What is a Nurse Coach? 9 Things to Expect when Partnering with a Nurse Coach

Nurse Coaching offers a transformative approach to health and wellness, focusing on empowering you to take charge of your life, enhancing health resilience, and creating a path to wholeness. Partnering with a Nurse Coach fosters a professional relationship that nurtures and inspires, guiding you towards a life lived fully and vibrantly.

If you are ready to embark on a journey towards greater health and fulfillment, a certified Nurse Coach may be your key to unlocking your potential.


What is a Nurse Coach?

The term Nurse Coach is a Nursing role to describe a Registered Nurse who has devoted additional time, energy and investment into obtaining extra training, education, and practice in developing the skills and presence to provide holistic and scientific-based health and wellness coaching, beyond their original Nursing school training.

Nurse Coaches are a distinct breed of Nurses completely focused on enhancing the health and well-being of their clients, patients and communities.

Nurse Coaches deeply listen to uncover the stories unique to you, and then use these stories, along with your life experiences to co-create a wellness plan to fully support and honor your health.


What Is A Nurse Coach?


Nurse Coaches have learned that telling you what to do doesn’t work. Instead, they take into account all that has transpired in your life, along with your future hopes and dreams, to establish a true partnership to help you uncover and voice what is important to you. This opens up possibility for you to take action as you live life to the fullest!


In many cases, Nurse Coaches take an additional step, and become Nurse Coach-Coach (NC-BC) or Health and Wellness Nurse Coach Board Certified (HWNC-BC), after passing significant credentialing verification and board examination. The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation’s exams are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) and are recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Program.


All Nurse Coaches who obtain this board certification are highly dedicated to the rigorous process of professional standards, ethical practice and devotion to their craft. This equals expert care provided to you as a healthcare consumer, patient, community or business that chooses to partner with a Nurse Coach.

What Is A Nurse Coach? 9 Things To Expect When Partnering With A Nurse Coach


Why is this important to you?

Your personal health (and that of your community) is your vitality! Time and important focus must be placed on enhancing health, mitigating disease and taking ownership of your health and wholeness. Health resilience is imperative to life satisfaction, and focusing on health and well-being (instead of disease) is your key to maintaining resilience.


“At it’s core, resilience embodies a vision of healthy individuals and thriving communities, and a resilience-centered framework provides concrete actions people, organizations, and institutions can take to promote the sustainable and long-term well-being of communities in the face of adversity and disaster.”

— Wulff, Donato, & Lurie, 2015


You see, Nurse Coaches are devoted to the art of caring and the science of Nursing and healthcare. Nurse Coaches are uniquely positioned to provide a distinct set of health and wellness coaching skills because they are committed to incorporating Nursing and healthcare-based knowledge and wisdom into all coaching interactions.

Nurse Coaches believe that even in illness, one can find a new meaning of health and thrive in it, through all stages of life.


Innate knowledge and experience positions Nurse Coaches beyond general health and wellness coaches, for Nurse Coaches truly understand the healthcare space and the absolute value of the whole-person approach necessary to navigate through medical systems and health-related challenges.

Nurse Coaches beautifully blend the art of caring and the science of healthcare and Nursing to help you feel and be your best.

When you partner with a Nurse Coach who is certified and dedicated to professional standards, you are engaging in a dynamic relationship aimed at transforming your health. It’s not just about treating symptoms; it’s about understanding the whole person and empowering you to take control of your health journey.

Nurse Coaches don’t just provide information; they facilitate your self-discovery, encourage your self-responsibility, and assist in creating personalized health strategies that align with your unique needs, preferences, and goals. They are there to guide, support, and inspire you, as you make powerful choices that lead to health and well-being.

How to find a Nurse Coach:

  • ask for a Nurse Coach at your next healthcare provider appointment
  • ask your insurance company to access a Nurse Coach
  • Google the search terms, ‘Nurse Coach in my area’
  • contact Blue Monarch Health
  • contact the American Holistic Nurses Association
  • contact the Integrative Nurse Coach® Academy
  • ask your place of work to hire a Nurse Coach for worksite wellness
  • demand your human resources department to partner with a Nurse Coach for employee health

Already a Nurse and want to become a Nurse Coach?


Original post: BlueMonarchHealth

After two decades as an Intensive Care Nurse caring for the sickest of patients, Nicole left the one-size fits all healthcare industry, and created Blue Monarch Health, where she is; Active Aging Specialist, Health Protection Expert and Head Motivator! Instead of waiting for you to get sick, she meets you where you live, work and play, to enhance your health and vitality.
Nicole listens deeply, and takes you by the hand to co-create a health and vitality plan with you, so you can really do it in your life. She is an authentic, heart-centered stick of dynamite, who focuses your energies, builds up your strengths, and leverages your unique gifts!
Nicole Vienneau achieved a Master’s in Nursing Science from the University of Arizona, a board certification in Integrative Nurse Coaching from the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation, and is Senior Faculty with the Integrative Nurse Coach® Academy. She is a Functional Aging Specialist, personal trainer, yoga teacher, and group fitness instructor and a retired Reebok-sponsored Fitness Athlete.  When she’s not coaching clients or writing blogs, or hosting the Integrative Nurse Coaches in ACTION! Podcast, you can find her teaching active older adult fitness classes, volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association, lounging in the sun with her cat babies, or on a hike with her awesome husband.
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