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 AHNA recognizes and celebrates nurses who are dedicated to a Practice of Nursing consistent with the beliefs and values held by Holistic Nurses.

                                                                                  We invite our members to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse today!







Practice Grant: Implementing Institutional Self-Care Activities Award


Established in 2015, this grant provides financial support to institutions to initiate, integrate and encourage diverse models of holistic nursing self-care. The outcome should be designed to provide nurses an opportunity to practice holistic nursing and extending their self-care influence and practices to other nurses and/or patients and families. Beginning in 2020, AHNA will award up to two (2) Practice Grants annually, each in the amount of $3,000.





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The Research Grant Award

This grant is intended to facilitate AHNA members conducting holistic nursing research that demonstrates advancing holistic nursing practices. This is a competitive grant for up to $5000 and is available to current  members conducting holistic nursing research.  Recipients must be members of AHNA for at least one year. Eligibility includes doctoral students who wish to apply for funds to support their research.  

This scholarship includes registration for full conference. The recipient is responsible for their own travel.




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Institutional Excellence in Holistic Nursing Practice Award


This award recognizes and rewards an institution for incorporation of Holistic Nursing Practices. By demonstrating the core values of holistic nursing and outstanding professionalism the institution selected will have implemented innovative holistic approaches that will offer substantive advantages to patients, staff and the institution itself.


Scholarships and Awards Bea Alley

Bea Alley Commemorative Conference Scholarship for Students Award


The Bea Alley Memorial Conference Scholarship in honor of lifetime member, Bea Alley. This Award is intended to provide registration for an AHNA student member to attend the AHNA Annual Conference in a time of financial need.

Bea was the 2000 Holistic Nurse of the Year, an early leader in holistic nursing, and a glowing presence at the annual AHNA conference for many years. Each of us who has been touched by Bea will always remember her laughter, wit and role modeling. In order to ensure that Bea’s legacy lives on at conference each year, AHNA established the Bea Alley Commemorative Conference Scholarship. This scholarship will allow a student member who might not otherwise attend conference to join us in the many important opportunities for education, community, self-care and celebration that this event provides.

Scholarship includes registration for full conference.
Recipient is responsible for their own travel.




The Charlotte McGuire Scholarship Program (CMGSP) was established in 1986 through a gracious gift to the American Holistic Nurses Association. Named in honor of the AHNA founder, Charlotte McGuire, the Charlotte McGuire Scholarship Program is made possible through the generous tax deductible donations of AHNA members, friends and benefactors.

Since 1987, the program has offered academic scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students in need of assistance to help them through their holistic nursing growth and education. More than $50,000 has been awarded since the program began.

View the Past Recipients Here



This award is intended to celebrate an AHNA member's outstanding lifetime achievements in the field of holistic nursing.

It is a way of saying 'Thank You' for all of the holistic nursing work accomplished through sustained participation in AHNA and advancing the specialty practice of holistic nursing.



This award is intended for AHNA to recognize an Advocate/Legislator who supports holistic nursing in policy formation and/or legislation.

Criteria includes (but not limited to):
Demonstrated long-term commitment to holistic living
Outstanding leadership in his/her field
High personal integrity



The Holistic Nurse of the Year (HNY) award is intended to recognize AHNA members with outstanding innovation and/or a change in the field of holistic nursing. It highlights nurses who have been working in holistic nursing for several years and have demonstrated a commitment towards the Holistic Nursing’s core values.

This award is presented annually to recognize outstanding current innovation and/or change in the field of holistic nursing. Any registered nurse who are active members of the AHNA are eligible to be nominated for the award, including former Board of Directors (including current/former presidents).

View the Past Recipients Here



This award is intended to reward and recognize schools, programs, and departments of nursing that offer a degree in nursing that exhibit an exceptional, substantive and innovative curriculum in holistic nursing education.

These schools have incorporated the philosophy and core values of holism into their entire curriculum/course with innovative curriculum design, teaching, and evaluation methods, and encourage the highest standards of holistic nursing education.



This award is intended for the AHNA to recognize reporters, editors, other media personnel and citizens, websites, and mobile apps that have effectively delivered holistic nursing messages to the public.

Criteria includes (but not limited to): Target audience for the media piece is the public at large Nurses, their perspectives, and nursing are presented accurately and without stereotyping. The story reports on a topic of holistic nursing with depth and accuracy Consideration will be given to the total audience reached Items must have aired or been published within year between the annual AHNA Conferences.





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This award, established in 2014 and revised in 2015, is intended to recognize fresh new nurses who have dedicated themselves to a holistic path and who have applied creative holistic practices. These stars epitomize holism in their personal and professional lives.



This award was established in 2014, and is intended to recognize, and thank, AHNA member(s) who consistently contribute their experience and time to advance AHNA to its highest potential.

The winner of this award is committed to holistic nursing and its philosophy, and particularly AHNA’s mission and goals.



The purpose of these awards is to recognize excellence in writing and its contribution to advancing the scholarship of holistic nursing in the areas of education and practice through publication in the Journal of Holistic Nursing. Two awards will be presented and the articles acknowledged at the annual meeting of the American Holistic Nurses Association. One will be presented to the author(s) of an education article and one to author(s) of a practice article. Articles will be selected by a panel of journal associate editors and scholars based on a review of all articles published in the calendar year prior to the annual meeting.

These Excellence in Writing Awards are not available for nomination. The editor of the Journal of Holistic Nursing will ask associate editors to review all practice and education articles in issues published in a calendar year and nominate one practice and one education article based on the selection criteria by January 31st each year. Those articles nominated will be evaluated by a panel of holistic nursing scholars in education and practice chosen by the editor and the panel will recommend one article from each category to the editor by March 15th. The editor will then review the selection and submit their recommendations for recognition to the AHNA Board of Directors, who will make the final determination regarding the awards.









 WEDNESDAY- AUG. 19th 2020 at 7:00 PM EST