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integrative health & wellness nurse coaches are facilitators of healing  +-

“You and I are infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.” – Deepak Chopra

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Are you feeling stuck in the midst of a process or situation that you are in or contemplating? Are you asking, “How do I start” or “What can I do”? Wherever you are at, health & wellness coaching can help with clarifying intentions and purpose and assist in discovery of your next steps.

Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coaches:
• Understand that wellness is achieved when body, mind, and spirit are cared for and honored
• Assist clients/patients to identify areas for behavioral change
• Guide individuals to access their own inner wisdom and strengths to reach their full potential

what is integrative nurse coaching?  +-
Integrative health & wellness nurse coaching is a client-centered and relationship-based philosophy and evidence-based practice that addresses the whole person and whole systems healing within the complexity of life’s journey. The Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach uses caring and healing as the essence of the coaching relationship and recognizes the transpersonal dimension of growth and improved health, wholeness, and well-being that is ever expanding.

The Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach integrates body-mind-emotion-spirit-culture-environment and health-promoting strategies with traditional and integrative therapies. Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach assist individuals and communities in their innate capacity for behavioral and lifestyle changes for overall health and well-being.

The change process is grounded in an awareness that effective change evolves from within before it can be manifested and maintained externally. Goals originate from clarifying and identifying the client’s agenda. This process occurs by establishing a co-creative partnership with the client/patient as the expert and then by identifying the individual areas for change facilitates goal achievements that can be sustained.

why working with an integrative nurse coach is beneficial  +-
Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN, founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota explained in a recent interview, “the concept of coaching is very consistent with the idea of encouraging and empowering individuals to take charge of their health.”

As health and wellness coaches, nurses are the trusted professionals emerging as pioneers on the vast frontier of our nation’s health care reform. Nurses possess the essential tools to create health coaching programs that embrace our nation’s renewed focus on wellness and patient-centered care.

Health and wellness education has historically been an integral element of nursing practice. Nurses are the crucial interface between health care services and the lives and health of the people who are served by them. It is time to build upon nursing’s skills and knowledge and use these skills to promote health strategies.

According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 133 million adults, or nearly half of all adults in America, are living with at least one chronic disease such as obesity, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease.1 The cost of managing their care is estimated at an astounding $270 billion a year. Growing evidence demonstrates these diseases can largely be reduced or prevented through education and behavioral changes.

The nursing profession is centered around caring for the whole person. The American Holistic Nurses Association’s (AHNA) 2007 Holistic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, published in partnership with the American Nurses Association (ANA), defines holistic nurses as “facilitators of healing: consultants, collaborators, educators and guides.”

A cornerstone of holistic nursing practice is helping individuals find meaning in their experience, listening deeply, and creating a therapeutic, collaborative, and caring environment to explore the dimensions of self.

what to expect when working with an integrative nurse coach  +-
Integrative health & wellness nurse coaching is a co-creative partnership where the client is the expert. The Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach creates a safe space and is sensitive to client issues of trust and vulnerability as a basis for further exploration, self-discovery and action planning related to desired outcomes. It builds on the client’s strengths.

The coaching interactions are based on research findings related to positive psychology. The Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach explores the clients readiness for coaching, structures a coaching session and facilitates achievement of the client’s desired outcomes and goals.

The Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach provides support and structure for a client who is interested in pursuing wellness, adjusting to and/or making life changes, navigating their health care, working with or preventing chronic disease, and dealing with a health and/or life challenge.

Coaching works within a therapeutic, collaborative and caring environment which facilitates and encourages a client’s own process of beliefs and their receptivity for optimal wellness in mental, physical and emotional health, spiritual well-being, relationships and environmental life style. Each of us have within us all the resources to create change and motivation for ourselves.

The Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach provides specific tools that help inspire the client, such as, inquiry, awareness practices, imagery and information and strategies. Also bringing their professional expertise, integrity, and accountability of medical, emotional assessment knowledge and the ability to access resources, information and make referrals.

Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coaching is not therapy/counseling. A coach is not a therapist and doesn’t ‘fix’ the client’s problems. Therapists diagnose and provide professional expertise and guidelines, and coaches help clients identify the challenges, then work in partnership with clients to obtain their goals.  Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coaches assist the client with their own exploration of actions and lifestyle adaptations that bring about specific, measurable and realistic change. The change is therefore meaningful and important to the client.

Usually there is a commitment or contract, working with a coach consistently, over a period of time. This helps create sustainable, maintainable change, getting to the “root” of the issues and honoring the uniqueness of each individual.

frequently asked questions about integrative nurse coaching  +-
Do you only coach nurses?
No.  Integrative health & wellness nurse coaching is valuable for nurses, certainly, but everyone can benefit from our professional integrative health approach.

What is the difference between a nurse coach and a health coach?

Integrated Health & Wellness Nurse Coaches are registered nurses that are doing health coaching. The International Association of Nurse Coaches (INCA) says, “As health coaching becomes one of the most rapidly growing roles within healthcare today, nurse coaches are uniquely positioned to combine their professional knowledge and clinical experience with holistic and integrative nursing philosophy and skills. There is a renewed emphasis on lifestyle choices and behavioral changes for promoting well-being, preventing disease, and stabilizing and supporting those with chronic conditions…the nurse coach brings an integrative, collaborative, mindful approach to health and well-being. Nursing has always been centered on caring for the whole person for optimizing one’s health and healing potential and is grounded in the values of caring, healing and compassion.

As an Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach, self-development, intentionality, presence, mindfulness, and therapeutic use of self are vital components for promoting health, resiliency, and well-being. Nurse coaching with clients is a skilled and purposeful interaction that promotes attaining and sustaining one’s goals. Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coaches speak both the language of medicine and of healing. Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coaches have the knowledge, experience, and skills to communicate with physicians and other integrative practitioners as part of a comprehensive coaching model. They can serve as advocate, assisting clients/patients through the medical maze. Inherent in nursing education and nursing practice is the emphasis on both health and disease management. Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coaches provide guidance, support, and inspire motivation while offering tools and strategies for effective actions leading to healthier behaviors in patients.”

What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
Coaching is not therapy/counseling. Therapists diagnose and provide professional expertise and guidelines, and coaches help clients identify the challenges, then work in partnership with clients to obtain their goals. Usually there is a commitment or contract, working with a coach consistently, over a period of time. This helps create sustainable, maintainable change, getting to the “root” of the issues and honoring the uniqueness of each individual.

Can coaching be done by phone or via the internet?
Yes. It can be a very effective and efficient way to do health coaching. It can be done long distance and saves time and effort without driving, parking, weather, etc.

What are some examples of situations that can be addressed in coaching?

  • Weight loss
  • Eating habits
  • Physical fitness
  • Mindful eating and lifestyle
  • Life transitions
  • Life purpose
  • Chronic illness
  • Ability to have resilience and decrease the effects of living a stressful life
  • Self-care tools especially if one is a caregiver
  • Health and wellness prevention
sources of information  +-

To learn more about integrative nurse coaching we recommend the following:

International Nurse Coach Association (INCA) 

 American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)

These links were used as sources of information in writing this page:

International Nurse Coach Association (INCA) 

 American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)

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