2024 Conference Research Paper
American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)
AHNA's 44th Annual Conference, June 3 - June 8, 2024 in Rochester, Minnesota
Transcending Wellness through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity
Proposals relevant to holistic nursing are requested in the broad categories of practice, research, education, praxis, personal & professional development, aesthetics, nurse coaching, and advanced practice. Submissions are anticipated to reflect the conference purpose & theme.
The purpose of this conference is for participants to embrace the concepts of inclusivity and diversity, understanding the mindset of caring for and treating all types of people, things, or ideas fairly and equally, while promoting wellness, regardless of gender, race, class, sexuality, disability, or other factors.
Holistic Nursing: Inclusivity and Wellness
Equal access to wellness opportunities or resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, can be challenging in today’s healthcare delivery system. This conference will explore ways holistic nurses integrate their Core Values of the caring process and the holistic communication, therapeutic relationship, healing environments, and cultural care, to provide holistic wellness as an active, positive affirming process through which members will become aware of and make choices toward optimal health and well-being. While providing these opportunities and resources, participants will use holistic self-reflection, ethics and theories/education to address the need for inclusivity and diversity in providing wellness through self-care, healthy relationships with others, and access to healthy food, air, water, and healthcare.
Holistic Nursing Core Values
Core Value 1. Holistic Philosophies, Theories, and Ethics
Core Value 2. Holistic Nurse Self-Reflection, Self-Development and Self-Care
Core Value 3. Holistic Caring Process
Core Value 4. Holistic Communication, Therapeutic Relationship, Healing Environments, and Cultural Care
Core Value 5. Holistic Education and Research
1. Define how sound ethical nursing research, education and philosophies support and guide cultures toward being more holistic and nurturing of each other and inclusive of all diverse populations. (CV#1 & #5)
Critique how the application of our holistic values and beliefs creates a more healing environment both locally and globally through our holistic self-reflection, communication and therapeutic relationships. (CV#2 & #4)
Discuss ways that rebirthing of our holistic values through therapeutic communication, self-development and the holistic caring process assists our clients in promoting their health and wellbeing amongst diverse populations. (CV#2, #3 & #4)
Explain how the transformation of nursing research and theories and their application, related to the care of diverse cultures, promotes healing and wellbeing in underserved populations. (CV#5)
Analyze opportunities for holistic nurses to lead the charge/transformation by integrating principles of social justice, and cultural care in nursing and healthcare policy needed in today’s healthcare environment. (CV#4 & #5)
Identify specific aspects of the caring process necessary to the inclusion of diverse populations in which individual holistic nurses can make a difference. (CV#3 & #4)
Describe creative approaches to facilitate interprofessional and interracial collaboration and mentorship in holistic nursing and healthcare. (CV#4)
Describe how the practice or application of the holistic self can be a transformative instrument of renewal for individuals, cultures, and environments in developing a healthy global society. (CV#2)
.A wide range of topics are expected to be shared through educational presentations that may be accomplished in one or more of the following ways:
- Experiential & “How To” – Provide new skills and hands-on learning experiences that learners may take back to their practice and daily lives for immediate application.
- Successes – Share how you have successfully built on earlier foundations and incorporated lessons from history into your current practice so that learners may benefit from your experiences in forging new paths in holistic nursing.
- Focused-Dialogues – Facilitate dynamic group discussions and share how the history of nursing as a discipline and holistic nursing as a specialty practice informs contemporary holistic nursing practice. How can we, as holistic nurses, integrate the experiences of our early leaders into current practice. Together, explore the importance of remembering the past...and creating ways to take purposeful, conscious, intentional action for holistic nursing and humanity.
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