Immaculata University Wins Excellence in Holistic Nursing Education Award

Immaculata University (IU) received the Excellence in Holistic Nursing Education Award and a gift of $500 from the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) at the association´s annual conference on June 3, 2011. The award recognizes nursing programs that teach a holistic approach to nursing, offer clinical experiences that focus on patients’ holistic needs, and emphasize self-care for nurses.

Immaculata’s Division of Nursing applied for the award in February, writing about its more than 25 years of educating nurses in its R.N.-to-B.S.N. program and, more recently, in its pre-licensure B.S.N. program. Immaculata highlighted its commitment to teaching a holistic worldview to nursing students and its emphasis on altruism, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.

At the AHNA’s conference in Louisville, Kentucky, the president and the education coordinators of the AHNA presented the award to Gail Lehner, M.S.N., assistant professor of nursing and a board-certified advanced holistic nurse, who accepted it on Immaculata’s behalf. Immaculata will be named as the award recipient on the AHNA’s website, and in the association’s publications, Beginnings and The Journal of Holistic Nursing. Two publications of the National Student Nurses’ Association will also honor Immaculata as the award recipient: Imprint, a professional magazine for student nurses, and Dean’s Notes, a publication for nursing school deans, administrators, and faculty.

Immaculata’s Division of Nursing, composed of 14 faculty members, is accredited by the Commission for College Nursing Education. The Division of Nursing also offers an M.S.N. program, with concentrations in nursing education and nursing administration. Through various courses, lessons on complementary medicine, clinical experiences, and research opportunities, the Division teaches nursing students to practice holistic patient care. Lehner calls holism “the organizing framework of the curriculum.”

Immaculata University, a Catholic comprehensive, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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