Anah Aikman – Our First International Board Certified Nurse Coach

Anah Aikman

My journey on the path towards health and well-being wholeness, has been a remarkable one. What began for me as a search to find answers on how we can better provide healthcare that incorporated the whole, create higher revered and ethical leadership within nursing, and ultimately make this world a better place for all who live on this planet, took me from South Island, New Zealand to New York, USA.

INCA’s Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program was me, or more accurately, my potential, in a nut shell. It was not a fanciful thought or action; it was an instinctual gut feeling and I knew that this was the moment in time that I needed to go with the flow and allow whatever happened, to be open, for it would be a change-maker. I neither questioned nor reasoned the pros and cons, I just knew I needed to be there.

What has transpired has been an incredible journey that absolutely resonated with my being and has been a reflection of the soul. I have found a deep connection with other nurses who strive to make the world a better place, and with them comes their unique stories and perceptions. From the other side of the world, I came and found a community of like-minded visionaries. I celebrate this connection as together we will make a significant, positive difference in so many people’s lives. We will guide the intrinsic drive towards sustained positive change. Together we are one.

I have found my life’s purpose and am most grateful for this.

Today, I am an Integrative Nurse Coach in all I do and I am mindful to continue to learn, grow and self-reflect in many moments. As I become distracted, I remember the importance of breath and take a moment or two, to just breathe and center. Life throws many distractions and challenges at us and I find it remarkable how a moment in awareness changes my perspective and, guided by inner wisdom, allows answers to manifest in acceptance and gratitude.

This is a lifelong journey towards peace and contentment. I am committed to developing the higher levels of the soul through self-reflection and evaluation, for without this we are unable to make the deep connections that are so important for healing. For the betterment of all, I trust the Integrative Nurse Coach process and recognize all those who have contributed, great and small, to this powerful model of holistic care.


"I am passionate about teaching and role modelling values-based leadership because I believe that the way we lead matters, and that through positive leadership, we can change the world."

Anah is passionate about positive change. Of Maaori (Ngaati Maniapoto and Ngaati Wairere) and Scottish descent, she cares deeply about people and our planet, and believes that we have a duty of care to leave the world a better place.

Her mission is to educate others on the importance of values-based leadership and demonstrate the power this practice has to positively impact the healthcare landscape.

Having practiced as a Registered Nurse for 40+ years, in 2013 Anah became the first certified Integrative Nurse Coach outside of the United States. Becoming an Integrative Nurse Coach has allowed Anah to further develop her expertise in the health and wellness sector, and to share her extensive knowledge with others.

An avid traveller, natural storyteller and registered New Zealand Celebrant, Anah's skillset is multifaceted. Tying together her unique experience, she encourages others to think differently and embrace personal growth.

Evolving is an organic part of life’s journey and Anah’s vision today embraces a global purpose. She hopes to leave behind a positive legacy and inspire change from within.

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