In this issue: Understanding the Healer's Journey, National Women's Health Week, Armed Forces Day is May 19th, Holistic Practice Tip of the Month and much more...

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American Holistic Nurses Association

News from AHNA, Vol. 11 No. 10        Editor: Rebecca Cohen RN, EdD, HNB-BC

In This Issue
National Women's Health Week
Holistic Practice Tip of the Month
WM360°™ Wellness & Health Coach Certification
Celebrate Armed Forces Day
Understanding the Healer's Journey
Eat, Walk, Meditate: Care for the Caregiver Tour in Italy
Upcoming Events
It's Not too Late to Register for AHNA Conference 2012
Opportunities for Nurses
Nursing in the News
Members in Action
Ask A Researcher - Webinar from AHNA
AHNA Seeking Executive Director
Prayer Requests
AHNA Members Invited to People to People Delegation
Please Support Our Sponsor
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Why Did You Become a Nurse?

Guest editorial by Dawn Marino RN, BSN, HNB-BC


Why 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.


Ok, 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 self).


Let's 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" include: 

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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 heal.


To find out how you, your family and clients can participate in National Women's Health Week, go to: 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 Month

(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.
WM360°™ Wellness & Health Coach Certification

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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

Saturday, May 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:


Also, click to read a letter from AHNA President Glenda Christiaens inviting holistic nurses to support Joining Forces.

Research & Practice Corner: Understanding the Healer's Journey

Highlighted Article:  Kenny, G. (2012). The healer's journey: A review of literature. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 18(1), 31-36. 


A literature 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

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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.
Upcoming Events

May 30, 2012, Ask a Researcher Webinar,


June 1-3, 2012, Holistic Nurse Certification Prep Course: 3-Day Course for RNs, Asheville, NC,


AHNA event

June 13-16 (Pre-conference June 12-13), 2012, AHNA's 32nd Annual Conference, Holistic Nurses: Catalysts for Conscious Change, Snowbird, Utah,     


October 23-November 3, 2012,  People to People Healing Traditions Delegation to China with AHNA Past President, Lucia Thornton, and AHMA founder, Dr. Norman Shealy, or (877) 787-2000


June 5-8, 2013, AHNA's 33rd Annual Conference, Norfolk, VA


Note: AHNA event = AHNA event. AHNA Network Activity = AHNA Local Chapter event. Other events are sponsored or partner listings. To learn more about advertising with AHNA, click here.
AHNA's 2012 Conference
Holistic Nursing: Catalysts for Conscious Change
June 13-16, 2012 (Pre-Conference June 12 & 13) in Snowbird, Utah

AHNA's 32nd Annual Conference

It's Not Too Late to Register! Sign-up conveniently online by visiting For additional information, e-mail or call (800) 278-2462 Ext. 14. Walk-in registrations are also welcome.


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

Opportunities for Nurses

Childbirth Journal Seeking Articles

The upcoming 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: The submission deadline is May 30, 2012.


New Nursing Graduates Needed for Study

Leslie Neal-Boylan, 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:

For more information, contact: Dr. Neal-Boylan at (203) 392-6480 . 

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. (, 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. (, May 9, 2012)


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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 Visco RYT, RPH from Pranic Healing for Nurses. To hear the online broadcast, click here.


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 

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.


Interested 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) 673-7215. The application deadline is June 1, 2012. Applications will be reviewed starting June 1 and will continue until the position is filled. 

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Prayer Requests

Please send prayers and healing energy to:

  • Firefighters fighting wildland fires
  • Our military men and women

To share a prayer request, please contact Becky at .

AHNA Members Invited to People to People Delegation
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Our Story:

When I started the American Holistic Nurses Association in 1980, my vision was that all nurses would be holistic nurses. If Florence Nightingale could speak to us today, I believe she would say that this was her vision for nurses, too.


Nurses are embracing and integrating holism into their nursing practice and their lives. Now many years later, holistic nurses are claiming their role in this emerging consciousness as nurse healers and affecting both the nursing profession and the healthcare system.


~Charlotte (Charlie) McGuire MA, RNC, HNC
Founder and Past President of AHNA


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