Holistic Nursing Requirements

NIWH Whole Health Nurse Educator program
is Endorsed, Approved and/or Distributed by:

Endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association and is Distributed by Sigma Theta Tai - the International Honor Society of Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau Accredited Provider: American Nurses Credentialing Center
Whole Health Educator Program for Nurses with Health Coaching skills

NIWH is a Designated Provider of

Earn a provider NPI Credential in Patient Health Education to transform your holistic work in nursing, healthcare and direct patient care!

Holistic nursing requirements include having the knowledge, skills and professional tools to educate, advocate for and coach patients to take greater control of their health and wellness. the NIWH 3-in-1 Whole Health Education program for Nurses uniquely addresses these three skill areas that are central to the practice of holistic nursing.

Importantly, this program is endorsed and approved by both AHNA and AHNCC to meet holistic nursing requirements to qualify our graduates to sit for both the Board certified Holistic Nurse and the Board Certified Nurse Coach exams!

The field of holistic nursing is the fastest growing area of health care today! As an AHNA Endorsed program, the Whole Health Educator for Nurses Program, which includes patient advocacy and holistic health coaching skills, provides evidence-based, cutting edge Integrative Health courses presented by leading experts in the fields of Integrative Health, Nutrition, Holistic Nursing Education, Wellness Education and Natural Health Care Training.

Download Nurse Patient Educator (xps file).

As your nursing scope of practice includes patient health education, the NIWH training allows for an additional scope of practice that is built upon your nursing education and credentials. Becoming a certified nurse health educator will provide you the opportunity to receive a National Provider Identification (NPI) number and professional liability insurance as a patient health educator. You can utilize the NPI for private holistic practice as a Health and Wellness Educator, as well as work in a physician-led medical practice as a Patient Health Educator.

The Center for Medicare Services has just made it possible for nurse patient health educators to provide Wellness Assessment intakes, both 1st and 2nd visits, with a generous reimbursement of 171.00 and 117.00 respectively, to make patient health educators an important and valuable part of a primary care practice. For details download the Nurse Patient Educator file provided above.

Established in 1977, NIWH is the pioneer of Whole Health Education ® and Behavioral Engagement ™, the first patient education and health behavior change model developed, researched and utilized in clinical settings.

Frequently Asked Questions About NIWH Whole Health Coaching™

The 3-in-1 Whole Health Educator for Nurses program provides 24 Core Courses with individual course assignment templates and evaluation forms that earn you approved ANCC continuing education contact hours. After a proctored Final Exam you will begin your eight (8) Case Study tutorial courses and begin the practicum or application portion of the program. Visit our Whole Health Programs page for more details about the program, or our Whole Health Foundation courses page for an expanded description of all the courses provided in the curriculum.

The training culminates with a Final Paper project that integrates all levels of the work and demonstrates your knowledge and skills in Whole Health Education peer-counseling. The program is designed, utilizing rubrics identified from nursing cohort pilot studies, to be completed in 11 -12 months, but NIWH provides an additional four (4) months, should personal circumstances require additional work and study time. A total of 16 months are available to complete the 400 clock hour program.

The program delivers 200 ANCC approved continuing education contact hours for nurses which fulfill the holistic continuing education requirements for the national Holistic Nurse Certification exam, the AHNCC Board Certified Nurse Coach exam and the national Chronic Care professional certification.

PLEASE NOTE: NIWH nutrition courses are patient/client education focused, providing epidemiological and evidence-base science on the how and why of nutrition in disease prevention, health recovery, wellness maintenance and for patient/client holistic health education. Our whole foods focused nutrition courses are designed to enhance the professional’s knowledge of the science of nutrition but ARE NOT intended to teach learners how to recommend or prescribe diets or supplements to their patients or clients.

Unless a professional has a licensed scope of practice and credentials, along with professional liability insurance to practice nutrition, there are both legal and ethical constraints related to advising an individual about nutrition. The whole picture of heath® approach invites the client into understanding the cause and effect of the physical, emotional, nutritional, environmental and spiritual components of health so they can make the informed, sustainable lifestyle choices they deem are appropriate with their values and needs.

Today’s nurse is looking to enrich their patient services by becoming skilled in the areas: Holistic Nurse training; Integrated, Evidence-based Nutrition; Health Coaching Skills; Whole Person Care knowledge; Nurse Coaching; Natural Health Care training; Wellness Education and Holistic Nurse Training. This program can offer you all of these skills along with 200 ANCC approved nurse continuing education.

If you are seeking an evidence-based, integrative health education which includes CDC accredited online nutrition courses, natural health care training and wellness coaching skills, we invite you to explore the NIWH Whole Health Educator for Nurses program.

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