Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC, is an internationally recognized integrative, holistic nursing pioneer, a nurse theorist (Theory of Integral Nursing; co-author, Theory of Integrative Nurse Coaching), and Florence Nightingale Scholar. She is Co-Director, International Nurse Coach Association (INCA) and Core Faculty, Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (INCCP), Miami, Florida; International Co-Director, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH); and Director of Holistic Nursing Consultants (HNC), Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has authored or co-authored 25 books including Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (7th ed., 2016); Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches for Health and Wellbeing (2015); The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide for Coaching Scope and Competencies (2013); Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer (2010, Commemorative Edition). She is a founding member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and Holistic Nurse of the Year. She is an 11-time recipient of the prestigious American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, and has received many other awards. Barbara is also on the ANA’s Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge Advisory Board.
As nurses, we act as coaches to our patients every day. Many of us are focused on helping our patients heal or recover, while nurse coaching helps people make healthy lifestyle changes for the long term.
“A professional nurse coach is a registered nurse who integrates coaching competencies into any setting or specialty area of practice to facilitate change or personal development.”
Florence Nightingale faced many of the environmental & social issues that we encounter today. As nurse coaches, we are uniquely positioned to address these issues and increase health – #localtoglobal.
On May 28, 2015, in Washington, D. C., Barbara Dossey, PHD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC, (INCA Co-Director and INCCP Core