Completing the first INCA program was both an honor and a challenge-a challenge to take all the wonderful work-theory, practice and
NURSES FOR GLOBAL HEALTH Lifestyle factors are a bigger threat today than communicable diseases, according to the World Health Organization. In
The International Nurse Coach Association honors all nurses for their contributions, creativity, and innovations as leaders in transforming health care in today’s changing environment. During Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2014, we celebrate our nursing legacy with Florence Nightingale
INCA Associate Faculty Instructor Diana Blom reflects on her experience facilitating the first Integrative Nurse Coach™ Certificate Program at Harmony Hill in early April.
My journey on the path towards health and well-being wholeness, has been a remarkable one. What began for me as a
It was the summer of 2011 when I first decided that I needed to pursue wellness coaching to sustain my path in the field of environmental and occupational health nursing- although I had no idea the role of “holistic nurse coach” even existed. That summer I completed my Masters in Community and Public Health Nursing with a capstone project in New Orleans, leading a public health coalition focused on addressing the health impacts of the British Petroleum Oil Spill in the Gulf Coast. It was the largest manmade disaster in history: 4.2 million barrels of crude oil leaked, and 1.8 million gallons of chemical dispersants were applied to assist in cleanup.
Much of my professional life has been about building community, collaborations, and innovations in ways to practice. I felt called early in my career to be “part of the creation of an educational, recreational, therapeutic community.” Although it took fifteen years from the time of that calling until I came on retreat next door to what is now Harmony Hill, it has been an amazing journey; amazing people joining in the adventure in this beautiful sacred space. Now being part of the Integrative Nurse Coach™ (INC) movement, I feel like my life’s work has come to an exciting new dimension of healing service.
As a nurse coach, I work with nurses, individuals, groups, and communities seeking experiences of healing and wholeness. My practice, Osage Nurse Coaching, provides a farm-based center for healing. Inspired by the work of Kentucky author and poet Wendell Berry related to culture and agriculture, I believe that being connected to the rhythms and seasons of the farm can inspire others on their journey to wholeness and well being. Farms and farming can teach us about health and healing.