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Northern’s RN-BSN Program Recognized for Excellence in Holistic Nursing Education

Christine Woolsey, Dr. Darlene R Hess, Dr. Barbara DosseyNorthern New Mexico College’s RN-BSN Nursing Program was awarded the Excellence in Holistic Nursing Education Award by the American Holistic Nurse Association this June.

The award was accepted by the program's Associate Director, Dr. Darlene Hess and alumnus Christine Woolsey at the 35th Annual AHNA Conference in Branson, Missouri. More than 400 holistic nurses from across the country attended the conference.

“This award means that we have been innovative in our approach to providing holistic nursing education,” Hess said. “Our program is significant in that the entire framework emerged from holistic nursing core values and standards of practice.”

Northern’s program was the only winner in its category among nationwide applicants. The presence of an evidence-based service learning project and the use of alternative health assessment frameworks helped set the program apart.

The College’s RN-BSN program has been endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation since April 2013.

The College of Nursing thanks the students, alumni, and community partners who provided letters of support that made this honor possible.

Photo: Northern RN-BSN Alumnus Christine Woolsey, program Associate Director Darlene Hess and holistic nursing educator Barbara Dossey.

5/13/15 Job Posting: Adjunct Faculty for RN to BSN Program


ANA Publishes Cutting Edge Title on the Emerging Role of the Nurse Coach

Nursesbooks.org, ANA’s publishing program, has expanded into a new area of nursing practice with the release of its new nurse coaching title: The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies. The book explains how nurse coaching is a natural extension of nursing practice. Professional nurse coaches implement health-promoting and evidence-based strategies with clients and support behavioral and lifestyle changes to enhance growth, overall health and well-being.

“Nurse Coaching is a role that speaks to the heart of nursing, but one that all providers can embrace,” says co-author Barbara M. Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC, co-director of the International Nurse Coach Association and Core Faculty, Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program. She adds, “It’s all about interaction with clients in a skilled, purposeful, and results-oriented way. This structured, relationship-centered approach by Registered Nurses promotes achievement of client goals.”

The Art and Science of Nursing Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies has been endorsed by 21 top nursing organizations, including the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), and the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC). The book describes the emerging role of nurses as they assume the position of nurse coach in hospitals, clinics, communities, and in private professional nurse practices.

“Nurse coaching is grounded in the principles and core values of professional nursing,” says co-author Darlene R. Hess, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, PMHNP-BC, ACC, HWNC-BC, director of Brown Mountain Visions, a clinical practice and consulting organization, and faculty at both the University of Phoenix and Northern New Mexico College. She notes that, “Nurse coaching competencies can be integrated into any setting or specialty area of practice, and nurse coaches establish co-creative partnerships with clients to facilitate a process of change that assists them in realizing undeveloped potential.”

In addition to introducing the nurse coaching concept, the book contains strategies to help RNs and other providers:

  • Create a safe space for coaching conversations.
  • Provide a structure for further coaching sessions.
  • Explore client readiness for change.
  • Assist clients to identify goals, select action steps, evaluate progress, and sustain life changes.
  • Learn the importance of addressing client challenges and celebrating client accomplishments.
  • Learn new and valuable ways to assist clients to adopt effective and life changing behaviors.

For more information on The Art and Practice of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies, go to www.ananursecoaching.com. To order go to www.nursesbooks.org.

Nurse Coaching Certificate Now Offered

The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) established in January a national certification process for the nurse coach.

The Nurse Coach Examination, to be piloted this month, uses four foundational documents to guide nurse coaches in their thinking and decision-making: The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies, ANA’s Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition (2010), The Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (2001,) and Nursing’s Social Policy Statement: The Essence of Practice (2010).

Additional information on the certification process is available on the AHNCC website at www.ahncc.org or www.ahncc.org/certification/nursecoachnchwnc.html.

For more information on the nurse coaching foundational documents, go to www.nursesbooks.org

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