Quote from aquarius11
I am currently an RN working on a med-surg unit, but am interested in going back to school for some type of alternative medicine, such as massage therapy or getting a degree in holistic nursing. I have read many threads about the difficulty in finding full time work as a massage therapist, but was wondering if learning medical-massage is of any more value in the job market. Also does anyone know what type of job prospects I would have if I went back to get a degree in holistic nursing? Please let me know
I'm not familiar with degrees in holistic nursing, but you can be certified in holistic nursing just the same as someone is certified in Med/Surg nursing or ER nursing. However, in order to be able to sit for the Holisitic Nursing Certification exam you need to have a BSN and have practiced a complementary/alternative modality (like massage) for a year or two prior to that. Two of my college professors were certified in holistic nursing, but they said there wasn't a specific job a holistic nurse would occupy. They both did the courses for personal enrichment.
I've been been a massage therapist for many years. Most of the employers of therapists I've known don't give preference to "medical massage" over other forms such as neuromuscular therapy, trigger point or deep tissue. There has been some controversy over the use of the term "medical massge". Some schools
are using it to sound a little more "official", when really the training at some of these schools doesn't differ from other schools that teach other forms of massage. I've looked the definition of "medical massage" and there are as many definitions of it as there are stars in the sky. However, if you're seeking to be a nurse in medical facility you may get preference for the "medical massage" designation.