With more than three quarters of nurses in Vermont age 45 or older, there is an evident need for a new crop of nurses to fill nursing jobs in the near future. The nursing shortage is not as severe in Vermont as it is elsewhere, but with more than half of the nursing industry planning to retire by 2020, it will definitely feel the pinch soon. The state has already prepared for this by offering financial incentives for nurses to pursue graduate studies and go into teaching, which will help expand nursing programs and lessen the projected shortage.
Holistic nurses aim to treat a patient?s mental and spiritual health, as well as his or her physical health. Holistic nursing complements conventional medical treatments with complementary and alternative modalities (CAM). These complementary treatments may include massage, aromatherapy, homeopathy, acupuncture and biofeedback, which is a technique taught to patients to help them monitor and control things like blood pressure, breathing, muscle tension and heart rate. Registered nurses may obtain the Certification in Holistic Nursing through the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation (AHNCC). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.