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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.