Do my ‘Holistic Practice’ hours count toward my RN registration hours?
This is a question we often get from members and non-members alike.
So far, the answer is…
Each provincial regulatory body can have different processes for determining whether your Holistic practice fulfills your Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses.
While the CHNA has published their Holistic Nursing Standards of Practice, RNs in each province must ensure they are practicing in context to their regulatory body guidelines to maintain their registration.
So what do you do now?
Contact your regulatory body (eg BCCNM in British Columbia) and speak with a practice consultant. They may have a process in place for nurses in private practices to prove that they are fulfilling their Standards of Practice with the work they are doing.
It may seem to be a tedious process, but the more we take this approach the more we will raise awareness of the work holistic nurses do.
On another note …
You can integrate holistic nursing theory and body, mind, spirit approaches into all the work you do. . . you don’t just need to have a private holistic practice. Whether you are working on a surgical ward, hospice, or community care holistic nursing is ‘a way of being’ as much as ‘a way of practicing’.
The key is …
Are you meeting your regulatory body’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics in the care you provide?
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