The North American Anthroposophic Nurses Association strives to uphold and cultivate the Anthroposophic nursing and medical practices indicated by Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman. We work to further enhance the quality of caregiving and to develop and support the community of Anthroposophic nurses through peer support, education, research and collective collaboration.
The Art of Anthroposophic Nursing will contribute to the healing of the Human Being, in the light of Anthroposophy, and integrated within the medical systems of the present day. Its principles and gestures will serve the individual development of Nurses and Care-givers in North America as well as worldwide.
The earth needs care. Life needs care. Animals, plants, mineral resources, water, air and temperature of our planet – all this concerns US. We bear responsibility. Human beings need care. As a newborn and child as well as a sick or old person. We learn to take care of ourselves and the world around us. As professional nurses, we help to develop nursing care as a cultural mission in practical, scientific and political terms.
Anthroposophy means "wisdom of man". Anthroposophical nursing means dealing responsibly with the earth's resources and nurturing human relations with the earth. Human relationships, economic conditions, access to education and participation in society help to determine one's health. In them the individual biography unfolds.
Anthroposophical nursing is a worldwide movement. In more than 16 countries on all continents there are training and further training courses for this art of nursing. Here, nursing methods such as therapeutic washing, wraps and compresses, baths, and rhythmic Einreibung are are taught. Anthroposophical medicine is the basis for the therapeutic applications. The nursing attitude, which can have a healing or insulting effect, is of particular importance. It is expressed in the relationship between the carer and the person receiving care.
All over the world professional carers have joined together in national associations to spread and develop anthroposophic nursing. The International Council of Anthroposophic Nursing Associations (ICANA) is the umbrella organisation of these national associations. The International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing (IFAN) is an annual meeting of nurses for professional exchange. The office for "Quality in Anthroposophic Nursing" is caring for the quality of nursing training.