I have been researching some as I am interested in massage therapy and am already an RN. It just seemed to make sense to me that with an RN license you can also provide/ practice massage, that it is within a nurse's scope of practice already. I do understand that maybe a seminar needs to be taken or a brief course of some proportion/self study, but I did not feel it made sense to go back to school for 9 months to a year, and pay 5-10k for massage school, if my nursing license covers massage. I ran into this article from the American Nurses Association here is the link: http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenu...iesReport.aspx
It is called "Complimentary Therapy". I also read through the Nursing Entrepreneur board and it was of opinion of some of the nurses there that massage was indeed within a nurses scope of practice and stated as such on there State Boards' website. I would like to hear others thoughts and opinions.
P.s I live in Indiana and it is not yet require to have a license or be certified to practice as a massage therapist, that will take affect in 2009, and those practicing before hand will be grandfathered in.
From my research and understanding , Indianas licensure is to take effect in january of 2009. grandfather clause usually require you to be an established practioner which usually means at least 3-5 years of practicing massage therapy. As an RN i thought the same until doing the research. The school and experience was all worth it. This is not just a rubby dubby job we're doing here and require some extensive knowledge base in anatomy and knowing(memorizing) all the 650 muscles , their insertion points and their attachments. which is not fully covered in nursing school. Also not covered was the ethics, business practices and techniques for specific sports injuries and contraindications to massage. In Illinois we may not need a license and it is within our scope of practice but per state requirement for the safety of all we are required to still have minimum 500 hours of education in massage therapy. Will anyone hire you or take you seriously as a massage therapist without that massage therapy license- sorry no. That is the purpose of the licensure. National certification is even better. for more info follow your chapter from AMTA(American massage therapy association) or www.ncbtmb.org
for more info on national certification. Also required are continuing education credits yearly to maintain your license but I won't get into that in this forum. Good Luck and go to school! There is never an easy way out unless you win the lottery and even then you have to pay tax.
here is an additional article pertaining to Indiana massage license http://www.massagemag.com/Resources/USCan/inlaws.php
Last edit by massageRN on Jun 16, '08
: Reason: addition of website referral