I am currently finishing up my pre-reqs and am most likley going to begin a two year ADN program in the fall (already have a BA but the price is right for the ADN at this point) I am VERY interested in holsitic and alternative medicine and the more I am learning about nursing--the more I wonder if I will be headed in the wrong direction. At the same time I can see how having a nursing liscence will give me the chance to explore holistic medicine in the future--like all of you on this forum! I am wondering if I should maybe go to get my masters in TCM and go the accupuncture route instead of becoming an RN. ANy thoughts or experiences? I don't know too much about the job market for this kind of career so I am a bit nervous about it. I am positive health care is for me but I am much more interested in natural healing, nutrition, etc and I am realizing that as a RN I may not be involved in that at all.
I just feel like my family and friends are kinda pushing me to just do the RN thing and think I am being totally insane for turning in a new direction after a year and half of pre-reqs and changing my life plans to become a nurse. I see their point--it makes sense to just go and get my RN degree and work. I have no money since I have been at school and am sick of awful waitressing jobs! They are also worried I will put money and time into a three year TCM program and have a tough time getting a job. I am trying to find info about what the job market is like but am having a tough time.
Any of your thoughts on this subject would be so helpful to me! I am at a crossroads. I am having a hard time figuring out what my gut is telling me and I feel all this pressure to make a decision now before I go any further.
Thank you so much!!
Sep 23, '09
I had already been an RN for many years before going to an Oriental Medicine school to study acupuncture. I didn't like it as it was too theoretical for my right brain. However, we were also required to study bodywork at the same school so I went with Zen Shiatsu. I loved the Japanese approach of just getting right down to it. The first hour of class you were touching people. I dropped acupuncture and finished the Zen Shiatsu program and they made me become a teacher at the school. Lot's of fun, plus I did nursing prn.
I probably should have been a medical anthropologist as I wanted to explore original methods of healing so I jumped into shamanism and there discovered many other physicians and psychotherapists who were searching as I was. As one psychiatrist told me, "I'm here so I can finally treat my patients."
I'm now completing a post-masters psych NP program mainly as it was a goal I set a long time ago and I get to drive my teachers, who keep trying to slap me back into the realm of evidence-based medicine, absolutely bonkers.
Main thing is to do what you love.
Last edit by zenman on Sep 23, '09
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