Acupuncture and Nursing?

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    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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  3. Visit  dlcj profile page

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  4. Visit  lhflanurseNP profile page
    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.
  5. Visit  MauraRN profile page
    Make sure you have malpractice insurance to cover both licenses.
  6. Visit  dlcj profile page
    I have always carried malpractice insurance on my LAc.
  7. Visit  acumama profile page
    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!

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