Board Certified Holistic Nurses How many are there?I recently contacted the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation for information on the number of holistic nurses. Here is the response “Since 1996 over 1500 people have applied for certification in holistic nursing. Since then

Board Certified Holistic Nurses: How many are there? 

I recently contacted the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation for information on the number of holistic nurses. Here is the response: “Since 1996 over 1500 people have applied for certification in holistic nursing. Since then many have retired, some have died, and some of them have not successfully passed the examination. At this time we have 899 nurses who are actively certified in holistic nursing. 303 are certified at the basic level as HN-BC; 314 have a baccalaureate degree or non nursing graduate degree and are certified as HNB-BC; and 282 have a MSN or PhD and are certified at the advanced level as AHN-BC. In addition there are currently 180 applicants in process: 40 at the HN-BC level; 82 at the HNB-BC level; and 58 at the AHN-BC exam level.”  

Comment: I was surprised that the numbers are this low, especially given the extent to which nurses are employed in key roles in integrative centers and hospital-based integrative care. Despite recognition by the American Nurses Association, the certification doesn’t seem to have yet drawn significant interest. Thanks to Barbie Dossey, RN, PhD, AHN-BC and Margaret Erickson PhD, MSN, CNS, APRN, AHN-BC for the information.

Bravewell to host leadership award event November 10, 2011  

The Bravewell Collaborative of philanthropists in integrative medicine will hold its 5th Biennial awards event on November 10, 2011 in New York City. The black-tie gathering will be hosted by Mehmet Oz, MD. The award was established to honor “champions who are willing to undertake the risks and sacrifices necessary to catalyze the change” Bravewell is seeking to spread via an integrative medicine model. The recipient will be a physician or an individual with a PhD-level degree. In past years, the award has been $100,000.  Jonathan La Pook, MD, will headline an afternoon educational the same day.

Push-back: AAFP, other MD specialties tell IOM they got it wrong in freeing nurses  

Some chiropractic and naturopathic physicians and practitioners of acupuncture and Oriental medicine are among the professionals who have believed they can help meet the nation’s primary care shortage. So the discussion following the release of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-backed and Institution of Medicine-produced report on the Future of Nursing may be of particular interest to these disciplines. The IOM recommended a vast expansion of independent practice by nurses – linked to new educational standards. Of note recently: the American Academy of Family Physicians joined other groups to weigh in against the IOM’s recommendation. Under a headline “AAFP tells IOM: ‘Nurses and physicians are not interchangeable,” the AAFP “called on the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to clarify recommendations promulgated in an IOM report on nursing that call for removing scope-of-practice barriers for advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs, in all states.” The basic message: MDs/Dos and not nurses need to be the heads of practitioner teams. Joining the AAFP in the letter were the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Comment: An online post from “Clarissa” in response to the AAFP notice is to the point: “The emphasis [in the letter] on differences in training is not very compelling because it says little about whether NP’s can provide comprehensive, quality care for less cost.”

AAAOM continues to take steps to right it’s course 
A column in Acupuncture Today by Doug Newton, operations manager of the American Association for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine details steps that the organization is highlighting in its long walk back to greater functionality. One focus is the May 13-14, 2011 conference, in collaboration with the IM program at the University of Maryland, entitled Whole Medicine: Teaming Up for Our Patients. The meeting will be kicked off with a session entitled The Next Frontier: Acupuncture and the Principles of Oriental Medicine in an Integrated Hospital Setting. Meantime, according to Newton, most of the organization’s activity is focused on the present frontiers of: responding to negative media (here is a response to Edzard Ernst, whose anti-acupuncture article earned him the Integrator’s Bottom-feeder of the Year Award for 2010); promoting the use of licensed acupuncturists; and building the organization’s membership. One key program described in the letter involves a membership campaign in which donations from vendors amount to more than the price of membership.

Comment:  Perhaps one day we’ll have a robust voice for this field in US policy. It must be exceedingly tough for the AAAOM to still be boot-strapping.

Homeopathic accreditation organization renamed Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA) 

Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA) is the new name for the ACCAHC Emerging Profession member formerly known as the Council for Homeopathic Education (CHE). Heidi Schor, CHT, continues to serve as the point person and director of ACHENA  Official Address: ACHENA, 101. S. Whiting Street, Suite 315, Alexandria, VA 22304. The mailing address remains the same: ACHENA 9725 NE 130th place, Kirkland WA 98034; 425-822-2667; and 

American Herbal Products Association names Frank Lampe to communications position

Frank Lampe, a long-time leader in integrative health communications, is the new director of communications for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). A release from AHPA notes that Lampe, co-founder of Natural Business Communications and most recently a vice president with Innovision Communication, is one of the pioneers in the LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) marketplace.  The release noted that “he and his team introduced and quantified the LOHAS concept and produced the groundbreaking LOHAS Journal business magazine and the LOHAS Market Trends Conference. Lampe will oversee AHPA’s communications, media, and marketing initiatives as well as contribute to member support and development. In a note to the Integrator, Lampe, muses that “this will be a good fit on many levels, and strategically, AHPA needs to come play in the (integrative medicine) space sooner than later.” 

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association: Growth in Transition 
The January 2011 issue of Guidepoints, the newsletter fo the National Acupuncture detoxification Association, reports that the field and the organization are growing. Nada boasts 1858 members, up 400 from the previous year. The growth is attributed to increased training of specialists. Nearly 460 people completed the training in 2010 as compared to just 210 in 2009. NADA trainers, viewed as the “bricks and mortar” of the movement, total 115 “in the U.S., on Native American reservations, and in Canada.”  The organization, now under the direction of office manager and acu detox specialist Sara Bursac, LCSW celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010.

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