Have you ever thought to yourself, “Ok, I’m a Nurse Coach….now what?”
It doesn’t matter where you coach. Whether it’s in a hospital, ambulatory practice, long term care facility, or you own private practice, you can innovate and create your own platform just about anywhere.
Volunteering your time in a creative way connects you with your community. The services you provide may be helping someone that would not have sought help otherwise…. not to mention the sense of fulfillment you get.
Nurse Coaching is much more than getting clients to buy your services, It’s about helping our fellow humans…. It’s about being a beautiful sole.
Here are five fun ideas to spark creativity in your coaching practice and engage community.
Talk about Nurse Coaching
Yes! Tell the whole world about Nurses as Coaches. I know this sounds contrary to what Nurse Coaches (NCs) do, but think about it, not many people know what exactly NCs do. When I was a student of INCA and fulfilling my coaching hours, I found myself describing my role as a Nurse coach. Why not make this a community event?
Build a speech describing the meaning of Nurse Coaching and all the wonderful things they offer. Offer to speak at a corporate wellness event, hospitals, community centers, a lunch and learn, or an actual Tedx. The location you choose should be specific to the clientele you wish to coach, and you just may acquire paying clients by simply talking about it.
Hold A Vision Board Event
Vision board events are a great way to embrace community and have fun doing it. Once you find a topic that piques interest, decide a location, and get the logistics squared away, then it’s time to announce the event. This type of activity is a good fit for NC leaders because it helps a group of people gain a self-awareness of what is important to them, and it also helps us envision and reach goals more easily.
Here’s a tip: After introductions, a good idea is to start the event off with a guided imagery about reaching a specific goal.
Host a Community Clean up
There is a strong connection between health and the environment. If you are driven to connect coaching with the environment, why not make a day of it? Find your topic. Maybe it’s about the health of our planet and the connection with our internal environment.
Not only does this bring awareness and cleans up the community, it also can inspire a few Aha moments in the group.
Tip: You can check with your local sanitation department or department of transportation for supplies like grabbers, bags, etc. for group community clean-ups.
Create a Wellness Challenge on social media.
Wellness challenges are everywhere. You might see a 30-day walking challenge or 21 days of gratitude or How about a self-care challenge? The possibilities are endless.
The idea of this is to get yourself noticed as an expert in the field. Post the challenge in a blog on your website or platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. Then take time to post daily words of encouragement, wins, and struggles. Encourage check-ins….and do it frequently.
You’d be surprised how many people may join just to have the accountability and support. They will post a lot of wins and a few struggles if they are being authentic with themselves. They may even want to talk with you one-on-one.
Take a nature hike with purpose
As tranquil as a scenic hike can be, wouldn’t it be amazing to experience that journey with an individual or group that opens the mind, body, and spirit? The connection with nature becomes a pathway to transformation, an opportunity to grow, and a way to let go.
What creative ideas can you think of to engage community and stand out as a Nurse Coach?