California Turns its Back
on Holistic Healing - Very Quietly
Jessica Meets Up with the Nursing Board, May 17, 2016 - link, click here
Old update, May 07, 2016 - link, click here
Jessica Miller, ReikiMastery.com Jess@ ReikiMastery.com , 626-963-3533
As one of California's foremost Reiki Masters, I did not anticipate an issue with being able to give Continuing Education credits to Nurses. In my nearly 25 years of teaching Reiki, I have trained over 3500 people, including many nurses, and given them CEs. I recently started the ReikiMastery Institute, dedicated to teaching both fundamentals and practical "Speed Reiki Techniques" which give practical powerful solutions that can be done in 1-5 minutes that seems perfect for busy nurses.
Reiki, Healing Touch, Guided Imagery, Aromotherapy, Kinesiology and many other related Complementary/Alternative Modalities (CAM) are well known and accepted by nurses in California. But no more. When I applied for a CE Provider number, I was told in writing:
In further discussions over the last several months I have learned the following:
Discussions with other affected providers determined the board is (and has been) in fact denying all applications and renewals for complementary/alternative medicine providers wanting to give Nurses CEs since sometime in the fall of 2015.
I searched the board's website and could find no official documentation of this policy. When I finally contacted the board about this, I was told "There is nothing in writing to document the change, I cannot tell you when the policy change happened, we are informing people as they apply/renew," in what seemed to be a rehearsed speech. It was suggested I contact Louise Bailey, the Executive Directory, but I was not given a way to contact her. When I did try, I was sent back to the same department which told me the policy.
Is such an undocumented policy even legal? This is a major policy decision by the board. Why is it being done so quietly?
I have been contacted the American Holistic Nurses Association, The American Nurses Association, Healing Touch, and others. None of them had heard of this policy, and were quite shocked. The only other state in the country that does not allow Nurses to get CE credit for CAM nurses is Ohio. This is a tremendous step backwards.
I have contacted the governer's office, contacted the California Board of Nursing multiple times, telling them I was writing a news article. So far I have heard nothing back, but I do hope that will change in the next week or so.
Please notify all you know concerned, and have them sign up for my newsletter on this site. I am especially looking for people with an "in" at the board, or California government, and contacts with various nursing or CE organizations.
Official Letter from the Board - that started it all
December 15, 2015 08:03:58
Thank you for contacting the California Board of Registered Nursing. In accordance to California Code of Regulation (CCR) 1456 reads in part that the content of all courses to continuing education must be relevant to the practice of nursing and must be related to the scientific knowledge and/or technical skills required for the practice of nursing or be related to direct or indirect patient/client care.
It has been determined that Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) including Reiki is not considered the practice of nursing.
The regulatory requirements for Continuing Education specific to providers is found in in the California Nursing Practice Act (NPA), CCR 1454 Approved Providers, 1455 Continuing Education Hours, 1456 Continuing Education Courses, 1457 Instructor Qualifications, 1458 Course Verification, 1459 Advertisement and 1459.1 Withdrawal of Approval. The NPA is found under the Regulations tab at www.RN.ca.gov
Susan C. Engle RN, MSN
Nursing Education Consultant
Board of Registered Nursing
P. O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 95244-2100
(916) 574-7682 Fax: (916) 574-7700