Anyone done NIWH Whole Health Educator program?

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    Has anyone completed (or know anything about) the National Institute of Whole Health (NIWH) Whole Health Educator for Nurses program? If so, have you become a Certified Holistic Nurse? What's the verdict? I'm trying to learn if it would be helpful to my career. I believe the education itself will be very valuable for the knowledge itself, and to help patients, but I'm asking more in terms of credentials, job obtainment and career advancement. The course is not free, so I'm thinking of payback in terms of the practical, realistic stuff.
    Also, I'm trying to learn about coaching options independent from a hospital setting. Is it possible to teach classes or do one on one counseling with this certification. What would be the legalities, and how does it work with an RN scope of practice? Does anybody have any experience with this?
    Thanks for any input!
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    I have the same questions! Anyone out there???
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    Also wondering the same thing.....
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    Also interested...
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    I am planning on taking this course after in about a year. I think it looks wonderful. It's not horribly expensive but as you said, not free either. I think with holistic nursing you sort of have to work your way into the right niche. I'm interested in wellness counseling. I just joined the American Holistic Nurses Association to help me gain some insight and develop some networking. I have a friend who is taking it and she frequents this forum. So far she loves it. Hopefully we can get more feedback on the program.
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    I am currently enrolled in the program and I'm loving it. The information is fantastic, and while its certainly not a perfect program, I am learning a ton. There's definitely a lot of philosophy involved in it, but there is also a ton of research based medical knowledge thats quite impressive. I am only a couple months in, but I'm planning on using the certificate in a number of different ways. There's a hospital opening near me that's going to have a wellness center, and I'm going to try applying there. Also, chiropractors tend to use this sort of coaching model a lot. I also plan on starting an online website to get private consultations, and to see where the road leads. I looked for a program for about a year before committing to this one, and I'm glad I did.
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    I am really interested in this. I want the information for its own value but I'm also hoping that somewhere down the road I can transition into an area of nursing that embraces holistic nursing. I would love for you to PM with more information about your website. It sounds wonderful! Keep me posted on the program. How long is it?
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    The program is designed to be completed within a year, with a maximum time of 18 months. The first half is completing the modules, then you take a test. After that, you meet 6 times with 3 different clients, and write it all up in a paper. I'm trying to complete the modules a little more quickly so that I can have more time for the client visits and paper writing. I am also hoping to transition into a more holistic role, whether it ends up being my primary job or something I can do from home as additional income. It's hard to predict what you'll be able to do with it, but I do know that more corporations and insurance companies are hiring nurses to act as wellness coaches for their employees and clients. I think its a field that is going to grow in the coming years as more people become interested in alternative health care strategies. My website is currently a blog where I'll be posting about what I'm learning. I'm hoping to get some followers who will be interested in my services when I'm done. The site is http://owningwellness.wordpress.com/. Feel free to check it out and good luck with your own endeavors!
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    Do you need to have a BSN to take this program?
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    You don't have to have BSN & there are options for different backgrounds. I'm also very interested in NIWH($5000) and The Wellness Inventory($1800) programs. Still doing more research due to cost & NIWH doesn't seem to have a strong wellness focus therfore my interest in the Wellness Inventory. I'm currently in private practice as a coach specializing in sports & performance- my intention is to work at a college. Plus I have this year to recertify for ANCC specializing in psych/mental health so ANCC accrediated courses are a must. So far NIWH seems to be the most nurse centered & the WI seems like a fabulous tool for coaching.I appreciate hearing the pros of NIWH & would also like to hear cons plus ANY input on other programs.
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Jan 8, '12 : Reason: Please do not post link to personal website


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