Cindy Tatsumi has a professional career of 43 years and is recently retired from hospice case management. Her early career as a new graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Kent State University started as a team leader in med-surg nursing, operating room RN surgical assistant, and then continued in long-term care and home health. During this period, she obtained a Gerontology Certification and a BSN from the University of Akron. After earning her Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix, she worked as a hospital case manager and clinical instructor at Colorado Mountain College and later an infection control coordinator for Vail Valley Medical Center. After moving to California, she obtained her public health nurse certificate (PHN) and was program director of nurse assistants/home health aides, and a state evaluator/tester for nurse assistants at College of the Desert. She mentored faculty, was Campus Faculty Assessment Liaison (CFAL) for the college of nursing at University of Phoenix and served on the Curriculum Assessment Committee, Nursing Advisory Committee, and Course Assessment Committee. She received recognition as Distinguished Faculty of the Year by the University of Phoenix, San Diego campus, College of Nursing (CON), in 2017. While teaching for the California Nurses Educational Institute (2018-2020), she was the Clinic Liaison/Point Person for the Integrative Pain, AIDS, Recovery Addiction Program, and a clinical instructor for students in the Women’s and Children’s Wellness Clinics, and later a theory instructor for nursing Fundamentals (2018-2020). Cindy is a graduate of the Caritas Coach Education Program and became a certified Holistic Nurse in 2017. She has contributed articles and original cover art for AHNA’s Beginnings magazine. She is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Holistic Nursing.
ADN, Kent State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Akron
Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education, University of Phoenix
American Holistic Nurses Association
American Nurses Association
International Association of Human Caring
Sigma Theta Tau International
My strengths are perseverance, a caring, ethical approach to self and others, a life-long learner, a love for teaching and writing, and connecting with others.
My ongoing challenge is to become an even more active, listener and supportive communicator. I believe my role as a Stephen Minister in my church is a calling to help me learn the art of listening/caring to my care receiver(s) more wholly guide me to help self, family and others without fear. I believe Holistic Nursing is a caring, integrative approach to foster healing relationships with self/others/community. Nurses have a responsibility to not only meet other’s needs and preferences, but also create a culture of connection through, caring, intentionality and compassion. If I am fortunate to be elected, I will work collaboratively on ideas/actions with other AHNA members on current issues and address concerns to holistic nursing. I believe ongoing challenges to holistic nursing are: providing visionary leadership for the well-being of the people/community, continuing research and education in areas of holistic philosophy, approaches/modalities and quality outcomes, advancing holistic integration into all levels of nursing/caregiving education, preparing nurses and students with tools and strategies. Thank you for the consideration of your vote. I look forward to serving you in the AHNA.