Acupuncture and Nursing?

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    Opinions and stories, please:

    I am a fairly new RN, just about three years now. I started on Med-Surg and went to the ED just about a year ago. I have a BSN and graduated in 2010. I started in healthcare as an acupuncturist, earning a Master of Acupuncture degree in 2002. I was in private practice up until a year ago.

    For a number of reasons, I have decided to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner. I think I would also be able to practice acupuncture under my acupuncture license as a nurse practitioner, and that is what I am going for; to be able to make these two jobs into one so that I am not so fragmented in my professional life.

    Would like to know if any of you either are LAc/RNs or know of any and how that's working out for them. Think there might be a future in this?
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    The ones I know went from RN to LAc and combine the two under the LAc licenst. I really don't know of any who are NPs and also LAcs, but I would think if you have your certification as a LAc, you should be able to utilize it as an NP. That being said, if you are in a state that requires a collaborative physician, I would definitely contact the BON to find out how that is going to affect your practice.
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    Make sure you have malpractice insurance to cover both licenses.
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    I have always carried malpractice insurance on my LAc.
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    I'm an acupuncturist looking into going back to school to be a CNM. How was it balancing going back to school and keeping your acu practice going? I think more people are looking for integrative medicine, how nice to be able to offer the best of both worlds!