Nurse Massage Therapy - page 4

Hello! This new forum is for anyone interested in massage, nursing and the combination. I am an RN working mostly ICU, Neo ICU and ER (all prn), a former travel nurse and wife and Mom. I am... Read More

  1. by   massage therapist
    Well, I hope I have done this right. I'm brand new on this forum and have been spending hours trying to post! I am one of the board members of NANMT too and am very excited to hear from all of us who realize that real nursing includes massage therapy. My specialty is geriatric massage and I teach it throughout the country. I am always looking for ways to improve helping the seniors improve their quality of life so if anyone has ideas, let's hear from you! (i.e. lymph, energy work) Hey to Ethlyne and Spencer!
    Wouldn't it be wonderful to have massage therapy as one of the subjects taught in nursing schools? That has been my hope for at least 10 years.
    I have been a nurse for many years, mostly home care and hospice. Recently, I thought I would relax and work in a nursing home :chuckle. But I realized how touch deprived they are and how short handed the facilities are.
    We live down here in North Carolina, have 3 sons, 4 grandsons and 1 grandaughter. I'm presently taking canine massage. There's just soo much to learn!
  2. by   seasea
    Quote from massage therapist
    Well, I hope I have done this right. I'm brand new on this forum and have been spending hours trying to post! I am one of the board members of NANMT too and am very excited to hear from all of us who realize that real nursing includes massage therapy. My specialty is geriatric massage and I teach it throughout the country. I am always looking for ways to improve helping the seniors improve their quality of life so if anyone has ideas, let's hear from you! (i.e. lymph, energy work) Hey to Ethlyne and Spencer!
    Wouldn't it be wonderful to have massage therapy as one of the subjects taught in nursing schools? That has been my hope for at least 10 years.
    I have been a nurse for many years, mostly home care and hospice. Recently, I thought I would relax and work in a nursing home :chuckle. But I realized how touch deprived they are and how short handed the facilities are.
    We live down here in North Carolina, have 3 sons, 4 grandsons and 1 grandaughter. I'm presently taking canine massage. There's just soo much to learn!
    It was great to hear from you. I am very excited to see what nurses have to say about this.
  3. by   nurseyperson
    Quote from yves
    hi i just took a course in lymphedema. i was supposed to work for a doctor indepedently when i got done but he feels he doesnt have the office space. i know i can bill some insurances but i really want to work with cancer pt which are mostly medicare. should i look for a physical therapist partner or should i look for anothers doctors office. where d i look or get help with billing hey nurseperson could you help maybe email or phone me or vice a versa. i need some guidance. you know we should write a boodk or manual for nurses to go into their own practise and billing issues. yvonne i need help need to get started!!!!

    hey there! i haven't checked the site for a while, sorry! i would try mostly working with a physical therpist if you can. you would get more consults thru more places rather than just the one doctor. and they would be more used to the codes you would use for billing. you also have to make sure you do the complete decongestive therapy for lymphedema, not just manual lymph drainage. the patients have to be diligent about using compression devices, sleeves, etc. to keep the edema out of the extremities.
    make sure that the pt is a provider for medicare for billing. insurance may not pay for a lot of the supplies for decongestive therapy, but does pay for the mld. and pts may like having you there. many that i know would rather do rehab, joint mobilization work, and not the tedious mld. you also have to take care not to step on their toes. define what you will do - massage, soft tissue mobilization - and you should be fine.
  4. by   angelique777
    Quote from allmynez
    Well, to me you sound like a very educated person and massage therapy looks like it was a good career move for you. My dilemma is I am an 22y/o LPN I also to would like to get into massage therapy. I would like to go back to school but I was n't exactly sure what to do. I know I did not what to be working for someone forever, I liked the idea of massage therapy because it expanded on my medical background and I felt it also appealed to my entreprenuerial side. But on the other hand people are like just get your RN I recieved a lot of negativity about going into this career due to it's uncertainty and salary. I would hate to spend so much money on the school and it not work out. I am just trying to weigh my options out but I do have to make up my mind soon. I basically looked at it I live in New york city , I must be able to find work in gyms, salons, spas, doctors offices, etc. Since it is a new field I should get into it know before every body hops on the bandwaggon and it becomes more regulated. They say their is a shortage of nurses you can't even get into a RN nursing program where I live you have to jump through so many whoops sometimes I think it is to deter people from going because that have such a great demand for the programs. But I don't really want to get my RN I think this would be a better career path for me and it is also more appealing I can see myself enjoying it as for my RN I can't. I got a little taste of the nursing world and I can't see me doing it for the rest of my life.
    Hi I live in New York too and wondered if you ever became a message therapist and work in New York.....if you did can you tell me where you studied and whether you found a job doing message therapy etc .........looking forward to hearing from you Angela
  5. by   CTRNstudent
    Hi. I'm a LMT and I am starting my pre-req. classes for nursing. It's so nice to see that there are so many in the nursing community who are looking to take an extra step to help others. I'm looking forward to becoming one of you! :flowersfo
  6. by   LMTtoRN
    I'm a CT LMT starting my pre-req classes as well!! I'm very excited to be taking this path into health care. So many threads to follow, I thought I'd at least say hello.

