CNM students and graduates come from all walks of life and backgrounds. What links them is the desire to help others to better health, and their commitment to having a fulfilling and flexible career.
A more effective way to treat patients
I always had an interest in health and natural medicine, even through my training to become a nurse. I have over ten years nursing experience in a number of speciality areas across Australia, the UK and Ireland. It was only when nursing young adults with autism that the penny finally dropped with me that there had to be a more effective way to treat conditions for which conventional medicine had little to offer. I saw people I was looking after suffering and with little chance of getting well, knowing that there had to be a more successful way of treating them. This belief lead me to train as an Acupuncturist and Naturopath.
I chose to study at CNM after attending an open evening held by Avril. The course structure, its teachers and facilities were all so professional. The dual qualification of naturopathy as well as acupuncture was important to me. I believe having the two modalities offers a lot in terms of treating patients effectively in addition to my established nursing experience.
Holistic and drug-free treatments
I love that I can provide patients with effective treatments for a range of conditions in a holistic and drug-free way. As a nurse I see firsthand a number of conditions that may not respond well to conventional medicine. Being able to make that difference is a real bonus for me on top of the treatment of more routine conditions. I also love the buzz of running my own clinic with the possibilities that each day brings.
I’m glad I took the leap
Taking the leap from a full-time permanent nursing position to having my own practice. It is hard work building a practice – however it is certainly worth it.
If you are thinking of studying or just about to graduate – go for it!
If you have an interest in this area, go for it. It is a very rewarding and fulfilling area to be working in. Trust in your abilities, know you can make real changes in peoples’ lives. Remember to make the time to learn about marketing and business, as this is extremely important, especially if you have no prior experience.
I have always been fascinated with Acupuncture
I have worked in healthcare most of my working life – having studied and worked as a nurse for years. I have always been interested in the person’s individual response to illness in particular how emotions affect illness. I love that natural medicine treats the person and not the illness, taking all aspects of the patient in to consideration. I have always been fascinated with Acupuncture and how Chinese Medicine views the body. Symptoms that seem so random in western medicine all seem to link up in a Chinese diagnosis!
I chose CNM as I loved that I could train as an Acupuncturist and Naturopath in one combined course. I attended an open evening and found it be a very positive and encouraging atmosphere. The college have a very supportive attitude towards the students.
I love my job
I have always been interested in the body and how it works. I studied Beauty Therapy when I left school and very quickly specialised in Skincare. I soon realised the limitations of using product in isolation in achieving positive results. I would ask myself question after question about why the skin was behaving the way it was. I knew I had to dig deeper beneath the layers and into the core of the cell to get my answers. This opened up the whole area of nutrition and the role of emotions on the body. It was a natural progression and necessary for me to get better results for my clients. When you begin the journey into Natural Medicine you cannot stop. It’s too fascinating.
I chose to study with CNM because I liked the quality of the course content and I liked the naturopathic approach which was at the core of each specialised therapy. It makes me think more wholly when it comes to treating the person. I also found my Acupuncture tutor fantastic.
I love my job, it’s so rewarding seeing people return having experienced positive results and feeling better in themselves. I like being of service to others and contributing to the bigger picture.
If you are about to graduate take a leaf out of your own book and adopt a holistic lifestyle. Support yourself, and be your own advertisement!
I love what I do
I have seen first-hand the power of complementary medicine especially Acupuncture and have used natural therapies throughout my life to maintain wellness and vitality.
CNM came into my life at a time of change. I had been made redundant from my corporate retail role and I had time to think about what positive changes I could make in my life.
Since qualifying in 2011 and setting up my own practice I am seeing more and more patients for gynaecology issues and fertility issues; especially male fertility issues. I have seen firsthand the difference that Acupuncture & Naturopathy can make in these cases.
I love what I do and I know that it’s a cliché but just being able to help people and see an improvement in someone’s life makes me feel very humble.
To any current students, take it all in especially in clinics. Yes, studying is hard especially if you are holding down a full time job but you have a fantastic opportunity to learn from the college and supervisors. Be a big sponge, so you feel ready to take the leap of faith into becoming an accomplished practitioner.
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