What is an Integrative Nurse Coach?

We recently asked our graduates how they would define their role as a Nurse Coach.

Here’s what they had to say:

“A Nurse Coach is a wellness guide by your side- the one who enables you to live a life worthy of the call you have received.” -Peggy Schmidt, MSN, APRN, NC-BC

“A Nurse Coach illuminates the path for transformation to occur.” -Christine Woolsey, RN, OCN, NC-BC

“Nurse coaches help others achieve their deepest intentions related to health, healing and wholeness.”

My coaching practice is whole person nurse coaching inspired by the nourishing environment of the farm, the soil, and earth. Being connected to the rhythms and seasons of the farm inspires people to move toward health and wholeness.” – Carla Baumann, RN, NC-BC

“A Nurse Coach is a good listener and interested in the client’s story.”

“A Nurse Coach empowers clients to be their best.”

“A Nurse Coach is a light and compass in a dark world.”

“The Nurse Coach is a healing presence- infused with knowledge and wisdom.”

“A Nurse Coach is a healer who guides people to access their inner wisdom and strengths that enable them to make changes in their lives.”

“Nurse Coaches are the answer to a restored healthy and whole health care system.  We’ve got exciting work to do.”

How do you define the role of a Nurse Coach?

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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.

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As Co-Founder of the International Nurse Coach Association for over a decade, Susan has been teaching and developing coaching program and currently through the Integrative Nurse Coach Academy. She is Board Certified in Health and Wellness Coaching, Holistic Nursing, and Clinical Nutrition. Susan has authored several chapters on Nutrition and Environmental Health for Holistic Nursing, Integrative Nursing, and Nurse Leadership textbooks. She has co-authored Nurse Coaching and Self-Assessment chapters in; Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, 7th edition (2015-2020) and is co-author of the award winning book (ANA Gold Seal, 2015) Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches for Health and Wellbeing (2015) and The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching, an ANA Publication (2013), that led the way to establishing the standards for practice in the emerging Nurse Coach role. For the past 20 years, she has been the Nurse Coach and Nutrition consultant for Special Immunology Services at Mercy Hospital in Miami and is currently the Director of Nurse Coaching at Rezilir Health in Hollywood, Florida. Susan continues to integrate lifestyle health and wellness education into diverse communities, bringing her expertise and passion as a nurse, clinical nutritionist, and medical anthropologist. She has developed and implemented integrative health initiatives for diverse community organizations including the Yellow Courtyard, Integrative Health Symposium, Urban Zen, New York Open Center, The Lower East Side Girls Club, Kripalu, Omega Institute, and the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University. As a concerned global citizen, Susan is the founder and education director of the Earthrose Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to environmental health education and advocacy. She maintains a private practice as an Integrative Nurse Coach with a focus on nutrition and the environment.

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3 Responses

  1. Great question! I view a nurse-coach as a beautiful balance between science and art, sort of what I see in nursing.

    I think that being a nurse-coach brings a certain professionalism to the coaching. Having that nursing background helps build credibility. Adding coaching to nursing helps soften the authority hierarchy.

    I love the responses that your students shared. I love being a nurse-coach. I thank you for this post! Keep on inspiring,
    Elizabeth

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