Nurse Boss-a blog series dedicated to nurses

Nurse Boss #27: Lisbeth Overton

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Lisbeth Overton, BSN Photo credit: Joe Pollock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought it would be super FUN to share an interview with my audience about me, the nurse who created this Nurse Boss series!! It is so apropos that it is the 27th installment and ocurring on 11/11. These are all very lovely numbers that have to do with alignment and manifesting awesomeness. So….allow me to share a bit about myself.

1.What are you doing now?

I currently work part time as a nurse case manger as I build my empire transforming the lives  of nurses with my coaching business Healthy Nurse by Design.

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?

YES, I did. At four years of age, I knew that I was called to be a speaker or inspirational coach. I felt called to inspire others from a young age and love witnessing others transform into the most beautiful authentic version of their best selves.

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

If you can be a great nurse, you can do ANYTHING!

Nursing school does not come close to preparing you for the emotional, physical, mental, or spiritual aspects of helping deliver babies to creating the healing space for others to leave their physical bodies.

It’s more like, baptism by fire and if your lucky and have amazing coping skills, you will thrive in nursing. Nurses are put in some of the most horrific working conditions doubled with some of the most complex medical cases and even more fragile emotional circumstances you can imagine and yet, we provide amazing care and keep coming back despite the toll it takes on our mind, body, and soul.

Nurses are natural problem solvers, risk takers, critical thinkers, creative, innovative, early adopters, resourceful, generous, master collaborators, big picture thinkers, team players, curious, motivated, driven, and resilient. All crucial elements for running a business.

Nurses are great at figuring out how to make things work.

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

Believing with certainty that you have exactly what you need to succeed and that when you release your resistance all that you desire will come to you in spades in divine timing.

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

The limiting belief that people did not care about or need what I had to offer. That I wasn’t “qualified” to do the work I’m offering. I was able to overcome this limiting belief by doing the energy work to acknowledge the old limiting belief pattern, release it, and replace it with a new pattern that propels me forward.

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

My current job(s) allow me to hone my skills of guiding others from status quo to living a life they did not think was possible.

I am also able to teach and share two of my favorite things, mindfulness and yoga at my day job to provide healing opportunities and outlets for stress relief.

My coaching business allows me to fulfill my mission of upping vibe of the nursing collective, one nurse at a time through retreats, workshops, and my online camp for the nurse soul, Nurse Boss Soul School.

It also allows me the opportunity to show what’s possible when nurses combine their nursing savvy with their creativity and passions through my Nurse Boss blog.

I have the privilege to network and mastermind with other nurses who share the same values as me.

I am able to build a community and tribe of amazing nurses whom support one another and empower one another to live to their fullest potential in a safe place. #NurseBossTribe on FB

I am able to model for my children that you can do whatever you really set your mind to. I have more time to spend with my family and can travel when I want.

It also allows me to make my own way in this world on my own terms.

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 want your life to be different, all you have to do is decide that you want it to be different, and that will set in motion the opportunities to create your new vision. 

For starters, you must be aware of that noggin of yours and the barrage of all the thoughts you circulate on the daily. If you notice that you have negative thoughts, acknowledge them and then release them. Your thoughts create vibration, even the ones you aren’t aware of.

Everything is energy. Like attracts like. Negative thoughts attract more negativity in your life.

Start to practice mindfulness to help uncover your inner dialogue. Many of us are oblivious of the negative chatter that keeps us stuck.

Practice getting still once a day, even for five minutes. See what shows up: emotions, physical sensations, ideas, thoughts. Become an observer to what shows up. In other words, acknowledge what you notice and then release it. You can even attach the sensation, thought or idea to an imaginary cloud that is floating by in your mind.

As you sit quietly use your breath as an anchor to bring you back to the present moment. During the entire practice try not to judge yourself in any way, if you notice judgment, you can acknowledge your pattern of judging and choose to release it.

Practicing stillness and mindfulness is similar to journaling. Things are brought to the surface of your consciousness that you are otherwise unaware of. You can not change what you have no awareness of.

Practicing this awareness and mindfulness will help reduce your stress and provide the space for clarity. Over time and with practice, you may notice you have more presence and are less reactive to what comes your way in life.

When we are super stressed out, the solution we seek is covered up with chaos. This practice clears the chaos of the mind, body, and spirit. This also opens up the channels to your intuition.

Start to ask what it is that you really want. Get still and even better if you can get in nature often and the answers will be provided to you. Ask for signs and get quiet some more.

Many nurses are working far harder than necessary, because your natural energy type is not aligned with your current line of work. This blocks your creativity, creates unnecessary stress, and disconnects you from your true self.

Start to dedicate time to flexing your creative muscles. Color, paint, dance, sing, or build something. Do what makes you feel ALIVE. You were born to create, but chances are you haven’t created in a long time. Creativity provides even more clarity for what you seek.

If you have an idea for a business or product, then you too have the steps to bring it into fruition.

If you can see what you want, you can create it as well. Create a vision board of what you want with an actual vision board or create one online http://www.dreamitalive.com/. Start to imagine how you will feel when you have what you desire. Do things that cultivate that feeling in your body and trust that what you want is already on it’s way to you. 

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

Find your tribe. Seek out others who are doing what you love. Talk about your desires and dreams to others. Join associations that cultivate support and provide resources and connections that speak to your soul.

A few of my favorites are:

  • NNBA (National Nurses in Business Association) 
  • NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) 
  • AHNA (American Holistic Nurses Association) 

Network on social media. Join groups that resonate with you. Connect with others. Build relationships. Collaborate. Ask for support. LinkedIN is a mecca for groups that provide endless opportunity to connect and collaborate with others who share your vision. Find an accountability partner that you can check in with weekly to keep you on track and to also hold your hand on the really hard days when you feel stuck. Get aligned on a mind, body, soul level. Make that vision board http://www.dreamitalive.com/ and keep taking inspired action.

Now for fun:

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

Mindful magazine

The Universe Has Your Back Gabby Bernstein

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

Avocado, hands down.

11. How can we get in touch with you?

Check out the social media buttons below, email me through my website or shoot me at txt at 347-766-8773.

Thank you so much for reading my interview!! 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 my community over on Facebook at Nurse Boss Tribe http://bit.ly/2aE9vkh 

If you dig my vibe, you may enjoy the E Book on The Top 10 Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make I am releasing soon or, if you want to heal and have a blast at camp for the nurse soul, then Nurse Boss Soul School has your name written all over it. The next launch is in January. If you want info on either shoot me a txt message to the number listed above so we can get you the deets!! 

Keep shining your light

XO,

Lisbeth

Healthy Nurse by Design

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