Holistic Nurse Career Description
Holistic nursing programs train registered nurses to incorporate holistic healing modalities and philosophies in the nursing care they deliver to patients. Massage therapy, energy healing, Reiki, therapeutic touch, spirituality, reflexology and other alternative therapies are often part of holistic nursing programs, which teach nurses how to treat patients in a holistic manner, rather than focusing on the disease model common in traditional nursing education. Holistic nurses assist their patients in understanding the underlying cause of symptoms and ailments and teach their patients self-care and prevention measures for better health and wellness throughout the lifespan.
In order to become certified in holistic nursing, students must obtain a registered nursing license, complete a holistic nursing program and pass a certification examination. Certification for holistic nursing is offered by the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation (AHNCC) and most holistic nurses join the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNC), a professional organization for holistic nurses, to assist them in keeping up with holistic nursing news and advancements. Prospective holistic nurses who do not yet hold a registered nursing license will need to contact the regulatory board for nursing in their state to confirm the requirements for licensure in their state.
If you are interested in learning more about incorporating holistic nursing into your registered nursing practice, or are ready to expand your nursing career by becoming certified as a holistic nurse, browse the comprehensive list of schools listed below.