Veda Andrus, EdD, MSN, RN, HN-BC is Vice President, Education and Program Development for The BirchTree Center for Healthcare Transformation. She was Founding President/CEO of Seeds and Bridges Center for Holistic Nursing Education (1983-2000) where she co-created The Certificate Program in Holistic Nursing and other professional development continuing education programs. Dr. Andrus is past President and International Director for the American Holistic Nurses Association (1991-1995) and is the recipient of the 2004 Holistic Nurse of the Year award. She is former faculty at Goddard College, Health Arts and Science Program, and former faculty for the Global Medicine Education Foundation. She served as the Delegation Leader for the first Holistic Nursing Delegation to China and Mongolia in 1994 through the Citizen Ambassador Program of People-to-People International. Dr. Andrus is on the Board of Directors for the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) and on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Holistic Nursing. She has authored many articles and book chapters including a chapter in the AJN 2002 Book of the Year: Holistic Health and Healing. Dr. Andrus most recently co-authored the chapter, Holistic Leadership, with Marie Shanahan, for the second edition of the Core Curriculum for Holistic Nursing.
"Grounding our nursing practice in a philosophical and theoretical foundation can serve as a springboard for a relationship-centered therapeutic partnership with our patients. Creating an intention to enter into relationship from a place of a loving and caring heart, with full presence, compassion, and kindness, becomes integral with the quality of care we provide for our patients."
- Dr. Veda Andrus, VP of Education and Program Development