Welcome to the 26th 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, Cathleen Kelly is a nurse and healer extraordinaire. She has used her knowledge and gifts to overcome serious health issues of her own. I connected instantly with her grounding energy at our first encounter on social media. Read about her fascinating journey here.



Cathleen Kelly, RN

Cathleen Kelly, RN

1. What are you doing now?

In this moment, I am taking time to respond to these interview question:) 

In my life-career, I have a private holistic nursing practice which includes Holistic Health Assessment, formulation of an Individualized Self-Care Plan, and treatments including Reflexology, Reiki, Amethyst Biomat, crystals, healing discs, drum, rattle, ear gemsticks, affirmations, and Kundalini Yoga mantra and/or exercises.

I offer Star Souls Kids Yoga and Adult Kundalini Yoga classes weekly.

I volunteer at an elementary school one morning a week, and care for my two grandchildren 1 or 2 days a week.

Community outreach was a prominent activity this year. I offered Reflexolgy at area health and wellness fairs and it was overwhelmingly received.

My husband, Michael, and I have improved our technique of channeling healing energy and messages from my astral roots, the Pleiades. We have “come out of the closet” so to speak and are presenting a group healing later in November 2016.

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 to say “both” here because at the age of four, I awoke from anesthesia to the warm, comforting face of a nurse and

vowed from then on to help people. I later refined the vision to “help people learn ways of feeling good about themselves without the use of tobacco, coffee, alcohol, drugs, or other chemicals.”

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

When I taught the “Foundations of Holistic Nursing” continuing education course, I assisted many nurses in creating just that!

They had their “basic training” but were exhausted, disillusioned, or physically unable to continue working in the environment they were in. Nursing, especially holistic nursing, has an enormous number of capacities in which nurses can function. The challenge

is to look inward at beliefs and values to determine what activities bring the most joy, and then applying those in life AND career.

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

Daily self-care! Indulgence becomes necessity as a nurse boss. Knowing when to say “no,” and to hold steady in the stormy

seas is only possible with daily meditation, relaxation, and renewal.

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

Self-imposed limitations of success (i.e. fear). I believe that each of us comes through challenges in a unique way and can use these as opportunities for personal growth (or not). I have been able to use my life experiences as stepping stones toward a healthier self-esteem and inner confidence. I felt that my special gifts and abilities at a young age were not appreciated and that my voice was not heard. Most recently, I have used mantra recitation and Kundalini Yoga meditation to overcome a

CVA that limited my abilities to speak, read, or write. I have strengthened my physical core, found my voice, and re-instated my beauti-FULL-ness as a loving being.

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

BE my Whole Self in every situation. I often felt I had to filter things based on a situation, environment, or participants within those.

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?

Do activities that you love and incorporate them into daily life, make your work environment fun, and know that YOU are the answer because as you align with your deepest desires, the rest will follow!

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

Take the home-study course for Holistic Nursing and find a local chapter of AHNA where you can find like-minded nurses:

Join a hobby group to “indulge” in your passions (music, dance, etc.).

Network with other practitioners in business, e.g.

My get-back-to-living bible:

Louise Hay “You Can Heal Your Life”

Check out Andrew Weil

Now for fun:

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

the Quantum Doctor by Amit Goswami, PhD

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


11. How can we get in touch with you?

[email protected]

Fiddlehead Grove Retreat and Healing Center ~ A sanctuary for rest and rejuvenation any season of the year~ Services of Reflexology, Reiki, and …

Thank you for your energy and taking the time to read Nurse Boss. Please share with us what you are doing to own your nursing acumen, creativity, and imagination?

If you want to join the Nurse Boss movement to up the vibe of the nursing collective, join us over on Facebook at Nurse Boss Tribe

Keep shining your light,



Nurse Boss


  1. Elizabeth Scala

    Love these nurse boss series articles. And… you couldn’t have picked a better nurse to interview. I have interviewed and also met Cathleen in person… she is JUST like she speaks above. Great authenticity and wonderful, powerful interview. I loved it!!

    1. admin Post author

      Elizabeth. Cathleen is a gem isn’t she!! I met her “in person” on skype and immediately connected with her grounding and superb healing energy!! Thank you for your comments. You have provided me with such inspiration:) Lisbeth

    1. admin Post author

      Why thank you Padma. It is really fun to see what so many nurse bosses are doing with their nursing acumen and super creative and healing nature isn’t it? Cheers to you

  2. Cassandra Herbert

    This is the first Nurse Boss Blog that I have read and I absolutely love it. Love your definition of what a nurse boss is and enjoyed reading Cathleen’s story. Yes, to self care being essential for a Nurse Boss. I also never knew there was a Holistic Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for the resource. Rock on Nurse Boss Lisabeth and Cathleen.

    1. admin Post author

      Cassandra, I am so glad you had the opportunity to check out the Nurse Boss blog and delighted that you took something away that was new and potentially useful in growing your own business. Keep rocking your business and I hope to host your interview here soon. Be well:)


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