Once you graduate nursing school you have plenty of options when it comes to a career path. You can find employment at a clinic or hospital, work at any of the government run health care facilities, or even continue with your education. Some nurses opt for a different route and that is the path of alternative medicine or holistic care. While traditional medicine may frown upon the whole field of alternative medicine you will find plenty of patients who swear by the effects of acupuncture, chiropractic care and massage therapy. But what does a chiropractic nurse do and how can you be a part of it?
What is Chiropractic Medicine
Chiropractic medicine falls under complementary and alternative medicine or CAM and it focuses on the spinal and musculoskeletal systems and their part in your overall health. If you manipulate the spine, joints and the tissues the chiropractor helps to heal pain and treat various ailments that their patients suffer from. Their goal is to return you to optimum health and regular activity. Here is an explanation of what chiropractic care entails.
The medical community at large dismisses the idea that treating the spine will help ailments that aren’t directly connected to the central nervous system. This is central to the practice of chiropractic medicine. Despite this belief by the mainstream medical community there are still millions of Americans that swear by chiropractic care. They swear that getting chiropractic adjustments are the reason they can move and live life normally again. When you work as a chiropractic nurse you are bridging the gap between traditional and alternative medicine.
What does a Chiropractic Nurse Do?
The duties of a chiropractic nurse are not that different from a nurse working in a regular medical clinic. You are still assisting the doctor and you still work with patients on a daily basis. You will prepare your patients to see the doctor and doing patient charts. There will be no handling of medication not will you deal with patients being admitted overnight. You also get the opportunity to work in a field that you believe in and use your education.
Working in a chiropractic clinic is an excellent opportunity for your nursing career, you can treat your patients holistically and work in a field that you believe in.