AMERICAN HOLISTIC NURSES' CREDENTIALING CORPORATION
Florence Nightingale asked the following:
"What will this world be on August 11, 1999? And what in 1999 shall we wish to have been doing now? And what shall we wish not to have been doing now? What of all the things that we do or say or think, will it have signified that we should have done, or said, or thought, then? And what will it not have signified? ...What will this world be on August 11, 1999?"
And then she answered, "What we have made it."
Florence Nightingale, 1873.
AHNCC Endorsement Packet
March of 1997, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing adopted a white paper stating:
•Nursing schools are "change agents" and "keepers" of core values; •Nursing is contextual, holistic in nature, nurtured in human relationships;
•Nurses attend to the meaning of an illness and that such meaning is vital for the healing process.
"Most unique to nursing, however, will be the profession's
continued focus on the whole person across the life span, taking into
account developmental, physical and mental health, and spiritual needs
in a comprehensive approach to care". American Association of
Colleges of Nursing Vision of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing
Education: The Next Decade, (1997, p. 5).
AHNCC's ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM
AHNCC's aims to facilitate the advancement of Holistic Nursing. Consistent with Nightingale's vision and the recent committment by AACN, AHNCC designed a School Endorsement Program in 2000. Our goals were to
recognize Nursing Schools that provide Holistic Nursing programs and to facilitate their graduates in the Certification Process. Since then AHNCC has Endorsed several programs from Nursing Schools around the country. A full list of these programs can be found below.
AHNCC Endorsed Schools
Your curriculum distinguishes preparation of the Holistic Nurse from those prepared within the Totality paradigm of Nursing;
Graduates are prepared to provide Holistic care as defined by AHNA's Core Values and Standards of Holistic Nursing; and
Graduates are eligible to sit for a certification examination for five years from the date of graduation, assuming they have successfully passed the N-Clex examination.
AHNCC Endorsement Packet
•Institutional accreditation by a nationally recognized Regional Accreditation body;
•School of Nursing accreditation by NLN or AACN;
•Institutional accreditation recognized by the US Department of Education; and
•Documentation that validates the Schools Philosophy and Mission are consistent with AHNA Core Values and Standards of Practice.
The following must be submitted with the Application Form requesting Program Endorsement •A statement prepared by the Dean/Director or Designee that provides an overview of the attached documents and explains how the program prepares students for Holistic Nursing Practice at the designated level of practice;
•The School's Philosophy reflects AHNA's Philosophy of Nursing, Code of Ethics, and Core Values;
•The Course descriptions and objectives reflect Holistic Nursing Core Values;
•Course content provides knowledge and skills needed to practice Holistic Nursing at the appropriate level and includes basic Holistic Nursing concepts such as Presence, Intentionality, Unconditional Acceptance, Self-care, Sacred Space, and others; and
•Evidence that lead faculty are AHNCC Certified at the Advanced level (AHN-BC).