Position on the Role of Nurses in the Practice of Complementary & Integrative Health Approaches (CIHA)

Holistic care refers to approaches and interventions that address the needs of the whole person:
body, mind, emotion and spirit. Healing arts are those interventions that foster an individual’s
healing process; a return of the individual toward a state of wholeness in which body, mind,
emotional spirit are integrated and balanced, and the person is able to reach deeper levels of
personal understanding.

The American Holistic Nurses’ Association (AHNA) is a professional specialty nursing
association dedicated to the promotion of holism and healing. The AHNA believes that nurses
enter therapeutic partnerships with clients, their families, and their communities to serve as
facilitators in the healing process. This partnership begins with being mindfully aware and fully
present in all interactions at work and in life. The holistic nursing care process supported by
AHNA is one in which nurses abide.

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