Continuing Competency is required to renew your Holistic Nursing or Nurse Coaching certification. There are different ways to demonstrate continuing competency. One way is through the acquisition of traditional CE hours. Another way is through different professional development activities. Below you will find information to help you meet the continuing competency requirement. All continuing competency hours submitted must build your knowledge base and/or skills in your certification specialty. Medical focused courses will not be accepted for AHNCC Recertification unless you can explain how they relate to your practice. (For more details see the Recertification Handbook/Continuing Competency Requirements.)
Possible Sources for Continuing Education in Holistic Nursing, Coaching or Health
Allegra Learning Solutions
American Holistic Nurses Association
American Institute of Healthcare Professionals
Holistic Nursing CE
Huntington Meditation and Imagery Center
Integral Nursing Solutions
Integrated Health Care Systems
Integrative Healing Arts Program (IHAP from AHNA)
International Nurse Coach Association
Maryland University of Integrative Health
The National Institute for Whole Health
National Nurses United
Sage Integrative Wellness
Sigma Theta Tau
Transformative Nurse Coach Certificate Program
Transpersonal Nurse Coach
Watson Caring Science Institute
The Wisdom of the Whole
Upcoming CE/Continuing Competency Opportunities
Mar 25, May 6, Jun 10, 2021 (12pm-3pm PT/3pm-6pm ET) – Online – Endangerment of Nurses and Patients: Exploring and Explaining the Burnout and Workplace Violence Epidemics – 3 hours for 3 CE credits
Apr 12-Jun 10, 2021 – Registration Open – 41st Annual AHNA Conference Jun 8-13, 2021 – Change to Virtual!!
Endorsed Pre-Conference June 8
Pre-Conference June 9
Deadline for completion of CNE requirements July 15
Apr 13, May 11, 2021 (2pm-5pm PT/5pm-8pm ET) – Online – Endangerment of Nurses and Patients: Exploring and Explaining the Burnout and Workplace Violence Epidemics – 3 hours for 3 CE credits
Apr 17-18, May 1-2, May 15-16, 2021 (3 weekends, 9am-4pm ET) – Clinical Meditation and Imagery Certificate
50 continuing education hours.
Apr 22, May 25, 2021 (10am-1pm PT/1pm-4pm ET) – Online – Endangerment of Nurses and Patients: Exploring and Explaining the Burnout and Workplace Violence Epidemics – 3 hours for 3 CE credits
Now thru Jun 21, 2021 – NEW SELF-STUDY COURSE: – Medicinal Marijuana
* 5 lessons, 83 pages
* Downloadable / printable PDF
* SPECIAL SPRING PROMOTION through June 21
Now thru Sep 30, 2021 – Publication – “Applying Research To Cannabis Nursing Practice: Confessions of an Integrative Nurse Coach Utilizing The Evidence Based Practice Process” – by Dominique Fontaine, RN, BSN, HNB-BC, HWNC-BC – obtain CNE post completion
May 13, 2021 – 2pm ET – Free Webinar – Living Longer and Stronger with CBD: The Recent & Emerging Research
May 18, 2021 (2-3pm CDT) – Free Webinar – Inadequate Outcomes: The Crisis of Health Inequity To register for this webinar at no cost, click here.
May 19, 2021 – online at 1 pm EDT / 12 noon CDT / 10 am PST – 3 Innocent Mistakes Nurse Entrepreneurs Make that Cause Their Businesses to Fail
AHNA members can listen free or pay $8 to receive 1 CNE contact hour.
Nonmembers pay $10 to receive 1 CNE contact hour (or join AHNA to listen free).
A recording will be available to all who register.
Jun 1 – Sep 1, 2021 – Continuously on demand – 42nd Annual IAHC Conference – Exploring Inclusive and Diverse Caring in Healthcare and Beyond
(Contact AdminAsst@ahncc.org to be included in this list.)
Ongoing CE/Continuing Competency Opportunities
Online – Free CE: The Effects of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health Hosted by PNCB
Online videocast- All Health Is Not Created Equal: Where You Live Matters – National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) 2020 Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Shannon Zenk, Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Online – Introducing Acupressure into the Clinical Setting 1.0 Contact Hour, 60 Minutes – (AHNA member benefit – Listen for Free)
Online – Research for Integrative and Whole Person Health – recording now available – IHPC Connects Webinar – Dr. Helene Langevin, Director NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Online – #Nightingale2020 Conference – Day 1 – recording of the conference
Online – #Nightingale2020 Conference – Day 2 – recording of the conference
Online – Reimagined in America – Building a Culture of Health Browse the Webinar Archives
Online – The Science of Well-Being – Yale University – Enroll for Free
Online – Podcasts – Quantum Nurse: Out of the Rabbit Hole from Stress to Bliss – created for 50-55 years old working men and women who are Dementia caregivers. Anchor podcast link – Apple podcast link – Grace Asagra, RN, HNB-BC, MA, QRA
Online – Room to Breathe: Rewiring for Ease – Jackie Levin RN, MS, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC
(Contact AdminAsst@ahncc.org to be included in this list.)
