[QUOTE=NenaRK;5988219]I am a 21 year old female and have been taking my prerequisites for Nursing. I felt very passionate about my choice, I do really enjoy caring for people and helping people. However, as I got further into my studies, talked to various RNs, and had researched the career for awhile, I realized how horrible our health care system really is in the U.S. I think that we rely too heavily on drugs and intoxicants, therefore I don't want to have to inject people with a bunch of drugs, like nurses have to do sometimes.
My mother in law who is an RN told me that at her hospital 14 patients died in one month due to medical errors(being given the wrong drugs).Then she told me that they actually had someone who's job it was to "erase" the medical error so that it doesn't make the hospital look bad and they never told the patients family. I was horrified. I don't want any part of that.
I believe that an organic diet, exercise, herbal teas, meditation, acupuncture, acupressure, Craniospinal therapy, etc. are the best ways of treating and preventing illness. So I have decided that I either want to be a Nurse(and later Nurse Practitioner) who works in a Naturopathic Clinic, or become a doctor who uses natural and alternative . My question is, to become a Naturopathic doctor do you HAVE to go to a special Naturopathic medical school or could you go to medical school and then just start your own Naturopathic practice?
Also, which option sounds best? I know that I would have to have a Bachelor's degree before I could go to med school anyway, so should I just continue on with Nursing and try to get into a Naturopathic Clinic?
You ask a very good question. I am an RN in Phoenix, Arizona. I have been a RN for 10 years, working in various capacities. My main background has been in Emergency Nursing, with concurrent positions in Med/Surg and Orthopedics. I have also spent many years as a clinical educator. I couldn't agree more with your frustration with Western Medicine. I left the ED arena because I did not like the direction ED nursing has been turning into.... and other units as well.... "do more with less", etc. It seems the state of our healthcare system has been turning medicine into a conveyor belt practice and I am frustrated that nursing has been stuck doing the same. Now, my background is hospital acute care. I understand it and know how it works... but I still do not like how nursing has been forced to follow suit in this arena. It is hard with a large patient assignment, to spend time to care for patient's response to illness and injury (the definition of nursing). Now, to get to your questions about Naturopathic Medicine. Tempe, Arizona has a naturopathic medical school (Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine) and there are several other states that have these Naturopathic Medical Schools
. These are post graduate medical schools that train naturopathic physicians (but their licensing varies from state to state). Some can prescribe, perform minor surgical procedures, etc. Of the naturopathic clinics I know of, there are no RNs employed in them. Have you heard of the American Holistic Nurses Association? This is a national nursing specialty organization that focuses on nurses caring for themselves as well as their patients, in a holistic manner. It is recognized by the ANCC as a specialty, and has specialty certifications. You can visit their website at ahna.org. The great thing about holistic nursing, is that it can be applied and used in any nursing unit. I am a member of the national and local organizations. I am also pursuing my advanced degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I contemplated going to Naturopathic Medical School, but after 10 years of nursing experience, I decided to capitalize on my nursing background, and do the advance practice nurse route. I can and will continue to use and learn more holistic modalities (commonly referred to as CAM -complementary and alternative modalities) so I can integrate them into my practice. I believe a sort of blend of western and eastern medicine approaches. My recommendation for you is to complete your BSN in nursing. Find an area within nursing you are interested in and enjoy, and learn how to integrate holistic practices into your nursing practice. You certainly can go to naturopathic medical school, but I think the best combination is to become an advance practice nurse and integrate CAM therapies into your practice. I hope this helps.