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  1. touchhealth

    SO EXCITED to start Nursing School!

    Congratulations and good luck to all of you starting this amazing journey!!
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    Will massage therapy experience w/ Onc pt's be beneficial?

    Thanks for your response! I decided not to take on a new commitment with the oncology massage program. Instead I am planning on continuing my volunteer massage work at my current hospital. Since I have completed the required 200 hours of service, my schedule can be very flexible. The massage team coordinator said I could scale back at anytime during my nursing program if it feels like too much of a time commitment. I do get a lot of referrals for oncology patients in my current position, plus many other types of patients. I think that variety is a bonus while I'm learning in nursing school. I definitely think my massage experience will carry with me into nursing for many of the same reasons you mentioned, even though I know I won't be able to practice much massage work directly. All the best!
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    Mucoid Plaque

    Hello, Weird question for y'all. I'll preface this by saying that I am a practicing colon hydrotherapist. I often get clients who are concerned about having lbs of encrusted feces in their colons or who want to cleanse out the "mucoid plaque" that they're POSITIVE is inside of them, lining their intestines like a rubbery tire. (Because of such-and-such picture they saw on the internet) I approach claims from the field of colon hydrotherapy with a mix of curiosity and skepticism. While I think a colonic has therapeutic value, I have not seen anything that leads me to believe that mucoid plaque exists. I believe what people are seeing on the internet is just the result of following cleansing programs that require you to ingest copious amounts of psyllium husk. So, I'm wondering if any of you doing colonoscopies have any comments about this?? Have you seen anything that looks like mucoid plaque??
  4. Today I had to drive almost an hour (100 miles round trip!) to get to the only store near me that carries scrubs. I dutifully brought in the list of approved brands & colors, picked out a bunch of styles, and went into the dressing room. Looking at myself in the mirror wearing those scrubs made it start to feel real.... I'm actually going to do this! I'm FINALLY starting nursing school! After 5 years of part-time night classes, and 2.5 years volunteering at the hospital. I'm ALMOST THERE! I feel overjoyed, nervous, terrified, and excited all balled up into one. My stethoscope is in the mail...my nursing textbooks are on the shelf...my study space is cleared... Just a few more weeks, and I'm on my way!! Thanks so much to Allnurses for the support, insight, and help! :redbeathe
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    When should I start to apply for NP school?

    I'm sure most of the nurses on here would encourage you to get a few years of bedside nursing under your belt before considering NP school... Otherwise, the time to apply is really program specific. When I was researching schools, I made a spreadsheet to organize the various requirements. Such a pain in the a** that they're all different...definitely would be easier if they made entry requirements standardized... Good luck!
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    WHERE are the CNL's??????

    It's a bit of a read, but the "White Paper on the Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader" gives a very clear outline of the CNL role. Tremendously helpful if you're starting a CNL program (I'm starting one in February). While the CNL role has been very clearly defined academically, it has yet to be really integrated into hospital systems yet. I think there's still a lot of uncertainty and suspicion around yet ANOTHER type of nurse, but it makes a lot of sense to me for my personal career goals. It will be interesting to see how the CNL position develops. http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Publications/WhitePapers/ClinicalNurseLeader.htm Cheers!
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    WHERE are the CNL's??????

    We've got TONS of CNL programs out here in California. The VA is really big on hiring them. There was another thread somewhere on here saying that some CNS's were getting replaced by CNL's. Since this is a generalist MSN, CNL's don't get paid much more than a BSN...way less than the CNS salary. It's a very new emerging role that hasn't been integrated into a lot of hospital systems yet.
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    Facebook and HIPPA

    If I was a patient and learned any of the hospital staff caring for me was posting about my personal medical situation/story on a forum like Facebook I would be absolutely ******!!!!! :angryfire I'm talkin' lawsuit ******. Doesn't matter how vague, patient information should be kept private and personal. If there isn't a formal stance on this at your hospital, one should be put into place immediately. Maybe speak with some of your supervisor's about establishing a clear code of rules (like HIPPA) that applies to facebook and social media sites. This might save you alienating your co-workers & makes sure that everyone is on the same page. If the postings continue from there, then go ahead and turn 'em in.... Good luck!
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    Colon Hydrotherapy

