GAHN shares or aligns with the philosophy several organizations that inform the praxis of Holistic Nursing. Two organizations in particular, AHNA and AHNCC. are autonomous with unique visions and missions regarding holistic nursing. GAHN's relationship with these organizations can be envisioned as a three-legged stool with the seat representing the philosophy and core values of holistic nursing and the legs, representing each separate organization, which support and elevate the praxes of holistic nursing.
The American Holistic Nurses Association, founded in 1982, is the national membership organization for Holistic Nursing. AHNA's leadership laid the foundation for the development of holistic nursing as a specialty. For forty years, through its advocacy and vision, AHNA has been recognized as a specialty organization by the American Nurses Association, publishing Holistic Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice in partnership with ANA. Located in Topeka Kansas, AHNA provides national and regional conferences that support members continuing development, offering opportunities for continuing education, networking, and collaboration in the areas of practice and research. Information regarding AHNA's mission, vision, events and much more can be explored by clicking here: www.ahna.org
The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation, founded in 1995, is the credentialing organization for nurses and academic programs seeking holistic certification and Program Endorsement respectively. Currently AHNCC offers credentialing programs for Holistic Nurses prepared as AND nurses (HN-BC); baccalaureate nurses (HNB-BC); advanced practice nurses (AHN-BC) and advance practice with prescriptive authority nurses APHN-BC). AHNCC also offers credentialing programs for nurses who practice roles based in the philosophy of holistic nurses including Nurse Coaching (NC-BC).. A nurse who are certified as a Holistic Nurse and as Nurse Coach is considered a Health and Wellness Nurse Coach (HWNC-BC). AHNCC can be explored by clicking here: www.ahncc.org.
AHNCC Endorsed Schools
A list of the current AHNCC Endorsed Schools and their contact member can be explored by clicking here: https://www.ahncc.org/school-endorsement-program/current-endorsed-nursing-programs/
GAHN also has relations with organizations that share a common or complementary mission and vision. We create a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that includes activities each organization agrees to undertake as a way of supporting and promoting the Affiliate Organization. These organizations are listed on our website with a link to their website and promoted through our Events Calendar. Current Affiliate Organizations are listed below.
The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Organization(AHNCC).
(AHNCC) signed its first MOU with GAHN in 2021 and renewed the relationship in 2023. Founded in 1995, AHNCC is the only credentialing organization for Holistic Nursing in the United States. AHNCC has Mission/Purpose: The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation is responsible for the administration of all of its Certification Examinations including the Basic and Advanced examinations designed specifically for Holistic Nurses, and the Nurse Coach Role examination designed for all nurses. The AHNCC Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring the validity, reliability, security, and integrity of the certification process. AHNCC also offers endorsement for Academic Educational Programs for Holistic Nurses.
The National Association for Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS)
NACNS signed its first MOU with GAHN in 2022. Founded in 1995, NACNS has more than 2,000 members and represents the 89,000 clinical nurse specialists working in hospitals and health systems, clinics and ambulatory settings, and colleges and universities today.
Mission/Purpose: The mission of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) is to advance the unique expertise and value the clinical nurse specialist contributes to health care. The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is a membership organization devoted to advancing the unique expertise and values the clinical nurse specialist brings to delivering high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care and reducing the cost of health care delivery. NACNS has more than 2,000 members and represents the 89,000 clinical nurse specialists working in hospitals and health systems, clinics and ambulatory settings, and colleges and universities today.