American Holistic Nurses Association
With a long history of promoting nurses’ health, safety, and wellness, the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is honored to partner with Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) to expand nurses’ self-care skills.
AHNA was formed in 1981 in response to the assessment that nurses need to heal themselves so they could empower necessary changes in healthcare. To protect and improve their health and safety, holistic nurses initially rebelled against what mainstream healthcare systems demanded of them. As they began to heal, they used what they learned from self-care and created new pathways in nursing research, education and practice.
Now there is more acknowledgment of the value of supporting the whole person, even in the face of chronic disability, disease, or the end of life. Today, many more healthcare environments have an integrative focus where health is viewed holistically, and many holistic nurses are becoming certified as Holistic Nurses and Nurse Coaches. This further empowers them to promote healthy lifestyles in hospitals, public health organizations, corporations, and private practices.
Self-reflection, self-assessment, and self-care are Core Values in holistic nursing. Holistic nurses are champions for workplace health, safety, and wellness, and their expertise is often sought when hospitals apply for Magnet recognition. HNHN amplifies AHNA’s vital message and brings it to all nurses.
AHNA promotes nurses’ self-care and HNHN through many avenues, including its:
- Nonpharmacologic Pain Relief Toolkit
- Institutional Self-Care Activities Award
- Beginnings magazine
- Online self-care resources
- Regional Self-Care Conferences
- And other activities in more than 150 chapters across the USA and Canada
The Institutional Self-Care Activities Award provides financial support to institutions that encourage holistic self-care activities for nurses, patients and/or families. In addition, AHNA’s annual conference includes self-care exercises such as yoga, Watsu, Tai Chi, laughter yoga, dreamwork, delicious healthy food, reflective time and space, education and research that gives attendees opportunities to incorporate new behaviors into their self-care practices.
The AHNA Self-Care Toolkit is generously shared by AHNA www.AHNA.org.
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