The Southeast Minnesota chapter adheres to the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) purpose of promoting the education of nurses, other healthcare professionals, and the public in all aspects of holistic caring and healing. In addition, SE-MN chapter functions as a community resource for fellow practitioners.
The holistic nurse is an instrument of healing and a facilitator in the healing process. Holistic nurses honor each individual’s subjective experience about health, health beliefs, and values. They may integrate complementary/alternative modalities (CAM) into clinical practice to treat people’s physiological, psychological, and spiritual needs, helping individuals access their greatest healing potential.
The practice of holistic nursing requires nurses to integrate self-care, self-responsibility, spirituality, and reflection in their lives. This may lead the nurse to greater awareness of the interconnectedness with self, others, nature, and spirit. This awareness may further enhance the nurses understanding of all individuals and their relationships to the human and global community, and permits nurses to use this awareness to facilitate the healing process.
Holistic nursing is not necessarily something that you do: it is an attitude, a philosophy, and a way of being. (AHNA, 2009)