Holistic nurses work with patients to treat medical conditions by examining the “whole” person and treating the cause of the disease, not just the symptoms.
Holistic medicine often combines elements of alternative medicine (like acupuncture) with Westernized, traditional medical treatment techniques. One of your main tasks as a holistic nurse will be to assess how patients can be treated from a spiritual, mental, and physical standpoint, and your daily tasks might include assisting doctors in preparation for treatments involving things like aromatherapy, massage, stress management, hypnosis, and more. You could work with patients at a general practice, or you could focus on a specific type of patient, like children or those suffering from cancer.
Salary and Career Options
According to reports, holistic nurses make an average of $45,000 annually. Your exact salary will depend on factors such as the type of facility where you work, location, and education level. As a holistic nurse, you can also choose to specialize in a specific type of treatment, which allows you to work in consulting in this field along with a team of doctors or other types of nurses. You can also choose to earn an advanced degree, which allows you to work in holistic medicine research or become a certified nurse midwife, which allows you to work with expecting mothers who want a non-typical birth option.
You can get started working as a holistic nurse by going through an LPN program, but many choose to become RNs, which gives you more freedom to specialize. With almost every type of holistic treatment there are certification programs you can consider, which allows you to learn more about performing the treatment or assisting doctors with patient assessment.