Criteria for choosing a good holistic nurse or nurse practitioner:
The term 'nurse' is difficult for clients because it can mean different things. There are Licensed Practical Nurses who work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. There are Registered Nurses with various levels of degrees from Associate, to Bachelor, to Masters, to doctorally prepared. Holistic nursing has been recognized by the American Nurses Association as a specialty practice and there are two credentials that can be obtained by testing from the America Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation (AHNCC); one as a Holistic Nurse-Board Certified (HN-BC) for nurses at the Baccalaureate level and the other the Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse- Board Certified (AHN-BC) for nurses with Masters-Degrees or higher.
Not all nurses who claim to be holistic are certified. Many have the heart of the philosophy without a lot of formal training. Newer graduates in both nursing and medicine are receiving some training in holism in their schools. Ideally the nurse provider you are looking for is credentialed by the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation.
A brief interview visit is a good place to start with any healthcare provider before you begin active work on your issues. At that initial interview you can find out what the person has to offer, what their credentials are, and how you the client feel about your interaction with them.