The Compassion Caravan is a national project led by holistic nurses for all of nursing to offer compassion through heart centered presence, holistic communication, networking and focused experiences in self-reflection and healing. As the caravan travels it will have three major events/workshops for nurses. There will also be small meet and greet opportunities for the public to sign The Declaration of Compassion. See schedule.
Compassion is being expressed in response to the high burnout rates in nursing. While other projects work on the legislative level to help improve nurse/patient ratios, The Compassion Caravan invites nurses to be compassionately heard, seen, and supported.
Why now: 2020 is The Year of The Nurse and Midwife, Florence Nightingale’s 200th Birthday, and the 40th Anniversary of The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA).
The Goal is to provide safe venues for compassionate holistic communication, dialogue, brainstorming, and guided reflection. This grass roots national project, whose target audience is nurses, creates a thread of Compassionate Connection as we travel 2,546 miles of the USA.
The Mission of the Compassion Caravan is to bring more compassion into the lives of nurses.
The Vision of the Compassion Caravan is that “small seeds of compassion” will germinate and provide momentum for change in the current health care system and culture.
Nursing Theories: Moving Forward through Collaboration, Application, and Innovation, a conference held in Washington, D.C. Nov 14-15, 2019 brought together over 100 nurse theorists and professionals from across the United States to share, network, collaborate and discuss the importance of using nursing theory and nursing science to guide nursing practice.
Deborah Shields, President of the AHNCC Board of Directors, presented a poster; Ellen Schultz, AHNCC past-President and Director-at-Large, Helen Erickson Past -AHNCC President, and Margaret Erickson, CEO of AHNCC, as well as several certified holistic nurses and AHNA members presented and participated.
Dr. Margaret Erickson, CEO of AHNCC, had the opportunity to discuss the work that has been done on the Foundations, Competencies, and Curriculum Guidelines for Basic to Doctoral Holistic Nursing Education with the conference participants. Attendees were invited to read the document and provide feedback on the essentials which are being created to guide nursing education from 2020 to 2030. The request received a good response and interest in the work we have done to create curriculums that are seamless from the Baccalaureate to the Doctoral level and are grounded in Holistic Nursing and Holism.
Thank you to all our sponsors, presenters and attendees for being such an important part of the Nursing Theories: Moving Forward through Collaboration, Application, and Innovation 2019 Conference. Planning for next year’s conference is already underway.
Pictured left to right: Front row: Margaret Erickson, Mary Joseph, Deborah Shields Next row: Marci Maple, Carolyn Kinney, Helen Erickson, Ellen Schultz, Jalma Marcus, Amy Kennick Moore, Marlaine Smith, Rorry Zahourek
AHNCC is excited to announce that we are moving to C-NET, a different testing management organization. We are pleased to offer new services to applicants at no additional cost. We will begin offering the Practice tests and national examinations through C-NET this spring. Details regarding the implementation date, when and how applications will be accepted, and when the examinations will be available, will be announced in early 2020.
Additional services to be offered to our applicants include:
• year-round testing;
• once approved, a three-month window for testing versus a two-week testing session;
• immediate notification of examination results.
Please stay tuned to our website for more details at
We are excited and pleased to announce that the University of Connecticut is now an AHNCC Endorsed School for their Holistic Nursing Graduate Certificate Program. To obtain information about their program, email
Dr. Colleen Delaney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duquesne University School of Nursing is seeking people with disabilities to participate in their Standardized Patient with Disability Program. Through this program, nursing students learn to provide competent and comprehensive care to people with disabilities through simulated health care scenarios.
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Mt Laurel, NJ, The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), is pleased to announce AHNCC has been granted reaccreditation for the HN-BC, HNB-BC, AHN-BC, APHN-BC, and NC-BC certification programs.
The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) developed and implemented the initial Holistic Nursing certification program in 1997. The HN-BC, HNB-BC, AHN-BC, APHN-BC, and NC-BC credentials represent specialized experience and knowledge in the care of patients from a holistic, mind-body-emotion-spirit perspective. Holistic Nurses and Nurse Coaches provide care within the context of health, wellness, and wellbeing. They work within all settings and with all populations through the lifespan, from a persons’ first breath to their last breath. The AHNCC programs have been accredited by ABSNC since 2014 and there are over 2300 certified nurses.
ABSNC accreditation is a peer-reviewed mechanism that allows nursing credentialing organizations to obtain program accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest quality standards in the industry. To maintain accreditation, programs must exhibit continuing adherence to the 18 standards set forth. “ABSNC Accreditation represents a recognized standard in certification testing and indicates that the credential meets or exceeds legal and regulatory guidelines,” said Felicia Lembesis, CAE, Executive Director.
Margaret Erickson, AHNCC CEO noted “being recognized by ABSNC is extremely important to our organization. This national distinction demonstrates that our examinations meet the high standards and requirements set by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification. It is a rigorous and thorough process that is recognized and valued by healthcare hospitals and organizations throughout the country, and it validates the AHNCC credentials and those who are certified in Holistic Nursing or Nurse Coaching.”
Margaret would also like to thank all her colleagues; holistic nurses and nurse coaches, who have participated in essential AHNCC projects such as item writing, item review sessions, the exam development committees, participating in the long and challenging Role Delineation Study, and work on other AHNCC activities. These activities are all required and critical to AHNCC obtaining accreditation. We can’t get accredited without the help of our certificants and colleagues.
