AHNA's 35th Annual Conference
Branson, MO 
June 12-17, 2015

2015 Conference Guidebook


A Conference Like No Other

AHNA’s 35th Annual Conference brings together many talented nurses & other healthcare professionals committed to sharing their experience and expertise in holistic healthcare.

Holistic nurses are driving the paradigm shift, locally and globally, towards maintaining caring and healing values in our healthcare systems. They are experts at creating healing environments that support health and wellness promotion.  And as more Americans are living with chronic conditions they turning to holistic nurses for information, education and care that eases their concerns and improves their outcomes.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from each other and meet many new friends along the way. To see photos from past conferences, click here!

The purpose of this conference is to enable participants to integrate the historical foundations of holistic nursing into the creation of strategies designed to support the transformation of contemporary healthcare into a practice grounded in holism.

2015 Theme
The practice of holistic nurses 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. Holistic nurses possess the skills to blend traditional healing and complementary modalities with modern technology and ground-breaking procedures and drugs in a way which respects the consumers informed choice, culture, beliefs, personal history, and evidence-based options. This conference will explore ways holistic nurses integrate the Core Values, caring, and the rich traditions of healing into modern health care. Through sharing of traditional practices, successful integrative programs, new research supporting CAM, and mentoring, holistic nurses will honor the roots from where we came and become grounded in the historical roots of practice.


1.  Explore the historical development of the discipline of nursing.

2.  Examine the philosophy and wisdom traditions that are the foundations of holistic nursing.

3.  Probe the meaning of holism and the evolution of contemporary holistic  nursing .

4.  Examine the Scope & Standards and the Core Values of holistic nursing through the lens of  history.

5.  Explore the relationship of historical roots to holistic nursing praxis (practice, education, research, aesthetics).

6.  Value the importance of holism in healthcare.

7.  Apply historical knowledge to the creation of grassroots movements and evidenced - based strategies designed to transform healthcare.

8.  Engage in self-reflection to enhance personal awareness and appreciation of the impact of our holistic roots on our current practice.

9.  Develop a personal action plan to contribute to healthcare transformation through the integration of holism into practice.

2015 AHNA Conference Nurse Planner
Debra Rose Wilson  PhD MSN RN IBCLC AHN-BC CHT

AHNA Education Coordinator: 
Deb Shields RN, PhD, CCRN, QTTT, AHN-BC



Please note: As of January 1, 2007 all AHNA contact hours are calculated using 60 minutes = 1 contact hour. This is in accordance with ANCC Accreditation Program criteria.

The American Holistic Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 10442.



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Couldn't join us in Branson, Missouri for the 2015 Conference?
Join us May 31st through June 5th in Bonita Springs, Florida for the 2016 Conference where the theme will be Interconnectedness.

The 2016 Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa. Guests can choose from single up to quadruple occupancy rooms, as well as special Island and Bay suites at special discounted rates and the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa offers complimentary self-parking. 
The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa is home to the Stillwater Spa, an eco-sensitive spa inspired by Florida’s natural beauty, where the sea and sand live in seamless harmony. The innovative 19,000 sq. ft. spa is the centerpiece of the luxurious Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, lying amid the lush greenness of Southwest Florida's unspoiled natural treasures. The Stillwater Spa and Salon, is eco-sensitive and will leave no footprint while you float through a day that mimics Florida’s environment. Their treatments are meant to restore the body’s natural rhythms renewing your purpose… your meaning… your priorities...
More information soon to come!


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