Lucia Thornton, THD, RN, MSN, AHN-BC

Past-President, AHNA

Lucia has been involved in nursing, holistic healing and healthcare for over 35 years and is a pioneer in the development of hospice, holistic and integrative nursing.   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 is a past president of the American Holistic Nurses Association.

Lucia 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 established and directed The Visions in Healthcare Council and The Institute of Health and Well Being to foster an awareness of health and healing in her community. She has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing students at California State University in Fresno and conducted workshops throughout the United States on holistic nursing.

She developed the model of whole-person caring (WPC), which serves as an interprofessional guide for personal and organizational healing and transformation.  The WPC model operationalizes concepts that are inherent to healing and provides a common framework that supports and encourages interprofessional collaboration and practice.

For the past 15 years she has worked with hospitals, hospices and communities to create healing environments based on the model of whole-person caring.  Her work has received national, state, and local recognition and was the recipient of the Norman Cousins Award.

Lucia serves on the faculty of Energy Medicine University and consults and teaches throughout the United States.  She is the author of Whole Person Caring: An Interprofessional Model for Healing and Wellness, recently published by Sigma Theta International Honor Society of Nursing.