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January, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 01

Nurses Look Forward to a Future in Massage

By Editorial Staff

Representatives from the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists (NANMT), the entity that educates and assists state boards with standards of practice for nurse massage therapists, recently met with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to discuss the status of massage therapy as a recognized nursing specialty.

Several states, including South Carolina, Minnesota, Arizona, Nevada and Kentucky, among others, have incorporated massage therapy into the nursing scope of practice, or have written opinion statements regarding the use and inclusion of alternative therapies in nursing.

The NANMT is a member of the Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA), the recognizing body for nursing specialties; it considers massage therapy a nursing subspecialty that necessitates additional training and licensing procedures.

It is the hope of NANMT advocates that an increasing number of states will recognize massage therapy as a valid nursing specialty since patients often need medical information to complement their respective massage sessions.

For more information on the NANMT, visit

School Leaders Gather for Annual Forum

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) held its seventh annual School Issues Forum, Nov. 6-8, 2003, at La Posada Resort and Spa in Santa Fe, N.M. The forum provides a unique opportunity for massage school owners and directors to network while learning how to maximize school operations. Seventy-two attendees (the largest turnout to date under a new 75-attendee maximum) from 51 schools in 31 states gathered at this year's forum to attend informative panel discussions and lectures on various topics, including "Integrating Generations," " The Financial Health of Schools" and "Avoiding Teacher Burnout," among others. Exhibitors included Biotone, Custom Craftworks, Oakworks and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. This year's event is scheduled for Oct. 14-16 in Atlanta. For more information, visit


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