I thought that when I entered nursing school I would be updating my blog every week. I thought that I’d be able to create time markers for my progress and note when I had breakthroughs with how what we learned in school related to holistic nursing specifically. I had no idea that the accelerated program I was in would make it so I had no time to do anything but study 14 hours per day, eat, and attend class. Sleep happened sometimes, but not on a regular schedule. With that being said, I’m happy I can reflect on it all now, but I am no longer a student. I am an RN and I have an MSN. My MSN is classified as advanced generalist since I had a bachelors degree in a different area prior to licensure. My education extends beyond what an BSN offers but I am still just as fresh as the other new grads I work with.
My social media is filled with people in the holistic health community and I hear many negative perspectives on Western/allopathic medicine. This concerns me to the point in which I hope that people will seek allopathic treatment over no treatment at all if they have a major health event (like a stroke) or have no resources or knowledge about holistic health options. When I hear comments about how terrible it is to be a nurse because all we do is “push meds” I am encouraged. Nursing allows me to give medications, sure, but it also allows me to hold medications in unsafe situations and educate people on how to improve their health so that one day they may not need medication any longer. I help people change their lives in simple ways in which they can enjoy a better quality of life and have relief from ailments they never thought would get better. Some see limitations in the scope of practice for a nurse instead of seeing how extensive it is. For a nurse to empower a patient a nurse must first be empowered. This thought process is the first step in becoming a holistic nurse. I may not be a nursing student any longer but I am still learning and the essence of being a healthcare practitioner is improving one’s art and utilizing science in the best way possible. I look forward to continuing.