American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)

Overview of ANA-SNAPG Activities

A survey of AHNA’s members identified education in geriatric care as a top need of nurses who work with the elderly. In order to prepare holistic nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to care for older adults, the AHNA became a partner of the ANA-SNAPG program, the American Nurses Association - Specialty Nursing Association Partners in Geriatrics. AHNA’s involvement in the program has included the development of special geriatric care modules for continuing nursing education as well as the addition of "GeroFocus" to the AHNA Web site.

Publications and Position Statements
Presentations, Workshops, and Seminars
Education Modules, Programs, and Learning Tools

Publications and Position Statements

  • The Spring 2007 issue of Beginnings, the AHNA member magazine, was completely devoted to the theme of Age and Life Transitions, including articles about caring for the elderly.
  • The Fall 2007 issue of Beginnings, the AHNA member magazine, was completely devoted to the theme of Palliative care, including articles about pain management and end-of-life care for the elderly.
  • Other published articles on geriatric related topics in Beginnings, include:
    • Cantwell, Joan. (2006). "Expressive Arts in a Hospice Setting."
    • Eliopoulos, Charlotte. (2005). "New Educational Opportunities to Improve Competencies in Geriatric Care."
    • Balzer Riley, Julia. (2005). "From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Spiritual Eldering."
    • Eliopoulos, Charlotte (2005) "AHNA Joins in National Collaboration in Geriatric Nursing."
  • Published articles in the Journal of Holistic Nursing, include:
    • Rew, Lynn. (2006). "Being in Tune with Life: Complementary Therapy Use and Well-Being in
    • Residential Hospice Residents."
    • Cruse, B. & Prazak, M. (2006) "Humor and Older Adults: What Makes Them Laugh?"
    • Nichols, E., Sullivan, T., Ide, B., Shreffler-Grant, J. & Weinert, C. (2005) Complementary Therapy,
    • Chronic Illness and Older Rural Dwellers."
  • Highlighted in various issues of the AHNA email newsletter.

Presentations, Workshops, and Seminars

  • Developed four geriatric-care continuing educational modules for dissemination to nurses in the U.S. and abroad. The modules are available through the AHNA Web site and can be downloaded free of charge. For a nominal fee, contact hours are granted for the completion of the self-study packet. Modules include:
    • Safe Integration of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Geriatric Care
    • Spirituality in Geriatric Nursing Care
    • Self-Care for Geriatric Nurses
    • Aging with Chronicity: Overview and Resources
  • Added a special section to the AHNA Web site titled GeroFocus, an online resource for nurses seeking specialized information about caring for older adults.

Education Modules, Programs, and Learning Tools

  • On June 2 - 5, 2008, the American Holistic Nurses Association will hold its 28th Annual entitled “Renewing Healthcare: A Journey to New Heights” at the Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, N.H.  
  • AHNA is an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #10442.
  • Featured workshop at the 2006 National Conference “Integrative Approaches for the Major Health Challenges of Older Adults”
    Featured workshop at the 2005 National Conference “We’re All in This Together! From Age-ing to Sage-ing ... a Profound New Vision of Growing Older.”

Congratulations to NCA specialty nurse award winner - Charlotte Eliopoulos, RN, MPH, ND, PhD!

For more information about AHNA's geriatric activities please contact: Valerie Eschiti, RN, MSN, CHTP, AHN-BC