A new program for training and developing Integrative Nurse Coaches.

Featuring: Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC; Susan Luck, RN, BS, MA, HNC, CCN, HWNC-BC  and Bonney Gulino Schaub, RN, MS, PMHCNS-BC

Prevention and wellness promotion are essential components of healthcare reform. Health coaches can play a major role in patient and consumer education. Health and wellness education has been an integral aspect 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 utilize these skills within health promotion.

The goal of  Integrative Nurse Wellness coaching is to improve health outcomes and reduce health costs for individuals, employers, insurance companies, and the nation.  As nurses INCs are equipped to guide all sectors in health promotion strategies that support behavioral and lifestyle changes.

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 and cardiovascular disease www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/index.html. The cost of managing their care is estimated at an astounding $270 billion a year (Snyderman, Ralph, MD; Michaela A. Dinan, BS. JAMA. 2010;303(4):363-364.

Growing evidence demonstrates these diseases can largely be reduced or prevented through education and behavioral changes.  It is an important time for the nursing profession to expand its visibility in this healthcare initiative.  Nursing must actively partner with physicians and other health care providers to promote the value of an integrative model of health, resiliency and well -being.

As long time leaders in holistic nursing education, and as Integrative Nurse Coach practitioners we have created a program of study for Integrative Nurse Coaching. (www.integrativenursecoach.com).  We see this program as one that offers an important opportunity for nurses to expand and enhance their nursing practice through a course of study that provides professional and personal enrichment.