The American Holistic Nurses Association would like to thank: Holistic Nurses of Nevada, The Charlotte North Carolina Network, Minnesota Holistic Nurses Association, The Northern Westchester Chapter of New York, Slidell, LA Chapter of Louisiana, Coachella Valley California AHNA Chapter, The Central Colorado Chapter, the San Diego Chapter, Delaware Chapter, Jacksonville Florida Chapter and Humboldt Holistic Nurse's Network of California for their involvement with National Nurses week. Each organization had their own method of celebrating from using guided imagery and presentations to remember those past to holding a miniature conference to celebrate the week. AHNA applauds your efforts to honor nurses.
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The Charlotte North Carolina Network worked with a Tri-County Nurses Association and put on a Banquet with speakers. About 400 nurses were in attendance. Charlotte Chapter of Holistic Nurses had booth and passed out AHNA literature during the event.
The Northern Westchester Chapter of AHNA celebrated National Nurses Week by taking care of the amazing nurses at Northern Westchester Hospital. Every year they offer 4 days of integrative services to these dedicated individuals. The hospital provided them full access to their Meditation Room where the chapter sets up tables and offered: the ‘m’ Technique, aromatherapy and foot/ hand reflexology sessions. For those RNs who could not get off their Units and for the night staff, their AHNA team took a “Caring Cart” to each Unit and provided hand or back massage, aromatherapy, reflexology of the hands and chocolate kisses.
Coachella Valley Chapter of California held luncheons, awards, ice cream socials, spa massages for nurses on their units and a hair/beauty stylist at the John F. Kennedy Memorial hospital in Indio, California. On Wednesday May 11th, their Education department hosted the first , “Zen Den” They transformed one of the conference rooms into a healing room. Starting at 7:30 am, every hour until 13:30 they hosted sessions to include: Introduction to Holistic Nursing, Self-care Strategies and Guided meditation. Each nurse received a lavender aromatherapy kit, then in the afternoon they hosted three, 45minute sounds bath concerts to promote clearing and relaxing energy.
The Central Colorado Chapter had a meeting celebrating Nurses's week. They had a small attendance but among the 5 RNs who attended there was 150 years of Nursing experience between them. They created personal gratitude circles and shared a bit about their nursing journeys. Collectively the group made a Nursing wheel, which is featured on their Facebook page
The San Diego, California Chapter held their quarterly meeting on May 4th where they honored all of the 25 nurses present using Guided Imagery honoring each of them to the heartbeat of the drum with flute and rainstick. Barb DeFulvio purchased yellow roses which were presented to each nurse/practitioner present. They also brought in a speaker who spoke about "Sleep, 'how to' naturally with self-hypnosis and aromatherapy."
The Humboldt Holistic Nurse's Network of California held a meeting to encourage the embrace of Holistic Nursing while honoring the nurses present.
The Minnesota Holistic Nurses Association held a gathering in connection with the Minnesota Holistic Medical Group and Master of Arts in Holistic Health, St. Catherine University, Saturday, May 7, 2016 Attendees could receive a Certificate of Attendance available for 3 contact hours.
The Northeast Indiana Chapter held Open House events in 10 hospitals in their area. They will pass out AHNA recruitment literature, Beginnings magazines and have educational posters about holistic pain, anxiety and depression management, as well as, how to develop a self care plan. They will also give away meditation CDs, aromatherapy inhalers, AHNA logo pens and Wildflower seed bookmarks to all nurses that attend the events. Members of the chapter will be doing hand massages, Healing Touch and coaching for free. They hope these events reach about 600 nurses during Nurses Week.
Jacksonville Florida Chapter offered healing touch sessions for all Nursing staff during Nurse’s Week in three of its hospitals.
Delaware Chapter provided continuing education sessions~ an Introduction to Holistic Nursing: Part I and II to nurses in 3 different counties of the state.