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Published in ANA Nurses’ Week
 Jennifer Bonamer

I knew since I was a child that I would be a pediatric healthcare provider — I carried my medical bag and never hesitated when asked. I did in fact become a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse. I loved the authenticity and joy and integrity of caring for children who did not have ulterior motives to keep from healing. And oncology nursing was a brilliant combination of highly technical practice combined with enduring relationships with the patients and their families.
Over the years, it began to really affect me that, despite dozens of scheduled and PRN medications to treat symptoms, my patients still experienced troubling symptoms. I learned to advocate more for holistic practices to better care for the broader needs of my patients. I found that there was not a lot of research upon which to advocate. So, I decided to go to school to pursue my PhD so that I could create evidence to improve patient care. I graduated with my PhD in 2008, had my first child one month later, and have been exceptionally grateful to work as a clinical nurse researcher ever since. My days are joyfully (and nerdly) filled with helping clinicians explore opportunities for better patient care; and we have many discussions about holistic theoretical frameworks to ensure we are treating the whole person. I am so grateful to be a nurse.

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Nancy Ruud, MS, RN, AHN-BC, Whole Health Coach at the Fargo VA, along with Whole Health Coordinator Danielle Olauson, BAN, RN, HNB-BC and the rest of her Whole Health team, developed a safe, in-person outdoor yoga class for the Veterans at the Fargo VA hospital. Their efforts were recognized by a national article published by the VA highlighting Whole Health and ‘Year of The Nurse’ contributions: Inspiring Hope Through Garden Yoga

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Mt. Laurel, NJ
March 30, 2021

The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) is pleased to announce results of the 2021 election for the Board Officers. Margaret Erickson, PhD, RN, MSN, CNS, APHN-BC has been elected President-elect of the Board. Her term of office will begin on July 1, 2021 and run through June 30, 2023.

Dr. Erickson brings more than 41 years of experience in holistic nursing practice, working with multiple populations throughout the lifespan and in many different settings. She has done research and taught holistic nursing at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Texas at Austin and Tennessee State University. She currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) where she is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the organization and oversight of all administrative functions, as well as all phases of exam development.

ABSNC is the only accrediting body specifically dedicated to nursing certification. Currently ABSNC accredits nearly 60 programs from more than 25 specialty nursing certification organizations. The accreditation standards offered by ABSNC include Examination-Based Certification Programs, Portfolio Assessment Certification Programs, and Assessment-Based Certificate Programs. For more information about ABSNC and its accreditation standards, or any information contained in this Press Release, please visit or contact Felicia Lembesis, ABSNC Executive Director at or 856-439-9080.

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“The Invisible String is a story and reflection of how energy healing has informed my nursing practice. My recent reflections led me to “re-member” how my own healing journey is intertwined with others. This is for those who came before me, who join me now and those to come.”

A sense of Wonder and Warmth
Peace and Understanding
I know you not, but I do
This universe breathes me in
I give Thanks and the physical elements
away to what is Real
Is felt;
this healing existence of Blue light
This is Joy
We are Whole

To read the story, please click here.
Lisette Shanhai, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, QTTP received her MSN with a concentration in Advanced Holistic Nursing from Florida Atlantic University in 2014 and became a board-certified Advanced Holistic Nurse in 2015. She currently works as an Integrative Health and Healing nurse in an outpatient setting. She is a Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner and a Reiki Master. She is passionate about self-care, the power of transformation, energy healing and meditation.

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 Trauma-Free Nursing “I’m so grateful that AHNCC is supporting those of us who are AHNCC certified and who are using our education to further holistic nursing. I have created a new education program for nurses called Trauma-Free Nursing. A fresh, in-depth holistic approach to taking healthcare created trauma out of nursing practice”.
This dynamic program is based on cutting-edge neuroscience, advances in developmental trauma, and an evidence-based spiritual approach to change systems. We give nurses the tools they need to prevent trauma in themselves, in their patients…and in the healthcare system itself.

“A lot has changed for us nurses since those early days. We have made incredible inroads for holistic care in the healthcare system. But there is one area that desperately needs our attention…nurses who are traumatized on the job. That’s why I founded Trauma-Free Nursing”.

Please check out her website at and feel free to contact her with any questions.

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Martha Bird AHNCC wishes to thank Martha Bird, HNB-BC, for the idea of AHNCC Certification Logos associated with the AHNCC Service Marks/Credentials. She wrote in with a request for visual images/logos to be added to her website for credentialing. Martha Bird is a Minneapolis-based interdisciplinary artist who specializes in traditional and sculptural basketry.

Her education weaves into her artistic practice:
• Board Certified Holistic RN
• Public Health Nurse
• Master’s degree in Human Development

She exhibits her art both locally and nationally. You can find her work, and her use of her Certification Logo, at AHNCC Certification Logos can be found at

AHNCC and The Board of Directors appreciates your contribution to increasing the visibility of Holistic Nursing certification through media use.

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GAHN Logo The AHNCC Board of Directors in concert with the GAHN Board of Directors is proud to announce the inauguration of the Global Academy of Holistic Nursing. The Academy, in support of the American Holistic Nurses Association’s mission and in concert with the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation, will focus on advancing the Specialty of Holistic Nursing around the world. To learn more, please click here: press release.

The GAHN website,, will be up and running in just a few days. Since Google’s web-crawler won’t pick it up for the first few days, to access it you will need to copy and paste the URL into your address bar. If you can’t find it on your first try, please try again later.

We hope you join us in our vision for the future of Holistic Nursing.

Best always,

Helen Erickson
Executive Director, Global Academy of Holistic Nursing

GAHN Board of Directors
Mary Anne Hanley, PhD, RN, QTTT, SGAHN
Mary Enzman-Hines, PhD, APRN, CNS, CPNP-PC, APHN-BC, SGAHN
Mary Elaine Southard, DNP, RN, CNS, APHN-BC, SGAHN
M. Kay Sandor, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, SGAHN
Deborah Shields, PhD, RN, QTTT, AHN-BC, SGAHN
Margaret Erickson, PhD, RN, CNS-APRN, APHN-BC, SGAHN
Helen Erickson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, SGAHN

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Margaret Erickson Nursing may be one of the most trusted professions around, but Margaret Erickson believes it needs to be elevated and respected at a new level. Nurses and the care they provide are foundational to the healthcare system and play a prominent role in today’s pandemic crisis. Yet nursing care is usually included in hospital budgets, shockingly, as “lodging expenses.” Erickson is uniquely qualified to discuss current and future nursing care, having practiced holistic nursing for more than 40 years and holding her PhD, RN, CNS and APHN-BC®. Since 2000, she has been working to educate and advance the role of nurses as CEO of the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC).
In this interview, Erickson offers her thoughts on how holistic nursing goes beyond today’s typical nursing tasks and the role it plays in today’s shifting healthcare paradigm, on the importance of self-care for patients and practitioners, and on the mission of AHNCC. Erickson, as the newly-elected Co-Chair of the IHPC Board of Directors, discusses her expanding role with IHPC.

Read the full Q&A here