The Nurse Health Coach Conference
- : Brisbane City QLD 4000
A raft of lifelong conditions require energy-intense efforts from both individuals and nurses for long-term wellness to be sustained. Traditional biomedical models tend to focus on advice giving and often fail to address the complex set of psychological factors that affect behaviour change. Attend this conference to discover how health coaching principles can support you, to enable people with chronic diseases to move from a point of illness to a state of wellness. Topics include:
- An exploration of nurse health coaching
- Converting goals and intentions into behaviour
- Tips for dealing with setbacks and negativity
- Why boundaries are essential AND how to make them stick
- Practical strategies to overcome barriers to behaviour change
- How to develop self-awareness around your own wellbeing and much, much more…
Book your place now and find out why your colleagues are saying this is “the best conference they’ve ever attended…”
Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Welcome and Introduction to Conference
The Nurse as a Healer
While not used in the everyday language of a nurse, the term “nurse healer” is common in holistic nursing and health coaching. In fact, nurses who describe themselves as healers often tap into deep sources of resilience, strength, and purpose. Understanding what it means to be a healer and practicing self-care provides the foundation we require to compassionately care for others. This introductory session will look at how surviving and thriving in the energy intense profession of nursing relies on us looking after ourselves first. It includes:
- What does it mean to be a “nurse healer”?
- How can engaging in regular self-care activities help to position us as healers?
- How can we develop self-awareness around our own wellbeing?
- When may a nurse require personal health coaching?
The Protective Effect of Resilience
Our capacity to respond positively in the face of challenges and setbacks is known as resilience. Resilience is recognised as a method to help us adapt positively to stress, recover from trauma, and grow and develop through adversity. The lengthy, energy intense, and difficult nature of chronic illness calls for the development of resilience – in our patients and ourselves. This session considers:
- Resilience – are we born with it or does it develop?
- Are there certain behaviours that boost resilience?
- How can resilience assist with the emotional consequences of chronic diseases?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Dr Karen-Ann Clarke
The Art of Active Listening
Perhaps the greatest myth of communication is that speaking is more important than listening. Active listening is a core component of any communication with a patient, family member, colleague, or friend. Asking, rather than telling, is a vital aspect of coaching. Reflective listening can guide a person to reaching the outcome that they may be seeking. Like any other skill, active listening can be learnt. It includes tips for avoiding common barriers to active listening. Discover:
- What makes active listening so powerful?
- Why is it fundamental to the coaching process?
- Why does active listening ooze: “I’m here, I’m available”?
- How can you convey empathy while you’re listening?
Dr Karen-Ann Clarke
The Use and Abuse of Questions
Unfortunately, the age-old “there’s no such thing as a silly question” does not ring true in health coaching! Asking the wrong question can derail the therapeutic alliance that you’re trying to create. Simple strategies can assist us to ask better questions. When we invite rather than control the discussion, we place the person alongside us equally in the therapeutic relationship. This session considers:
- What happens when we ask the wrong questions?
- What are the problems associated with asking too many questions?
- When should open versus closed questions be used?
- How can questions encourage clarity around a person’s goals?
- How can you help someone explore their options?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Dr Karen-Ann Clarke
Boundaries, Boundaries, Boundaries! Nurse Health Coaches are Not Counsellors!
Boundaries are the invisible lines we must not cross. Poorly defined boundaries can sabotage your personal and professional wellbeing. In order for you to successfully apply health coaching principles to your nursing role, it is essential that healthy boundaries are established and maintained. Let’s consider how boundaries can help:
- Avoid the tendency to “rescue” others
- Ensure we provide guidance that’s within our scope of practice
- Prevent us from taking on the worries of others
- Stop work from creeping into our personal lives
- Help families and carers
- Create a safe environment for change
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Karen-Ann Clarke
The Nurse Health Coach
While coaching, sometimes known as supervision, is not new, health coaching is a relatively modern concept. There’s a natural fit between patients who want to improve their health and nurses who draw on their clinical expertise and ability to connect and communicate meaningfully with patients to help patients achieve their goals. Health coaching calls on core skills inherent in nursing and is very much aligned with a person-centred, holistic approach to care. This session introduces:
- What is health coaching?
- Why don’t nurse health coaches give advice (and aren’t counsellors!)?
- How is mind-body-spirit at the heart of coaching?
- How is health coaching rooted in the theory of human caring and core nursing values?
- How can patients benefit from health coaching from a nurse?
- Why is there a natural fit between coaching and chronic disease self-management?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Welcome and Review
The Power of Positive Psychology – No More Negative Nellies!
