Who is Dr. Hess?

Dr. Hess has an earned doctorate in Health Education & Health Promotion from the University of New Mexico and holds two Master’s Degrees in Nursing, one as an Advanced Practice Nurse Coach in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from New Mexico State University, and the other as a Community Clinical Nurse Specialist/Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She earned her BSN in Nursing from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama.

Dr. Hess is nationally board certified as an Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and (previously) as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is nationally board certified as an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse and as a Health and Wellness Coach by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. She is lead author of the book The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: A Provider’s Guide to Scope and Competencies. Her many other achievements include the development of a holistic RN to BSN nursing program and 10 years of service as a site evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Dr. Darlene Ruth Hess is a certified coach with the International Coach Federation. Dr. Hess has completed Master Training in Enhancing Intuition from the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine. She participates in ongoing training as a Systemic Constellation Facilitator and is in the process of becoming a Certified Tarot Card Reader. Her business, DRH Coaching, provides individual coaching and counseling services.

Areas of Experience

  • Her clinical experience includes critical care, correctional care, home health care, and primary care.
  • Selected university courses taught by Dr. Hess includes Advanced Psychopharmacology, Teaching and Learning Strategies, Assessment and Evaluation of Learning, Advanced Nursing Theory, and Advanced Nursing Research.
  • Selected consulting projects include development of holistic nursing educational programs and courses, research and development of a registration process in Canada for the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner, and implementation of holistic nurse practitioner services in an integrative practice clinic.
  • Dr. Hess was co-founder and leader of the New Mexico Holistic Nurse Network for over 8 years. She served on the Board of Directors of the Rio Grande Center for Spiritual Living for over 4 years and currently is a Disaster Action Team volunteer with the American Red Cross.


DRH Coaching is an organization whose mission is to serve individuals in the quest for happiness, health and well-being by providing coaching and counseling services.

A message from Dr. Hess

My personal life experiences greatly enhance my professional credentials. It is the examination of my own life and circumstances, my surrender to that which is greater than myself, and my own search for meaning that has led me to this time and place where I now joyfully and skillfully give that which I now am to my clients and to the world.