This is the official blog of CertifiedFitnessNurse.com. The purpose of this blog is that through my journey of finding viable venues to make money and promoting Certified Fitness Nurses™ to the public, I can help guide other nurses interested in fitness to get going on doing what they love working to heal the most reversable diseases (metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes and inflammtion) through exercise and movement and nursing assessment. Also to bring Certified Fitness Nurses™ to other health care professionals and the public. But I can’t do it alone. I need your help. Don’t die with your dream and gift of what you have to offer inside of you. I also want to exchange ideas, information, and resources with those nurses who want to make money as a Certified Fitness Nurse™. I encourage you to make comments and express yourself.
There typically 3 types of nurses who are attracted to this site:
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 Certified Fitness Nurse™ can be and do. My vision of fitness nursing is a nurse who becomes certified to teach and coach people who were recommended by their physician or other healthcare professional to exercise for health reasons (waist reduction happens). 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 currently available to you in the marketplace. So you end up like nurse #1. You just don’t need nursing skills to teach fitness in a gym setting. So, you won’t get paid for them.
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.
Finally, the fourth type of nurse, is the nurse who can see my vision (maybe you’re a combo of nurse #1 and nurse #2) and is interested in exploring the role of a Certified Fitness Nurse™ and the many opportunities that exist for your creative ideas and ways you can start your own part-time practice and help reduce the 79 million pre-diabetics and/or 1 out of 6 people with metabolic syndrome to exercise in order to reduce insulin levels and improve independence over their lifetime.
Here’s my vision…
20% Fitness and 80% Nurse
Nurses (RNs and LPNs) combining their nursing license/training/skills + fitness certification (may change) + Coaching skills + CPR certification = Certified Fitness Nurse™! You will work from a place of healthcare (through physician’s, clinics and/or hospital wellness centers and also through your own private and group coaching 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, a fitness professional, 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. I believe that once someone is in a better health state and has learned to sustain their waist and improve their strength and confidence, then they should work with a personal trainer if they want to run a 5k or train for something. 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).
I have to formed our my own definition of the Certified Fitness Nurse™ that carries with it the nurse piece first; the fitness piece second. (You can see the CFN Standards of Practice HERE with more definitions.) 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. The only time they cared I was a nurse was when somebody’s eyes rolled into the back of their head while they were on the treadmill and collapsed. 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 Certified 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.
Certified Fitness Nurse™ is the practice of promoting the benefits of exercise for blood sugar stability and improved hormone production towards fat-burning, life long waist reduction and reduction of all health-related numbers through supportive movement patterns and other integrative proven techniques, to people at risk for metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes and inflammation. The goal of the Certified Fitness Nurse™ is to empower the client to exercise on their own through self-efficacy and guided support.
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 what we do. Once we are recognized by physician’s, and other healthcare professionals, the public will grab on; then so will the gyms and clubs. Then and only then can we ‘name our price’, once we have established ourselves as a crucial part of healing and preventing in the healthcare team.
Which nurse are you #1, #2, #3 or #4?
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Yours in Fitness & Nursing,