Holistic nursing is, to me, a philosophy and a way of being in the world. It is an expression of the art (caring, presence, relationship, intuition, communication, creativity, personal knowing) and the science (theory, research, evidence-based practice, critical thinking, reflection) that I believe are the lived experience of the profession that I love - nursing. Holistic practice is the way I choose to show up – fully present with those entrusted to my care, meeting people where they are and knowing deeply that with every encounter I receive far more than I give.
The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) supports me to be that nurse every step of the way. Through numerous initiatives (eg: education, conferences, research), the AHNA creates opportunities for me - and all nurses and healthcare providers - to expand and deepen awareness and knowledge. AHNA is committed to ensuring that healthcare is grounded in caring/healing practices...they are a clear voice, advocating for whole-person, quality care that is accessible and affordable. The AHNA advocates, as well, for caregiver self-care - be it the family or the healthcare provider. Self-care is a priority!
The American Holistic Nurses Association leaders, members and staff work tirelessly with open hearts and a commitment that is deep and boundless. It is an honor to be part of this professional association.
The American Holistic Nurses Association not only promotes wellness and whole-person care for individuals, but also is concerned for the care and nurturing of nurses. It is an innovative, caring organization with a profound impact on the individuals it touches.
Where can a nurse find a community of caring professionals that supports not just your professional life but is truely committedto in helping you grow as a person on all levels - physically - mentally - emotionally and spiritually? I have been a member since 1983 and keep coming back for more. New mebers are warmly embraced and it truly feels like coming home to one's heart. I love the nourishment and support through all kinds of weather. I am proud to serve on the Leadership Council and model holism as both an art and a science.