by Susan Luck, RN, BS, MA, HNC, CCN

As health coaching becomes one of the most rapidly growing roles in the private and corporate sector and within healthcare today, holistic integrative nurse coaches are in a unique position to offer a wide range of services combining their professional knowledge and clinical experience with holistic nursing skills.

With over three million nurses in the United States, a renewed emphasis on promoting wellness, preventing disease and stabilizing and supporting those with chronic conditions, brings new possibilities for the future of nursing and healthcare.

It is an important time for the nursing profession to expand its visibility in our nation’s emerging integrative health and wellness model. Nursing is actively partnering with health care providers, including physicians and the insurance industry to promote the value of a model of health, resiliency and well being.

Historically, the nursing profession is centered on caring for the whole person. A cornerstone of holistic nursing practice is assisting individuals to find meaning in their experience, listen deeply, and create a therapeutic, collaborative and caring environment to explore the dimensions of self.  The American Holistic Nurses Association’s (AHNA) Holistic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2007, published in partnership with the American Nurses Association (ANA), defines holistic nurses as “facilitators of healing: consultants, collaborators, educators and guides.”

Nurse Coach Leadership

Recently, 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 emphasizes nursing leadership’s role in creating coaching standards and establishing a relationship between health and wellness coaching and nursing.

Currently, a nursing task force through the American Holistic Nurses Association, representing national credentialing organizations and nurse coach educators and leaders, is actively developing core curriculum and standards of practice leading to a national nurse coach certification, which includes foundational concepts, and core competencies for the nurse coach and incorporates holistic and integral principles into this expanded coaching model.

Integrative Nurse Coaching as a path of personal and professional fulfillment

The International Nurse Coach Association and the International Nurse Coach Institute have recently formed to guide this vision and direction of holistic nurse coaching into the future.

The International Nurse Coach Association invites you to step into the future of healthcare with the Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program, a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of a new healthcare paradigm.

With years of experience, holistic nurses, Barbara Dossey, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN, Susan Luck, RN, MA, HNC, CCN, Bonney Gulino Schaub, RN, MS, PMHCNS-BC, are the core faculty of the Integrative Nurse Coach (INC) program.

“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.”

This unique program is open to all nurses to develop coaching skills and facilitate lifestyle changes and promote healthy behaviors with clients, patients, families, and in all clinical, community, organizational, and workplace settings.

This program is recommended for all Nurses and Advanced Practice Nurses working in diverse sectors of healthcare. To learn more and to register for our November program visit”