AHNCC’s mission and goal is to advance holistic, person-centered care that emphasizes clients as the experts of their own experience and nurses as instruments of healing by assuming full administrative authority and sole responsibility over credentialing programs based in the values, knowledge, and skills of Holistic Nursing.

To support our mission and the services we offer AHNCC advocates for processes, legislation, and healthcare transformation that is in alignment with a paradigm shift towards one of health promotion, wellness, and well-being. Embracing these changes and recommendations, AHNCC has assumed our responsibility in the social transformation of healthcare. Below you will find information and documents related to current advocacy issues. If you have any questions or want to share current information with the AHNCC Board of Directors, please contact us at info@ahncc.org.

Advanced Practice Holistic Nursing

Background: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR3590), signed into law on March 23, 2010, moved the United States into a new paradigm for health and caring. The Institute of Medicine, recognizing Nursing’s potential to serve as leaders in healthcare transformation (2010), recommended an expansion of the role of the Advanced Practice Nurse.

We recognize that Holistic Nurses are uniquely prepared to take a leadership role in the promotion of health and wellness, prevent illness and complications with individuals, and advance the health and wellbeing of Society. With this in mind, we have developed and now offer an Advanced Practice Holistic Nursing Certification Program. To read the entire Position Statement regarding Advanced Practice Holistic Nursing and AHNCC’s Certification Examinations, click here.

Actions: AHNCC has also sent a Position Statement to the National Council for State Boards of Nursing Roundtable attendees, April 9, 2013. This states our position regarding Nursing’s Consensus Model and Advanced Practice Holistic Nursing (APHN) click here. AHNCC has requested recognition of the APHN Role in the Consensus Model defining the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) click here. After discussion with the Task Force assigned to review our request, we are currently clarifying distinctions between Holistic Nursing and other roles identified in the Consensus Model. The AHNCC Consensus Model Task Force (CMTF) has drafted a White Paper, which is currently being disseminated to stakeholders, and is working on the Essentials of Holistic Nursing. Click here to read the attachments to the stakeholder’s letters, including a summary of the CMTF 2015 work (Appendix A) as well as the White Paper: Graduate Holistic Nursing (Appendix B).

CMTF presented these actions at the AHNA Conference, June 3, 2016. A set of PowerPoint slides and an outline of the completed work used to discuss the status quo and planned actions can be found by clicking here.

Your Role: If you want to participate but have limited time, we encourage you to do the following:

  • 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. If you want talking points and templates for introductory letters to colleagues, legislators, organizations, or institutions contact us at ahncc@flash.net.
  • At the minimum, you can click here to participate in a short survey that asks for your feedback on the work we are doing. The survey will take 5-10 minutes. 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.

Nurse Coach White Paper

Background: The IOM Reports called for a shift in paradigm to health and wellness, with a focus on prevention of disease through lifestyle modification, with the client as an active partner in the healthcare plan. Therefore, AHNCC recognized that nurses who practice within a client driven, holistic nursing framework will be in a high demand as Nurse Coaches.

Actions: AHNCC performed a needs assessment to determine the mandate for Nurse Coaching framed in the holistic paradigm. Based on the results, AHNCC collaborated with a workgroup that articulated the unique role of Nurse Coaching, drafted the Scope and Competencies of Nurse Coaching, and designed a certification program based in the precepts of holistic health and wellness.

The Nurse Coach Competencies that provide a base for the Nurse Coach Certification Examination are based in the precepts of holistic nursing. Nurses who achieve AHNCC certification as a nurse coach are entitled to use the credential NC-BC; those who are also certified as a holistic nurse are entitled to use the credential HWNC-BC. Click here to read the full position statement and learn about this emerging role in Nursing.

Consumer Advocacy

Information about Consumer Advocacy can be found under Public Awareness.