Nutrition for Nurses ™

A Holistic Approach
Self-paced 15-module comprehensive online course
for Registered Nurses & Advanced Practice Nurses
Offered in educational partnership with the Institute for Functional Medicine
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Nutrition for Nurses: A Holistic Approach


Nutrition for Nurses™: A Holistic Approach is meticulously designed to integrate core nutritional knowledge with the practical aspects of nursing care.

This course empowers Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners to apply evidence-based nutritional science in their daily interactions with patients, enhancing both health outcomes and patient satisfaction.

**Nutrition for Nurses is  launching on June 17. **

Nutrition for Nurses™ Program Overview

Under the expert guidance of Dr. Brigitte Sager and in educational partnership with the Institute for Functional Medicine, this course offers a robust curriculum focused on the practical application of evidence-based nutrition in nursing.

From understanding the intricate role nutrition plays in the body to applying these principles in patient care plans, this course prepares nurses to support patients in understanding the impact food plays in their health story and their capacity to heal.

Course Structure and Timeline: 

  • **Note this course will be launching June 17. Register by June 10 to save $150 on registration.
  • Starting June 17th: You will have access to the course within 24 hours of registering so you can begin your learning journey right away.
    • (Reminder: the course launches June 17th.  If you sign up before then, you will have access from June 17, 2024 through June 16, 2025.)
  • The self-paced format allows you to work through the 15 modules as it suits your schedule.  Each module concludes with a brief quiz that is required to unlock the subsequent module.
  • Additionally, you will be invited to monthly live webinars on various topics.  Once per quarter, these webinars will feature expert faculty from the Institute for Functional Medicine  These sessions are optional and recorded, ensuring you never miss out.
  • You have one year from your enrollment date to complete all aspects of the course to earn your certificate of completion.


  • The Integrative Nurse Coach Academy is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17700 for 50 contact hours.

Module Titles

15 Modules - 50 Contact Hours

You will have one year from your start date to complete the following Modules.

  • 1

    Introduction to Nutrition

  • 2

    Nutrients and Digestion

  • 3

    Evaluating Nutritional Status

  • 4

    The Gut Microbiome and Immune Health

  • 5

    Toxin and Detoxification Considerations

  • 6

    The Bottom Line Guide to Healthy Eating

  • 7

    Nutrition Across the Lifespan: Infants, Toddlers, and Children

  • 8

    Nutrition Across the Lifespan: Adolescents through Adults

  • 9

    Nutrition Across the Lifespan: Older Adults

  • 10

    Shopping, Cooking, and Meal Planning

  • 11

    Nutrition and Chronic Health Conditions (Part One): Addressing Cardiometabolic Disorders

  • 12

    Myths and Truths of Weight Loss

  • 13

    Nutrition and Chronic Conditions (Part Two): Gastrointestinal Concerns

  • 14

    Nutrition and Chronic Conditions (Part Three): Everything Else

  • 15

    Challenges and Integration in Practice, Final Exam, Course Evaluation

Unique Aspects of the Nutrition for Nurses™ course

  • Developed for Nurses, by Nurses

    Tailored content specifically designed for nurses. This course is the only course that teaches nutrition education exclusively for registered nurses and advanced practice nurses.

  • Flexible Learning Experience

    Enjoy one year of course access from your sign-up date, with the freedom to progress at your own pace. No due dates or deadlines beyond finishing course material within 1 year.

  • Institute for Functional Medicine Partnership

    Benefit from exclusive insights and resources provided by leaders in holistic healthcare. Gain access to state-of-the-art food plans and assessment tools.

  • Monthly Live Webinars

    Attend live, monthly webinars featuring experts in nutrition, enhancing your learning and integration of nutritional science into your nursing practice. Once per quarter, an expert IFM Faculty member will be a special guest on our monthly webinars.

  • Professional Development

    Earn 50 contact hours and a certificate of completion that signifies your competency in nutrition.

Why Nutrition for Nurses?

