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Hi all! I'm very interested in the holistic side of health but am not sure what career options are out there for me if I pursue the holistic nursing track. Can I be a travel nurse? How does holistic nursing differ from the traditional hospital nurse? I just want to know my options before I travel that road.
And since I'm posting right now, I'll ask my other question. What are the pre reqs to be accepted into a naturopathic medical school?
Thank you all in advance! Please keep the answers, comments, and suggestions coming!!!
I am about to start a certificate program in Holistic Nursing and Wellness Counseling. I will try to answer your questions ask I understand them and within the limits of my knowledge.
A Hollistic nurse must first be a Registered Nurse. The traditional hospital nurse as you call her/him may or may not practice hollistic nursing.
Hollistic nursing is a speciality within nursing. That is one of the wonderful things about this profession there are so many areas where you may specialize.
And you may specilize in more than one area. For instance you may practice hollistic nursing and labor and delivery.
Yet you are in both cases still a "traditional hospital nurse."
Nursing traditionally embraces the concept of hollism and view itself as a hollistic profession as opposed to medicine.
Unfortunately because the vast majority of nurses work in hospitals we are quickly aclimated to allopathy the treatment of disease and for many of us our philosophy of hollism becomes superceeded.
Hollism is a philosophy that focuses on the whole person. The idea is you consider spirit, mind, body, enviorment, family and community as one. The general belief is one does not effect a cure on another but one may help remove blocks to healing so that the individual may heal themselves. Hollistic care has a strong focus on wellness as opposed to illness. When you are not sick a medical doctor does nothing for you. On the other hand someone focused on welness will help you not only maintain that state of wellbeing but to improve upon it. Much of what we do involves teaching the patient how and what he needs to do to achieve this. These are things that insurance does not pay for and therefore are seldom presued by health care professionals.
Can you travel. Absolutely yes. I believe a hollistic nurse has more in her arsenal to care for her patinents than the so called more traditional schooled nurse. You will find yourself welcome where ever you do a travel assignment.
As you go down this path you will be pleasantly surprised to discover conventional nurses hold many of your beliefs and philosophies and would love to lean some of your modoalities of treatment. Many many nurses in thier individual bedside practice do incorporate various aspects and modalities of hollism into their daily practice.