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Holistic Nursing

AHNCC logoAHNCC-Endorsed School of Nursing

Duquesne University School of Nursing is pleased to announce its designation as an American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) endorsed school. We are one of 14 nursing schools in the United States with this endorsement.

About Holistic Nursing

Holistic Nursing encompasses the integration of self-care, including the use of integrative therapies, and the understanding of the interconnectedness of the self and nature, all of which are paired with medical expertise. Holistic Nursing is a type of nursing practice in which the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of a patient are considered throughout their treatment. This practice embodies Duquesne's values with an emphasis on culture, ethics, and spirituality.

Holistic Nurses provide practices such as aromatherapy, meditation, energy work, and therapeutic touch, including the practice of self-care so they can provide the best treatment plans for their patients. The Duquesne School of Nursing aspires to reinforce holistic ideals within healthcare settings and the classroom in order to prepare nurses to provide culturally, medically, and ethically competent care.

American Holistic Nurses Association

Preparing for Certification

The Primary references used to prepare for the HN or HNB examination are:

  • The Core Essentials document for the Basic competences.
    Print Appendix A and highlight those area that you might need to review.
  • The AHNA Scope and Standards of Practice.
    For edition 2 read pages 1-22 closely, Appendix A pg 100-133, and then look at the Standards for the exam level you are choosing.
  • The practice examination.

Recommended book: The Handbook for Holistic Nursing Practice. Edition 4 or 5 is fine. If you choose to get the book, review the chapters about holistic nursing communication, environment, relationships, etc. Do not spend time reading up on all the healing therapies. You will want to review the holistic nursing theories and holistic caring process.

Dr. Walters' Personal Journey

Photo of Dr. Cynthia WaltersDr. Cynthia A. Walters found a personal connection to Holistic Nursing when her best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Throughout her friend's treatment and positive experience within healthcare settings, Dr. Walters realized how integral a holistic understanding of the body, mind, and spirit was in her treatment, and this is what inspired her passion for Holistic Nursing. Since then, she has dedicated herself to incorporating these practices within healthcare settings in order to provide treatment plans that consider a patient's strengths and challenges on multiple levels. Dr. Walters recognizes the significance of understanding a patient culturally, spiritually, and physically in order to provide them with the most ethically sound and competent treatment. In the practice of considering the patient as a whole, Dr. Walters was able to see a positive change in her friend's health and recognize the significance of proliferating the Holistic Nursing practice within various healthcare settings.


Dr. Cynthia Walters