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Holistic Nurse

Holistic nurses are registered nurses who focus on a patient’s mental, spiritual and emotional health in addition to their physical health, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The holistic nursing approach is to focus on the whole patient?body, mind and soul. Some holistic nurses are specially trained to provide alternative medical treatments, such as acupuncture; others focus on stress management and work in aromatherapy and massage. Still others work as wellness coaches. While some work in hospitals and birthing centers, many are self-employed. Holistic nurses hold to a philosophy that is rooted in interconnectedness, but provide evidence-based nursing care.

All that is required for some careers in holistic nursing is an associate or bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of nursing and obtaining a license as a registered nurse (RN) in the state in which you plan to practice. You may also need to obtain licensure in message therapy or acupuncture if you plan on incorporating these treatments into patient care. Holistic nurse practitioners will need to complete an additional two years of schooling to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Certification through the American Holistic Nurses Association is considered a mark of distinction within the profession.

While average salary information particular to holistic nurses is limited, many registered nurse job postings in hospitals and clinics describe the career as taking a holistic approach to nursing. The average yearly salary of a registered nurse was $62,450 in May 2008, according to the BLS and the nursing profession is projected to grow 22 percent between 2008 and 2018. Holistic nurse practitioners typically draw a higher salary than lower-tier nurses?one job posting for an interventional holistic pain management nurse practitioner had a salary range of $90,000-$120,000. The average salary of a nurse practitioner is between $59,000 and $77,500, according to online compensation site Payscale.com.