I am a premed student in portland oregon. i got accepted into chiropractic school but was warned that it might be difficult to make a living as a chiropractor. I have a BA but i am now working on pre-reqs to get an RN degree. i can go to chiropractic school this fall if i decide to do it because i was already accepted.
Do holistic nurses
-work in hospitals or private clinics?
-are there a lot of them, are they paid well, is it a recognized profession?
I would like to work and provide care using natural healing modalities that might include massage, chiropractic, naturopathic, and nutrition counselling. In other words, i want to help people who are sick, help them to detox and be healthy, and get paid to do this, and be happy and successful, and work with a group of doctors or caring people to help support the sick and encourage them to get well. is that what holistic nursing is? or should i go for chiropractic.
Jan 17, '06
I thought my husband could best answer your question, as he is a Chiropractor and has worked with all kinds of other health care providers.
You have an intersting opportunity. Here in Utah, you could become a nurse practioner, which are peer-reviewed by other NP's and do not have to work under an MD or DO supervisor, but I don't know if that is allowed in Oregon. A BSN is a worthwhile degree, but will likely put you into an administrative position rather than direct patient care. Western States has one of the best Chiropractic programs in the world, and if you practice in Oregon you will have the broadest scope of practice. The business of medicine presents the same risk and benefits as it has in the past, and relies not only how well you can perform your clinical and technical skills, but also how well you can run a business. I am licensed as a Chiropractic physician in Utah, and formally as a Chiropractor in California before moving to Utah, and feel it was a good choice. For you it will depend on what you want to do. If you enjoy hands on direct patient care, along with using diagnostic tests, from the start to the end of care, with you providing all of the care yourself, in a sole proprietor out patient clinic, then you should consider going to WSCC and earning a DC degree. If prefer administrative work, in a multi-disciplinary setting, either a Hospital or large facility, and you are less interested in providing direct care, and want to supervise and manage patients, then you might be happier doing something else. You could, of course, do both, but that is a lot of time, effort and expense. Neither nursing or Chiropractic are dying professions, and have lots of room to grow. Of course, if you aren't sure if you want to be be a DC, or perhaps might want to have a broader scope of practice, like being an MD, you might consider becoming a DO, an Ostepathic physician (a medical doctor, who also has some adjusting skills similar to a Dc, and is more holistic in perspective). My younger brother choose this option, in Texas, and has been very happy. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact me. Sincerely yours, Dr. Haggart
Last edit by happthearts on Jan 18, '06
There is also this site:http://www.chirobase.org/03Edu/botnick.html
and this onehttp://www.chirobase.org/index.html
Finally: Randi.org is not a "paranormal site" it is a skeptic site.
Last edit by CharlieRN on Feb 2, '06
I just have to say that chiropractic has helped me tremendously. Back pain, neck pain, hip pain, allergies etc. It has also helped me have a better attitude becuase when you are in a lot pain it is hard to be happy all the time,although not impossible.
Many chiropractors have pre-med degress and another 4 years of training.There are many techniques from non-force adjusting to high force adjusting and you can chose which one to go too. I like having options to chose from! WWW.chiroweb.com
is a good website. Pubmed has chiropractic articles also. You could also search Dysafferentation.
It takes a little time to find one that you like because they will have their hands on you to make an adjustment,so you will have to have that level of trust there.
Last edit by Question on Apr 8, '06