What Is AHNA?

The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is a non-profit membership association serving more than 4,500 members and 130 local and online chapters across the U.S. and abroad. 

AHNA is the definitive voice for holistic nursing and promotes the education of nurses, other healthcare professionals, and the public in all aspects of holistic caring and healing. 

AHNA has promoted the education of nurses, journalists, legislators, other healthcare professionals and the public in all aspects of holistic caring and healing since 1981. 

In 2007, the American Nurses Association (ANA) recognized Holistic Nursing as an official nursing specialty and assisted AHNA in publishing the Holistic Nursing Scopes and Standards of Practice

Who We Serve

Our members are highly-educated nurses and healthcare providers who share a unified mission to advocate for holism in health care and work to bring holistic, complementary and integrative care to diverse practice settings.

In addition to the various nursing specialties (e.g. oncology, pain management, pediatric and acute care, etc.), our members offer a variety of services including holistic education, research, nutrition counseling, and mind-body-spirit therapies. View our list of integrative modalities and our online practitioner directory.

Our members work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practice, universities, long-term care facilities, home-care groups, physicians' offices, outpatient surgery centers and integrative clinics and fill many roles: RNs, LPNs, educators, researchers, clinical and operations managers, wellness coaches, spiritual counselors and business owners. View our online practitioner directory. Read personal stories from our members to understand their motivation for joining AHNA.

What We Do

AHNA’s mission is to advance holistic nursing through CARE: Community building, Advocacy, Research and Education. Our current activities include:

  • Community building through online and print publications plus local, regional and national networking opportunities
  • Advocacy to improve the healthcare workplace through the incorporation of holistic principles and practices, with expertise in supporting holistic self-care and wellness for nurses; AHNA also contributes to holistic initiatives being led by the American Nurses Association (ANA) and monitors and responds to U.S. government policy initiatives
  • Research and scholarship in holistic nursing theory, education, ethics and practice
  • Education of nurses and other healthcare professionals about effective holistic, complementary and integrative health care through ANCC-approved continuing nursing education (CNE), and education of the public about effective holistic, complementary and integrative health care 

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Our Strategic Goals

  • Increase AHNA's Influence on Holism in Healthcare
  • Increase Communication, Education and Awareness of Holistic Nursing and AHNA
  • Enhance Financial Strength and Resources
  • Expand and Increase Awareness of Member Service Benefits
  • Increase Membership
  • Strengthen AHNA Infrastructure
  • Increase Holistic and Integrative Research

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"The words 'Holistic Nursing' mean  nursing the whole person in the ways of Nightingale….fresh air, fresh food and water, spiritual sustenance, and mental and emotional support leading to clarity for the one being cared for." -- AHNA member Julie Nelson RN, HN-BC


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