4 Ways You Can Benefit From Holistic Nursing
In early August, I received notification of my recertification as a board-certified holistic nurse from the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA).
I share this with you not only because I’m proud of this achievement, but to explain why this designation is important to me—and how you might benefit from working with a holistic nurse.
Throughout my 17 years working in hospital nursing, I always felt like something was missing; that there had to be more to offer patients. Then in 1987, I attended my first AHNA conference in Estes Park, Colorado. It felt as if I had truly come home. They were speaking my language and I knew that I would gain the tools I needed to move not only my nursing practice forward, but to better assist people on their path to wellness.
This passage from Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice distills my belief and that of those in the holistic nursing profession:
Healing and curing are two different processes… Curing may or may not be possible, but healing is always possible.
So what exactly is a holistic nurse? We are legally licensed nurses who use our knowledge, theories, expertise, and intuition to care for you. We consider the condition of your whole person throughout the process, from assessment to planning to evaluation of the results. We nurture wholeness, peace, and healing by valuing your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and environmental strengths and challenges. And we honor your values, health beliefs, and health experience.
There is so much more I could share about holistic nursing. To learn more, I invite you to visit the AHNA website.
In 1990, I started my private practice, blending holistic medicine, intuition, and modern medicine to help my clients gain optimal health. In 1997, I was among the first group of nurses to become board-certified holistic nurses through the AHNA. I’ve maintained my certification ever since. It means that much to me.
I firmly believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating symptoms. I also don’t believe it’s either a “medical” solution or a “holistic” solution. As both a holistic nurse and an RN, I believe each model complements the other—and there are times when a purely holistic approach is best.
You Know What Is Best
My goal is always to empower my clients to listen to their own inner knowing and to make well-educated choices when it comes to their health and healing.
You will find holistic nurses in hospitals, medical offices, and other healthcare settings, as well as in private practice. The latter has been my path for nearly 30 years.
Wondering what it might be like to work with a holistic nurse for optimum health and wellbeing? Here are four approaches I use in my practice:
- Nutrition services: Good nutrition is vital for your good health and well-being. I work with you to get a complete picture of your nutritional status and then develop an individualized plan for your nutritional needs.
- Nutritional supplements: Along with dietary changes, I might suggest nutritional supplements to support your path to wellness.
- Medical intuition: This intuitive method of tracking energy in your body can help you discover the root of your blocks, illness, or disease.
- Energy healing: As a Certified Holistic Nurse and Karuna/Crystal Reiki Master, I work intuitively to facilitate healing energy to assist your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances to heal.
You can learn more by visiting my website.
It’s my absolute pleasure to assist you on your path to wellness. To set up an appointment, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-631-0824. I’m here for you.