The Nurse Health Coach Conference
- : Sydney NSW 2000
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
9:00Welcome and Introduction to Conference
Jo GibbsThe 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?
Jo Gibbs“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 …
10:45 MORNING TEA
Catherine Wallace-WilkinsonThe 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?
Catherine Wallace-WilkinsonMotivation – 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?
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Ruth OliverUnconscious Bias – We’re All Guilty
We all have different life stories and different frames of reference on the world. As a nurse, recognising unconscious bias towards patients can influence the way health care is provided. This subtle and often unexplored part of ourselves can have enormous impact on how effectively we do our work. This session will help you understand:
- What is unconscious bias?
- What is the impact of unconscious bias in the workplace?
- How do we recognise the degree of our unconscious bias?
- How do we reduce your level of unconscious bias?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Ruth OliverCommunicating with Compassion – The Heart of Health Coaching
At the core of the nursing identity is compassionate intention. We intend to communicate with genuine care, respect and empathy for others. Despite the best intentions time pressure and fragmented, task oriented, protocol driven care can often mean we lose sight of these core intentions. This session will give you practical skills and techniques that will enable you to proactively take care of your own well-being so that your capacity for compassion, empathy and respect for those in your care is at its fullest. This session considers:
- Are you born with empathy and are there ways to develop it?
- What is empathy and why is it often a better tool than sympathy?
- How stress reduces our capacity to empathise
- How can we boost our empathy to improve patient and nurse satisfaction and well-being?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
9:00Welcome and Review
Geoff AhernWhat’s Happened to You? A Trauma-Informed Approach to Chronic Illness
At the core of many people’s struggle with chronic ill-health is trauma. This does not prevent good health from being achieved, but it needs to be understood if we, as nurse health coaches, are going to support a person to move from a point of illness to a point of wellness. This session promises to challenge the way you approach people with a chronic illness. It includes:
- How do adverse childhood events increase the risk of long-term health complications?
- Why is chronic stress linked to trauma?
- What is a trauma-informed approach to care?
- How can we incorporate a trauma-informed approach to the care of people with a chronic disease?
Geoff AhernThe 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?
11:00 MORNING TEA
Geoff AhernBoundaries, 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
Leanne BoaseThe Care in Care Plans
Chronic disease and mental health care plans provide an essential framework for clinicians involved in a person’s care. When a multidisciplinary approach is required, planning an integrated approach to treatment is clearly valuable. This session looks at the use of care plans and discusses their relative merits. It includes:
- Care plans – are they effective?
- How actively are patients involved in determining their treatment pathway?
- Is there a way to prevent documentation interrupting an assessment?
- How can we apply health coaching principles to promote patient participation in a care plan?
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Catherine Wallace-WilkinsonRethinking 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?
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Catherine Wallace-WilkinsonCoaching 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
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-reflectionPresenters
Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson is a Registered Nurse and has been a Credentialled Diabetes Educator since 2000. She has a demonstrated commitment ... Read More
Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a ... Read More
Leanne Boase is a Nurse Practitioner with a background in critical care and paediatrics. She currently practices across four GP ...Read More
Jo Gibbs has a lifelong career in healthcare. She is a hospital and university trained registered nurse with a background ... Read More
Because of the diverse training that Ruth Oliver has undertaken and the paths she has chosen in her life, she ... Read More