Reflections on AHNA Conference
This year’s AHNA conference was focusd on Healthcare: Grounded in Holistic Nursing.
It was so exciting to see many so many like-minded nurses together celebrating Holistic
Nursing. Many more nurses are discovering Holistic Nursing as evidenced by all of the
new attendees to the conference this year. I have found AHNA’s conferences are unique
as compared to other nursing conferences. I always feel welcomed and connected to all
of the attendees. It's like coming home.
Currently in healthcare, we are in a pivotal time where holistic nurses have the
opportunity to reinvent themselves. Throughout these past several years, I have noticed
nurses that are ready to make changes in the way they practice. The time is now, for re-
creating new roles in the outpatient setting. Nursing is moving towards community
health and minimizing population health risks. Many healthcare organizations that have
outpatient clinics will be developing roles for nurses as case managers, care coordinators,
and nurse coaches. Being grounded in holistic nursing is essential for recognizing the
patient as a physical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual being.
I invite everyone to attend next year's conference in Bonita Springs, Florida!