Fitness and Nursing- any ideas? - page 2

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I am a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, as well as an RN. My true passion is for fitness, but I'm not quite ready to give up on my nursing degree. I've been trying to think of a way to combine my nursing... Read More


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    I know this topic is really old, but has anyone pursued anything that combines fitness and nursing? I'm new to nursing (three months in my first job!), but I would love to find a way to combine my two passions.
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    hi! I found this thread also & am happy to see a recent post on it.

    Good info below re. which certifications are worthwhile (ACSM & ACE, it seems). I have spoken w/ ACSM - you can not get the top cert.(physiologist) from them w/o a degree in exercise science. I would argue that as a FNP, I have more ed & exp than those masters' degree holders, but this is a professional turf issue. --- I find it very difficult to translate nursing experience into other fields (I had looked at doing volunteer work for Red Cross in mentla health counseling post disasters, but RC would not allow it, even tho I had diagnosed and medically managed these pts. for years 0 in that case, the counselors & psychologists had the field advantage.).

    The next lowest ACSM cert is the specialist, but any BS/BA in an "allied health" field with exp. in fitness rehab can sit for that cert. exam. My experience is far above a BS -trained person.

    I would add that fitness "trainers" are paid very low, compared to a RN or NP. To use yer RN degree & make decent pay, commensurate w/ yer experience & ed., I think one has to start one's own business. That might work in some markets, but in my mid-sized city, the gyms have the fitness/training market, & they would not pay more for the RN/NP experience.

    I sure would like to see a franchised chain of RN-owned health & wellness centers! Wouldn't that be great?

    I may go for the cert. if only for my own health maintenance, but I do not expect it to pay off. If you dislike nursing , & I would completely understand why! -- I advise going for the MS in exercise science. See the degreedirectory website to explore the topic.

    Let me know if anyone has ideas re. how to parlay our skills into doing the work we love, which America so much needs!
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    This post is in response to something Jeremy said...I am also an RN with a certification as a Personal Trainer. I love the healthy one-on-one with clients. Since graduating nursing school a year ago, I've begun to wonder if becoming a nurse was a mistake. You said something about cardiac rehab. How would a newer nurse get started in that direction?

    Thank you,
    EastbayRN
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    For cardiac rehab or plmonary rehab try calling around to the hospitals in your area.

    Another idea is try to get a referal base from physical therapists, once the patient has used up all authorized visits then you might be able to continue with the excercise program once the patient is released from therapy.

    Jeremy
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    Thanks Jeremy! Appreciate your saavy on this and so many other subjects.

    eastbayRN
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    I found this link which was interesting:

    Fitness Nursing is ranked #5 in the 10 most exciting Jobs in Nursing!

    NursingLink's 10 Most Exciting Jobs in Nursing

    #1: Going Into the Flow: Holistic Nursing

    #2: A Digital Dose: Nursing Informatics

    #3: Criminal Realm: Forensic Nursing

    #4: Measuring Quality: Outcomes Management

    #5: Health Pays: Fitness Nursing

    #6: On Your Own: Entrepreneur and Consultant (Self Employed)

    #7: Botox and Beyond Medical Esthetics Nurse

    #8: Beyond Chaplains: Faith-Based Nursing

    #9 Educating and Monitoring: Insurance Nursing

    #10: Managing and More: Assisted Living and Long Term Care


    Edit: Also found this nice blog on the topic:
    http://fitnessnursing.wordpress.com/


    Here's another interesting one:

    Certified Fitness Nurse

    http://www.fitnessnursing.org/mission.html
    Last edit by ProspectiveMDC on Mar 5, '10
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    Quote from HealthyRN
    I am a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, as well as an RN. My true passion is for fitness, but I'm not quite ready to give up on my nursing degree. I've been trying to think of a way to combine my nursing background with fitness and open my own business. Does anyone know of any nurses that have done something similar? I've heard of nurses that have a background in maternal/child nursing starting fitness programs for pregnant or new mothers, but I don't have the nursing background for that. Anyone have any ideas?
    I just started my first nursing job, as a matter of fact I'm still on orientation. And I'm feeling the same way. I am not loving it, and I'm kind of disapointed. I would really love to make a living by helping others get healthy. If you guys find any promising leads, please fill me in!
    lindarn likes this.
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    Quote from HealthyRN
    I am a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, as well as an RN. My true passion is for fitness, but I'm not quite ready to give up on my nursing degree. I've been trying to think of a way to combine my nursing background with fitness and open my own business. Does anyone know of any nurses that have done something similar? I've heard of nurses that have a background in maternal/child nursing starting fitness programs for pregnant or new mothers, but I don't have the nursing background for that. Anyone have any ideas?
    Wow! I was thinking the same thing.
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    I am currently working in the fitness industry and will be starting nursing school soon. My goal is to be able to combine both eventually. I love the ob/gyn and peds field, so hopefully classes relating pre-post pregnancy and peds related topics. Has anyone been successful in any of these endeavors? Do hospitals hire RNs that are certified as Fitness Instructors to offer such classes? Such a great field! No to find out how to make $ doing both!
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    Hello Everyone,

    For all of you health and fitness nurses out there, I just completed the ACE fitness Liestyle and Weight Management Coach certification. It was intense, but well worth it. My goal is to add weightloss coaching and workshops to my future business. The certification does not require you to have a personal training background, although I think it would be needed if you wanted to design an exercise routine for a client. I just thought I would share this info if anyone is interested.


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