Linda Coogan is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years experience in Healthcare Leadership. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Certified in Healthcare Quality, and a Lean and Six Sigma Green Belt. She is also a Board Certified Integrative Nurse Coach and former Joint Commission Surveyor. She has served as an examiner for the Alabama based Baldrige Integrative business management program since 2000. Linda is proud to be a John Maxwell Certified Coach, trainer and Inspirational Speaker. She has achieved Executive Director status with the John Maxwell program and is anxious to meet you and explore how we can help add value to you and your team through integrative coaching.


The John Maxwell Company coaches have a proven history of leading top-performing teams and helping organizations achieve their highest potential. Our team and organizational coaching programs focus on:

Improving teamwork and relationships
Creating a culture of leadership
Improving employee engagement
Achieving short- and long-term growth goals.

As a Certified John Maxwell Coach, Trainer and Speaker, Linda offers customized presentations to fit your individual or team’s needs and budget such as:
*"Lunch and Learns"
*Keynote speech for your company sponsored event
*Half day and full day workshops/seminars
*In-house corporate training
*Executive and personal retreat
*MasterMind Group facilitation

The goal is to provide effective team communication and structure that is important for building relationships and equipping your team with the right attitude to develop your leaders.

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.”

What is Nurse Coaching?

Nurse coaching is a skilled, purposeful, results-oriented and structured client interaction that is provided by Registered Nurses for the purpose of promoting achievement of client goals. (Dossey, Hess, et. al, 2013) 

Nurse coaches promote and facilitate the growth, healing and wellbeing of the whole person by using coaching principles and healing modalities that integrate body-mind-emotion-spirit-environment. Nurse coaches are required to have several years of nursing education and experience as a foundation to developing their coaching skills.

Nurse coaches integrate coaching competencies into any setting and specialty area of nursing practice to facilitate a process of change or development that assists individuals and/or groups to actualize their potential. 

The nurse coaching process involves six simultaneously occurring steps: 

Establish the relationship and assess client’s readiness for change
Identify client opportunities and issues
Assist client in establishing goals
Structure the coaching interaction
Empower clients to reach their goals
Assist clients in determining the extent to which their goals were achieved

(Adapted from Hess, D., Dossey, B., Southard, M. Luck, S. Schaub, B., & Bark, L. (2013). The art and science of nurse coaching). 

Nurse coaches work with the whole person using principles and modalities that integrate body-mind-emotion-spirit-environment to promote health, wellness, and wellbeing while they facilitate their client’s growth and healing. Nurse coaches are supportive and encouraging, building on the client’s strengths rather than attempting to correct weaknesses. Nurse coaches provide guidance and resources to the client who is the expert on their own needs and choices.  

Examples of nurse coaching services include helping:

Hospitals to improve nursing staff retention
Individuals to improve their overall health and well-being
Insurance companies to reduce the cost of disease management

Baldrige Integrative Management

The history of management is littered with outmoded fads, those tools that seem to have a short shelf-life. There are a few that are seemingly enduring, but one that perhaps does endure is the Baldrige Excellence Framework. Since its inception in 1988 thousands of organizations around the world have used the framework to improve their organization's effectiveness and achieve sustaining results. It has gone through its own evolving path to continue to adjust and stay relevant by changing or constantly adjusting its criteria every two years. It aims to be a leading edge of validated management practice, and we'll come back to whether that is the case later in this review.

Baldrige has a simple purpose: to provide the framework to help your organization, no matter its size or type (business, non-profit, education, government, healthcare)  focusing on knowing the critical aspects of managing and performing as an organization. It builds around an integrated performance management framework that the whole organization engages with, to improve overall performance and strive towards excellence.

Life Skills Coach 

Social and Emotional Learning involves teaching and facilitating skills that students and adults need to be successful at home, at school, and in the workplace. When students and adults have social and emotional skills they are self and socially aware, and have the ability to manage themselves both independently and while interacting with others. They can listen to perspectives of others, use positive communication, be aware of cultural issues and differences, set and achieve goals, and take personal responsibility for they learning.

A life skills coach focuses on 3 main areas:

Physical well-being
Emotional well-being
Cognitive well-being

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. 

SEL centers on self-awareness, self-management responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness.

 By integrating SEL as part of a workforce program a more well-rounded person can be developed and allow that person to have lasting success in the workforce.