I wanted to take this opportunity to announce (again) that I’ve aligned my coaching services in a joint venture with Lori Radcliffe, RN, BS, CNFC of Fitness Nurse Consulting to provide up and coming Fitness Nurse Consultants with the necessary tools to start and run a consulting business. I personally find great pleasure in mentoring other nurses out there to launch a business, or to provide current entrepreneurs with the brand resuscitation their current businesses need to flourish. This particular program will help nurses that are interested in combining fitness and nursing to establish themselves as a “go-to” practitioner for those patient populations that are at a higher risk for preventable diseases. This is the type of service that many patients will benefit from and nurses are very well equipped to provide a comprehensive wellness package.
Healthcare providers ultimately want their patients to be successful with positive lifestyle changes, however compliance with this type of needed change isn’t sustainable as patients aren’t typically as well equipped or supported to implement these changes. Patients are frustrated when they receive a diagnosis or are now labeled as at risk for a disease process. This might even result in leaving their PCP’s office with various prescriptions and pamphlets that they don’t necessarily agree with, and may also lack the ability to truly make an informed decision. I can’t recall the exact number of stories I’ve heard over the years about this particular scenario, but we know that a lot of these disease processes are preventable and didn’t happen overnight, and many healthcare providers are doing what they can with the resources they have available.
Patients need a tremendous amount of support, coaching, and hand holding throughout this process if they’re going to make a significant change in their current trajectory. Nurses have an understanding of the diagnoses and the treatment modalities, which includes the medications being prescribed. We want to help patients and the prescribing healthcare providers minimize the pharmacological regimen and to help correct the course all while empowering the patient to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. As clinicians we understand the negative impact that these preventable diseases have on our patients and the healthcare system. Patient safety is also first on our minds, and we want to help support our patients in an environment that promotes this mission. That being said, nurses are aware that at risk patients can’t just jump into a vigorous exercise routine or stop cold turkey with their current medications.
Working with a Fitness Nurse Consultant can help ensure that patients will have a better chance for positive outcomes, while also adhering to an interdisciplinary team approach with the patient’s prescribing healthcare provider. Whether you feel as if you have the skill set or not to provide these services, I’ll go out on a limb here and say that I bet you do. You’re more than likely providing these types of supports to your patients in your current setting. This is your chance to expand that role and to work with those patients on a level that most of us wish we could. Well, you can.
This mentorship program will give you the tools to make this happen, no matter what path you decide to take. Lori and I are invested in your success. We want more entrepreneurs out here in the space. It’s good for business, it’s great for our patients, and it’s best overall for the profession of nursing. For more information:
Here is your webinar replay of “Become A Fitness Nurse Consultant™”
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Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions/concerns after listening to the webinar.
Lori & Kevin
Lori ‘Minky’ Radcliffe, RN, Certified Fitness Nurse Coach