Nursing Notes

November 19, 2009

Nurse moves ‘toward health and wellness’

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Below is an article I found that describes what one nurse has done to enhance her career by thinking outside of the box.  She, like many of her counterparts, tired of dealing with death and illness and wanted to instead move toward health and wellness.  I have to applaud her on finding the right balance between nursing and her new profession, massage.  It sounds as if she enjoys teaching others about her new profession as well.  I wonder how many of those students turn out to be fellow nurses who are fed up with nursing?

According to the recent studies of the nursing shortage, older more experienced nurses are leaving the profession in large numbers due to health, retirement, stress, or just being too tired to continue.  Here is one nurse who met her challenge by utilizing her nursing experience to embrace health and wellness.  Congratulations!


At Work: Jean Wible of CCBC’s massage therapy program

Jean WibleJean Wible, framed by a massage table headrest, maintains a private practice but also is coordinator of the community college’s Student Massage Therapy and Bodywork Clinic. (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam / November 12, 2009)
By Nancy Jones Bonbrest Special to The Baltimore Sun
November 15, 2009

Salary: $60,000

Age: 52


Years on the job: 1.5 years

How she got started: Jean Wible graduated with a degree in nursing from Marywood University in Pennsylvania. She worked as a nurse for more than 20 years, specializing in geriatric nursing and hospice care.

In 1997 she became certified in massage therapy and built a private practice as a massage therapist while working part time as a nurse.

The combination worked well, Wible said.

“I was looking to balance things out. I wanted to move toward health and wellness instead of death and illness. I loved hospice, but it takes a toll.”

Throughout her career she always taught nursing and massage and has written two books: “Pharmacology for Massage Therapy” and “Drug Handbook for Massage Therapists.”

She accepted her current position in April 2008.

Wible is a registered nurse and massage therapist licensed by the state and certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Typical day: Wible works four or five days a week, putting in nine to 10 hours a day. She is considered a 10-month employee but continues to teach classes throughout the summer.

She’s responsible for coordinating and overseeing student clinical rotations in the massage therapy school, which is offered at the Essex campus. This includes setting clinic dates, prepping the clinic, instructing students and scheduling their clinical hours.

The bodywork clinic allows community members to come in for a massage so students can practice technique. Students must get 225 hours of hands-on, supervised massage experience.

She also assists in answering calls and e-mail messages from people requesting information about the massage program, and meets with prospective students.

Wible regularly teaches two or three classes a semester, which involves preparing instruction, meeting with students, tutoring, grading papers and tests and administrative tasks.

Classes she instructs include anatomy, massage, exploration of movement and introduction to research.

The program: It’s relatively new, with the first class graduating in 2002. It now has 32 students, double the number of the year before.

Students graduate from the two-year, 65-credit program with an associate’s degree in applied science.

Hardest part: Students must learn the many muscles and bones in the human body and the physiology of how they work.

“It’s so detailed it takes people by surprise, but it’s essential.”

The good: “Seeing students come in without a clue and watching them grow into professionals.”

The bad: Paperwork. “I love the teaching part, but there’s a certain amount of paperwork and administrative work that has to be done.”

Private practice: Wible still maintains her private massage therapist practice, seeing clients one or two days a week.

She charges $70 per hour and works with clients seeking general relaxation massage therapy, as well as those who suffer from depression, cancer and chronic back and neck pain.

Philosophy: “We want to give our students the highest level of education possible and as much real-life experience as possible so they are prepared to work anywhere.”


Copyright © 2009, The Baltimore Sun

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