Quote from RNyogi
Ok. "If we want to have a holistic nursing practice, what do we do?" Well...I agree with others who are saying there is no need to be an APN to have a holistic practice. This is an idea that I have been struggling with over the last few years, when thinking about how to proceed with my interest in the holistic field, as an RN.
There is just one program out there for a Holistic Nurse Practitioner, which is in New York. All others are online programs, which I don't really see how that can be a quality education, with no hands on experience.
I'm starting to believe that everyone just needs to follow what interests them in the field of holistic nursing. There are so many different specialties to choose from, as previous posts have shown (ex: reiki, bach flower essences, yoga, aromatherapy, accupressure). Say I'm interested in Aromatherapy, then maybe my first step is to obtain a certificate in Aromatherapy through one of the programs AHNA offers. That way I can individualize my skills, determining the services that I want to offer patients.
I've also thought about going to get my massage license so I could combine massage with aromatherapy, and potentially other holistic nursing services (that I'd get education for along the way). This type of practice could be accomplished without getting an APN degree.
So what it comes down to is that I feel we can practice as Holistic Nurses with an RN degree and additional certifications/training in specialty areas. Then I think it might be best to have your own practice or maybe team up with a few other holistic RNs to open a practice. It's a long road ahead, but I can't wait. Good luck to everyone else out there! Any ideas/responses are welcome.
I assume you're an RN & a yogi? I am an RN & yoga instructor. I would loooove to move out of the acute care setting 7 into something more holistic. I'm happy I found these threads. They make me feel as though I'm not so off as in the setting where I work now, people are so glued to the medical model which is just not realistic today.
I would be open to a bit more education if it is in an area that interests me. I'm torn these days between where the positions are offered & where my heart is...