The Future is Here: American Nurses Association Recognizes Cannabis Nursing as a Specialty

Does ANA officially recognize cannabis nursing? YES!

We’re standing on the precipice of a healthcare revolution, and the American Nurses Association (ANA) has made it official: Cannabis Nursing is a recognized nursing specialty. Years of hard work by our friends at the American Cannabis Nurses Association and the Cannabis Nursing Network have made what was once a controversial and often stigmatized field finally receive the acknowledgment it deserves.

“ANA is pleased to officially recognize cannabis nursing practice as a nursing specialty. This recognition highlights the essential role and special contribution of cannabis nurses to the health care system and promotes enhanced integration of cannabis therapies for health care consumers across diverse health care settings.”

– Jennifer Mensik Kennedy, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, President, ANA

And guess what? The Integrative Nurse Coach® Academy (INCA) is already ahead of the curve with our trailblazing 72 contact hour CannyNurse® Certificate Program.

A Milestone Moment in Nursing

The ANA’s recent press release is more than a stamp of approval; it’s an endorsement of the untapped potential that Cannabis Nursing holds. This monumental acknowledgment from the ANA showcases a shifting paradigm in healthcare and opens new doors of possibilities, not just for the practice of nursing but also for patient care.  We’re moving away from one-size-fits-all solutions and diving into personalized, holistic care. Cannabis Nursing is not a trend; it’s the future, and it’s here to stay.

Ana Cannabis Nursing Specialty

How INCA Is Shaping the Cannabis Nursing Landscape

If you’re new to the world of INCA, welcome! Our mission is to fuse evidence-based science with ancient wisdom, offering our alumni fulfilling, multidimensional career paths. Our CannyNurse® Certificate Program(CNCP) is a perfect embodiment of that ethos.

While the ANA’s recognition is pivotal, the CannyNurse Certificate Program has been pushing boundaries for some time now. Designed by an award-winning nursepreneur, it’s the first comprehensive program for working nurses.

It’s also the Cannabis Nursing Network’s “favorite comprehensive cannabis nurse training program”, blending the latest in scientific research with the rich cultural history and diverse applications of cannabis in healthcare. Over 100 nurses have graduated from the program with an additional cohort graduating this month.

This program doesn’t just dabble in the science and ethics of cannabis in healthcare; it offers a comprehensive, mind-body-spirit approach that transcends the traditional borders of healthcare. We touch on everything from the endocannabinoid system to dosing, to legal considerations, and integrate our strong foundation in holistic wellness and evidence-based science.

Cannabis Nursing Certification

The CNCP undergoes continuous updates to incorporate the latest in cannabis research. With the recognition of cannabis nursing as a specialty by ANA, we expect that a Cannabis Nursing Certification exam will be introduced in the near future. Upon its initiation, the CNCP will ensure the inclusion of any additional components needed for exam preparation.

With ANA’s recognition of Cannabis Nursing, the field takes a definitive step out of the shadows and into the limelight of legitimacy. It’s not just about acknowledging the healing properties of cannabis; it’s about empowering nurses with the knowledge and tools to provide comprehensive, evidence-based care in this burgeoning field.

Join us in the future of healthcare and learn more about our CannyNurse® Certificate Program.

Love Hawkins
Love Hawkins, MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC, CNM, NC-BC
Integrative Nurse Coach | + posts

My nursing career began in 2006. I had been a Certified Doula when I encountered the profession of Nurse Midwifery. That sparked my journey to become a Nurse Midwife. I obtained an AS in both Pre-Nursing and Behavioral Science from Georgia Military College, BSN from Medical College of Georgia, MSN and Post Master’s Certificate from Frontier Nursing University. I have a deep love for assisting anyone towards becoming higher versions of themselves, but an even deeper passion for assisting women in that endeavor. I have experience in 1st surgical assist, the pain management setting, as well as providing both pre & postoperative care in urological outpatient procedures.

I am a Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife. I retired from the US Air Force 2yrs ago (as a CNM) and have been working diligently since then to restore my own health. I'm an adjunct clinical instructor at a local college for RN students. I have an incessant thirst/hunger for continued knowledge and more ways to assist my clients/patients. As such, I will also begin a dual DNP/MPH program in the fall. I’m very excited to begin this new chapter in life.

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