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The Integrative Nurse Coach™ Academy | International Nurse Coach Association (INCA), the global leaders in nurse coaching training and holistic nursing continuing education courses, and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the leading voice for functional medicine, announce a new partnership designed to enhance and elevate the role of nurses and nurse practitioners in the field of functional medicine.

As the most trusted profession for over 20 years, IFM recognizes the key role nurses should play in using a root cause approach to healthcare. That’s why the organization has chosen to partner with INCA to support the growing number of nursing professionals seeking options for a respected, comprehensive functional medicine educational program exclusively for nurses. 

With over 100 nurses enrolled since the course launched in early 2022, Functional Medicine for Nurses™ provides registered nurses and nurse practitioners with a robust foundation for implementing functional medicine practices within both the registered nurse and nurse practitioner scopes of practice.

To further enhance learning and implementation, IFM is providing INCA’s Functional Medicine for Nurses™ students with access to valuable resources that coincide with each learning module within the course.

"Our partnership gives students access to a wealth of resources and support from the most respected source in functional medicine- the Institute for Functional Medicine. It also lends credibility to this exciting education opportunity for nurses seeking to learn functional medicine from a respected source."

Brigitte Sager, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C, NCMP, NC-BC, AFMC - Functional Medicine for Nurses™ Course Creator and lead faculty

IFM is also providing INCA students with a complimentary one-year student membership, which features numerous discounts for IFM programs for nurses who wish to expand their functional medicine knowledge. Additionally, INCA is extending a tuition discount to all IFM nurse members on INCA programs.

“IFM recognizes the critical role of nursing professionals in advancing the transformation of healthcare through a functional medicine approach,” states Amy R. Mack, MSES/MPA, IFM chief executive officer. “INCA, which is founded and managed by nurses, is well positioned to support the work in this space.”

Amy R. Mack, MSES/MPA - IFM chief executive officer

As the practice of functional medicine continues to proliferate globally, it is imperative that nurses are highly trained in functional and integrative medicine practices to ensure safe and effective interventions for patients and clients. This partnership formally recognizes and emphasizes the pivotal role of the nurse in functional medicine practice.

About Functional Medicine‍

Functional medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. The functional medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. 

About IFM

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) is the leading voice for functional medicine and advancing the transformation of health care for patients and practitioners worldwide. IFM is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization that believes functional medicine can help every individual reach their full potential for health and well-being. Founded in 1991 and dedicated to the widespread adoption of functional medicine, IFM works to advance education and training, clinical patient care, research, and outcomes in functional medicine worldwide. For more information, please visit IFM.org

About INCA

The Integrative Nurse Coach™ Academy | International Nurse Coach Association is the global leader in nurse coach training and offers a variety of holistic nursing continuing education programs. Founded in 2010 by innovative nurse leaders Barbara Dossey and Susan Luck, INCA expanded its global reach in 2019 by converting its leading Integrative Nurse Coach™ Certificate Program to an online format with the assistance of new partners Karen Avino & Ronald Kanka. INCA offers a variety of online integrative & holistic specialty nursing programs.
For details, see below.

Functional Medicine for Nurses™

A comprehensive overview of functional medicine for nurses, by nurses.

12-week online course offered in partnership with the Institute for Functional Medicine.  

Functional Medicine For Nurses™