Barbara Dossey


Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the holistic nursing and nurse coaching movements. She is a Florence Nightingale scholar, nurse theorist, and national and international speaker and teacher on the role of integrative nurse coaching in the emerging integrative health care paradigm. She is Co-Director, International Nurse Coach Association (INCA), Core Faculty and Director, International Nurse Coach Academy, North Miami, Florida; International Co-Director and Board Member, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH), Santa Fe, New Mexico and Gatineau, Quebec, Canada; and Director, Holistic Nursing Consultants, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Barbara is an author or co-author of 25 books. Her most recent include The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies (2nd ed, 2020), Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (7th ed., 2016; 8th ed Dec. 2020), Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches for Health and Wellbeing (2015), and Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer (Centennial Commemorative Edition, 2010).

Barbara’s Theory of Integral Nursing (TIN) (2008) is a grand nursing theory that presents the science and art of nursing. It includes an integral process, integral worldview, and integral dialogues that is Praxis—theory in action. It also includes compassionate care of the dying, and nurses’ roles as 21st Century Nightingales. Her co-authored Theory of Integrative Nurse Coaching (TINC) (2015), a middle-range theory, is a framework to guide integrative nurse coaches in nurse coaching practice, education, research, and healthcare policy.

Her collaborative global nursing project, the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) and the Nightingale Declaration Campaign (NDC) has been developed to strengthen individual commitment toward achieving a healthy world as a priority objective for action by ordinary citizens, by civil society organizations and by all governments, local and national. Related NIGH projects have included developing the 2010 International Year of the Nurse (2010 IYNurse). Beginning in 2016 the NIGH focus has been to advocate, worldwide, for the achievement of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that all Member States of the United Nations (UN) unanimously approved as moving towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Barbara is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is certified in Holistic Nursing (AHN-BC) and Health and Wellness Nurse Coaching (HWNC-BC). She is an 11-time recipient of the prestigious American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. Other awards include: 1985 Holistic Nurse of the Year by the American Holistic Nurses’ Association; 1998 Healer of the Year by the Nurse Healers Professional Associates International, Inc.; 1999 Pioneering Spirit Award by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses; 1999 Scientific and Medical Network Book of the Year by the Scientific and Medical Network, United Kingdom; 2001 TWU 100 Great Nursing Alumni, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas; 2003 Distinguished Alumna Award from Baylor University, Waco, Texas; 2003 Archon Award (with husband Larry) from Sigma Theta Tau, International; 2004, Pioneer of Integrative Medicine Award (with husband Larry) from the Aspen Center for Integrative Medicine, Aspen, Colorado; 2010 Leadership Award from the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, New York City; 2012 Nursing Leader Award of New Mexico from the New Mexico Nurses Association; 2014 AHNA Life Time Achievement Award from the American Holistic Nurses Association; 2015 Baylor University School of Nursing Outstand Alumni Award on the 50th year celebration from her college graduation; and 2016 Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine Visionary Award (with husband Larry).

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