Nurse Boss-a blog dedicated to nurses

Welcome to the 23rd installment of Nurse Boss. A blog series dedicated to nurses.

I was guided to create this series after a spark of creativity within my soul felt that it would help thousands of nurses.

My hope is that these interviews will ignite a spark in you or stir your inner landscape in a way that propels you to dream big and go after what it is that you desire in life and career.

A Nurse Boss is a nurse who has created a lifestyle that aligns their passion with their natural gifts and energy style in a way that helps others while also honoring their own body, mind, and soul. A Nurse Boss walks their talk and they are open to receive the abundance that is theirs.

A Nurse Boss is more than a role or job he/she has, it’s a certain energy, a vibe, a mindset.  A Nurse Boss has an uplifting energy and loves helping others, but not to the detriment of his/her own well-being.

Today’s Nurse Boss, Damaris Maria has such a diverse background and so many gifts. The characteristic that stands out the most to me is her compassion towards self and others. Her vibe and her mission radiate such love and compassion. Check out all that she is doing to help elevate the lives of millions in her interview.

Damaris Maria, RN

1. What are you doing now?

I currently work at New York Presbyterian Hospital as a pediatric critical care float nurse for flexibility. I am in studies for my doctoral of nurse practice in family practice nursing at Rutgers University with graduation in 2018.

In my holistic nursing practice, I own Health Connections Wellness™, a small business which I practice at Jennifer Layne Acupuncture & Wellness in Rutherford New Jersey. This is where I see patients to incorporate wellness care plans.

I am fortunate to collaborate with ATECAM LLC which offers Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine Live Lectures, and provides holistic nursing continuing education conferences in the tristate area of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

We also offer retreats and seminars worldwide. We currently offer annual retreats, one in November and one in the spring, with contact nursing hours, yoga, and mediation classes. The world class retreats are all-inclusive and are affordable, fun, and educational. Our fall retreat in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is November 11-16th.  In January we offer a Cruise to the Bahamas & in the spring a retreat in Sedona, Nevada.

As a Certified Yoga Nurse™, I am here to help Connect YOU to Better Health from the inside out. I help others incorporating the use of Nurse Care Therapeutics, Health Care Coordination, Yoga Therapy, Strength Techniques, Integrative Holistic Health Education, and Positive Affirmations. We work on building YOUR Self Care Wellness Bank with Stress Management Tools, Meditation and Breath work, and Health Care Management.

2. Did you always have the desire to do what you are doing now or did someone or something create a spark in you that made you realize this was your calling?

I have always had the desire to help people and I enjoyed being a nurse and knew that my purpose was not just to practice at the bedside, but was so much more and beyond. My calling as a nurse was always something that I had known since I was young. I always had the passion to care for others and be in the medical field, but I did not realize how much I wanted to be a change agent, not only at the bedside but for others in many avenues in health care.

3. Why is nursing a great launchpad for nurses who want to create their own lifestyle doing what they love?

As a nurse, I have been lucky to be given the tools to treat the whole person and have an education base of caring, nurturing, and educating my patient to the most optimal way of living. The nursing profession offers so many avenues and opportunities for nurses to build careers which fit their lifestyle. A nurse does not have to be a slave to the bedside or hospital organization and has an abundance of opportunities to work with and to educate individuals each and every day.

4. What is the ultimate characteristic of a nurse boss? 

As a nurse boss and entrepreneur, I value integrity, a caring attitude and consistency with the utmost authenticity to yourself, your clients, and your message in the world. A nurse boss has endless perseverance, even in the toughest times, knowing that your purpose and passions can meet to make the abundant life you have always envisioned. A nurse boss creates a career that is impactful not only for yourself and open to endless possibilities, but acts as a change agent in the world.

