Linda Thomas earned her nursing diploma from Orangeburg Regional Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelors of Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her Masters of Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at East Carolina University. In her 43 years of nursing experience, Linda has held many positions including nursing educator positions within the hospital and as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Western Carolina University. She has also been an O.R. Supervisor, CCU Assistant Manager, ICU/CCU Staff Nurse, paramedic instructor, camp nurse, pulmonary case manager, and a certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Instructor as well as a Healing Touch for Animals Practitioner. Currently, Linda is an ICU staff nurse at the Harris Regional Hospital and Director/Owner of Helping to Heal Lives Holistically in Sylva, NC. Linda’s professional affiliations include Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Kappa Phi, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the American Holistic Nurses Association, and the American Heart Association. Her most recent projects include serving as the Lead Nurse Planner for AHNA, Lead Nurse Planner for the 2014 Annual Conference and Chair of the Education Planning Committee. Linda is a published author and has presented many times at various conferences including several AHNA Annual conferences with both research and non-research presentations. Her most recent presentations were at the 2016 AHNA Annual Conference, “The interconnectedness between humans and animals and its effect on our mind, body, and soul”, the 2016 Annual Energy Healing Conference in Colorado Springs, CO on “The Human-Animal Energy Connection: Walking the Path into the Future of Healthcare,” and most recently “Self-Care Creates the ‘Joy’ in the Journey: Resiliency, Bouncing Back from Incivility” at AHNA’s Regional Conference in Charlotte, NC.
Nursing Diploma, 1974, Orangeburg Regional Hospital School of Nursing, Orangeburg, South Carolina
Bachelors of Science in Nursing, 1990, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Masters of Science in Nursing, 1994, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
Doctor of Philosophy: Nursing, 2010, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
American Association of Critical Care Nurses
American Heart Association
American Holistic Nurses Association
Healing Beyond Borders
Healing Touch Program
National Nurse Staffing Development Organization (NSDO)
Phi Kappa Phi
Sigma Theta Tau
In this time, when there is unrest in our world that is creating an unhealthy environment for all of us regardless of race, ethnicity, or age, it is my vision as a holistic nurse to help restore our universe to a more healing and nurturing one. In Robert Frost's poem, The Road Not Taken, he writes," Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." This was my journey as I took the road of holistic nursing, which was not as well-traveled, but it truly has made such a difference in my nursing and personal life. I would like to give this knowledge that I found of holistic nursing to everyone. The self-care principles that AHNA promotes are vital today due to the stress/burnout in our profession and others. As a nurse educator, I know how difficult it can be to find just the right way to share information, especially if it is a sensitive topic. Still, by looking at issues from a positive slant, we can change people's perspectives using AHNA's leadership's strengths and knowledge of holistic nursing.