No education is a waste of money. I think you should follow your heart. At the very least, you'll be in a community of like minded people who you probably would have never met otherwise.On a more practical side, I'd ask the school about their placements for grads and what type of assistance they give.
If your spirit is leading you, you must follow. Life is a series of karmic paths, and very few of these are straight lines!
I've never viewed the thousands of dollars I've spend on holistic training as ROI (return on investment), I look at it as service and creativity needed to keep my spirit fed and alive. The traditional degrees is the career and the other stuff is how you can stand out and carve your own path. Best of luck to you!
Have courage and never give up trying to share your gifts and talents!
I never remember this, but experiment more with what you presently know and would like to know. Put something together in your community (class, or small group) you might find you already have everything you need! This way you'll find your niche faster and then just stick to it. Most holistic work requires a tremendous business acumen and luck! (kind of not why you wanted to do anything holistic right?). Begin with the end in mind.
You'll need to manage your brand and services, and provide offerings, have a private practice/office, or work with others...
I'd also google some NPs and RNs that are also holistic practitioners and counselors. There are some NDs that went and became PAs because they wanted to prescribe antibiotics, despite all the great training at Bastyr. The key is practice. How do you want to practice, and who do you want to serve, and then create a plan around it. If you focus on employment in the traditional sense, you may be disappointed.
The YMCA's cancer live strong program, loves to have people assist leading meditations, yoga, and creative exercises for survivors. There are so many ways to help. I also think holistic is part of traditional nursing theory. If we practice consciously and are aware of ourselves and what we are bringing to ever situation, that also is an act of service.
Advocacy, information, empowerment, environment -- I think they are all the best parts of nursing!
sorry for the ramblings-- its 2am
Best to you all