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The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
March, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 03
Association Looking for New Members
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
The National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists (NANMT) is looking for a few good members, according to new Board President, Judy Dean, RN, DS, NCBMB, CHt. The NANMT was organized in 1992 and experienced several years of growth but has since seen a drop in membership. A new board in now in place and is looking to grow the association once again.
Dean, a former Director and Chair of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, said her goal "is to support the state boards in the trend of supporting nurse massage therapists in their scope of practice." In order to do this, her "first goal is to increase membership. We're taking a look at everything to make sure there is agreement in terms of our purpose and broadening the appeal and message to others in the field who engage in touch therapy." Dean also shared that, "the intent of our presence in health care is to have nurse massage therapy recognized as a specialty in the nursing profession. We want to ultimately make a strong push to get recognized by the state nursing boards."
In addition to Dean, the new board consists of Jamie Listebarger, RN, LMT, as Vice President and Andy Bernay-Roman, MS, CMT, and the original founder of the NANMT will serve as Secretary/Treasurer. According to the new leadership, the first steps include assessing and formulating various structural and logistical changes to redevelop a strong, active and viable membership driven organization. The NANMT currently participates in fund raising events, distributes a newsletter, provides a source of referral and collaboration to nurses and non-nursing colleagues and interacts with legislators as to the role of the nurse massage therapist in the health care setting.
The NANMT philosophy is stated as, "Nurse Massage Therapy is grounded in nursing theory and implemented within the context of the nursing process. It possesses a specialized body of knowledge and therefore represents a distinct specialty in professional nursing practice. Nurse Massage Therapists provide professional services in various practice settings and receive fair reimbursement for their services. Nurse Massage Therapy affirms nursing as both an art and a science whose primary purpose is to provide health care services that nurture and strengthen clients' ability to heal themselves. Nurse Massage Therapy provides a holistic approach to health care, which is needed to balance the trend toward impersonal, technological-oriented health care. Using a variety of touch therapies, the Nurse Massage Therapist acts as a catalyst to facilitate clients' ability to heal themselves. NANMT members are committed to integrating massage and bodywork into various settings of contemporary nursing practice and health care. We work cooperatively with other health care professionals and with other nursing and massage/bodywork organizations. NANMT members maintain a high level of integrity and accountability consistent with the NANMT Code of Ethics and Bylaws, and adhere to the laws and legal scope of practice set forth by the regulatory nursing agency where they practice, as well as the Standards of Practice for the Nurse Massage Therapist."
NANMT members provide touch therapy to hospital in-patient, out-patient and in community settings; as private practitioners within health oriented agencies; as researchers collecting data regarding the impact of touch therapy on vulnerable populations; teaching the process of incorporating touch therapies to nursing students and caregivers and presenting at national educational programs. Membership dues are currently $100 per year for active members and $55 for students. And with more and more hospitals looking to include alternative therapies such as massage, nurse massage therapists could be in demand. A January 2012 article in the Los Angeles Times noted the increased trend in offering massage. According to the Times article, "experts say hospitals are embracing these therapies for many reasons, including a growing recognition that some integrative therapies...are very effective in certain instances."
If you are a nurse massage therapist or a student interested in incorporating touch therapy into your skill set, send your suggestions and ideas to the NANMT, as they work to get this association back to the forefront of the nursing and massage professions. As the board reminds existing and potential members, "your input impacts the future of your organization, as well as the acceptance of integrating your specialized touch therapies into nursing and the broader health care arena."
According to Dean, the NANMT currently has approximately 100 members but "more membership means a louder voice."
To learn more about the NANMT and become a member, visit their web site at www.nanmt.org.
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