Featured Graduate Tracie Walser

My career in nursing spans 20-plus years and includes roles in clinical practice, teaching, research, and nurse coaching. My bedside nursing practice has a strong foundation in the Emergency and Trauma setting. I credit this experience and a significant amount of reflection on what changed my professional and personal trajectory, gravitating toward holistic nursing and the coaching profession. As a front- line witness to the impacts of chronic disease and stress, I wanted to empower those around me to invest in and improve their well-being.…

Choosing Love Over Fear

Once fear sets in it can be all too easy to just get more and more afraid; this is part of the dynamic of fear. But how do we get out of fear once we are in it? Let’s explore choosing love over fear. Making this choice and raising your vibration can be a difficult task, however it’s imperative to consciously engage with your thoughts and actions and ask yourself some important coaching questions: How can I engage with this world in a way that…

Happy Interdependence Day!

Yesterday in the United States we observed Independence Day. Traditionally, the day is filled with parties, picnics, great food, and fireworks. Since the start of the pandemic however, areas in the country still might not be open for gatherings. Did you change how you celebrated this year? Today, July 5th, Dr. Linda Bark likes to call “Interdependence Day,” a day to celebrate connection, collaboration, and working together to form the whole. Independence and interdependence are both important to celebrate. As social beings, we have a…

Featured Graduate Brooke Shepard

Brooke Shepard, DNP, BSN, RN, APRN-NP, FNP-C, HNB-BC, HWNC-BC Brooke currently works as a health coach on a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study (funded by the National Institutes of Health), to test a virtual health coaching intervention. The study is designed to support heart failure caregivers and was recently expanded to include frontotemporal dementia caregivers to help improve their self-care. Brooke has also recently taken on the role of Medical Director and practicing provider for LIVE Hydration Spa, and utilizes her coaching skills…

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

  Most of you are probably familiar with this book by Dr. Seuss. Linda remembers gifting a copy of the book to her daughter for her high school graduation…and now she is gifting one to her granddaughter for her high school graduation! (Linda also referred to the book during class and graduation ceremonies when she was teaching at JFK university!) We’ve been thinking about the book recently because there are many people starting new things right now. Many of our students and graduates are starting…

Integral Assessment

  Overall, how aligned do you feel your life is with your sense of purpose and values? Fifty percent aligned, ninety, or maybe only ten percent? We have been noticing many people expressing desires to live a life more aligned with their integrity, authenticity, and with meaning…and making substantial changes as a result. We’ve updated our former Holistic Assessment to a new Integral Assessment because we are addressing this issue as well. It’s a tool to help you identify which area(s) of your life need…

What Does Justice For All Really Mean?

  With the recent verdict surrounding the George Floyd case here in the United States, we’ve been thinking about the world we’ve been envisioning for years; a world with a solid foundation in kindness, understanding, equality, fairness, and justice for all. (And we’ve worked hard to weave these principles into our coach training for years.) What does ‘justice for all’ really mean? And how do we create it? The conviction in this case was so rare that it made headlines around the world; it makes…

How Are You Listening?

For those of us that have taken our coach training, we know all too well how easy it is to forget and/or get out of the habit of deep listening…because deep listening really isn’t the norm in our society; it’s up to us to make it the norm. Deep listening involves truly being present to what another person is saying without judgement, without an agenda, and without thinking about your response while the other person is talking. Different types of paraphrasing (like what we teach…

Featured Graduate Kelley Giaramita

Kelley Giaramita, RN, BVEd is a Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Certified Cancer Journey Coach. As an Associate Nursing Program Director, Kelley offers coaching to both nursing students and faculty. In the position as a Nurse Peer Coach with Vital WorkLife Inc. national behavioral health consulting firm, Kelley empowers front-line nurses with a new vantage point to view the challenges of second victim phenomenon, burnout, and compassion fatigue. In addition, she is currently co-authoring a book and collaborating with health professionals to address…

What Changes Do You Want To Keep?

Being a coaching school, talking about change goes with the territory…it’s what we do best! And we know that no matter how things may seem at the present time (whether we are talking personally or globally), we can count on our current circumstances changing. What’s important to underline though is that we can respond (with awareness) to our current circumstances and make choices to support the most positive outcomes available to us. Over the past year, many people have experienced lockdown, quarantine and/or social isolation…