So in my opinion this stuff is well categorized. My image about nursing is described as follows.
Nurses (like me for many years), who work in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor (bootcamps included) feeling an emptiness because you want to utilize your nursing training and skills, but the fitness industry doesn’t need or respect that part of you. Quite frankly, I’ve said many times, you don’t have to be a nurse to teach Zumba classes. The gym/club owners know this and more importantly the patrons/customers and potential customers know this. So you will get paid what the market will bear which is what the competitive rate is for an exercise professional. Per class maybe $25-$75.00 per class or $50-$150.00 per hour as a personal trainer or $9-$15.00 an hour working the gym floor. Without getting into the differences of being paid per participant in a bootcamp and salaried fitness employees, you have to work a lot of hours, nights and weekends, many times working out with the group or person you are training. Maybe this works for you if you’re under 35 y.o. But I can’t teach 10-15 exercise classes a week over 50 y.o. Nor do I want to.The second type of nurse who visits this site is someone who is working as a nurse, who is an exercise/fitness enthusiast and who is looking for another avenue in NURSING (good) to follow and make money in their passion for movement. If this is you, maybe you are expecting a fitness nursing job to appear in Career Builder ads because that’s how you may have found your current/other nursing jobs. The wheels of new nursing professions move very slowly. Especially when there is self-doubt and an inability to see a vision of what a true fitness nurse can be and do. My vision of Fitness nursing is not, a nurse working in fitness and then calling yourself a ‘fitness nurse’. (Nobody in fitness cares that you’re a nurse; if they did you would see it in your pocket) This may be where we are right now, because that’s what available to us in the marketplace. So you end up like nurse #1.Finally, the third type of nurse who visits this site is just curious. You may have no intention of doing anything fitness wise with others, you just can’t stand what you’re doing now and want a change. Which is o.k. Part of change is exploration.Here’s my vision…
Nurses (RNs and LPNs) combining their nursing license/training/skills + fitness certification (can be any) + CPR certification = Fitness Nurse! You will work from a place of healthcare (through physician’s practices, clinics and/or hospital wellness centers and also through your own private sessions) NOT in typical gyms and clubs.
If you are working in a gym or club now…I’m not saying to quit. Especially if you enjoy what you are doing. What I am saying is that as long as you are seen as an aerobics instructor, a personal trainer, a yoga instructor, etc., who ‘happens’ to be a nurse, you will continue to feel unfulfilled in what you are doing and is what brought you to this site. You want more. You DO have more to offer.
I’m not anti-gym or personal trainer. I actually teach certification courses for personal trainers. What I do recognize in my 25+ years of doing both (fitness & nursing), is that you can’t change people’s perception of what exercise/fitness people do (biggest loser mentality) and what nurses do (caring for the sick and nursing back to health).
We have to form our own definition of fitness nurse that carries with it the nurse piece first; the fitness piece second. And we have to work with and in areas that already recognize the great nursing skills we have and what we bring to the table. Many personal trainers in clubs that I’ve worked in think nurses only take blood pressures and give shots. Because in their setting of the gym, and maybe their remembering their vaccinations as a child, that’s what they see nurses do. The respect isn’t there. Those of you who want to continue to work in gyms/clubs I wish you well and maybe you are making great money… but again why are you on this site?
A Fitness Nurse is a nurse who specializes in fitness by putting the care in fitness for those people who need a physician’s and/or APN’s recommendation to exercise.
I actually use the nursing process (Oh No!) when assessing my clients with my fitness nursing assessment. No personal trainer would ever touch this. We have to be different and make our own market place. Which actually already exists. We just have to let those markets know that we do.
Which nurse are you #1, #2, #3?
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Yours in Fitness & Nursing!