There are few people who would describe their chosen careers as a passion. The old saying that ‘if you do what you love you will never work a day in your life’ seems to describe those who take up nursing as a career. Most people are driven by the remuneration that they receive for their work, but for nurses, (although the salary is important) the motivation is a passion for helping those in need. It does not matter whether you are ushering in a new life to the world or helping to ease the passing of another – or helping patients coping with chronic disease or recovery from surgery – nurses are committed to helping patients.
However, there are increasing numbers of nurses who have become disillusioned with modern medicine’s exclusive focus on treating symptoms, rather than taking a holistic approach to patient wellbeing. This disenchantment with their chosen career and the focus of Westernized medical practice may very well be valid. Studies have shown that patients who receive ‘whole body’ treatment and support tend to recover more quickly and live in a more sustainable way.
Many nurses are disillusioned and unfulfilled – and that has caused thousands to seek out ways to incorporate holistic practices into their professional lives. The solution for many is to embark on studies toward accreditation as a Nurse Health Coach.
What is a ‘Nurse Health Coach?’
The Transformative Nurse Coach Certificate Program from The Nurse Coach Collective empowers RNs to take the next step in their personal and professional development. It provides skills that supplement their existing skillsets – and is aimed at providing them with the tools they need to better understand and guide patients towards holistic wellness. It empowers patients to take control of their lives and enjoy a better quality of life both during their recovery – and during the post-recovery stage.
The role of the Nurse Health coach is to take into account factors affecting the patient beyond the treatment of symptoms. This guidance will provide the patient with an essential resource who can advise on lifestyle issues such as optimal nutrition, mindfulness, enhancing movement, mindfulness, better sleep habits, relationships (and more). To put it simply the nurse coach takes a whole-person approach to issues affecting the health and wellbeing of the patient.
Qualifying to Become a Nurse Health Coach
The prerequisites for entry into the Nurse Health Coach program are simple. The applicant needs to be in possession of an active, unrestricted license as an RN. The program does require the discipline and focus to study on a part-time basis, as well as the desire to become part of an ever-growing contingent of nurse coaches who are now making a real difference in the lives of patients – and, at the same time reinvigorating their career and reigniting their passion for what they do.
The seven-month course is the path to accreditation. It is delivered entirely online so that most students are able to continue with their jobs – while at the same time scheduling study to take into account the demands of sometimes erratic work schedules. Your time is your own to manage, however, you will not be alone in your journey towards becoming a Nurse Health Coach. Qualified Nurse Coaches are just a phone call away to help you to deal with any coursework challenges. There is also a vibrant online community of Nurse Coaches who are almost always ready with advice, encouragement, and support.
The Importance of Certification
There are a large number of ‘Health Advisors’ active in the market today – and many do not possess any type of qualification or accreditation. The harm that they can potentially do to the wellness of the patient is incalculable – and has resulted in skepticism by both patients and potential employers. However, the Nurse Health Coach accreditation is very different.
The Transformative Nurse Coach Certificate Program is a nationally accredited board certification recognized by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corp (AHNCC). The credits obtained during the experience-based studies allow the RN to become eligible for Board Certification in either Nurse Coaching or Holistic Nursing.
This certification provides a competitive advantage over the approximately three million registered nurses in the United States. More importantly, it provides the registered nurse with the tools to provide holistic guidance to patients, whether in person or online, or as a facilitator of group sessions.
If you are experiencing dissatisfaction in your current role, and want the freedom and qualification to make a real difference in the lives of patients then make that free call to The Nurse Coach Collective where a qualified Nurse Coach will be able to answer any questions you might have about how the Transformative Nurse Coach Certificate Program can make a real difference to your life and the lives of the patients under your care.