The Comprehensive Holistic Nurse & Coaching Certificate Program is available to RN’s, NP’s, and LPN’s

Recognized and endorsed by the Canadian Holistic Nurses Association (CHNA)

Approved by the AHNA for 87 CNE hours #1495

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This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (AHNCC). Approval for contact hours through AHNA is based on an assessment of the educational merit of this program and does not constitute an endorsement of the use of any specific modality in the care of clients.

This program is recognized by AHNCC and can be used to meet the CE requirements for individuals applying for the holistic nursing (HN) or nurse coaching (NC) examination or towards the required continuing competency hours for renewal of the HN or NC certifications.

Tuition$5,995.00 CAD +TAX

Payment Options

  • One time full payment 
  • Two equal payments over 6 months (+2% financing fee)         
  • Four equal payments over 6 months (+3% financing fee)

Note: You will be able to select your payment option when applying.

Comprehensive Holistic Nurse & Coaching Certificate Program

Are you interested in…

  • Enhancing your current nursing practice
  • Reviving the joy of nursing by learning how to bridge the gap between the heart and science of nursing
  • Developing listening, presence and intuition skills
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of how prolonged stress and trauma affect physical, emotional and spiritual health
  • Mindfulness-based strategies for yourself and others
  • Health & Wellness Nurse Coaching skills and strategies
  • Learning about complementary interventions and how to implement these into your current or future practice & what it means to be a Holistic Nurse/Nurse Coach in Canada
  • Starting an independent practice as a Holistic Nurse/Nurse Coach in Canada

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Holistic Nursing as a specialty is grounded in the teachings of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) who believed that nursing comprised more than the treatment of disease and/or symptoms.

The American Holistic Nurse’s Association (AHNA) defined holistic nursing as an “attitude, a philosophy, and a way of being”.

The Comprehensive Holistic Nurse & Coaching Certificate Program is designed to inform nurses of the attitudes, philosophies and theoretical underpinnings of Holistic Nursing (HN) practice and to the characteristics that define HN as a specialty practice.

Holistic Nurses recognize the interconnectedness of mind, body, spirit and environment; that whole-care is a manifestation of the complementary role that exists between science and art; and, that the nurse who holds space and acts as an instrument and/or facilitator of healing with others engages in practices that promote self-care and healing within.

Students will explore the concept of Holism as the ‘interconnectedness of mind-body-spirit and environment’ and will be introduced to holistic modalities intended to complement and/or enhance both personal health practices and nursing practice, particularly as it is under a Western Medical model.

Using Dossey and Keegan’s text (2013) Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, 6th Ed., as a guide, students will explore topics such as:

  • History, Theories and Trends
  • Self-awareness, Self-care and Self-development as a Holistic Nurse
  • Integrative approaches to assessment including the Integrative Health and Wellness Assessment
  • Holistic healing through modalities such as Healing Touch, Guided Imagery, Whole Nutrition, and more
  • Spirituality, Cultural, and End-of-life care using a holistic approach
  • Healing through the Arts
  • Role of the Holistic Nurse across the ages
  • Holistic Nurse in practice
  • 5-Step Nurse Coaching process
  • Holistic Nursing and Technology
  • and more!

The Comprehensive Holistic Nurse & Coaching Certificate Program, a 6-month on-line program that provides students with the flexibility of studying at their own pace anywhere, anytime. Experiential learning opportunities, virtual classes and supervised coaching practicum hours provide students with both new skills and the opportunity to create lifelong relationships with your peers and instructors.


Section One – Foundation, Theory and Becoming a Holistic Nurse/Coach

Section one provides students with a foundation in the history and theoretical underpinnings of Holistic and Integrative nursing practice as well as the Nurse as a Role Model and Facilitator of Healing (for self & others). Students will engage in holistic practices that enhance mindfulness including centering, grounding and intentionality and will be supported in their journey to becoming a Holistic Nurse/Coach.
Exploring the role of the Holistic Nurse as Role Model and Facilitator of Healing–for self & others—includes the concept of self-care as an essential component of self-responsibility. When nurses practice extreme self-care, they embody and represent the values that they wish to see in their clients!