    I currently work for a chiropractic office. We use therapeutic massage, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, lymph massage and energy work on the patients who come to our office. It is excellent work! I'm glad it's getting noticed in the medical profession.

    Somewhere in some post someone asked what CMP stands for... it's certified massage practitioner in case it never got answered.

    Thanks for being here, I'm glad to have found you!!



    Quote from CTRNstudent
    Hi. I'm a LMT and I am starting my pre-req. classes for nursing. It's so nice to see that there are so many in the nursing community who are looking to take an extra step to help others. I'm looking forward to becoming one of you! :flowersfo
  7. by   CTRNstudent
    Quote from LMTtoRN?
    I'm a CT LMT starting my pre-req classes as well!! I'm very excited to be taking this path into health care. So many threads to follow, I thought I'd at least say hello.

    I currently work for a chiropractic office. We use therapeutic massage, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, lymph massage and energy work on the patients who come to our office. It is excellent work! I'm glad it's getting noticed in the medical profession.

    Somewhere in some post someone asked what CMP stands for... it's certified massage practitioner in case it never got answered.

    Thanks for being here, I'm glad to have found you!!
    Great! Where are you going to school? I'm taking chemistry/biology at HCC then going on to St. V's College.
  8. by   LMTtoRN
    Quote from CTRNstudent
    Great! Where are you going to school? I'm taking chemistry/biology at HCC then going on to St. V's College.
    I'm going to TRCC full time this fall working towards the ADN, once I pass the NCLEX and am working as a nurse, I'll move onto somewhere for the BSN -- I'll cross that bridge when I get to it!! One step at a time, otherwise, I might trip!
  9. by   schoona
    Besides working in ED I also have a Dip Rem Massage and Dip Sports Med. Over here in some Uni's we are teaching (basically Swedish) massage to undergrads,as part of a holistic approach to nursing. I have been teaching just 1 semester a year for the last 5 years
  10. by   Jo Dirt
    Quote from PopTart
    Nurseyperson--
    I wouldn't like being the only fat person in the crowd that no one can find muscles on. I'm wondering if I should devote myself to getting slim before starting classes.

    Thanks again,
    Cindy

    [This message has been edited by PopTart (edited February 06, 2001).]
    Don't feel bad, Cindy, I feel the same way myself. I am 5'2" and 230 pounds. Not only do I make the nursing profession look bad but I'm sure the health conscious people into massage therapy would not think too highly of me, either. But I'm not going to worry about that. I'm sure there will be more than a few fat people needing the services of a massage therapist and a nurse.
  11. by   Kails17
    nurseyperson,
    i am am in nursing school in louisiana. i was so excited to come across this forum because i have a presentation to do on a career as a nursing massage therapist. i am trying to find web sites that have some information including background of the career, nursing practice considerations related to the issue, impact on healthcare, and the patients perspective. If you know of any web sites that can offer this information, i would be most appreciative. Thanks for you time.
    Kailey
  12. by   nurse kelly
    I just came across this forum and enjoy all of the information. I need some encouragement. I am a registered nurse/ massage therapist for seven years in my own practice, Business has its ups and downs ( especially with fuel prices going up. I do not want to hassle with insurance cases, as I have not had good luck with them paying without long delays. Got into hospice massage which pays through medicare, but the hospice calls other people with less experience to their cases. It seems once they use someone they stick to calling them. I feel out of the loop and dont even have the desire to pursue anymore massge cases. I still have my own practice, but that has been hurt by me leaving space in my schedule to do hospice work ( which I really love ). I am at a crossroads on whether to continue with massage work or go back to nursing. I live in a small city in Iowa and am 47 years old. I need to start saving for retirement and cannot afford to contnue on this path. Any suggestions? There are already two massage therapists that work through the local hospital and they get most of the hospital work. I got a job as an independent subcontractor massage therapist through the hospital, but need health insurance. I love massage and what it does for people, but it has not been financially good for me.

    thanks for listening
    Nurse kelly
  13. by   reformednurse
    Too bad this thread is so old! I am a nurse massage therapist living in California and moving to Arizona. I have been doing massage therapy for about 10 years. I have a current California nursing license (RN), and finished my BSN in 1997, but have not worked in a traditional setting since 1999. Imagine my surprise when I found out Arizona requires 960 hours in the last five years of traditional nursing experience. The person at the board I talked to could not believe I would even think of trying to get a nursing license since I "wasn't working in the capacity of a registered nurse". Sheesh. Anyone else experienced this shunning by their nursing board?

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