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For the third year in a row, the four Ascension hospitals in southeast Michigan – Ascension Macomb­Oakland, Ascension Providence, Ascension River District and Ascension St. John – attained the national record for the highest number of board-certified holistic nurses in the country.
Ascension St. John Hospital was officially notified of this record by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) in early January. Since 2006, 133 nurses at the four hospitals have achieved board certification in holistic nursing after attending the certification preparation courses offered through Ascension SE Michigan.
Holistic nursing was recognized by American Nurses Association in 2006 as a nursing specialty with defined scope and standards of practice. Holistic nursing defines healing the whole person as its goal, taking a mind, body, spirit, emotion and environment approach to the practice of traditional nursing.
It encourages nurses to integrate self-care, self-responsibility, spirituality and reflection into their lives. These concepts are an integral part of the Ascension nursing professional practice model and align with the Ascension Mission of being dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities.
The Holistic Nurse Intensive-Core Curriculum© (HNI) is a unique, three-session program offered in a retreat setting and prepares nurses to take the AHNCC certification exam in holistic nursing. Upon completion, nurses are awarded 58 continuing education units applicable toward board certification. Graduates are able to incorporate new knowledge and skills into their nursing practice, embody therapeutic presence, and implement person-centered care. Here are comments from a few graduates:
“This experience is totally life changing I am excited to see where it takes me. ”
”Many useful skills have been gained that will enhance my work life and home life as well as the care of my patients.”
”Personally, this was a renewal for me. I’ve been a nurse for a long time and sometimes it becomes a routine, but after I attended this program I feel like my spirit is revived again,· excited to care more, give more what I learned”