201 Careers in NursingIn this weekly feature, the editors of SpringBoard highlight one career in the health care professions--including a basic description, educational requirements, core competencies/key skills needed, and related web sites and professional organizations where you can find more information!

BASIC DESCRIPTION:
An acupuncturist nurse is a holistic practitioner based on Traditional Chinese Medicine’s concept of integrative health. The acupuncturist nurse uses needles, heat or pressure to promote wellness, health, and balance. They are employed by ambulatory centers and holistic care centers.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
Registered Nurse is preferred; certification could be obtained from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED:
Additional education and training in holistic medicine are required.

  • Knowledge of anatomy and Centers for Disease Control infection control standards
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

  • National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (www.nccaom.org)
  • The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine(www.aaaomonline.org)