My name is Jessica Christopherson and I’m an Integrative Nurse Coach
I’ve always wanted to offer more to my patients, but with the way our current healthcare system is set up, it is nearly impossible to allocate time for individualized care.
After 12 years of working in a traditional healthcare setting, I knew I needed to reevaluate my priorities and make a change.
I’ve always dreamed of having a job where I could help patients not only with their body, but also their mind, spirit and environment. I wanted to help individuals realize their full health potential despite the adversities they face.
After feeling restricted by the limits of my role, I contemplated how I could transform my nursing career into something more; something that allowed me to use an integrative approach to not only enhance the well-being of the individual, but also to improve health outcomes and lower overall healthcare costs.
Ultimately, my path led me to discovering an integrative perspective of care that gave renewed meaning and purpose in my nursing practice; this was nurse coaching.
To serve as a driving force behind the transformation of our healthcare system.
By training nurses in integrative medicine, we have the opportunity to define a new area of specialization that focuses on holistic care of the whole patient. There is increasing evidence that integrative care plays a role in reducing healthcare costs, while taking on a more humanistic approach to medicine; nurse coaches are at the forefront of this paradigm shift.
I want to advocate for a healthcare system that allows individuals and communities to progress from chronic illness and suffering to vitality and well-being.
The body is not meant to be treated as separate systems- everything is connected. This is why a holistic, integrative approach, connecting mind, body, spirit and environment is so important.
I must do my part to be an advocate for a new type of healthcare system that places optimal health as the new standard of being.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well–being
and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health
is one of the fundamental rights of every human being
without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”
I love to travel to off-the-beaten-path locations and learn about other cultures. Backpacking through Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan) was one of the most challenging, yet rewarding travel experiences of my life!
I have lived and worked on global health projects in 3 countries: Cambodia, Argentina and Nepal.
My favorite activity is hiking. Being outdoors and absorbing the energy of Mother Earth has an amazing affinity to heal.
The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done was transforming my SUV into a home on wheels and road tripping through Alaska and Canada for 3 months.
After years of struggling with a chronic disease, I decided to take my health into my own hands. I committed to an integrative self-care practice of meditation, yoga, massage, whole food nutrition, and prioritizing the things that make me feel good. Through this I have drastically transformed my health and well-being.
My goals for 2021 are to start a vegetable garden and build a custom-made camper van from scratch with my husband.
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