The idea that a nurse is not capable of giving a medically sound, therapeutic healing massage is ridiculous. I am terribly sorry, but after having had a vary thorough A&P training in nursing school and many years of practice, a 200 or 300 hr. course in medical massage should be sufficient. There is absolutely no comparison to a licensed NURSE massage therapist and a person who is just a massage therapist with a license.
I am horrified to hear nurses sell themselves short. If you believe you need to go back to school and spend thousands of more dollars for massage school after becoming a nurse, maybe you should reconsider nursing.
I give therapeutic Medical Massage by doctors orders every day. I have a certificate in Medical Massage.
A nurse only needs the order of the patients PCP!
Aug 7, '12
I'm a Licensed massage practitioner with basic training in massage therapy of 750 hours, and over 300 hours of continuing education in related manual therapy CEUs, and more than 15 years in practice as an LMP.
I'm also an RN with an ADN two year nursing program, and one year of practice as an RN.
There is no way that RN training given today is sufficient to prepare one for giving therapeutic massage as done by a trained professional massage therapist.
A relaxing back massage, hand massage, foot rub, neck rub done at the bedside, ok, maybe some nurses feel comfortable with that. It was not taught in our program. We were too busy. It was fondly recalled by a few of the older instructors nearing their retirement, as being something done "back in the day."
I can't speak to how well a 300 "medical massage" program qualifies one to deliver the specific treatment given by an LMP. I do know that the nursing license gives the legal scope to touch the body therapeutically.
If you want to deliver effective, non-harmful, restorative and healing massage, go to a good massage school and get a massage practitioner credential.
If you want to deliver comfort at the bedside, your nursing credential is enough.
Last edit by redfoxglove on Aug 7, '12
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