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Nurses from all specialties and areas of practice will be eligible to take the Nurse Coach Certification Examination and earn the NC-BC credential. AHNCC Certified Holistic Nurses who successfully pass the Nurse Coach Certification Examination qualify for the Health and Wellness Nurse Coach credential, HWNC-BC.
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The Nurse Coach Role Defined
The Nurse Coach Role requires basic knowledge, skills, and experience as a registered nurse and additional completencies specific to the Nurse Coach role. You can learn more about the role of the Nurse Coach by clicking here...
Nurse Coach Role-Delineation Study
If you are a practicing Nurse Coach, we NEED you to participate in the Role-Delineation Study that will determine the competencies of the Professional Nurse Coach. Click here to get started.
Nurse CoachPractice Settings
Nurse Coaches work with individuals and/or groups in all areas and specialties of nursing practice. They “…are staff nurses, ambulatory care nurses, case managers, advanced practice nurses, nursing faculty, nurse researchers, educators, administrators, or nurse entrepreneurs.” (Hess, D., Dossey, B., Southard, M., p.10) Their involvement in the Nurse Coach role “…is dependent on coach specific education, training, experience, position, and the population they serve.” (Hess, D., Dossey, B., Southard, M., p. 3, 10).
The Nurse Coach Domain
The body of knowledge of Nurse Coaching is specific to the competencies of the Nurse Coach, which are embedded, in the basic precepts of Holistic Nursing. The knowledge and skills of the Nurse Coach are organized around five (5) Core Values: read on to learn more Essentials of the Nurse Coach Knowledge Base
Knowledge and skills esssential for the Nurse Coach are driven by the Standards of Care and defined as Competencies. The inclusion and weighting of competencies are validated by the Role-Delineation Study. A preliminary draft of these essentials can be found here. Their relationship to the Core Values of the Nurse Coach, and a preliminary Blueprint for the certificatation examination can be found byclicking here.
Nurse Coach Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility criteria required for Certification as an AHNCC Certified Nurse Coach includes an active, unrestricted registered nurse license, minimal education and practice as a registered nurse, continued education and practice in the role of the Professional Nurse Coach role. For more information and specific details see the Nurse Coach Handbook, read on...
Certification Fees Fees for the Nurse Coach Certification examination range from $350-$425.00. Discounts are offered to nurse members of the Endorsing Organizations of the Professional Nurse CoachRole: Scope and Competencies (2012) by Hess, Dossey, Southard, Luck, Schuab, & Bark; and to AHNCC Certified Holistic Nurses. To learn more, check the Handbook in the Documents Library below.
The Nurse Coach Handbook can be uploaded by clicking here. The Application can be uploaded here. The first examination will be offered January 12-26, 2013. Applications must be received no later than December 1, 2012 to be eligible for the first examination. A preliminary outline of the essential knowledge and skills required for the Nurse Coach practice can be found here.