Alternative Options for Meeting Continuing Competency Requirements
Contact Hour Requirements:
The continuing competency criterion for renewal of your AHNCC certification is the equivalent of 100 contact hours in your specialty (i.e. holistic nursing or nurse coaching) and related disciplines. Contact hours must have been acquired from the date of your last certification to the date for renewal and submission of your recertification application. Continuing competency means that you have completed learning experiences that result in updating and expanding your knowledge, and skills in your specialty. Therefore, credit is given for appropriate continued education courses and alternative and equivalent activities such as publishing, presentations at conferences, and academic courses in your specialty. Specific information follows:
a. At least 20% of contact hours must directly address holistic, integrative nursing, theories, theorists or major concepts such as spirituality, intention, holistic self-care, sacred space or presence that are relevant to your practice.
b. The remaining contact hours can be related to holistic, integrative modalities, methods of practice, and studies that facilitate self-care, growth, and transformation within a holistic context. Medical focused courses will not be accepted unless you can explain how they relate to your practice. Courses that are considered basic nursing preparation and courses for lay people are not accepted.
c. The contact hours must be approved either by a licensing board, credentialed body, educational institution, or other qualified individual or organization.
d. Specific written documentation must be provided if audited.
|Accredited contact hours||Contact hours are earned though participation in accredited educational programs. These may be lectures, seminars, presentations, and online education, and journal activities that award CEs. For a conference with multiple sessions, each session must be identified individually.
60 minutes = 1 contact hour (CE)
|Certificate of attendance or completion.|
|Academic courses||Academic credit is completed through and accredited higher education institution. A grade of “C” or higher or a grade of “pass” in a pass/fail system must be achieved.
1 quarter credit = 10 contact hours
1 semester credit = 15 contact hours
|Course transcript indicating successful completion|
|Employer in-services or other programs, courses, workshops not offering official CE credits.||Presentation must be 60 minutes or longer.
60 minutes = 1 equivalent contact (EC). Specific in-service can be used only once in the five-year period.
|Documentation of title, presenter, date offered, and signed by organizational designee.|
|Presentations||This includes presentations related to holistic, integrative nursing. The presentation must be at least 30 minutes in length and include learning objectives and references. Each half hour of presentation is equivalent to 1/2 EC.
Preparation time may be included with a maximum of 1 hour preparation time per half hour of presentation. Presentation may be used only once during the certification period. A total of 30 EC may be used in the five-year period.
|Written documentation of content and verification of presentation.|
|Poster Presentation||Scholarly posters may be presented at conferences, educational settings, or health care facilities. A poster presentation is equal to 1 EC for the presentation and 2 EC for preparation. A specific poster may only be used once in the five-year period.||Written documentation of content and verification of presentation|
|Curriculum Development||This includes development of academic courses related to holistic, integrative nursing.
1 course = 10 EC
30 EC may be used in the five-year period for curriculum development.
|Course syllabus including course description and objectives with verification from academic institution|
|Publications||Publications include journal articles, book chapters, and books.
Journal article in peer-reviewed publication, primary author = 20 EC;
other authors = 10 EC.
Article in non-peer-reviewed publication, primary author = 10 EC; other authors = 5 EC.
Book author, primary author = 20 EC; other authors= 10 EC.
Book chapter, primary author = 15 EC; other authors= 10 EC.
|Written documentation of published material|
|Designing Educational Materials||This includes developing professional educational handbooks or manuals used for patient or staff teaching related to holistic care = 15 EC.
Brochures or pamphlets = 10 EC.
|Cover and table of contents for Handbook/Manual, copy of brochure or pamphlet, or electronic copy.|
|Research Projects||For research projects, Master’s theses, Doctoral dissertations, and DNP Projects focused on holistic, integrative nursing, the primary or secondary investigator shall submit the literature review and evidence of dissemination of original works through presentation of publication.
Master’s thesis = 50 EC
DNP Project = 75 EC
Doctoral dissertations = 100 EC
Research project = 100 EC
|Transcript, published article, or presentation outline and proof of presentation.|
|Professional Committee Membership||Committee activity is directly related to holistic, integrative nursing.
Current membership in a national, state, or local holistic, integrative nursing organization such as AHNA = 1 EC per year.
Leadership in a national holistic, integrative organization, such as board member = 5 EC per year.
Active participation on a committee for a national holistic, integrative organization = 4 EC per year.
Leadership in a state holistic, integrative organization such as AHNA state chapter = 4 EC.
Active participation on a committee for a state holistic, integrative organization = 3 EC per year.
Participation on a holistic committee within a healthcare institution = 5 EC per year.
Professional committee participation not to exceed 30 EC in the five-year period.
|Item Writing||Submission of test items for a holistic nursing or nurse coach exam as described in the Item-Writers Handbook.
1 item = 1 EC
A maximum of 20 CEs may be earned in the five-year period.
|Items submitted to AHNCC.|
|Item Review Session or Examination Development Committee||Participation in a panel that reviews test items.
One hour review session = 1 EC.
|Verification of participation|
|Preceptor in Holistic Nursing||Precepting other nurses in holistic, integrative nursing. A minimum of 20 hours per year of preceptorship is required = 5 EC. Maximum hours acquired per five-year term = 20 EC.||Documentation showing preceptor relationship and verification signature from colleague.|
|Holistic, Integrative Nursing Projects||Evidence-informed holistic system level change projects that enhance health of the staff or consumers = 50 EC.||Literature review and summary of project.|
How to Calculate Contact Hours
For the purposes of re-certification, one (1) hour of education time is equal to one contact hour equivalent. This is time spent in a lecture, seminar, or presentation. It does not include registration, introductions, and breaks.
For academic credit courses, one (1) quarter credit is equal to 10 contact hours. One (1) semester credit is equal to 15 contact hours.