OMG! I had no clue there was such a thing as nurses working as massage therapists! I graduated from a 600 hr program in 1999. I am graduating today actually with my ADN. I have not done massage in YEARS!! Please share
Feb 2, '09
Quote from suanna
Licenced? In Ohio Massage Therapy Boards are run by the Board of Medicine- not BON. I've see thier boards and they are TOUGH. Anyone can do "relaxation massage"-no licence required of any kind. The rate per session is about 1/2 that of "theraputic massage" at the same business.
There are requirements for the state of Ohio as well and all massage therapy whether therapeutic or relaxation is a manipulation of soft tissues, therefore requiring a license. Due to the personal nature of the work ethics and backround checks are usually required as well. In Ohio you need to graduate with 750 hours of massage eduacation and pass their state tests as well. I certainly would report to your state if these therapists are not licensed. Please refer to this site for Ohio requirements: http://www.med.ohio.gov/pdf/eligmt.pdf
. The reason states are establishing these laws is because you need proper education for your safety as well as the client you are massaging. Just because you have your nursing license does not mean you can massage. Sure we know anatomy and muscles etc. but it is still out of our scope of practice as a nurse. I certainly would not want to be hurt by someone who thinks deep tissue is just "rubbing a little harder" or having a registered sex offender working on me during my massage. Please refer to your individual states because if they are requiring a license and you are massaging without one you could lose your nursing license or put on suspension for years or probation. Some of these states also fine you as well, and the fines are hefty. So as a massage therapist does this mean I can give out Motrin 600 mg for pain after your massage or antidepressant because that patient was prescribed them or heck why not hydrate the client with some IV fluids. No these massage therapists worked very hard for their education and license just as we did for our nursing license. Please have respect for each others professions because I thought the same before I went to massage school and boy was I in for a big surprise after I started. There was more to it than I realized!
Last edit by massageRN on Feb 2, '09
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