In a perfect world our healthcare system would allow for people to feel empowered to take control of their health. Patients would be encouraged to collaborate with their physicians by taking an active partnership rather than a passive role. In our current healthcare model, providers cannot be expected to meet every need of their patients with chronic conditions; this is where a nurse coach for chronic illness comes in.
Chronic disease can be experienced in a variety of ways and many people tend to struggle in silence. Everyone defines health differently and it is important to remember that it can be experienced even during times of illness. My goal is to use an integrative approach to help patients gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become active participants in their care so that they can reach their self-identified health goals and achieve optimal well-being.