As a Nurse Practitioner, I was able to impact patients’ lives in many positive ways. What I learned, however, is that people don’t really want to be told what they should be doing. A big percentage of patients do not do what their healthcare providers suggest, many do not even fill the prescriptions given to them and most will say they know what they need to be doing. What they struggle with is why they are not doing it. This is the role of the health coach…helping people get to the bottom of what is getting in their way.
My pursuit of health coaching education began in 2015 as I planned to retire from my job as Nurse Practitioner from the VA Healthcare System. This training allowed me to take an early retirement and create my dream. I now work with my ideal clients in pursuit of optimal health and wellness. Adding this component (lab testing) as an option for my clients has opened another door for them to achieve their goals.