Lynn Keegan, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
“It’s not how many people nurses work and interact with that matters. Rather it is the intention and quality of care they render to those individuals, or collections of people, in their day to day presence.”Lynn Keegan
“It is not necessary to change the world although many nurses may want to. If each of us can offer our finest selves to what we do then we can serve as an example to others. Each of us can light the allegorical candle to illuminate the path for those around us and for those who shall follow.”Lynn Keegan
Lynn Keegan is one of the founders of the holistic health focus in nursing and a well-known leader in holistic nursing. She currently works as Director of Holistic Nursing Consultants in Port Angeles, WA and has authored or co-authored 21 books and scores of professional journal publications and chapters in textbooks. Her books include seven editions of the co-authored, four time AJN award winning book of the year text, Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice,7th ed. (2016); a co-authored book, The Golden Room: A Practical Guide for Death with Dignity (2013) North Charleston, SC, and a co-authored two time AJN award winning book of the year selection, End of Life: Nursing Solutions for Death with Dignity (2011) New York City: Springer Publishers, Inc. Some of her other books include: Healing Nutrition, 1st and 2nd ed.; Healing with Complementary and Alternative Therapies; Healing Waters: The Miraculous Health Benefits of Earth’s Most Essential Resource; Profiles of Nurse Healers, and The Nurse as Healer among others. She served as editor for a 15 book series at Delmar Publishing in the 1990’s. In addition she has delivered scores of presentations and keynote addresses in numerous countries throughout the world.
Dr. Keegan was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and is board certified as Advanced Holistic Nurse by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). She is past president of AHNA and has been on the board of many organizations and journals. She served on the faculty of several prominent universities including Temple University, Medical University of South Carolina, Texas Women’s University and University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and taught in associate degree programs through coordinating graduate nursing programs. In 1991 she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Cornell University – New York Hospital School of Nursing, and later was awarded The Holistic Nurse of the Year by the American Holistic Nurses Association. She is a six-time recipient of the prestigious American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award and is primarily known for her contributions to the development and advancement of holistic nursing and in more recent years her work on evolving end of life care.