Any NP programs that teach holistic med?

  1. I have always been interested and believe in the body's ability to heal itself. I often find myself wanting to teach pts about herbs, nutrition, and homopathic remedies, but I don't since I know I'm limited as to want I can say as an RN . What if I was a NP (with my own practice)? Would I still be limited, but more importantly is there a program that teaches NP how to heal though natural medicine? I have no desire to go to medical school, so I'm hoping a university/program exist out there (and not only in my mind) that I can look into. Thank you for your help.
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  3. by   saintlouis
    the Jewish Hospital College of Nursing and Allied Health offers a Holistic NP program.

    They are mixed in with Barnes/Jewish Hospital and Washington University Medical School here in St. Louis.

    www.jhconah.edu
  4. by   imkw_np
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    I have always been interested and believe in the body's ability to heal itself. I often find myself wanting to teach pts about herbs, nutrition, and homopathic remedies, but I don't since I know I'm limited as to want I can say as an RN . What if I was a NP (with my own practice)? Would I still be limited, but more importantly is there a program that teaches NP how to heal though natural medicine? I have no desire to go to medical school, so I'm hoping a university/program exist out there (and not only in my mind) that I can look into. Thank you for your help.
    The Adult Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of California at San Francisco has a specialty track for integrative complimentary healing. Every Spring UCSF has an integrative medicine conference that is really good. If you want the contact info for the faculty member that runs the ANP-ICH program, I can send it along. I personally believe all NP's need to have at least a working knowledge of complimentary healing modalities so we can better treat our patients and keep them informed of all treatment options available to them.
  5. by   smile123
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    Is there a program that teaches NP how to heal though natural medicine?
    U. of San Diego has an intergrative healing option (two classes - one theory with healing touch and reiki as some of the components, and one clinical). You can check them out.

    Smile123

    http://www.sandiego.edu/academics/nursing/mepn.php

    http://www.sandiego.edu/about/gradbu...criptions.html

    NURS 216 Integrative Health Care (3)

    Focuses on promoting integration of body, mind, and spirit through incorporating the best of both conventional and complementary approaches to health promotion and the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of common health problems. Explores the role of the nurse practitioner as healer and the healing modalities commonly used within nursing, as well as the science of psychoneuroimmunology and quantum physics that underlie the phenomena of mind-body healing. Compares and contrasts selected culturally-based, holistic systems of knowledge concerning health and illness to identify commonalities and differences in these major healing traditions. Addresses ethical and business considerations related to integrating conventional and complementary approaches in ambulatory care.

    NURS 217 Integrative Health Care Practicum (2)

    Provides clinical practice in primary care settings wherein the health care providers include biomedically-trained physicians and nurse practitioners as well as providers of complementary therapies, or where patients are frequently referred to appropriate providers of complementary therapies in the community. Supervision is provided by nurse practitioner faculty; weekly seminars assist in the synthesis of didactic and clinical learning within the context of actual clinical cases. Prerequisites: At least one credit concurrent with NURS 216. (Repeatable for credit)
  6. by   joyrochelle
    this is a great question, cuz i too have been looing at how to integrate holistic/ homeopathic care into my NP practice ( once i am finished with NP anyway!) and being out here on the east coast, the programs are few ( at least in CT). there are a few distance programs that would offer a certificate or a degree ( pretty much what i want, to just apply to my practice) but i am kind of leery of these programs.

    how does this work with a NP's scope of practice? if i were to offer a plan of care to a ptient that included a large component of naturopathy, and something didnt agree with the patient, would i be considered capable and trained as a homeopathic practitioner?

    has anyone looked into Clayton College? Bridgport Univ here in CT offers a ND prgroam, but that is a little more than i am looking for....

    any suggestions? I believe all that were mentioned before are local programs only.
  7. by   Foxfour
    I don't mind go back to school for NP, but I don't see myself, like the post above, going to become a nautropathic doctor (that's way too many yrs for me). In Prescott, Arizona they have an intergrated program (which I think is 2 yrs) for MDs who want to intergrate naturopathic medicine into their practice. I believe that Dr. Andrew Weil was/is involved in the program somehow, but I not sure to what degree. I was looking for something like this. It seems to me that if you can intergrate holistic medicine into an MD practice that you would be able to intergrate holistic medicine into a NP practice as well. Anyway, I thank you all for your suggestions.
  8. by   Browndog
    Tennessee State University offers an MSN for holistic nurse practitioners.
  9. by   CapeJaz
    Both NYU and Columbia have holistic/integrative programs
  10. by   kash
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Hello
    [font=Comic Sans MS]There is one program that I know about that is in Nashville , Tn at Tennessee State University that combines Holistic Health and NP degree. Actually it is called Holistic NP or something like that. Also, they have an online program but it is not accredated. Go to the tnstate.edu website and check it out.:Melody:





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    I have always been interested and believe in the body's ability to heal itself. I often find myself wanting to teach pts about herbs, nutrition, and homopathic remedies, but I don't since I know I'm limited as to want I can say as an RN . What if I was a NP (with my own practice)? Would I still be limited, but more importantly is there a program that teaches NP how to heal though natural medicine? I have no desire to go to medical school, so I'm hoping a university/program exist out there (and not only in my mind) that I can look into. Thank you for your help.
  11. by   joyrochelle
    Sorry to cross post- but--->

    Hey there-- Since i have been looking in this area as well I thought i would post a great reference I had come across while looking for a post masters cert. to consider after i acheive my FNP/MSN.

    http://www.ahna.org/edu/endorsed.html

    Hope this helps!

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