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You Become a Nurse?
editorial by Dawn Marino RN, BSN, HNB-BC
did you become a Nurse? This is the question
Florence Nightingale faced over and over again from
her family and friends. Nursing in the 1840s was
considered a lowly trade (yes trade, not a
profession at all!) and not fit for "a gentlewoman."
Below you will hear about Nightingale's answers to
this question, and the impact she had on nursing.
But just for a moment, imagine your answer...
Why did you
become a Nurse? Clearly nursing is not the most
glamorous profession. Dealing with body fluids and
excretions is probably not your first reason for
choosing nursing. Inflicting pain on people in order
to help them is probably not right up there either.
Was it the 12-hour shifts and on call time? Perhaps
it was the dubious appeal of working 7 p.m. to 7
a.m. and being on a totally opposite schedule to the
rest of the world.
so those are some of the "less than appealing"
aspects of a nursing career. But there are rewards.
I'm thinking they come in two basic categories of
reasons for being a nurse: altruistic (for the
benefit of others), and egoistic (for the benefit of
start with the first kind of benefit to the nursing
profession: Altruism - the unselfish concern for the
welfare of others; selflessness. Nurses help people.
It's that simple. In 2012, nurses once again
appeared at the top of Gallup's annual survey of
"Most Trusted Professions." The perception of our
profession is that we care in many different forms
of that word. Some dictionary definitions of "care"
AHNA Celebrates National Women's Health Week
National Women's Health Week, which
runs from May 13-19, is coordinated by the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services' Office on
women's health. The theme for 2012 is "It's Your
Time." The purpose of this event is to help empower
women to make their health a top priority by
encouraging them to get active, eat healthy, pay
attention to mental health, get enough sleep, manage
stress, and avoid unhealthy behaviors such as
smoking, drinking and not wearing a seatbelt. In
addition, it is important to get regular checkups
and preventive screenings to reduce the risk of
disease. Holistic nurses support self-care and
understand the importance of nourishing one's own
mind, body and spirit as much as we help others
find out how you, your family and clients can
participate in National Women's Health Week, go to: www.womenshealth.gov/whw/about.
You will find many resources for improving health
including a schedule for preventive screenings. In
addition, visit the AHNA website for a handout on holistic
stress management approaches for women.
Holistic Practice Tip of the
(brought to you by the
AHNA Practice Committee)
Close the gap between yourself and the other
person by listening from a place of deep
Stillness. Hear the meaning behind the words
and allow your response to rise from the
Stillness within. Observe the difference.
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This continuing nursing
education activity was approved by AHNA, an accredited approver
by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's COA.
Don't Forget to Celebrate Armed Forces Day
19 is Armed Forces Day, a celebration to honor Americans
serving in all branches of the military. Today you can
participate in this celebration which
began in 1949 by attending parades, receptions and air
shows, and also by performing a small act of kindness for an
Active Duty Military service member, veteran, or their
family. In addition, as was mentioned in the last AHNA
eNewsletter, the AHNA Leadership Council has agreed to
support First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden's
nationwide Joining Forces Campaign which calls on all health
professionals to be aware of the specific health issues
facing service members, veterans and their families.
If you would
like some ideas about how to volunteer, go to:
to read a letter
from AHNA President Glenda Christiaens inviting holistic
nurses to support Joining Forces.
Research & Practice Corner: Understanding
the Healer's Journey
Article: Kenny, G. (2012). The healer's journey: A
review of literature. Complementary
Therapies in Clinical Practice, 18(1), 31-36.
review identifies the core
themes of the processes that healers go through in their journey
to becoming a healer. The author concludes that the journey of
the healer plays a crucial role in guiding the quality of the
healing that healers share in a healing encounter.
Read the abstract.
Eat, Walk, Meditate: Care for the
Caregiver Tour in Italy
Tuscany is calling you as we
embark on the second annual Eat, Walk, Meditate: Care for the
Caregiver tour September 22-30, 2012.
