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Feb 10, 2017

Nurse Health Coach Training: Optimize Patient Compliance With Nutritional Coaching

One response to the growing demand for Functional Medicine is increasing the number of nurses who are also health coaches. Being trained as a health coach enables nurses to empower patients to optimize their health using tools to develop goal-setting and tracking habits.1 Without the support of a health coach, patient compliance decreases.2,3

The Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine for Nurses course is an integrative nurse coach approach where nurses teach evidence-based lifestyle assessment tools and clinically proven food plans. As IFM educator Monique Class, MS, APRN, indicates in the following video, nurses will walk away with health coach training that is grounded in whole-person care. They will return to their practice ready to energize patients to create and follow through with nutrition plans.

Monique Class, MS, APRN, introduces collaboration between IFM and INCA

IFM has partnered with the International Nurse Coach Association (INCA) to facilitate this five-day health coach training course for nurses in the beautiful resort setting of Kripalu in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Sessions are interactive and experiential; to reinforce the mind-body connection, ample rest and gentle activities such as yoga will be provided.

The Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine for Nurses course occurs April 19-23, 2017. Nursing CEs and a certificate of completion will be provided by INCA at the end of the course.


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  2. Hayes E, Kalmakis KA. From the sidelines: coaching as a nurse practitioner strategy for improving health outcomes. J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2007;19(11):555-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2007.00264.x.
  3. Lauver DR, Worawong C, Olsen C. Health goals among primary care patients. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2008;20(3):144-54. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2007.00296.x.