Nurse Coaching Gains Momentum with Publication of Scope and Competencies

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The nurse coaching profession has gained momentum with the American Nurses Association’s publication and release of “The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies” which describes the rapidly emerging role of the nurse coach.

Coaching speaks to the 'heart of nursing' and is a natural extension of nursing practice, focusing on the role of the nurse as coach and guide...This new approach to client-nurse interaction has great potential to effect change in health care.

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The nurse coaching profession has gained momentum with the American Nurses Association’s publication and release of “The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies” which describes the rapidly emerging role of the nurse coach. This groundbreaking book is written by six nurse coaches, including Bark Coaching Institute’s founder, Dr. Linda Bark, PhD, RN, MCC, NC-BC (http://www.barkcoaching.com).

Coaching speaks to the 'heart of nursing' and is a natural extension of nursing practice, focusing on the role of the nurse as coach and guide. Dr. Bark explains, “Nurse coaching is about helping my client move in the direction she or he wants to pursue. Rather than interacting as the ‘expert’ knowing all the answers, the nurse coach is trained to support movement without leading. The coach stands in partnership with the patient (next to and slightly behind) so that the patient can move at a self-determined pace and self-determined direction.” In this role, the nurse coach uses many special skills such as deep listening, powerful questioning, co-creating plans, and supporting accountability to help clients make decisions and take steps towards their goals. This new approach to client-nurse interaction has great potential to effect change in health care.

Healthcare organizations across the nation have seen an increasing demand for coaching services that lead to improved healthcare outcomes. Healthcare is shifting from a disease-focused and reactive system to one that is proactively focused on health promotion, person-centered care, and the concepts of quality of life and well-being. The emerging role of the nurse coach demonstrates nursing’s leadership and proactive stance in helping people towards sustained health and wellness.

“The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies” teaches nurses new and valuable ways to assist clients to adopt and sustain effective and life changing behaviors. It also serves as a guide for nurses to create a safe space for coaching conversations. In today’s fast-paced healthcare environment, it is often difficult for nurses to find time to interact and connect with their patients. However, Dr. Bark explains that “even if you only have five seconds, you can ask your patient a powerful question.” Powerful questioning helps the client get in touch with her/ his motivation and innate wisdom to identify their next steps toward greater health. The nurse coach asks questions that evoke discovery, insight and commitment or action. This is just one of many skills used by nurse coaches to co-create greater awareness, clarity and understanding for their clients.

All six authors of “The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies” have strong backgrounds in holistic nursing practice and are members of the American Holistic Nurses Association. The nurse coaching process is a systematic and skilled process that incorporates approaches to nursing practice and the coaching process that are holistic, integrative and integral. Co-author Dr. Linda Bark concurs that “This book is very instrumental at how we look at coaching from a body, mind, and spirit level. At the Bark Coaching Institute, we are using it as a foundational document to guide our nurse students and prepare them for Nurse Coach Certification.” An expanded video interview of Dr. Bark’s thoughts on the release of this new book can be found at: http://youtu.be/TQpym96AUnY

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

ABOUT THIS BOOK
Release Date: January 2013
Page #: 90 pp
ISBN/SAN: 978-1-55810-494-5 / 851-3481
List Price: $29.99

About Co-Author Linda Bark:
Linda Bark PhD, RN is a Master Certified Coach (International Coach Federation) and a Board Certified Nurse Coach (American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation) and has more than 20 years of coaching experience in her private practice as well as 15 years of training coaches nationwide. She is founder of the Bark Coaching Institute. Dr. Bark also recently received recognition for her book and Bark Coaching Institute’s course companion “The Wisdom of the Whole: Coaching for Joy, Health and Success” which was awarded an American Journal of Nursing 2012 Book of the Year for Professional Development and Issues. Dr. Bark’s integral/ holistic coaching model is an innovative and unique approach to co-creating learning experiences that empower people and help them feel and maintain a sense of ease, fun and fulfillment.

The Bark Coaching Institute (http://www.barkcoaching.com) is an innovative learning organization based on the emerging holistic and integral perspective. Our mission is to educate professionals in a new way of thinking about coaching to achieve greater levels of success and fulfillment. Founder, Linda Bark, along with her faculty and associates, work to establish the holistic/ integral worldview through creative, fun, and evidence-based coaching education for professionals. Bark Coaching Institute’s courses are certified through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and are also approved for continuing nursing education credit* that can be applied towards Nurse Coach Certification.

  • Nurses may earn up to 60 contact hours with Foundations I, Foundations II A & B, and Practicum I:

"This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's COA

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