Holistic Focus for NP Practice

  1. Greetings, everyone. I've been a Family Nurse Practitioner in California since 2013. I have a passion for holistic, whole-person, integrative interventions and would love to connect with other nurses who are of like mind. I'm certified in Healing Touch as well as Conversational Intelligence coaching. I recently started teaching NP students in the clinic and the classroom. While teaching is rewarding in so many ways, I notice that I'm starting to miss my ongoing relationships with patients where I helped them manage their lifestyle changes over time. I'm building an entrepreneurial health coaching practice so I can bring the lifestyle-change-management element back in to my daily life. Any advice from fellow health and wellness coaches out there?
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  3. by   aprilj90
    Hello!
    I'm an FNP student and have been researching Healing Touch Therapy. If you don't mind, what has been your personal experience with it? Are most patients receptive and what kind of outcome do you normally see (i.e, is it more of a internal/spiritual intervention or do you see physical outcomes as well?). I should let you know I'm writing a paper on this topic or anything I'm just honestly curious about its real life effects on patients and whether or not I should pursue more of an interest into it. Thanks for the info!

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  4. by   Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP
    Hi, aprilJ90.
    Thank you for your interest in Healing Touch (HT). In my experience, HT is extremely effective for alleviating state anxiety. Patients love it, and report that it is very relaxing. It's truly too bad there is no billing code for it-- maybe someday there will be. There is a growing body of literature to provide an evidence base for HT and other mind body practices. If you are interested in learning more, I would recommend logging on to the HT web site Home - Healing Touch Program™ | Worldwide Leaders in Energy Medicine and locating a Level I class near you. Give it a try and see how you like it. It will enhance your personal therapeutic presence and provide you with self-care tools you'll use for the rest of your life. Let me know how you like it.
  5. by   HouTx
    Just curious - how is the reimbursement market for alternative & complementary therapies? This is often expressed as an interest for aspiring NPs, but the reality of making a living gets in the way.
  6. by   Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP
    HouTx, you are right that "making a living gets in the way." I would dearly love to see billing codes for Healing Touch and other adjunctive interventions including stand-alone coaching. (I suppose you could bill for a counseling visit if you are a certified coach). I am an idealist at heart and I see such incredible potential for cost savings and care quality to improve industry-wide if we could be reimbursed for providing complementary/alternative interventions.
  7. by   Providence60
    I went through the NIWH training (A Whole Person Approach to Health and Healing, Whole Health Training | National Institute of Whole Health) which is based on “ The 5 Aspects of Health"-physical, emotional, nutritional, environmental, and spiritual. The program teaches evidence-based science of how the parts of the body are interconnected as well as how lifestyle changes are critical to better health. And learning this in the program has allowed me to educate my clients/patients as well for how they can make changes in their life which directly improve their health. The education of healthcare consumers is what the government and insurance companies want for preventing disease as it is much less expensive than the cost of on-going repairs and symptom control and relief. It also makes me feel better than I can help others learn how they DO have power with the quality of their health and well-being. I can't say enough good about the Whole Health Program!
    Last edit by Providence60 on Aug 17 : Reason: forgot to put in link

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