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Aug. 22, 2013

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WTAMU’s Taylor Certified as Integrative Nurse Coach

CANYON, Texas—Dr. Heidi Taylor, associate professor of nursing at West Texas A&M University, is Dr. Heidi Taylornow part of a small but growing community of Integrative Nurse Coaches, joining a roster of only 112 certified worldwide by the Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program.

Taylor completed the program’s required six-month training in April and took the examination in July to become a Board Certified Nurse Coach. The role of the Integrative Nurse Coach is endorsed by 21 top nursing organizations and offers nursing professionals the opportunity to help patients achieve greater health potential by identifying goals and supporting behavioral and lifestyle changes.

Integrative Nurse Coaches worldwide are taking on roles in hospitals, clinics, communities and private practices to improve the growth, overall health and well-being of patients through health-promoting and evidence-based strategies and integrating best practices from diverse healing traditions.

“I intend to work with anyone who is seeking improved health and wellness, with a particular focus on nursing students and nurses who are struggling with compassion fatigue and stress.” Taylor said.

Taylor received her bachelor of science degree in nursing in 1982 from WTAMU, then earned graduate and doctoral degrees from Texas Woman’s University. The Bovina native joined the WTAMU faculty as an instructor of nursing in 1990.

During her tenure at WTAMU, Taylor has served as head of what was once called the Division of Nursing. In 2007 she was named dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and served in that capacity until 2009 when she became the associate vice president for learning assessment. She returned to teaching in 2012.


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