5 Reasons to Become a Nurse Coach

Content courtesy of the Integrative Nurse Coach Academy|International Nurse Coach Association

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, nurse burnout was a pervasive problem. Now, nurses have reached a new peak of exhaustion.

Research has shown that nurses affected by burnout syndrome in hospital systems often attribute their feelings to individual pressures, poor management, organizational issues, and the type of work being performed. And burnout can lead to high turnover rates, poor performance on the job, decreased patient safety, and more nurses leaving our incredible profession.

If burnout is something you’re experiencing, it might be time to renew your self-care strategies. Practice various methods of self-care like taking time for yourself, learning deep breathing techniques, spending time in nature, and eating healthy. After all, you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself.

If self-care isn’t enough, you may want to consider a career transition.

Enter Nurse Coaching

What is nurse coaching? The American Holistic Nurses Association defines it as a results-oriented, structured interaction with patients to help them meet their goals.

In other words, nurse coaches provide patients with the tools and motivation they need to make decisions about areas of their lives that have been holding them back from optimal health and wellness.

This is all done by facilitating healing through assessment, education, and collaboration.

Why Should You Become a Nurse Coach?

1. You’ll Be in Control

Nurse coaching allows you to practice autonomously while helping your patients to achieve their goals by optimizing their integrative lifestyle health and well-being. The ultimate result is improved satisfaction with your nursing career and improved outcomes for your patients.

2. You’ll Be Able to Work on Your Own Terms

As a nurse coach, you’re in charge of how you interact with clients, and you can use your intuition and creativity to create a personalized healing environment. Take your specialty knowledge and share it with others in any way you choose.

3. You’ll Make a Real Difference in the Healthcare System

In many healthcare settings, you could have a dozen patients you need to single-handedly manage at any given moment. With nurse coaching, you’ll have one-on-one time with each patient, so you can create authentic relationships and deep connections with each one.

Additionally, you’ll get to talk about more than just their diagnosis on paper — you’ll have the opportunity to understand who they really are as human beings, enabling you to better guide them toward finding their own solutions to optimizing their health.

The nurse coach is a leader who advocates for and creates new approaches to optimizing lifestyle health and wellness.

4. You Can Stop Feeling Burned Out

Nurse burnout is a horrible feeling. It’s feeling apathy and experiencing loss of sleep. It’s feeling irritability towards things that used to make you thrive. It’s fatigue, loss of joy for your work, and loss of love for yourself, and you don’t know why.

Nurse coaching can make an impact on nurse burnout because we place a high priority on building self-care into our practice to release our sorrows, our …read more

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