In 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!
An aromatherapist nurse is a specially trained nurse who uses the soothing and healing properties of scents from essential oils to relieve pain and other discomforts, decrease stress, elevate moods, relax, and treat conditions. Their services are employed in many health care settings such as health spas, holistic health centers, and hospitals.
Registered Nurse; certification is preferred; Basic Life Support certification is required.
CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED
- Knowledge of essential oils and its effects
- Knowledge of Centers for Disease Control infection control principles and standards
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
- National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (www.naha.org)
- University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine (www.compmed.edu)
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (http://nccam.nih.gov/)
- American Holistic Nurses Association (www.ahna.org)