Holistic Health Nurse


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BASIC DESCRIPTION

Holistic nursing involves all aspects of wellness and healing of a holistic nature, with holism defined as the mind-body-spirit connection. Holistic nurses treat the whole person, not just a disease or symptom. Working as a holistic nurse is a chance to be a part of a growing specialty, but because the field is new, some skepticism still exists. Opportunities for employment exist in health care facilities, holistic health and wellness centers, spas and health clubs, private practices, and pain management centers.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Registered nurse preparation is required. Certification in holistic nursing is available from the American Holistic Nurses’ Certification Corporation.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

■ Interest in—and commitment to focus on—wellness, healing, and illness prevention from a more spiritual and natural perspective
■ Commitment to a holistic philosophy
■ Knowledge of complementary and alternative therapies
■ Openness to go beyond the conventions of traditional medicine and health care

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

■ American Holistic Nurses’ Association (www.ahna.org)
■ American Holistic Nurses’ Certification Corporation (www.ahncc.org)

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