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Biofeedback nurses assist patients to promote and improve health and manage symptoms by using signals from the body. Biofeedback, as a primary treatment modality or as adjunct therapy, is used to manage chronic pain, stress, anxiety, urinary incontinence, asthma, and headache.
Registered nurse preparation is required; certification is offered by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America.
CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED
- Knowledge of operation of equipment used in biofeedback therapy
- Knowledge of the physiologic manifestations of stress, pain, and other chronic conditions
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Good computer skills and knowledge of electronic health record documentation
RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
- Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (www.bcia.org)
- Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (http://www.aapb.org/)