Come explore Florence, Siena,
Assisi, Pienza and Venice complimented with personal growth
classes in meditation, restorative yoga, music therapy,
nutrition and cardio with Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. $3,800
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by
the American Holistic Nurses Association's Education
Approver Committee, an accredited approver by the American
Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
30, 2012, Ask
a Researcher Webinar, www.ahna.org/ShopCNE
2012, Holistic Nurse Certification Prep Course: 3-Day
Course for RNs, Asheville, NC, www.missionhospitals.org/holisticRN
13-16 (Pre-conference June 12-13), 2012, AHNA's 32nd
Annual Conference, Holistic
Nurses: Catalysts for Conscious Change, Snowbird, Utah,www.ahna.org/conference
23-November 3, 2012, People to People Healing
Traditions Delegation to China with AHNA Past President, Lucia
Thornton, and AHMA founder, Dr. Norman Shealy, www.peopletopeople.com/thorntonshealy or (877)
5-8, 2013, AHNA's 33rd Annual Conference, Norfolk, VA
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AHNA's 2012 Conference
Holistic Nursing: Catalysts for Conscious Change
June 13-16, 2012 (Pre-Conference June 12 & 13) in Snowbird, Utah
It's Not Too Late
to Register! Sign-up conveniently online by visiting
www.ahna.org/register. For additional information, e-mail email@example.com or
call (800) 278-2462 Ext. 14. Walk-in registrations are also
Also don't forget
to start planning to bring your fun and irresistible items for
our Silent Auction and Raffle. If you aren't coming to
conference this year, you can still donate. For questions or to
suggest a donation, please contact Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunities for Nurses
Childbirth Journal Seeking Articles
summer edition of the International
Journal of Childbirth Education is
focusing on Complementary and Alternative Modalities and Holism.
They are seeking articles on the use of specific CAM therapies
or concepts of holism applied to pregnancy, delivery, postpartum
and early parenting. For information related to author
guidelines, go to: www.icea.org/content/guide-authors.
The submission deadline is May 30, 2012.
New Nursing Graduates Needed for Study
PhD, RN, APRN, of Southern Connecticut State University, is
seeking new nursing graduates to complete a survey about their
experiences of being a new nurse. The purpose of the study is to
help inform the profession about how to better prepare nurses
moving into new roles. Graduates can be from an entry level
program or from a graduate program. If you are interested in
participating, complete the survey at: http://tinyurl.com/nurse2012
For more information, contact: Dr. Neal-Boylan at (203)
Nursing in the News
This article discusses The Urban
Zen Foundation developed in collaboration with the Kent State
College of Nursing and Donna Karan, the fashion designer. In
2009, the foundation launched the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy
Program to advocate for a more holistic approach to health care. (Cleveland.com,
March 6, 2012)
How Your Lack of Sleep Affects Your Patient Care
This article discusses the
consequences of lack of sleep by healthcare professionals on
patient care. The article presents several studies that have
found negative effects of sleep deprivation on patients and
caregivers, and it offers suggestions to improve sleep habits. (Nursezone.com,
May 9, 2012)
Click on title to view article.
Members in Action
Maryland Chapter Leader Cassandra
Herbert MS, APRN, PMH-BC hosts a radio show each
Thursday at 9 a.m., on Perfect World Network Radio, focused on
Wellness and how you can have more Zest
and Harmony in your life. This
week she discussed Nurses Week, the Nightingale Moment and the
AHNA. In addition, during this 3-hour conversation, she also
interviewed Cathy Hartt from Midwife
of Changes (Psychology of
Wellbeing) and Angela Barios and Donna
RPH from Pranic
Healing for Nurses. To hear
the online broadcast, click
Luz Adams RN, BSN, MS,
CMC, AHNA member, is Chief Editor of a book which has just been
released entitled "The
Unstoppable Woman's Guide to Emotional Well-being." The book
is a compilation of information and resources written by 24
women who share their experiences in getting through life's
challenges with emotional strength.
AHNA members in bold. Do you have
an accomplishment to share in Members in Action? Please contact
Becky at email@example.com
Ask A Researcher - Webinar from AHNA
Do you have
questions about holistic nursing research? The next
research webinar will be on Wednesday, May 30, 2012,
from 1-2 p.m. EDT. Registration
and more information coming soon! Mark your calendars now.
AHNA Seeking Executive Director
AHNA is now
accepting applications for the position of Executive Director at
the AHNA National Office. The Executive Director preferably
should have holistic
nursing background and executive/ administrative experience with
a nonprofit corporation. The Executive Director will need to
reside in Flagstaff, Ariz., where the national headquarters is
located and report to the Leadership Council/Board of Directors.
candidates should submit a letter of application, resumé or
curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of three references
via email to:
Peggy Burkhardt PhD, FNP, AHNBC President-Elect is the chair of
the Search Committee. For more information, a mailing address,
or if you have questions please contact Peggy at (304)
application deadline is June 1, 2012.
Applications will be reviewed starting June 1 and will continue
until the position is filled.
Click to Download the full Job Description
prayers and healing energy to:
- Firefighters fighting wildland
- Our military men and women
To share a prayer request, please
contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org .
AHNA Members Invited to People to People Delegation