An Introduction to Integrative Nurse Coaching in Amarillo, TX

An Introduction to Integrative Nurse Coaching: One-day Conference in Amarillo, Texas 

Among the many positive experiences of being an integrative nurse coach is the opportunity to share the work with like-minded nurses.  On March 29, 2014, a group of 15 wonderful nurses who live and work in the Texas Panhandle attended a One-Day Introduction to Integrative Nurse Coaching facilitated by Advanced Integrative Nurse Coaches, Dr. Lisa Davis and Dr. Heidi Taylor.  The workshop was approved for 7.44 CEU by the Texas Nurses Association.  During the workshop, attendees were introduced to nurse coaching, shared healing stories, practiced nurse coaching competencies, participated in self-care activities, and enjoyed a nourishing lunch of home-made soup provided by the facilitators.  The workshop was held in a meeting space filled with art at Chalice Abbey, a Fair Trade Emporium in Amarillo, Texas, and the attendees enjoyed shopping for interesting items from around the world during breaks.
Responses to the workshop were highly positive. One participant said, “ This was inspiring and positively impacted my thinking, my heart, and began a healing process that I have so desired. Because of this, I feel that I will be able to make a difference!” Among the many changes that participants reported they planned to make as a result of participating in the workshop are: to focus on better listening, take time to center and breathe, spend more time affirming than correcting, to be present, and to think about intention before actions.
Collegial sharing and connection was a highlight, and participants were reluctant to leave at the end of the day. New friendships were made, old relationships were rekindled and the healing energy was evident throughout our experience together. Several participants voiced interest in learning more, and attending the INCA workshops to become nurse coaches.  We hope to offer another 1-day workshop in the Fall 2014.
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As Co-Founder of the International Nurse Coach Association for over a decade, Susan has been teaching and developing coaching program and currently through the Integrative Nurse Coach® Academy. She is Board Certified in Health and Wellness Coaching, Holistic Nursing, and Clinical Nutrition. Susan has authored several chapters on Nutrition and Environmental Health for Holistic Nursing, Integrative Nursing, and Nurse Leadership textbooks. She has co-authored Nurse Coaching and Self-Assessment chapters in; Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, 7th edition (2015-2020) and is co-author of the award winning book (ANA Gold Seal, 2015) Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches for Health and Wellbeing (2015) and The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching, an ANA Publication (2013), that led the way to establishing the standards for practice in the emerging Nurse Coach role. For the past 20 years, she has been the Nurse Coach and Nutrition consultant for Special Immunology Services at Mercy Hospital in Miami and is currently the Director of Nurse Coaching at Rezilir Health in Hollywood, Florida. Susan continues to integrate lifestyle health and wellness education into diverse communities, bringing her expertise and passion as a nurse, clinical nutritionist, and medical anthropologist. She has developed and implemented integrative health initiatives for diverse community organizations including the Yellow Courtyard, Integrative Health Symposium, Urban Zen, New York Open Center, The Lower East Side Girls Club, Kripalu, Omega Institute, and the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University. As a concerned global citizen, Susan is the founder and education director of the Earthrose Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to environmental health education and advocacy. She maintains a private practice as an Integrative Nurse Coach® with a focus on nutrition and the environment.

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