Self-care will be emphasized through self-reflection and the development of self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-compassion and bringing balance into one’s life.
Students will begin to explore the role of the Nurse Coach, the transformational power of coaching questions and the use of behavioral change models such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Appreciative Inquiry and more.

Student activities include participatory class attendance (included live discussions); assigned readings; reflective journaling with development of an Integral Self-Care Plan/Tool Kit; and, collaboration and coaching with peers/dyad partner. All coaching sessions are recorded and submitted for feedback. Theoretical Content in section one includes:

  • Core Values and Scope & Standards of Practice
  • Holistic & Integrative Nursing Theories
  • Holistic & Integrative Health Assessments
  • Holistic Caring Process
  • Healing Environments
  • Empathy, Mindfulness and Presence
  • Therapeutic Communication to Holistic Communication
  • Transpersonal Theory
  • Behavioral Change Models & Strategies
  • Self-Development

Section Two – Exploration & Application

Students continue to engage in centering, grounding, and intentionality refining their skills in mindful presence.
Further exploration of the Holistic Nurse as Role Model and Facilitator of Healing–for self & others– requires the student to do deep personal work related to self-development/reflection/acceptance.

Student activities include participatory class attendance (included live discussions); assigned readings; reflective journaling with continued development of an Integral Self-Care Plan/Tool Kit; use of coaching questions in personal development and during practical coaching sessions with peers/dyad partner.

Students will engage in coaching interactions with their dyad partner (minimum 2 coaching sessions during this section) utilizing behavioural change models, tools and coaching questions.

Additional Theoretical Content in section two includes:

  • Spirituality
  • The Coaching Process
  • Coaching Case Studies
  • Challenges in Coaching Interactions

Section Three – Complementary & Alternative Modalities & Practical Application

Section 3 introduces students to Complementary and Alternative Modalities (CAMs) and approaches and the integration of these into practice; more particularly, aromatherapy, guided imagery/visualization, relaxation including breathwork/meditation/mindfulness/yoga), whole nutrition and gut-health, mind-body-spirit connection, and energy modalities.

Students are provided with practical learning experiences during this section, including (optional) participation in a demonstration of energy healing and/or Integrative Chakra Therapy.

Student will start to explore whole nutrition in their own lives and will begin to implement complementary approaches (i.e. essential oils; guided imagery; etc.) into their self-care development and Reflective Journaling.
Students will continue to engage in coaching with their dyad partner (minimum 3 coaching sessions during this section):

    • Students will include one complementary approach during the coaching session (e.g. breathwork; guided imagery; visualization; etc.) with dyad partner. The modality used will be at the discretion of the dyad-partner being coached, as long as it is one that the coach is comfortable using (mutually agreed upon)
    • Coaching session two: mind-body-spirit coaching
    • Coaching session three: nutritional health coaching

During section 3, students will seek additional ‘pro-bono’ coaching clients (a permission and confidentiality form will be signed by both client and student and submitted to the course instructor or designate).

This section will also include a live two-hour group coaching session hosted by instructors. Effort will be made to accommodate all students; however, those who cannot/do not attend will need to make up the missed coaching hours.
Additional Theoretical Content in section two includes:

  • CAM’s and Professional Practice
  • Exploration of CAM’s & Healing with the Arts (i.e. Aromatherapy; Guided Imagery;
  • Energy Healing; Ayurveda; Heart Math; Integrative Chakra Therapy; etc.)
  • Eastern & Western Medicine and Integrative Practice
  • Mind-Body-Spirit Connection
  • Whole Nutrition & Gut Health

Section Four – Foundations of Practice

Students will explore holistic nursing and nurse coaching practice through a Canadian lens, examining provincial guidelines and independent nursing practice as it relates to holistic nursing practice and nurse coaching in both the institution and in private practice. Students will be introduced to information and services of the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) including legal considerations and how to address legal queries.
Students will be introduced to the Canadian Holistic Nurses Association (CHNA) and will be directed to information related to the process of acquiring board certification as a Holistic Nurse and/or Nurse Coach through the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC). Note: Students choosing not to become board-certified through AHNCC will still receive a Certificate of Achievement from TheCIINDE Ltd.

