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AHNCC Presents Award to Veda AndrusThe AHNCC Board of Directors presented Veda Andrus with the award Outstanding Support for AHNCC Certification at the American Holistic Nurses Association Conference. This award was created to honor individuals who have distinguished themselves in the promotion of AHNCC through certification. The criteria for this award include advancing the mission and philosophy of AHNCC, supporting certification as a means of advancing holistic nursing and nurse coaching, contributing expertise through significant participation in the health care community, and serving as a spokesperson for AHNCC in state and national venues.
Veda Andrus was chosen because of her continuing support of certification for the past 20 years. She initiated certification for holistic nurses and is certificant #1 for AHNCC. She prepares nurses for certification through her educational programs at the Birchtree Center for Healthcare Transformation where she serves as Vice President for Education and Program Development. The largest cohort of candidates for certification has studied in that program. In addition, Veda has served on the Board of Directors for AHNCC. Congratulations, Veda. .

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Introducing Ellen Schultz, Ph.D., RN, HTCP, AHN-BC® President, Board of Directors, AHNCCEllen Schultz lives and breathes everything holistic — from the way she eats, to her exercise routine to the way she lives her life. She is shown in the photo walking a labyrinth in her hometown of Hudson, Wisconsin. She holds certificates in Labyrinth Facilitation and Feng Shui and is truly at peace in all of her surroundings.

Ellen recently retired from Metropolitan State University teaching holistic nursing in the RB-BSN program and integrative care, nursing education, and nursing ethics in the graduate program. While there she learned about AHNCC through the school endorsement process. Dr. Mary Brekke was leading the effort to have Metropolitan State University’s nursing program endorsed as a holistic program. As a faculty member teaching holistic nursing, she participated in writing the application. As she learned more about AHNCC she began to understand the benefits of certification. She is currently certified in Advanced Holistic Nursing (AHN-BC®) and a Healing Touch Practitioner (HTCP).

When asked what certification means to her, Ellen stated: “Certification demonstrates a commitment to excellence in holistic nursing. Certified holistic nurses are part of a community of nurses who share a common goal to promote a paradigm change in health care that promotes health and well-being. It is through certification that nurses validate their expertise and competence. Certified nurses also support the leading edge work of AHNCC that goes beyond certification and endorsement. Committees and task forces are working independently and in collaboration with other national organizations to promote holism and the unique role of holistic nurses in changing health systems.”

Ellen began her service on the board in the role of president-elect. She is currently serving a second term as president. In addition, she chairs a number of committees including the Executive Committee, Exam Development Committee, Standards, Hearing and Review Committee, and Documents Review Committee. She is also a member of the Bylaws Committee, Nominating Committee, and the Website Task Force.

She feels that becoming a board member opened her eyes to the scope and complexities of work of AHNCC. Ellen stated that she ”now knows about the multiple steps involved in exam development to insure valid and reliable tests, the collaborative work with AHNA and other organizations necessary to be at the forefront of health care change, the importance of marketing to promote certification and endorsement, the multiple strategies employed to promote holism and well-being in nursing and coaching, and the multiple roles of the CEO, to name just a few.” AHNCC is indeed very blessed to have such a dedicated and loyal volunteer.

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As AHNCC approaches its 20th Anniversary, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that two awards have been established to honor volunteers who have served the organization.

The first award is the Helen Erickson Award for Outstanding Service to AHNCC. This award is named in honor of Dr. Helen Erickson who has been instrumental in the establishment and ongoing growth of AHNCC.  This award recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding service to AHNCC through volunteer contributions to the organization in the following ways:

  • Served on the Board of Directors or as a non-board volunteer
  • Made significant, active contributions to AHNCC
  • Advanced the growth and success of the organization

The second award is Outstanding Support for AHNCC Certification that recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the promotion of AHNCC through certification. Candidates for this award have:

  • Advanced the mission and philosophy of AHNCC
  • Supported certification as a means of advancing holistic nursing and nurse coaching
  • Contributed expertise to promote holistic nursing and nurse coaching through significant participation in the health care community
  • Served as a spokesperson for AHNCC in state and national venues




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Recently, June 3, 2016, at the 37th annual national AHNA conference we shared the historical background, current status, and future plans of AHNCC and AHNA to ensure that Holistic Nursing is included in the Consensus Model. Look below to learn how you can prepare provide feedback on the important work the two organizations are doing.

If you were unable to attend the conference, but want to be informed, participate, and provide feedback, we encourage you to download all documents provided below, read them, and provide feedback through the survey described below.

Background Documents

A copy of our request for inclusion in the Consensus Model as a 5th role, sent to LACE, NCSBN, and the state Boards of Nursing can be downloaded by clicking here.

A copy of the proposal submitted describing the proposed role of the APHN-BC can be downloaded by clicking here.

We were advised that we need to clarify Advanced Holistic Nurses’ unique characteristics, and publish Educational Essentials for Holistic Nursing. This work is currently underway. Our goal is to ensure that you are up to date on the activities undertaken to hold the space for Advanced Holistic Nursing, to seek your input and help.

A set of slides that were presented at the meeting June 3 can be downloaded by clicking here. (CMTF PRESENTATION.ppt ) An outline for the presentation, containing several internet links to background documents sent to NCSBN and LACE in respect to Advanced Holistic Nursing’s inclusion in the Consensus Model, and several published documents that provide background information can be downloaded by clicking here.

If You Have Limited Time But Want to be Informed and Help,

We encourage you to download the White Paper: Graduate Holistic Nursing, read it, talk with colleagues, and let us know what you think and respond to the survey described below. Click here to download a copy of the White Paper.

At the minimum, you can click here to participate in a short survey that asks for your feedback. The survey will take 5-10″. Please leave your suggestions, supportive comments, and/or interest in participating in the spaces provided on the survey. Thank you for your interest and help with this important work designed to hold space for Advanced Holistic Nursing in healthcare.

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ANNOUNCMENT: AHNCC has recently been invited to join the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (known as IHPC). IHPC advocates for an integrative healthcare system with equal access to the full range of health-oriented, person-centered, regulated healthcare professionals. They envision a national healthcare system devoted to optimal health and well-being. AHNCC looks forward to working with IHPC to help transform the healthcare paradigm through partnerships, active dialogue, and support of policies that are focused on facilitating the redesign of today’s healthcare to one of health promotion, disease prevention, wellness, and wellbeing.