Holistic nursing is provided by a nurse who cares for patients with chronic illnesses or disease from all walks of life by treating the whole being-mind, body and spirit. This means not just treating the patient’s symptoms, but also improving the patients mental, emotional and spiritual well being.
A Holistic nurse will focus on wellness, healing and illness prevention from a spiritual and natural way.
As a Holistic nurse you must have a commitment to the Holistic philosophy and an openness to go beyond traditional medicine and health care.
Holistic Nursing Education
You will need to have knowledge of complementary and alternative treatments available such as massage therapy, reflexology and acupuncturists.
The American Holistic Nursing Association provides information, and resources for educating yourself and getting a business started.
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Career Opportunities for a Holistic Nurse
Holistic Nursing is a fast growing specialty for nurses who want to treat the whole person and not just the symptom or disease.
You will have great business opportunities to work independently in private practice or a Holistic Nurse Practitioner, which is allowed in some states but not all, do your research if becoming a Holistic Nurse Practitioner is your goal.
There’s also the opportunity to work for:
- Health spas
- Health clubs
- Pain Management clinics.
Here’s list of the many different areas of Holistic Nursing you can explore:
- Cognitive Therapy
- Exercise and Movement
- Weight Management
- Music Therapy
- Humor, Laughter and Play
- Addiction and Recovery
If you want to combine alternative therapies with conventional methods than consider Holistic Nursing.