Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC
With passion and a persuasive eloquence, Barbara “Barbie” Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC, is expanding the domain of traditional nursing. Barbara 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), Miami, Florida; International Co-Director and Board Member, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH), in Washington, DC, and the related 'NIGH World' headquartered in Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada; and Director, Holistic Nursing Consultants, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Barbara is an author or co-author of 25 books. Her most recent include Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (7th ed., 2016), Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches for Health and Wellbeing (2015), The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies (2013), 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.
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. She has received many awards during her career.
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Her awarding-winning biography — Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer, focuses on the philosophical and practical impact of Florence Nightingale's life and work on modern nursing and humankind. Barbara has been awarded numerous awards and honors, including: Pioneer of Integrative Medicine Award, 2004 from the Aspen Center for Integrative Health Aspen, Colorado, the Archon Award, 2003, from Sigma Theta Tau International, the Distinguished Alumni Award, 2003, from Baylor University, the TWU 100 Great Nursing Alumni, 2001, from Texas Woman's University, the Pioneering Spirit Award, 1999, from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Holistic Nurse of the Year, 1985, from the American Holistic Nurses' Association.
As an educator, consultant, researcher, and author, Barbara profoundly alters perceptions about holistic nursing. An inspired teacher, she effectively integrates non-traditional viewpoints with a high degree of scientific awareness in her lectures worldwide. Spanning the full range of current nursing and health information, her presentations provide challenging, practical, and innovative ways to combine holistic health care with high-level wellness. From nursing association gatherings to corporate meetings-all audiences respond enthusiastically to her penetrating insights and abiding compassion.
Photo from NIGH's archives.