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Welcome to all who are interested in standardizing Holistic Nursing curriculum guidelines,  transforming healthcare,  and empowering nurses so they can practice to the maximum of their abilities.

The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) in concert with the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) announce the publication of a document that can be used to standardize holistic nursing educational processes for those entering the Nursing Profession. The Holistic Nursing Curriculum Guidelines can be viewed or downloaded starting October 15, 2017.

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The Curriculum Guidelines reflects more than two years of work by AHNCC in concert with AHNA. The authors have years of experience with Holistic Nursing practice, education, research, and administration. Reviewers include Holistic Nurse experts from the several groups including the AHNCC and AHNA Boards,  AHNCC Endorsed Program Faculty, Nurse Theorists, Nurse Leaders, and others. To read related material that preceded this work click here. 

The FOUNDATIONS, COMPETENCIES, AND CURRICULAR GUIDELINES FOR BASIC TO DOCTORAL HOLISTIC NURSING EDUCATION builds on AACN’s Essentials of Basic and Graduate Education, and is designed to describe the why, what, and when of Holistic Nursing Education. The document provides standardized curriculum guidelines that inform nurses how to practice person-centered care; use the sciences of holism, health, wellness, and wellbeing to understand the individual’s worldview; and ensure that they know how to practice self-care that will help them grow, learn, and become the most they can be so they are able to create energy-based connections with others.

The First Edition of the Curriculum Guidelines will be available for complimentary download through 2018. Edition 2 will include revisions based on input from colleagues and selected Tool Kits currently under development. We anticipate that Edition 2 will be available early spring 2019 for digital download and/or a hard copy for a minimal fee. Availability will be announced here and in AHNA’s eNewsletter.


Comments and questions are welcome. Post them here, and we will respond as soon as possible.

8 Responses to “Announcing Holistic Nursing Curriculum Guidelines”

  1. Helen Erickson

    Greetings! One of our esteemed colleagues asked why we did not include Health Promotion in this work. My comments are offered with the hope that it explains our position, stimulates thought, and takes us closer to a common agreement of what we want and need to own our educational processes.

    When educational programs are taught within the context of the sciences of holism, health, and wellbeing, health promotion is always at the fore-front of what we do. Rather than a focus on what is wrong with people, we focus on what is right, what is needed to facilitate (promote) the highest level of wellbeing possible. Thus, all of holistic nursing is “health promotion”. The traditional use of the language “health promotion” is used when most of the care is focused on disease/condition management or cure, helping people maintain or recover maximum ADLs, or cope with their situation. This is where J. Smith’s work is important. The first of these is called clinical health, meaning that the emphasis is on the medical dx. The individual is healthy when the condition/disease is managed or under control. The second implies that one is healthy when they can manage their own ADLs. The third means one is healthy when they can cope with life stress. The last, eudaemonistic health, requires that we learn how to think/practice based on the sciences of holism, health, and wellness. Being health is a state of wellbeing, it reflects a quality of life, and ability to relate to others in a meaningful way. These guidelines are designed within the context of eudaemonistic health, as described here and discussed throughout the AHNA Scope and Standards.

  2. Helen Erickson

    Another colleague asked the following question: Will the organization be offering CEs from this source as they do the other foundations for Holistic Nurses?

    Margaret Erickson responded: Several CE programs (webinars) will be offered through AHNA related to this document. The CE series will be starting in January 2018. In addition, tool kits will be available to facilitate the implementation of this document.

    I would add that the CE webinars will be offered the second Thursday of the month at 1 PM EST. In addition, workshops will be presented at both the AHNA preconference and conference, followed by a Round Table, planned as an open discussion.

  3. Johny Jackson

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    • Helen Erickson

      Thank you! We will be uploading information regarding resources we’re offering to help faculty develop or revise curriculum based on the Curriculum Guidelines we posted in October. We will start offering webinars, mentorship, and consultation. In the interim, any questions or comments you have regarding the publication Foundations, Competencies, and Curricular Guidelines for Basic to Advanced Holistic Nursing Education is most welcome. We will do our best to clarify what we’ve said and/or how to use it.


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