Nurses and nurse practitioners are experts at patient empowerment and education, but a lack in fundamental knowledge in nutrition must be addressed. Nutrition plays a major role in optimizing wellness and risk for developing acute and chronic illness.

Our dedicated Nutrition for Nurses course can bridge these knowledge gaps, empower nurses to provide evidence-based nutrition care and equip them with the skills to overcome the barriers they face in various healthcare settings. By addressing these deficiencies, this course can contribute to more effective patient care, improved health outcomes, and the overall goal of promoting holistic healthcare.

It can empower nurses to become experts in nutrition, enabling them to play a central role in addressing the growing public health challenges related to nutrition and obesity.

Nutrition for Nurses™ Course Creator & Faculty

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Brigitte Sager


Functional Medicine for Nurses™ & Nutrition for Nurses™ Course Creator and Lead Faculty

An experienced functional nurse practitioner, Brigitte has always had a passion for patient empowerment, education, and healing. After eight years as a critical care float nurse, Brigitte attended Georgetown University and became a family nurse practitioner. 
She later obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Washington State University. During her four years as a primary care provider, Brigitte began studying functional medicine and became board-certified in functional medicine, nurse coaching (through INCA), and as a menopause practitioner (NAMS). She has a functional nursing consulting practice in Washington State.
Driven by a calling to empower nurses to harness the healing art of functional nursing and nutrition, Brigitte has become a public speaker at national conferences, advocating for a more holistic approach to healthcare.  Brigitte is an experienced nurse educator, reflected in her board certification as a nurse educator (CNE) and Quality Matters Online Educator certification- not to mention the overwhelmingly positive feedback received from the alumni of this course.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take the 'Nutrition for Nurses' course?

This course is ideal for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nurse coaches who wish to enhance their nutrition knowledge and better integrate these concepts into their nursing practice.

The Nutrition for Nurses course focuses specifically on dietary science and practical nutritional interventions. It is designed to give nurses the tools to implement effective nutritional strategies within their scope of practice.

The Functional Medicine for Nurses course covers a broader range of topics including but not limited to nutrition, lab testing, exploring how various bodily systems are interrelated and can be managed through holistic care practices that include lifestyle and environmental factors.

Yes, enrollment is open year-round, and you can start the course within 24 hours of signing up.

You will have access for 1 year from your enrollment date.

(Note: the course launches June 17th.  If you sign up before then, you will have access from June 17, 2024 through June 16, 2025.)

Yes, each module ends with a quiz to reinforce learning.  Each quiz is required to unlock the subsequent module and earn your certificate.

If you are not successful on a quiz, you will be able to retake it up to 3 times.

We encourage all participants to plan their study schedule to complete the course within the given timeframe.

If you cannot, you can re-activate your course for an additional year with a 25% discount.

You will have access to the course materials for one year.

Students can post questions they would like to come up during the monthly webinar meetings in a discussion thread in advance.

Technical support is available by filling out a support ticket in Canvas.

Participants will need a computer and reliable internet connection to access course materials and participate in webinars.

The IFM provides guest speakers, over 100 cutting-edge resources, and content review to ensure that our course offers the latest in functional nutrition.

Webinars are held monthly and attendance is highly recommended but not mandatory. Recordings are available for those who cannot attend live.

Schedule will be made available within the course.

After registration, you will be directed to order your textbook, where you can either purchase in paperback format or instant access in a digital format. 

  • Yes we offer a payment plan which allows you to split the cost of the course over a period of 4 months. 
  • A 5% fee applies to all payment plans.  
  • To register and pay on a payment plan, simply check the payment plan option at check out.
  • Payment plans must be paid in full prior to a certificate of completion being issued.  If a payment is missed, course access will be restricted until payment is resolved.

Yes, completing this course provides 50 contact hour/ continuing education credits that can be used towards your nursing license renewal as per your state’s requirements.

Many employers reimburse for continuing education courses!

The Integrative Nurse Coach Academy is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nutrition for Nurses™ Tuition and Registration

Course will open June 17th! 


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