Finally, a big thank you to Terri Roberts, the staff of AHNA, and the AHNA Board of Directors. Their ongoing support of AHNCC and the work we do is greatly appreciated and is instrumental in moving holistic nursing and holistic and nurse coaching certification forward.
The world of Therapeutic Touch (TT) and Holistic Nursing has lost one of its most enthusiastic practitioners and greatest proponents. Nancy Sohlberg died on April 28th at Westminster Suncoast Health Center in St Petersburg, FL at the age of 92. Her last words were said urgently, “I have to go. I have to go right now. I have to go help people,” then saying “Mother Mary” she quietly took her last breath.
And help people she did. Learning Therapeutic Touch in her late 60s, Nancy studied TT bi-weekly for over 25 years with Shirley Spear Begley in one of the first on-going TT Mentorship Programs, obtaining her international Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner certification. She also became board certified in Holistic Nursing and studied Guided Imagery extensively stating that learning these methods were very significant in her work with others.
Among her many recognitions, Nancy was awarded the Empath Health/Suncoast Hospice Volunteer of the Year award for decades of service as an Eleventh Hour Volunteer where she provided her unique brand of caring, TT and Guided Imagery to patients during the dying process. She offered TT for people in bereavement programs and for those dealing with AIDS as well as in a public forum following 9/11. Among other offerings, she also lectured annually on TT in a course at the University of Tampa.
A member of ASPEC, the Association for Senior Professionals at Eckerd College, she was a Discussant Colleague in various courses. One she especially enjoyed was titled “Quest for Meaning.” Nancy tutored reading for young girls through the United Way, and headed up the Altar Guild at St. Matthew’s Episcopalian church. She also practiced Tai Chi late into her years.
Those who knew Nancy will miss her and her witty sense of humor and spontaneous quoting of poetry appropriate to most any situation. She was also a Thespian, acting for years in many area productions. One has to wonder if with Nancy’s urgent last words, she isn’t already carrying on many of these compassionate activities in her new residence.
For the third year in a row, the four Ascension hospitals in southeast Michigan – Ascension MacombOakland, Ascension Providence, Ascension River District and Ascension St. John – attained the national record for the highest number of board-certified holistic nurses in the country.
Ascension St. John Hospital was officially notified of this record by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) in early January. Since 2006, 133 nurses at the four hospitals have achieved board certification in holistic nursing after attending the certification preparation courses offered through Ascension SE Michigan.
Holistic nursing was recognized by American Nurses Association in 2006 as a nursing specialty with defined scope and standards of practice. Holistic nursing defines healing the whole person as its goal, taking a mind, body, spirit, emotion and environment approach to the practice of traditional nursing.
It encourages nurses to integrate self-care, self-responsibility, spirituality and reflection into their lives. These concepts are an integral part of the Ascension nursing professional practice model and align with the Ascension Mission of being dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities.
The Holistic Nurse Intensive-Core Curriculum© (HNI) is a unique, three-session program offered in a retreat setting and prepares nurses to take the AHNCC certification exam in holistic nursing. Upon completion, nurses are awarded 58 continuing education units applicable toward board certification. Graduates are able to incorporate new knowledge and skills into their nursing practice, embody therapeutic presence, and implement person-centered care. Here are comments from a few graduates:
“This experience is totally life changing I am excited to see where it takes me. ”
”Many useful skills have been gained that will enhance my work life and home life as well as the care of my patients.”
”Personally, this was a renewal for me. I’ve been a nurse for a long time and sometimes it becomes a routine, but after I attended this program I feel like my spirit is revived again,· excited to care more, give more what I learned”
AHNA Executive Director Terri Roberts JD, RN and AHNCC CEO Margaret Erickson PhD, MSN, CNS, APHN-BC attended the “Pain Management in the United States: An Underlying Contributor to the Opioid Crisis” Congressional Briefing Wednesday, March 6 at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C. Featured experts from academic, government, and association settings educated members and staff on the field of integrative pain management. The goal for the briefing was to explore the idea of multi-modality models of care, including models currently being implemented within the US Department of Veterans Affairs, University Hospital systems, and Integrative Pain Clinics. Another objective was to bring attention to alternative therapies like, acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy and yoga therapy and also bring light to the barriers of access to these modalities. The Congressional Briefing preceded the annual meeting of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) in Washington D.C. Terri and Margaret are AHNA and AHNCC’s representatives to IHPC. Margaret was elected to the IHPC Executive Committee at the annual meeting.
The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) and the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) announce the publication of a standardized model for Holistic Nursing basic to doctoral educational programs. Designed to help faculty teach nurses how to practice holistic person-centered care; use the sciences of holism, health, wellness, and wellbeing; utilize the individual’s worldview in a holistic caring-process; and actively engage in a life-time of holistic self-development, this work, provides:
- A standardized model for curriculum development based in a philosophy, standards, and Core Values of Holistic Nursing;
- Required essentials for Holistic Nursing Educational Programs, built on AACN Essentials; and
- Outcome competencies expected of nurses graduating from these programs.
To access the document and read about additional resources planned to help faculty conceptualize, embrace, and develop a seamless basic to doctoral educational program, click here.
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