    Well, I guess I'm going to have to out myself and formally announce that I am a practicing I-ACT certified colon hydrotherapist at one of the oldest colon hydrotherapy practices in the SF Bay Area (Been doing this for three years, and I've completed thousands of procedures). I'm often amazed at the tremendous amount of misinformation there is about colon hydrotherapy (both against and for it) and how easily that misinformation is passed around with little to back it up. Colon hydrotherapy isn't heavily regulated, or licensed in most states, so there are a lot of different approaches and theories about how to practice. What one therapist does doesn't mean that's what all of them do. All the information I'm going to share relates directly to the way I (and the other therapist at my work) practice. In no way does it represent ALL colonic practitioners. I'll also note that I have a background in biological research and I'm would LOVE for there to be some actual scientific studies on colon hydrotherapy...but none of significance have been funded yet. I'm always mystified by this "evidence" that is supposedly out there. I'd love to know of any studies that I can reference. So, here's my professional perspective: 1. Regarding Crohn's & IBS : Inflammatory conditions such as Crohn's and IBS are contraindicated for colon hydrotherapy. I follow the guidelines posted by I-ACT (the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy) and if a client comes in with Crohn's or IBS inflammation we will not offer them services. We might suggest supplementation w/ certain probiotics (there are different strains for different parts of the digestive tract), or supplements that stimulate regeneration of the delicate lining of the small & large intestine. A responsible colon hydrotherapist wouldn't use colon hydrotherapy for someone with active Crohn's or IBS in the first place. Stating that "There is sufficient evidence to show that frequent colon hydrotherapy is ineffective for treating inflammatory conditions such as crohn's or IBS" is actually a moot point. 2. Regarding "Herbal Infusions" : Colon hydrotherapy is best done w/ warm water that's run through 4 filters and past an ultraviolent light then directly into the client W/OUT any infusions. Herbal infusions can be done at home w/ an enema bag if the client choses. I personally don't condone putting any herbs up there at all, however a probiotic infusion done at home w/ an enema bag is suggested in some cases. We don't use additives, only warm machine filtered water. This maintains the integrity of our filtration system and it assures higher sanitation levels if you aren't throwing a bunch of random herbal stuff in there. Also, you never know how an individual will react to various herbs. Keep it simple: water only. 3. Regarding Frequency : I do no recommend colonics multiple times/week unless the client is extremely backed up or they are following a specific detoxification program guided by a therapist or qualified health practitioner. Programs that include multiple sessions in a week should ALWAYS include probiotic supplementation. The debate about whether colonics wash away internal flora is still going strong and there haven't been any studies about that. My personal feeling is that if it only took water to flush out bacteria (and bacteria is notoriously tenacious), we wouldn't need antibiotics 'cause water would do the trick! That being said, my practice always provides probiotic supplements to clients and encourages them to take them at home after their session. Acidosis has never been an issue, because we have specific dietary requirements before & after the session to support the body's pH. The goal is to support the body w/ colonic treatments towards getting it to running smoothly on it's own. That's a key point that a lot of people miss: the body cleanses on it's own. Colon hydrotherapy should be understood as a complement to the natural cleansing processes of the body. We do put a lot of crap into our system with the Standard American Diet (SAD). The body is bound to get a bit bogged down. But it doesn't take much to kick-start that back up again. I suggest seasonal cleansing (2-4x per year) or monthly maintenance when needed. The concept of "flushing the colon more than once a week" sounds like a complete over-kill to me too unless it's during a seasonal cleansing program. I would definitely question anyone telling me to do that much too!! 5. Regarding "Evidence" : The worst part about the misunderstandings around colon hydrotherapy (and I'll take a moment here to add that there are MANY unscrupulous colonic practitioners who spread tons of misinformation about the therapeutic benefits of colon hydrotherapy and definitely bring down the integrity of this profession)...the worst part is that there is very little scientific research conducted in this field. I have no idea where the "evidence" supposedly comes from that colon hydrotherapy is bad for you. Admittedly, there isn't any scientific evidence of it's health benefits either. All benefits reported are completely anecdotal. I will say that I've seen some INCREDIBLE digestive changes from this work. It's NOT a quick way to lose weight, though you might lose a couple pounds of waste (however, if you follow our nutritional/lifestyle coaching, start eating better and exercising, you'll probably lose weight that way..) You're NOT going to see a marble you ate when you were 3 years old that has been trapped in there for decades. We suggest things like: stay away from psyllium husk for constipation cause it robs the body of water, eat natural fibers instead like greens & veggies & oatmeal. Get away from caffeine, alcohol, processed/fried/fatty foods. Decrease stress, drink lots of water & fluids, exercises a bit, take care of yourself. It's not rocket science, nor some amazing health cure-all. I've seem some wonderful changes in my own body doing this work, and I hope someday we really do get some "evidence" (any evidence) to prove something...until then, it's really just a matter of what you want to believe, and how your body feels doing it... I can honestly say, I feel amazing using colon hydrotherapy and good nutrition practices to maintain my health! I haven't been sick in over 4 years. (I don't get flu shots either and I'm around sick people all the time). So I feel like I must be doing something right! I hope I was able to provide some informative insights into my practice of colon hydrotherapy. My intent was to provide an insider's perspective, and not to create any fights on here. I fully recognize that this therapy is extremely controversial, and I hope this information is well received. All the best, Touch Health
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    Nursing specialities most receptive to CAM & holistic nursing?

