March 10, 2010

To: Massachusetts Nursing and Professional Healthcare Organizations

From: Laurie Talarico, MS, RN, NP Nursing Practice Coordinator

Re: Revised Advisory Ruling 98-01 Holistic Nursing and Complementary/Alternative Modalities

At the March 9, 2011 Board of Registration in Nursing (Board) meeting the Board issued revisions to Advisory Ruling 98-01 Holistic Nursing and Complementary/Alternative Modalities, updating the former Advisory Ruling 98-01 Holistic Nursing and Complementary Therapies.

The Advisory Ruling guides the practice of Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses who, within their practice, incorporate complementary/alternative modalities (CAM) to meet such nursing and client goals including, but not limited to, increased comfort, relief of pain, relaxation, improved coping mechanisms, reduction of stress, an increased sense of well-being comprehensive health promotion and health risk reduction.

On the Board's website at www.mass.gov/dph/boards/rn, scroll to Nursing Practice, scroll to Advisory Rulings on Nursing Practice, and access Holistic Nursing and Complementary/Alternative Modalities to review the entire document.


This information is provided by the Division of Health Professions Licensure within the Department of Public Health.