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Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine for Nurses An Integrative Nurse Coach Approach

For all nurses, including nurse practitioners.

Discover a new career path and reignite your nursing passion. This intensive training focuses on whole-person care—combining the art and science of clinical nutrition, integrative nurse coaching, and functional medicine to promote healthy lifestyle change for your clients.

Since nurses speak the language of both medicine and healing, looking at integrative nurse coaching within a functional medicine paradigm opens up a new inter-professional clinical model for exploring core energy imbalances, epigenetics, and nutrigenomics. You learn evidence-based lifestyle assessment tools and clinically proven food plans for optimizing health and well-being, and explore motivational interviewing and appreciative inquiry in interactive, experiential sessions.

Take away the knowledge and techniques you need to implement your own self-care plan and to effectively assist others in increasing nutrition awareness, identifying individualized nutrition goals, and sustaining healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Recommended reading Barbara Dossey, Susan Luck, Bonney Schaub, Nurse Coaching: An Integrative Approach to Health and Wellbeing and Barbara Dossey, et al., The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching; The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies.

Continuing Education Credits
This continuing nursing education activity was approved for 17.5 CNEs by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. is additionally approved as a CNE provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (#CEP9283). Nursing CEs and certificate of completion provided by INCA and IFM at end of program.

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After taking this program, I have been able to implement the IFM’s food plans with clients seeking better health through nutrition—they are invaluable as a guide to enhancing the nurse-coaching process as it relates to food choices and how food intertwines with life. The certificate program itself was wonderful,I was exposed to how nutrition affects the whole being, not only physically, but emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually. The course also tied in the science and research to support my work, allowing me to see a clearer picture of how nutrition affects my client's and my own health. It was a powerful participating with other nurses, and as a community experience to work on our own self-care. I deepened my own connection to how food shapes our lives and health. Money and time well spent.
—Nicole A. Vienneau, MSN, RN, NC-BC
Independent Integrative Nurse Coach | Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor

The IFM Nutrition program was just what I was looking for to learn nutrition and deepen my coaching skills. Since taking the program, I've been able to use the many IFM tools I learned for assessments, food planning, and food journaling&&8211;enhancing and supporting a client’s self-discovery to their relationships with food and healing and the many way food can be medicine. The availability of the online materials enhances the client’s participation in the coaching and behavioral change process. I recommend this program for all nurses interested in expanding their nursing practice.
—Deborah McElligott, DNP, ANP-BC, HWNC-BC, CDE
Clinical Assistant Professor, Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine
Voluntary NP, Cardiology, Southside Hospital, & Katz Institute for Women’s Health

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Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and a clinical nurse specialist in holistic health at the Center for Functional Medicine in Stamford, Connecticut.

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Susan Luck, MA, RN, BS, HNC-BC, CCN, HWNC-BC, weaves 35 years of nursing experience into her clinical practice and her work as a nurse educator.

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Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC, is a pioneer in the holistic nursing and integrative nurse coaching movements.

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Deborah McElligott, DNP, integrative nurse coach, uses her acute care nurse practitioner experience to facilitate health promotion and healing through a coaching lens with clients, nurses, and institutions.

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Nancy Carlson BSN, NC-BC, RYT-500, is an Ayurvedic health counselor, Kripalu Ayurvedic Yoga teacher, and integrative nurse coach in private practice.

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Janet Booth, MA, RN, NC-BC, founder of Living Well Nurse Coaching and a nurse for more than 30 years, has focused her career on quality of life and well-being.

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