Perhaps, I'm confused. An RN education doesn't increase one's knowledge of holistic health. I feel quite confident of that. It is just the opposite.
If one wants to practice as an NP, I assume you'd like autonomy. An RN is not an independent practice degree, they work under the direct supervision of an MD. Perhaps, an ND could want an RN to draw labs for him/her. But, the scope of practice of an RN is limited by being under the supervision of a higher legal licensure.
I completely believe that a 2-year RN degree is a great investment for knowledge of mainstream disease and mainstream medical skills and a mainstream health care job, with great pay. But, it has nothing to do with herbal or holistic healing. Unfortunately.
I am consulted for holistic health issues everyday. I have no certification in holistic anything. I have knowledge I gained through practice, experience, research, reading, questioning, self-study. I get paid to do that. Mostly, no one knows I ever went to nursing school. It is irrelevant.
I consult holistic practitioners who have the knowledge I am seeking (homeopathy, herbal medicine, holistic practioners, massage, Reiki, aromatherapy, etc). I don't care about their "credentials". I care about their knowledge and experience and results, testimonials, word-of-mouth. I'd rather apprentice with one of them, than waste my time and money on nursing school, if I wanted to practice holistic health. Or even a holistic school; but a nursing degree offers little to an herbal healing mama, imo.
I'm familiar with the University of Arizona program. If you want to get your ND, I'd do that directly, rather than going to nursing school first. Nursing school has nothing to do with holistic anything.
I doubt Susan Weed has a nursing degree. Have no idea if she has any "credentials".
Originally Posted by rainbowmoon
Herbal degrees really mean nothing anyway as there is no regulation, it's the KNOWLEDGE one gains and clinical experience that is going to matter in a holistic health care setting.
I really must disagree and beg to differ that anyone in a holistic setting would hire an RN or NP with *no* experience in alternative medicine unless out of desperation! I'm also pretty sure critical care is worlds away from integrative holistic medicine (Which btw IS the future of alternative medicine hands down)
My plan is to attend the integrative medicine program at the University of Arizona after I get my NP. A VERY HIGHLY regarded program and basically one of a kind!