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Holistic Nursing

AHNCC logoAs a national leader in holistic nursing, Duquesne's School of Nursing is one of 17 nursing schools in the United States endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC). We put holistic care at the center of our curriculum. Our students learn to consider the physical, mental, cultural, emotional and spiritual aspects of a patient's needs and treatment.

What is Holistic Nursing

The practice of holisitic nursing rests on three major pirnicpals: unity, well being and the interrelatonship between human beings and their environment.  In Duquesne's Foundatoins of Holistic nusring course, students are taught to consider the person's socio-economic background, religion gender identity and culrture. It is only when the s nurse understands the whole person that the best couse of action can be charted.

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, with medical expertise. GAHN Scholar and adjunct nursing faculty, Dr. Cindy Walters, believe "Duquesne is seen as a leader in promoting integrative health at the university level." 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.

The Duquesne University School of Nursing aspires to reinforce holistic ideals within health care settings and the classroom in order to prepare nurses to provide culturally, medically and ethically competent care. Link to the nursing magazine article.

GAHN Scholars

The Board of Directors of the Global Academy of Holistic Nursing (GAHN) has designated two GAHN Scholars among the School of Nursing faculty, Dr. Yvonne Weideman and Dr. Cynthia Walters. Selection to GAHN is based on the demonstration of social justice, trustworthiness, caring-healing and associated scholarship related to these values.

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"As a GAHN Scholar, I am excited for the opportunity to broaden perspectives on health and well-being and caring-healing practices in a way that elevates the practice of nursing to new heights." 

Yvonne L. Weideman, DNP, MBA, RN, AHN-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, GAHN
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, BME/BSN Program


"Our goals is to help students prepare for a world that is increasingly embracing holistic health care as part of a larger, integrative approach to health."

Cynthia Walters, DNP, AHN-BC, GAHN
Assistant Clinical Professor