5. What was the biggest obstacle you’ve faced to get to where you are now? How were you able to overcome it?

During my life and career, I have definitely been faced with many obstacles and challenges which have been very significant to my steps and actions of what I rely on today. One in particular, was when I was in the United States military and was deployed overseas. I faced adverse situations which were out of my control. I was also posed with many moments of despair and giving up this dark moment helped me find the hope and light when I was struggling with my back injury. I realized that I was not able to do the same things as the 20 something-year-olds were able to do.

I needed to find a way to heal my mind, body, and spirit in a more holistic way. This journey led me to study yoga therapy and mindfulness as an adjunct to my health care field. I was fortunate to meet mentors along the way and incorporated certified yoga nursing from Annette Tersigni, the Yoganurse™ and also incorporate my training as a board-certified holistic nurse through the American Holistic Nurse Association. I am thankful to all of the leaders in this field.

6. What does your current job allow you to do that traditional nursing did not?

My traditional nursing career would never have really allowed me to incorporate the integrative holistic view because of many factors, but especially one of time and disbelief of holistic health. Tapping into nurse entrepreneur avenues of holistic health and educational seminars, has allowed me to live a more flexible career to not only finish my education but to live a life of flexibility and make my own schedule. I no longer have an organization describing when I work. I have the power to make my own schedule which has given me an abundance of time to help others.

7. For nurses who feel stuck in their careers what words of wisdom do you have to help inspire them to break out of their status quo?

If you’re feeling stuck in your career,  take a moment to pause….and listen to your breath. 

Inhale 1,2,3… Exhale.1,2,3….

Give yourself five minutes every morning or evening to reflect on where you want to be in this world. Ask yourself, how can you earn the life that you want to live with purpose, passion, and fulfillment for yourself, your family, and others? 

Sit with your thoughts in the morning or sometime throughout the day and see where you can find some freedom in the mind, body, and spirit. This is an ongoing journey of over 10 years and forever changing, but I am thankful for the different milestones I have accomplished to get me to this point. Rome was not built in a day, and your purpose and passion take time to flourish and cultivate.

If I’m feeling stuck or blocked I walk outside and I feel the sun on my face and I enjoy the breeze and feel my feet ground in the earth.  The pause and the breath are an open path toward my inner strength and powerful voice.

8. What resources can you share for nurses wanting to explore creating their own gig that actually pays them?

I have so many resources that I would love to share for nurses to know that they have other opportunities to change and make a difference in their lives. You can start online for free resources or entrepreneur stuff. I would join associations and Nurse groups to help support you through your adventure. I also recommend the American Holistic Nurses Association.

I have taken a variety of training and educational programs such as yoga nursing by Annette Tersigni .  I also established a team, a supportive family, and friends who understand the time and effort it takes to be an entrepreneur. In addition, maybe some basic business training to become familiar with some of the initial startups with your company.  Most importantly, always follow your heart and be consistently authentic with yourself and your clients and others. Remember, you are always a reflection of how you want to be represented in this life into the world. Be good, be kind, and smile.

Now for fun:

9. What book or publication is currently on your nightstand?

I have so many books that I love to read. I use a variety of books as reference, especially my yoga therapy and nursing books.

I  have a few books right now because they’ve been pretty helpful this past week.

  1. Love decoded- get all the love you deserve by Stephan Deutsch
  2. Rising strong.- Brene Brown
  3. Integrative Nursing Mary Jo Krietzer
  4. Peace in Every Step –Thich Nat Hanh

10. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Avocados! I think I have found ways to eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I even learned a dessert with avocados. They are especially good in a smoothie.

  11. How can we get in touch with you?

Please fill free to get in touch with me at any time if you need more assistance or resource help. Email or social media is the best way to reach me. 

Damaris Maria Grossmann RN BSN HNB-BC CYN

Integrative Nurse /Wellness Educator/Veteran/Social Director CNJ-TeamRWB, Certified Yoga Nurse®

Phone -201-340-4824 | 732-501-8349 |email- [email protected] |

Website |Mail- PO Box 1653 Rutherford, NJ 07070


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Keep shining your light,



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