Quote from EarthwormRN
Is this widely available as a position? I have never heard of an opening like this. After learning more and more about natural healthy solutions to illness by changing diet and lifestyle as apposed to chemical solutions to health problems, I have decided I don't want to pursue this type of nursing if I am required to force-feed medications to people which are probably hurting them more than helping them. Can anyone tell me if they have had a job like this before and what kind of training and work they do? Thank you.
There is nothing "naturopathic" or alternative about encouraging and teaching a healthy diet and lifestyle. In fact, that is what every reasonable practitioner suggests for everyone.
Many patients are not able or willing to implement the changes and many others suffer from disease even when they do fully and faithfully implement naturopathic interventions.
Your characterization about "force-feeding" and chemical solutions is a naive at best and dangerous at worst.
I have admitted quite a few patients who almost killed themselves trying implement your chosen intervention. One memorable example was 22 year old nursing student who tired to cure her lupus nephritis with herbs and naturopathic remedies. By the time she arrived on my floor, her creatinine was 18 and she was so fluid overloaded she looked 8 months pregnant. She had a TIA soon after admit and the rapid response nurse kept yelling at me about "When did have her baby?!?" Would you let her die or administer life-saving medications and treatments?
I prefer that my patients lead a healthy, active lifestyle and that we should not administer any unnecessary medications. But if my patient with ETOH withdrawal and liver failure has an ammonia of 144, he is getting ativan, lactulose, haldol, and quite a few others from me with no reservations on my part whatsoever.
There is no "alternative" medicine. Treatments are either therapeutic or they are not. If you truly want to be a "naturopathic" practitioner, go ahead and dispense with the "RN" title, post a sign on your garage and start a business. You just created the position you seek.