Elise Foreman Carter, RN, BSN, NC-BC

Elise owns an online based company, Whole Life Nursing, LLC, and is a Board Certified Nurse Coach with certificates in Advanced Integrative Nurse Coaching and Clinical Imagery. Elise holds a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Pittsburg State University.

Elise supports and guides professionals and healthcare organizations to discover positive undiscovered paths of development for healing lives and healing systems by asserting value of the nursing role as advocates and trusted partners. 

  • Advocates for mental health, Medicare-for-All, labor safety and interdisciplinary care that includes nurses.
  • Developed Human Centered Care Delivery as a model for non-diagnostic, supportive care delivery. Tested the model for the past 4 years.

Consistently expanding cultural and professional boundaries: 

  • Missionary in Honduras (2010)
  • Participation in Integrative Nurse Coach Certification Program (2013)
  • Transpersonal Development and Clinical Imagery (2014)
  • Introduced social entreneurship design of WLN to Advanced Integrative Nurse Coach Certification Program (2015) 
  • Speaker on a nursing leadership panel for the Kansas Action Coalition (2015) 
  • Collaborated with esteemed colleagues and mentors to author a self-published piece titled "A Nurse Coach Implementation Guide: Your Crash Course to an Effective Values Conversation" (2016). 
  • Course offering for introductory curriculum for Nurse Coaching as a valid role for nursing leadership for the Kansas Nurse Leadership Residency Program (sponsored through Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) (2016).


It has been a pleasure knowing and working with Elise.  She is a modern day visionary with intentions of strengthening the role of the Nurse Coach.  She believes Nurse Coaches are an essential element to the wellness-illness continuum.  Elise makes a concerted effort to continuously educate organizations and the community on the value of Nurse Coaching.  To offer support to  Nurses she’s written a book entitled, “A Nurse Coach Implementation Guide: Your Crash Course to an Effective Values Conversation.”   Elise is a strong advocate for change.  I  admire her momentum and drive in playing an integral role in the future of healthcare. 

- Glenda Bundy, Time Mind Life Health and Wellness Coaching


Q: What is a Nurse Coach?

A: It is a Registered Nurse who has specialized expert education to facilitate a process of change to promote achievement of individual and/ or organizational achievement of goals! 

Q: Why a Nurse Coach?

A: Nurse Coaches bring to the table foundational nursing concepts for supportive care delivery to human beings. Nurse Coaches also bring to the table science of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual-environmental aspects of care.

Q: What is the difference between a Nurse Coach and a Life Coach?

A: Certainly a Nurse Coach can act as a Life Coach. They are different in that they possess specialty knowledge of the healthcare industry and issues related to the wellness-illness continuum. A Nurse Coach comes with the awareness that people living with chronic illness or facing death can still lead their best life.

Q: Can anyone be a Nurse Coach?

A: Coaching concepts are proliferating among nurses in the way of motivation, positive psychology, goal attainment...etc. Programs for Board Certification of Nurse Coaching are available and encouraged, as the Art and Science of Nurse Coaching (2013 Hess, et. al) has already established competencies endorsed by numerous professional organizations