There are few careers that are as rewarding as nursing, however, it takes a special worldview and personality to make the sacrifices that are required to make a success in this career. In fact, it has been said that nursing is a passion, rather than simply a job. There are long hours on your feet, less than optimal remuneration, and dealing with patients that are often in great pain. However, nursing also offers the opportunity to be a comfort to those who require support. It makes very little difference if the nurse is easing the passing of a patient, ushering in a new life to the world, or helping patients on their road to recovery. It is simply one of the most psychologically rewarding careers available.
However, there has been a growing realization among many of the over three million registered nurses in the United States that modern medical practice that focuses exclusively on treating symptoms is increasingly failing patients due to their lack of attention to the holistic needs of those who enter the medical system.
This has caused many nurses to become disillusioned with their role in medical practice – and has led to increasing levels of dissatisfaction with their career choice.
This is why many thousands of nurses are exploring the advantages of becoming a nurse coach. This area of specialization allows nurses to contribute to more than just assisting in the treatment of physical symptoms – but to guide patients on the path to whole-body wellness through interactions that focus on allowing clients to take control of their wellbeing by focusing on a myriad of psychological, sociological and physical needs such as optimizing sleep patterns, healthy nutritional choices, movement, mindfulness and ensuring healthy relationships with those near and dear (and much more).
This approach is made possible by the Transformative Nurse Coach Certificate Program offered by The Nurse Coach Collective.
What is a Nurse Coach?
It has become apparent that modern medical practice is long overdue for disruption. A more holistic approach to the patient journey toward healing and a better quality of life has now been recognized as playing an important part in allowing patients to take control of their overall health. In fact, recent studies have shown that patients who enjoy holistic care are to recover more quickly from surgery and other health challenges.
Nurse coaching is the key to both personal fulfillment and patient well-being. The specialization is relatively new and is based on the book ‘The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching’ which was released in 2013. Today there are thousands of nurse coaches throughout the United States who have found that the nurse coaching approach has allowed them to reignite the passion they had for nursing – and make a real difference in the lives of their patients.
The Advantages of Becoming a Nurse Coach
Aside from enjoying a new career path and the fulfillment that comes from adding to existing medical knowledge, there are several other tangible benefits to becoming a nurse coach. Those who qualify will have a certification that is recognized by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corp (AHNCC). A nationally accredited board certification allows nurses to differentiate themselves from the millions of nurses who are in search of that perfect position. In this highly competitive environment, medical practitioners are searching for nurses who will add significant value to their operation – and this recognized accreditation provides assurance that the nurse offers something unique.
How To Become A Nurse Coach
The qualifying criteria to embark on studies towards certification are that you hold an active, unrestricted license as an RN, irrespective of your current specialty.
The evidence-based tutorials are delivered by the Internet and include supplementary material such as videos and other learning aids. Telephonic support is also available from qualified nurse coaches who will be able to help you deal with any challenges you have with course modules. In addition, there is an extremely active nurse coach community available on an online forum who will be willing to share their experiences and provide both guidance and emotional support.
The online nature of the 7-month certification course allows nurses to continue to practice while they are learning. The result is a qualification that will allow the nurse coach to provide invaluable guidance whether face-to-face with patients or virtually, one-on-one, or as the facilitator of a support group.
The Transformative Nurse Coaching Certification Program has reinvigorated the passion for nursing in many RNs. They find new focus and a sense of excitement have replaced the feelings of helplessness and frustration that many nurses feel when confronted by medical practice that focuses almost exclusively on the treatment of physical symptoms.
Contact the Nurse Coach Collective (it’s a free call) where a qualified nurse coach will be able to answer any questions that you might have regarding taking the next step in nursing practice.