Students will gather for a live interactive class providing an opportunity to share how their personal and/or professional practice has/has not changed over the course of the program including the opportunity for Q & A.

Student activities include participatory class attendance (including live discussions); assigned readings; reflective journaling summarizing their integral self-care plan (for the purpose of sharing during the final class – note: this is optional).
Students continue to engage in coaching with their dyad partner (following up on coaching from previous section (three)).
Students have a maximum of two months from the final class to accrue minimum number of required coaching hours.
Additional Theoretical Content in section two includes:

  • Holistic Nursing and Coaching in Canada
  • Provincial Guidelines | Considerations in Canadian Practice
  • Considerations for Institution and Private Practice Settings
  • Canadian Nurse’s Protective Society (CNPS)
  • Canadian Holistic Nurse’s Association (CHNA)|American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)
  • American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC)|Board Certification Process



Thank you for all the hard work and dedication you put into the course and for the support you showed to the cohort during our time together. It was a really good course, and I am grateful for the experience and the friendships made along this journey.  Wishing you all the very best and greatest success with the next cohorts through. Proud to be a graduate of theCIINDE! Much appreciation!


Very proud to be part of the first group of graduates. I encourage anyone interested in Holistic Nursing and Nurse Coaching to go to TheCiinde and register for the next course! One of the best decisions I’ve ever made!


It’s been an honour to be a part of the very first cohort and graduation class of the CIINDE’s Comprehensive Holistic Nurse & Coach course, the premier program of its kind in Canada. Thank you to the incredible faculty, my colleagues and now friends that I made along the way. A love of learning is one of my strengths and self-care tools, so being 27 weeks pregnant to having a 9 week old infant during this process was actually, quite perfect. It’s pushed me to grow in ways I needed, and I feel that growth in all of my family members! Here’s to the future of nursing, Holistic Nurses in Canada, and Nurse Coaching!


I’m proud to be a first cohort CIINDE graduate! Check out the amazing courses the CIINDE has to offer!


A part of history as graduates from a trailblazing institute set out to change the narrative! I was blessed to be coached by one of the graduates and if it is any reflection of the work The CIINDE is hoping to teach… then you will all leave a mark and help so many.


I am so honoured and proud to be a member of this inspiring group of women. But I’m mostly excited for the shifts we’re making to the Canadian nursing & healthcare professions. Follow TheCIINDE for all the latest news, events and updates in holistic nurse coaching or to see how you can get in on the movement! 

Holistic nursing to me means looking at and connecting to my patient as a whole being, talking with and not to them. I am a visitor within their experience, as I adapt my support of them in the ways that they as an individual need on their health care journey. At its foundation, it begins with a mind shift into what we are doing and how we do it and it is shaped organically within the relationship that is formed. I wanted to grow my nursing skills in the direction of coaching because I see it’s importance to our communities…[and] it certainly is possible to incorporate into hospital practice.

Course Material

Holistic Nursing

Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, Seventh Edition continues as the definitive resource for holistic nursing for both students and professionals.

Nurse Coaching

Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches for Health and Wellbeing By Barbara Montgomery Dossey, Susan Luck, and Bonney Gulino Schaub Paperback—October 2014.

Transpersonal Development

his book offers you the principles and step-by-step techniques of transpersonal practice, backed up by many case stories and the latest scientific research.

The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching

The nurse-client relationship is at the core of quality nursing care. Nurse coaching is a structured, relationship-centered approach that promotes achievement of client goals. 

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