has been an active part of AHNA since 2006 and became a strong advocate for sustainable healthcare and the environment shortly after that. In 2007, she took part in an ANA/EWG (Environmental Working Group) toxic chemical survey and as a result has focused much of my nursing education in that area of community and public health. One of the nursing awards she is most proud of is bringing awareness of healthcare environmental sustainability to her employer. As a result of her work the hospital eliminated plastic covers on surgical trays. She also spoke with her dentist about eliminating plastic surgical tray wraps. When the survey was released, the Environmental Working Group asked her to be the local media spokesperson.
Her work in spiritual care was also recognized by an invitation to attend the inaugural class for the Spiritual Resource Nursing Program even though she was a practicing a respiratory therapist at the time. In 2008, she graduated from BirchTree’s Health Care Transformation—IHAP program at about the same time she earned the BSN. Since that time, she earned an MSN-Ed in Nursing and Health Education and is now entering the dissertation phase of her doctorate in health psychology (psychoneuroimmunology). In addition to advocating for sustainability in health care, she also advocates for nursing health promotion, and stress management. In 2013, she earned the Holistic Stress Management-Instructors (HSM-I) certification by Paramount Wellness, an AHNA endorsed program.
Anna Dermenchyan RN, BSN, CCRN, is a clinical nurse at the Cardiothoracic ICU in the Ronal Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. She also works as a Research Study Coordinator for a Heart Failure and Diabetes Study at the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center and part-time Faculty as a Skills Lab Instructor at the Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles. Anna received her bachelor's of science in neuroscience from UCLA in June of 2004 and a nursing degree from Mount St. Mary's College in May of 2008. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including American Nurses Association (ANA), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), and the AHNA. Anna volunteers her time in the community as a mentor for an Armenian yourth organization, as a camp nurse for Camp Del Corazon, and as a health service member for the American Red Cross. Her interests include health policy, leadership, international nursing, and global health. She has written many newsletter articles for the critical care association and has co-written the chapter on "(The) Art of Nursing: Aesthetic Knowing" with Dr. Barbara Dossey in the 101 Global Leadership Lessons for Nurses.
Holistic practice is evident in Anna's daily life, but especially in the critical care setting. A peaceful and caring environment is very important for the sick patient and their family, thus she keeps her patients room clean and removes the extra machines, IV polls and pumps to give everyone in the room more breathing space. She uses music for the intubated/sedated patients, so it can provide a calm environment. Post-operative pain is a major issue with many of her patients after extubation, thus she offers the patient shoulder/back massage to relieve some of the pain that is caused by the long hours of a certain positioning in the Operating Room.
Barbara Deol RN, C, MSN, considers herself a native of the Imperial Valley and is a graduate of Central Union High School in El Centro. She received her Associates of Science in Nursing from Imperial Valley College. She also has received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA, and a Master's of Science in Nursing Administration from Regis University, Denver, CO.
Her nursing career started at ECRMC as a staff nurse in the obstetrics department, with later positions as Education Instructor there, as well CPSP Case Coordinator at the Imperial Valley Women's Clinic in El Centro. Commencing in 1999, she served as the Perinatal Service Coordinator & Field Nurse for the Imperial County Public Health Department; in 2001 as the Cal-Safe Resource Nurse of the Imperial County Office of Education; and in 2003 she was a Behavioral Health Services Manager for Imperial County Behavioral Health. She came to Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District in June 2007.
She is a member of the March of Dimes program service committee, and is a Imperial County Children & Families First Commission (Prop 10) Commissioner/Vice Chair. Her loves of her life are her husband Paul, sons Kyle and Kevin, and OB Nursing.
Betsy Murphy RN, BS, HN-BC, ERYT, has been in private practice for many years, is board certified Holistic Nurse, and a certified yoga therapist. Holistic nursing is woven into the mind body education, mindfulness wellness programs and yoga therapy she provides her clients.
Bonnie Denholm RN, MSN, CNOR as a perioperative nursing specialist, advocates for holism and environmental responsibility while writing and editing documents, reviewing or presenting educational material, and facilitating member groups. For personal balance she advocates for healthy environments, conservation biology, and spiritual growth by volunteering as a docent at The Denver Zoo, providing photography and flowers at an annual spiritual Women’s Conference, and supporting an annual Native American Sundance. For rejuvenation, Bonnie enjoys time with her son, his wife and their dogs in the foothills of Colorado, and visiting her other son and her sister’s family in southern California.
James Welch RN, HNB-BC, uses his holistic practice in all that he does. As a Correctional Administrator and a Wiccan Priest he works to balance the needs of those he counsels. His goal is to show all that you are able to balance your needs with those of others as you share this wonderful earth with all the creatures of the planet. Balancing body, mind, and spirit.
Judith Morey RN, BSN, NBCR, HN-BC, ADS, ND
Saloni Malhotra RN BSN HNB-BC CCAP, Director of "Choice Therapies" (A Holistic Complimentary Therapies Program) Board Certified in Holistic Nursing and Clinical Aromatherapy. A Graduate of U. Mass Dartmouth, Saloni has been a nurse for 21 years, a hospice nurse for 10 of those years and a staff educator for 10 years. She is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner and has completed a 2 year Holistic Nursing Program. Saloni is qualified in 26 modalities including Clinical Aromatherapy, Reiki (Karuna Master Teacher), Reflexology, Guided Imagery and Needleless Acupuncture. She is an Alzheimer's Association trained instructor and a Certified Holistic Stress Management Instructor.
Marci Resnicoff, RN, BSN, BA, HNB-BC, came to nursing in 2008 hoping to make great use of her Reiki Master and meditation skills. Prior to that, she multitasked careers as an actress, paralegal and staff member of not-for-profit organizations. Marci works at Lutheran Medical Center where she worked for several years on a Surgery-Trauma Med-Surg floor before becoming the night ANCC on the Rehabilitation Unit. She is the first Board Certified Holistic Nurse at her hospital and teaches self-care classes to the staff as part of Relationship Centered Care workshops there. Marci also leads weekly meditation classes at the hospital.
Rebecca Cohen RN, HNB-BC, MS, EdD, MPA demonstrates that she "walks the talk" by making choices that enhance her personal wellness and striving for self improvement in her holistic nursing practice. In addition, she uses the power of hope and applied appreciation to help her clients believe in themselves, and succeed in achieving their greatest potential and health.