Minnesota Holistic Nurses Association (MinnHNA) was organized in 1987 by a group of local nurses who became inspired to promote a holistic nursing network in our community. MinnHNA continues to focus on the integration of holistic health care. We are the largest Chapter in the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), primarily serving the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
Our Mission & Vision
MinnHNA is a non-profit, community-based leadership organization committed to connecting, collaborating, creating, challenging, and caring within an inclusive and diverse community; educating, transforming, and empowering those united in the philosophy and practice of holistic healing.
MinnHNA is an inclusive healing community that strives to nurture and promote equity, wholeness, peace, and inter-connection leading to a synergy of mutuality to transform healthcare through the holistic paradigm.
MinnHNA educates, transforms, and empowers those united in the philosophy and practice of holistic healing. We are committed to these guidelines.
AHNA is Established
Charlotte McGuire established the American Holistic Nursing Association (AHNA) to address her observation that “nursing care [is] becoming less and less patient and wellness centered.”
Over a dozen professionals gathered monthly at Naida Colby's workplace in Golden Valley, MN, to share their vision of a Minnesota chapter of AHNA.
The first Healing Touch class is offered to 30 students at what is now St. Catherine University, known then as St. Mary’s campus of the College of St. Catherine, Minneapolis campus.
All Day Workshop
The first all day workshop was hosted, titled "Patterns of Health: Holistic Approaches to Healing," with Margaret Newman, PhD, RN as the keynote speaker.
An annual Minnesota Holistic Nurses Association newsletter was created and mailed to all members.
Partnership in Holism
The Minnesota Holistic Nurses Association began a partnership with the Minnesota Holistic Medical Group.
Minnesota nurses and other professionals recognized the solid research regarding the Holistic Paradigm of Health.
Holistic Nursing in Minnesota
Naida Colby, from Minnesota, received the Holistic Nurse of the Year Award from AHNA and was influential in bringing holistic nursing to Minnesota.
During the AHNA Annual Conference in Green Lake, WI, a Leadership Circle was formed to organize the next steps for the Minnesota chapter of AHNA.
Expanding Member Engagement
The MinnHNA’s logo and brochure were created and mailed to all members. Five continuing education and networking gatherings were held throughout the year.
Holistic Nurse Certification Program
The Holistic Nursing Certificate Program was offered at St. Olaf College with support from MinnHNA.
Restructure and Prioritize
The pandemic of COVID-19 disrupted all programming for the year. The Leadership Council took the opportunity update the Web site and revisit how to recognize, acknowledge, and create actions to address racial inequities in nursing and our communities.