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Barbara Dossey



www.iNurseCoach.com www.dosseydossey.com   www.NIGHvision.net 

Barbara is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the holistic nursing and nurse coaching movements.  She is a nurse educator, Florence Nightingale scholar, nurse theorist, and national and international speaker. Her focus is on healing, leadership, global action and the role of integrative nurse coaching in the integrative healthcare paradigm.


She is Co-Founder, International Nurse Coach Association (INCA) and Co-Founder, Integrative Nurse Coach Academy, Surfside, Florida.  She is the 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 31 books and has received many national and international awards. Her most recent books include The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies (2nd ed, 2021), Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (7th ed., 2016; 8th ed. Dec. 2022), Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches for Health and Wellbeing (2015), and Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer (Centennial Commemorative Edition, 2010).


BSN (1965)

Baylor University School of Nursing, Waco, Texas

Master of Science (1975)

Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas

PhD (2002)

Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio

Distinction and Certifications


Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing


Advanced Holistic Nurse-Board Certified


Health and Wellness Nurse Coach-Board Certified


Honorary Scholar, Global Academy of Holistic Nursing

“if we can transform by a few years of quiet, the habits of centuries, or progress will have been slow, but amazing rapid.”

~ Florence Nightingale (1894)


Barbara Dossey

  • Honorary Scholar, Global Academy of Holistic Nursing (2021)

  • American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award (2015, 2013, 2009, 2005, 2000, 2000, 1997, 1995, 1994, 1985, and 1984)

  • Baylor University School of Nursing Outstanding Alumni Award (2015)

  • AHNA Lifetime Achievement Award, American Holistic Nurses Association (2014)

  • Nursing Leader Award of New Mexico, New Mexico Nurses Association (2012)

  • Leadership Award, Integrative Healthcare Symposium, New York City (2010)

  • Distinguished Alumna Award, Baylor University, Waco, Texas (2003)

  • TWU 100 Great Nursing Alumni, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas (2001)

  • Scientific and Medical Network Book of the Year, Scientific and Medical Network, United Kingdom (1999)

  • Healer of the Year, Nurse Healers Professional Associates International, Inc. (1998)

  • Holistic Nurse of the Year, American Holistic Nurses Association (1985)

  • Nursing Clinical Textbook Award (1984)

  • American Medical Writers Award (1982)

“In the future which I shall not see, for I am old, may a better way be opened! May we hope that, when we are all dead and gone, leaders will arise who have been personally experienced in the hard, practical work, the difficulties, and the joys of organizing reforms, and who will lead far beyond anything we have done! High hopes, which shall not be deceived!”

~ Florence Nightingale (1893)