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Nurse health coaches: Who, what, and why

By: B. Suzy Diggle-Fox, PhD, ANP, GNP, B-C, and Lisa Sparacino, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE

Guide patients to help them reach their health goals.


  • Nurse health coaches help patients recognize their healthcare barriers and overcome them with education and support to achieve health and wellness. 
  • Nurse health coaches provide education and promote independence by incorporating coaching techniques that empower the patient to identify needed changes and initiate them. 
  • Nurse health coaches take a holistic approach and use shared decision making with their patients.
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