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Lucia Thornton, RN, MSN, AHN-BC


Lucia has been involved in nursing, holistic healing, and healthcare for over 35 years. She has held clinical, managerial and administrative positions in various organizations and hospital settings including emergency and trauma, intensive care, education, research and development, and quality assurance. She helped develop one of the first inpatient hospice homes in the country over 30 years ago. She was instrumental in creating the process of Board Certification for Holistic Nursing in the United States and served as the first Executive Director of the American Holistic Nursing Certification Corporation. She is a past president of the American Holistic Nurses Association.

For the past 15 years she has been involved with developing seminars for hospitals and communities that focus on staff development and creating healing environments. She developed the Model of Whole-Person Caring which was the recipient of the 2004 Norman Cousins award and serves as a prototype for creating healing cultures within the workforce.

Her recently published book, Whole Person Caring: An Interprofessional Model for Healing and Wellness, provides an interprofessional guide for personal and organizational transformation and health.