A Path to a Nurse-Owned Business: Featured Graduate Karen Sanders

karen-sandersKaren Sanders, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, works as adjunct nursing faculty and a clinical coordinator at South College in Asheville, NC. She is also an instructor for the North Carolina Board of Nursing, teaching an ethical/legal decision-making course to disciplined nurses. 
In addition, Karen is a faculty assistant and student advisor for Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy, and she speaks and presents on self-care strategies for nurses, healthcare providers, and seniors. 

In 2016, she founded her own company,
RNPatientAdvocacyNC.com. Having been born with a gift for understanding and navigating through darkness, Karen has a deep passion for supporting others as they deal with crises and life challenges. She enjoys assisting, teaching, and coaching people in the nursing and healthcare professions through career, life, and professional transitions.

As a holistic transitions coach to nurses, she understands and has deep compassion for the challenges that nurses face while caring for patients in crisis, dealing with the undervaluation of the nursing profession, and walking through our own life situations. Her approach to coaching involves helping others understand the connection between mind, body, spirit, and emotions to awaken the best of “who you are” and to help step into the signature of our own soul. As an RN patient advocate, Karen helps patients maneuver through a convoluted, complex healthcare system with nurturing tips on how to care for self. Karen offers clients vast experience in nursing and healthcare administration, a gift for clearly communicating complex medical information, and an ability to intuitively know the best practices for guiding clients through whatever health challenges are being faced.

Please click here to read more about Karen’s story and how she is using her coaching skills and tools.
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  • I have been a nurse for 41 years and just attended my first AHNA conference this past June. I have fallen in love with the idea of nurse coaching and am looking to start the Wisdom of the Whole class in January. I live in Southern California where I work as a Community Health Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator (although it is not my passion). My husband and I are considering a retirement move to North Carolina. One of our daughters moved to Mathews (just outside of Charlotte) about 3 years ago and we have visited often. I was going to start researching nursing positions there and was wondering about nurse coaching. I was so inspired when I read your bio!!!
    I would love to get a hold of you when we visit again this October to “pick your brain”.
    Thank you
    Alicia Griggs, RN, BSHA, CDE
    [email protected]

    • Hi Alicia,
      Thanks for your comment. I’ll have Karen reach out to you so you can “pick her brain”.

  • I have been the path to an awakening of what my future holds as an RN. My journey is leading me towards becoming a wellness coach and long term, I hope to offer a holistic NP degree that allows a thriving new offering to my area. I was very happy to stumble across this story today. There truly is hope and possibility around every turn. Best!