Positivity affects perceptions, attitudes, and expectations. Positive emotions have been shown to increase feelings of energy, help us cope with adversity, and feel more optimistic about life. Constructing positive mindsets in the face of chronic disease management can support a person to flourish. This session considers:
- What is meant by “positive psychology”?
- Is a positive attitude an innate or an earned behaviour?
- Is positivity useful in addressing negative attitudes?
- How can positive psychology be integrated into our interactions with patients in a sensitive and genuine manner?
Communicating with Compassion – The Heart of Health Coaching
Despite the best intentions, due to time pressures and other barriers, our communication can at times be confrontational, guilt-inducing, and even forceful. At the core of the nursing identify is compassionate intention. We intend to communicate with genuine care, respect, and empathy for others. However, the delivery of fragmented, task-oriented, protocol-driven care can often leave us losing sight of these core intentions. Effective health coaching requires us to connect with patients and their stories. This session considers:
- What is empathy?
- Are you born with it or are there ways to develop it?
- Can empathy improve patient and nurse satisfaction and wellbeing?
- How can we inject greater compassion into our communication?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Rethinking Expectations, Frustration, and Setbacks
Do you feel like you’ve had to say the same thing over and over again? It can be frustrating if someone you are supporting fails to make changes. If we are to prevent feelings of compassion fatigue when working with people who have a chronic condition, it is essential we reframe our approach to expectations, frustration, and setbacks. This session highlights why you need to dig deeper and go to the root cause of the (perceived) inaction. It includes:
- How does adaptation to a chronic illness occur?
- What does recovery look like and why does this matter?
- What do coping strategies sometimes look like?
- How do defence mechanisms manifest?
- Is escape, avoidance, and denial sometimes useful?
- How can a trauma-Informed approach assist with setbacks?
Motivation – How to Make Magic Happen!
Motivation is a core driver of human behaviour. While it is crucial in triggering a person to move from a point of illness to a point of wellness, it’s not easy to switch on and is difficult to sustain. This key session considers two critical influences on one’s intention to change behaviour – motivation and self-efficacy. Importantly, it will reveal what this means for the alliance you are developing with a person and their quest to sustain behaviour change. It includes:
- What influences motivation?
- Is it possible to discover what drives a person?
- What makes a person want to change their behaviour?
- Patience is a virtue – how can you assess readiness (or lack thereof)?
- Where does goal setting fit in?
- Guiding and supporting change – how do you actually make it happen?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Coaching to Overcome Barriers to Change
Think back on a change you have had to make to your own lifestyle, how challenging was it? We can appreciate how difficult it is for our patients to make significant changes to their health by recalling similar challenges for ourselves. There are common barriers that prevent anyone from changing behaviour. Understanding how these barriers can be overcome greatly assists nurse health coaches to guide and support transformation in others. This practical workshop will discuss:
- Why people resist change
- The most common barriers to change
- Practical solutions to overcoming common barriers such as:
- Other people
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
“I’m Here, I’m Available” – Mindfully Overcoming Obstacles
The ability to be available and free of distractions is what enables us to communicate and practice with compassionate intention. Every opportunity that we are with a patient is an opportunity to connect. Yet, this is only the case if we are actually present in the situation. Why is the practice of mindfulness beneficial to our patients but also ourselves? This session demonstrates how mindfulness can assist us to heal and restore health, even when time is at a premium. It includes a look at how mindfulness can:
- Reduce stress when we are feeling fatigued
- Bring us back to the present when we are feeling busy and overwhelmed
- Remind us why we are here, our purpose, and what we value
- Enable us to reconnect with our patients and profession again
- Care and coach with compassion …
4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
The total wellbeing of a patient can easily be forgotten in the urgency of functional care and technological practices. However, the importance of caring for the whole person cannot be underestimated in today’s fast and demanding health setting. The healing value of holism takes into account the mind-body-spirit within the context in which a person lives. Incorporating health coaching principles into modern health care enables nurses to support people with chronic diseases to move from a point of illness to state of wellness. As well, there is evidence that holistic care and health coaching have positive health and job satisfaction benefits for nurses. This event is timely to avert the rising rates of chronic disease and nurse burnout.
Purpose of Program
The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with the insights and the practical applications of holistic health coaching principles, so as to support people with chronic diseases to move from a point of illness to a state of wellness.
Your learning outcomes:
Improve the nurse-patient alliance to enhance patient’s satisfaction with care and adherence to care plans
Apply holistic health coaching principles to enable people with chronic illnesses to be supported through change
Enhance personal health and wellbeing of the nurse to assist in the healing process of others
Encourage professional growth of the nurse through self-reflection
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