The American Holistic Nurses Association embraces nursing as a lifestyle and a profession and provides a means to create bonds within the nursing community.
The AHNA: Transforming the Face of Healthcare
Founded in 1981, AHNA is a non-profit membership association for nurses and other holistic healthcare professionals with headquarters in Flagstaff, Arizona. AHNA promotes the education of nurses, other healthcare professionals, and the public in all aspects of holistic caring and healing, serving as a bridge between conventional medicine and complementary and alternative healing practices. Holistic nursing is recognized by the American Nurses Association as an official nursing specialty with defined scope and standards of practice.
The American Holistic Nurses Association specializes in a philosophy of body-mind-spirit interaction, a whole-person approach that supports empowerment for caregivers and consumers. Members work to integrate holistic principles into their own lives, as well as into nursing education, clinical practice, and nursing research.
With almost 4,000 members across the United States, the AHNA represents a diverse group of holistic practitioners. As the recognized leader in this rapidly expanding nursing specialty, the AHNA developed the Standards of Holistic Nursing Practice and published the Core Curriculum for Holistic Nursing. In addition, the profession of holistic nursing has recently attained new levels of acceptance, now officially recognized by the American Nurses Association (ANA) as a nursing specialty with a defined scope and standards of practice.
AHNA’s periodicals Beginnings magazine, the Journal of Holistic Nursing and its Web site, www.ahna.org, keep nurses abreast of advances in the evolving field of holistic nursing. Membership benefits and projects include discounts for annual and regional conferences and gatherings, eligibility for research grants and scholarships, as well as mentorship opportunities. All help to create a strong network—an extended “healing community.” For membership or information, call (800) 278-AHNA.