Barbara Dossey Keynote for Fall Jean Kelley Endowed Lecture

Internationally recognized as a pioneer in the holistic nursing and nurse coaching movements
Barbara Dossey 2009 jpegOn Dec. 3, 2015, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing will host the fall Dr. Jean A. Kelley Endowed Lecture, with Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC, Co-Director, International Nurse Coach Association (INCA), Miami; International Co-Director and Board Member, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH), Washington, D.C., and Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada; and Director, Holistic Nursing Consultants, Santa Fe, N.M., delivering the keynote address, "2020 Vision: Working to Achieve a Healthy World—Local to Global."

The event to be held at 11:30 a.m. in the UAB School of Nursing, Room NB 1020, 1701 University Boulevard, is free and lunch will be served but space is limited and you must RSVP by Nov. 30 to if you plan to attend. It is co-sponsored by the UAB School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and UAB Libraries Historical Collections. 

Dossey is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the holistic nursing and nurse coaching movements. She is a Florence Nightingale scholar, nurse theorist, and national and international speaker and teacher on the role of integrative nurse coaching in the emerging integrative health-care paradigm.

Dossey will discuss the global influence of nursing, specifically that nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals must be nurtured and sustained in innovative ways to become like Florence Nightingale —effective voices calling for and demonstrating the healing, leadership, and global actions required to achieve a healthy world.      

A “2020 Vision” for a healthy world includes advocacy and integrative nurse coaching partnerships in order to translate the new 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — local to global. These can also be understood as 17 social, cultural and environmental health determinants.

Integrative nurse coaching is a natural extension of nursing practice to address the healthcare needs of our nation and world. The Theory of Integrative Nurse Coaching (TINC) and the Integrative Nurse Coach Leadership Model (INCLM) can assist nurses to shift from a diseaseoriented system to one proactively focused on wellness, health promotion and disease prevention. The Integrative Nurse Coach role is an essential ingredient for successfully assisting nurses and others toward sustained health. Nurse Coaches are strategically positioned to skillfully partner with individuals, families, and communities to assess, strategize, plan, and evaluate progress towards negotiated goals for behavioral change. New research on improved health outcomes and cost savings offer opportunities for nurses who incorporate the emerging Integrative Nurse Coach role across the spectrum of health care that includes hospitals, community health, home care, corporations, and independent practice.

The Dr. Jean A. Kelley Endowed Lectureship was established in 1989 to honor the School's retiring Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Dr. Jean Kelley left an enduring legacy: pioneering the first doctoral program in the Southeast, carrying the School's master's program to outlying communities, and educating nurses to aspire to the highest levels of achievement.

Dossey is an author or co-author of 25 books. Her most recent include Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (7th ed., 2016), Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches for Health and Wellbeing (2015), The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies (2013), and Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer (Centennial Commemorative Edition, 2010).

Her Theory of Integral Nursing (2008) is considered a grand theory that presents the science and art of nursing. It includes an integral process, integral world view, and integral dialogues that is Praxis—theory in action. It also includes compassionate care of the dying, and nurses’ roles as 21st century Nightingales. Her co-authored Theory of Integrative Nurse Coaching, middle-range theory, is a framework to guide integrative nurse coaches in nurse coaching practice, education, research and health care policy.

Her collaborative global nursing project, the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) and the Nightingale Declaration Campaign (NDC) has been developed to strengthen individual commitment toward achieving a healthy world as a priority objective for action by ordinary citizens, by civil society organizations and by all governments, local and national. Related NIGH projects have included developing the 2010 International Year of the Nurse (2010 IYNurse) to advocate worldwide for the achievement of all UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Dossey is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is certified in Holistic Nursing (AHN-BC) and Health and Wellness Nurse Coaching (HWNC-BC). She is a 10-time recipient of the prestigious American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. Other awards include the 1985 Holistic Nurse of the Year by the American Holistic Nurses' Association; the 1998 Healer of the Year by the Nurse Healers Professional Associates International, Inc.; the 1999 Pioneering Spirit Award by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses; the 1999 Scientific and Medical Network Book of the Year by the Scientific and Medical Network, United Kingdom.

In 2001 she was recognized as TWU 100 Great Nursing Alumni, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas. In 2003 she received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Baylor University, Waco, Texas. With her husband, Larry, she received the 2003 Archon Award from Sigma Theta Tau, International, the international honor society of nursing, honoring the contributions that they have made to promote global health. In 2004, Barbara and Larry also received the Pioneer of Integrative Medicine Award from the Aspen Center for Integrative Medicine, Aspen, Colorado. In 2010 she received the 2010 Leadership Award from the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, New York City. In 2012 she received the Nursing Leader Award of New Mexico from the New Mexico Nurses Association. She received the 2014 AHNA Life Time Achievement Award from the American Holistic Nurses Association. In 2015 she was awarded the Baylor University School of Nursing Outstand Alumni Award on the 50th year celebration from her college graduation.

For the 72nd General Episcopal Church Convention in Philadelphia in July 1997, Dossey wrote three of five documents to accompany the Resolution Proposal to request the reconsideration of Nightingale’s commemoration and for her name to be placed on the church calendar list of Lesser Feast and Fasts in the Book of Common Prayer. The official vote to accept Nightingale to the church calendar occurred in July 2000. The inaugural Florence Nightingale Commemorative Service was held on Aug. 12, 2001, at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.

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