    Roses623, I just sent you a private message...
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    Nursing specialities most receptive to CAM & holistic nursing?

    I have to admit, after thinking about this for a moment, that if someone was going to throw out my resume because it mentioned the word "holistic," especially since holistic nursing IS a recognized specialty, I probably wouldn't want to work there anyway!!!
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    Nursing specialities most receptive to CAM & holistic nursing?

    I think it really depends where you are. I just spoke with an oncology RN here in California who is looking at job openings in New Mexico. She said of a majority of the oncology RN postings down there said, "Holistic Certification preferred" which I think reflects the desires of that community. I met her at an AHNA meeting, and she said she only got interested in joining after see researched the job postings in the New Mexico area... Holistic nursing is an asset in Cali too, but there are definitely places that aren't as open to this. I would probably try to find out, and adjust my resume accordingly. A nice thing about being networked with local AHNA RN's is they can give me a good idea of which hospitals/managers are "holistic friendly."
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    Nursing specialities most receptive to CAM & holistic nursing?

    Well, I just became a student member of AHNA and their most recent publication has a breakdown of the "% of AHNA members x practice/functional setting." Top Ten: 1. Nurse Educators (17%) 2. Med/Surg (16%) 3. Hospice (15.4 %) 4. Palliative (12.9%) 5. Home Health (11.9 %) 6. Critical Care/ICU (11.8 %) 7. Mental Health (11.8 %) 8. Behavioral health (11.7 %) 9. Geriatric (10.9%) 10. Nurse Practitioner (10.7 %) These numbers don't really indicate how RECEPTIVE these areas are to holistic nursing, but it shows where a lot of AHNA members are currently practicing. I wonder where you'd apply the Nurse Nutritional Consulting since it overlaps w/ the hospital RD's...I'd be interested in that. The reality is that holistic nursing belongs EVERYWHERE....
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    Stanford New Grad program

    About 3 years ago, my boyfriend's sister was hired as a new-grad ADN and worked at Stanford for a year before transferring to a hospital closer to home. The times are changing rapidly...
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    OCN certification...does it really make a difference?

    I'm an RN student interested in Oncology and recently submitted my application for a student ONS membership. I figure even if I don't get hired on an Onc floor as a new grad, it still shows my interest/dedication to the specialty. This also give me access to mentoring opportunities, and they've got all kinds of great information available for members. Good luck!
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    Will massage therapy experience w/ Onc pt's be beneficial?

    Thanks so much for your response, I really appreciate it!