Holistic Wellness Coaching?

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    I was curious as to how many of you have pursued a certification in coaching, as a nurse....more specifically a "Holistic Life Coach" certification. I'm researching various avenues, and Spencer Institute offers a short/self paced certification process to obtain such a certification.

    However, I was wondering, if I were to work as a Holistic Life Coach, promoting wellness of mind, body, and the spiritual being, would being an LVN hinder me from having my own independent practice? I'd like to include in my "bio" of sorts that I'm a nurse w/ experience, but wondering if I should keep that separate as I won't be working under a RN or MD...for liability purposes....

    any info would help!

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    The answer to your question about "would being an LVN hinder me from having my own independent practice" is NO, absolutely not. In fact you are at an advantage being a nurse and yes in your bio make sure you state you are a nurse. Many people are Holistic Life Coaches without a health or nursing background, you go for it.
    I would suggest you take a course that allows you to demonstrate how to do coaching as it is not want you are used to doing as a nurse. The American Holistic Nurses Ass. has a list of approved programs on their website. Take a look at these programs and understand by reading, researching and doing all you can to learn what Holistic Coaching is all about.
    This is a great field to get into, Good Luck!
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    Please check your state's board of nursing practice act first. If you state you are a nurse in advertising yourself as a coach it may be a problem in some states.
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    I am finishing up on my certification through Wellcoaches. I highly recommend their program. Wellcoaches is affiliated with Harvard Med, and is widely accepted. My goal is to grow my business and leave bedside nursing next year.

    Good luck!
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    HI Well coach Rn,

    i just Pm you and hope you respond, i am interested in health coaching also.
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    Good luck to you.
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    I agree with the previous poster that if you are licensed as a LVN and want to work as a independent practitioner, you need to check with your board of nursing. I would surmise that a good number of states would want you to be supervised by a RN or physician. Best wishes.
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    I am in the process of being certified as a health coach, so I've been looking into this in depth. I am an LPN, but I also have a bachelor's degree in psychology and health science. I've been wondering if being an LPN would hinder me, and I decided that it would be best not to market myself as an LPN coach, but instead to leave the LPN out of it altogether. People become coaches without being a nurse, but as soon as you connect your nursing with it, you increase your chances for liability. You are at an advantage because of the knowledge base you have, not because of the license you hold. You don't need to justify your ability to do coaching. Your certification will speak for itself.
    WellDaRN and EarthwormRN like this.