A local chapter of the American Holistic Nurses Assocation had been missing from the New York City nursing landscape until William Rosa, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN-CMC, LMT, decided it was time to create one.
Rosa, the chapter leader of the newly installed New York City Chapter of the AHNA and also a Caritas Coach, hosted an inaugural meeting in the fall with four chapter board members at NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan.
Rosa said he became interested in bringing a chapter to NYC after joining the national AHNA in 2013, the same time he was enrolled in the Watson Caring Science Institutes six-month Caritas Coach Education Program. The ANHA didnt have a NYC chapter, and I knew so many nurses around New York who were really craving this kind of community, he said.
Rosa filed for chapter status in April, and the application was approved in June. He then put out feelers for others with similar interests. Our goal quickly became, How do we set up a board of people so that the chapter is sustainable and that its here in a year? he said.
Chapter board members include Maya Escalona, NPP, RN, a psychiatric NP at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, who handles community outreach; Sarla Santos, RN, MS, CCRN, nurse educator for pediatrics, NYU Langone, who serves as secretary; Kathy Madden, FNP-BC, RN, AOCNP, AHNP-BC, oncology NP, NYU Langone, treasurer; and Meghan Sweeney, RN, OCN, infusion nurse at NYUs Perlmutter Cancer Center, chapter leader-elect.More than 60 people attended the chapters first meeting last September.
The chapter secured holistic nursing consultant and educator Jeanne Anselmo, BSN, RN, as its guest speaker.
This has been an amazing experience with the chapter, Rosa said. In just two meetings, we have had more than 35 people join. And the expert level of our first years speakers is unheard of.
Rosa sits on the U.S. board of advisers for the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health. This year, he and colleague Holly Shaw, RN, PhD, associate professor at Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y., will travel to Aqaba, Jordan, to present at the Watson Caring Institutes Middle Eastern Nurses United in Caring Conference.
Rosa also will travel to India to be a patient in an ayurvedic healing village, he said.
Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter.