by Susan Luck, RN, BS, MA, HNC, CCN, HWNC-BC

As health coaching becomes one of the most rapidly growing roles within healthcare today, integrative nurse coaches are uniquely positioned to combine their professional knowledge and clinical experience with holistic and integrative nursing philosophy and skills. With a renewed emphasis on lifestyle choices and behavioral changes for promoting well-being, preventing disease, and stabilizing and supporting those with chronic conditions, nurse coaching now offers new possibilities for nurses to transform healthcare delivery and services across the healthcare spectrum. Nursing has always been centered on caring for the whole person for optimizing one’s health and healing potential. Now is a critical time for the nursing profession to expand its visibility in delivering new models of care.

In an Integrative Nurse Coach model, 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. Currently, nurse coaches are partnering with diverse healthcare providers, hospitals, home care agencies, and the insurance industry to improve health and to control long-term costs.

The Development of a National Nurse Coach Certification

Nurse coaching is grounded in the principles and core values of professional nursing, and nurse coaching competencies can be integrated into any setting or specialty area of practice.  In 2009, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) partnered with the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, in releasing, “Coaching in Nursing,” a document that emphasized nursing leadership’s role in creating coaching standards and establishing a relationship between health and wellness coaching and nursing.

In 2013, the American Nurses Association (ANA) published The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Providers Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies. This book, written by the National Task force on Nurse Coaching (Hess, Dossey, Southard, Luck, Schaub, & Bark) describes the rapidly emerging role of Nurse Coach – a role that speaks to the heart of nursing and one that all providers can embrace.

In 2013, following three years of developing the nurse coach role and scope of practice, the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC), established the Nurse Coach Board Certification process (

Steps Toward Nurse Coach Certification

In preparation for this new nursing role, the Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Programs, offered exclusively through the International Nurse Coach Association, provide new skills and career pathways for nurses drawn to an integrative model of health promotion and wellness coaching.

Integrative Nurse Coach education weaves the art and science of holistic nursing with the theory and practice of Integrative Nurse Coaching.  All programs include experiential learning and self-care practices for enhancing the nurse’s health and well-being.

Developed by nurse leaders, these unique programs incorporate evidence-based coaching methodologies and tools that can be used by nurses in all clinical settings.  All programs have been created for nurses using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-cultural-environmental model of care.

Next Integrative Nurse Coach Program

 Join the Nurse Coach Movement and step into the future of healthcare.

As part of the Nurse Coach learning experience, the International Nurse Coach Association invites you to attend our next program in a nurturing and healing environment.

Foundations of Integrative Nurse Coaching for Health and Wellness: Take Your Nursing Practice to the Next Level

Location: Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge Mass

Date: November 10-15, 2013


Barbara Dossey PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC

Susan Luck RN, BS, MA, HNC, CCN, HWNC-BC

Integrative Nurse Coach Programs meet all of the CNE and coaching requirements for applying to become a Board Certified Nurse Coach (NC-BC). This program qualifies as 30 hours towards the Nurse Coach Board Certification requirements.   This program can also be taken by nurses interested in nurse coaching who want to expand their knowledge of coaching in nursing and healthcare.

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