Nurse Health Program


Announcing Upcoming Nurse Health Coach Classes

Everyone has something to recover from. We can recover from any personal issue or difficulty, substance abuse, gambling, overeating, smoking, grief, trauma (including work related), co-dependency… the list is endless. The West Virginia RN Board is offering training for Nurse Health Coaches through Greater Recovery and Community Empowerment (GRaCE): this is an opportunity to empower fellow nurses to live better lives. As a Nurse Health Coach, you will be able to help fellow nurses find support, resources, advocacy, and accountability for he​alth care professionals experiencing any difficulty that would affect the nurse’s ability to practice safely.  

The Nurse Health Coaches reside and practice in all pockets of the state. They are of various ages, cultures, and clinical backgrounds. However, all share a genuine passion for helping others and are eager to be of service to a nurse or nurses in need. As nurses, we care for patients. We are the most trusted profession in the nation for the last 19 years. However, sometimes we as nurses dismiss our own need for assistance and support. This is an opportunity for to become a nurse with specific, empowering skills to help other nurses.

Are you ready to join our community of Nurse Health Coaches? This virtual class runs four days 8am-4pm. Participants are expected to attend each day in its entirety- only medical, court or military excuses permitted (and not more than one hour total). You must have a reliable internet with video and sound available. All participants must be able to be seen to participate.  If you are interested in attending the program (free of charge) the upcoming classes are being held:

January 8-11, 2024

March 11-14, 2024

May 6-9, 2024


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the role of the Recovery/Life/Nurse Heath Coach and functions
  • List the components, core values and guiding principles of recovery
  • Build skills to enhance relationships
  • Understand the impact of stigma.
  • Explore many dimensions of change and coaching
  • Discover attitudes about self-disclosure and sharing your story
  • Understand Asset Based Community Development
  • Describe the stages of change and their applications
  • Increase their awareness of culture, power and privilege
  • Explore Trauma, ACE’s and resilience
  • Address ethical and boundary issues
  • Experience goals setting and planning
  • Practice newly acquired skills
This training is for WV Registered Nurses. This training utilizes a dynamic approach to learning that blends both process and content. Each student will receive the following with the completion of this course:
  • Recovery Coach I certificate
  • Life Coach I certificate
  • Three college credits from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
  • 30 hours CE’s
  • Naloxone training

​WV Restore​

The Mission of West Virginia Restore is to protect the public by providing a monitoring and recovery program for registered professional nurses with a substance use disorder or a qualifying mental health condition.

WV Restore provides these recovery services:
  • Confidential evaluations
  • Referral for treatment (inpatient or structured outpatient)
  • Monitoring after treatment completed
  • Professional peer support program with alumni program
  • Educational Services
  • Advocacy
The road to recovery can be long, and sometimes there are bumps along the way. Even nurses need someone to lean on every now and then. If you need someone to lean on then use the link above to request a nursing coach. 

Articles of Interest:

American Journal of Nursing

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: November 2020 - Volume 120 - Issue 11 - p 15
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000721880.79285.04

Atkinson, Debbi MA, BSc, RN, RGN, PGCE, FHEA
AJN, American Journal of Nursing: October 2020 - Volume 120 - Issue 10 - p 21
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000718600.61504.53

Lives Come Apart: The Burden of Severe Mental Illness
Hegdal, Juliet RN, FNP
AJN, American Journal of Nursing: February 2021 - Volume 121 - Issue 2 - p 11
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000734048.48023.14

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: July 2020 - Volume 120 - Issue 7 - p 14-15
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000688144.50462.59

Holmes, Arlene RN
Author Information
AJN, American Journal of Nursing: June 2020 - Volume 120 - Issue 6 - p 11
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000668652.10731.17

Solomon, Diane N. PhD, PMHNP-BC, CNM
Author Information
AJN, American Journal of Nursing: July 2020 - Volume 120 - Issue 7 - p 47
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000688224.96110.fa

Paying Attention to Compassion Fatigue in Emergency Nurses
Mazzotta, C. Patricia MScN, BScN, RN
AJN, American Journal of Nursing: December 2015 - Volume 115 - Issue 12 - p 13
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000475268.60265.00

Depression Diagnoses Surge Nationwide
Zolot, Joan PA
AJN, American Journal of Nursing: August 2018 - Volume 118 - Issue 8 - p 18
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000544156.98950.b3

Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services

Julie Worley, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 2019;57(9):2-3

Nurses With Substance Use Disorders: Where We Are and What Needs To Be Done
Julie Worley, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 2017;55(12):11-14

Food Addiction: A New Mental Health Disorder?
Diane M. Wieland, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 2019;57(12):3-5


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