Welcome to the 25th 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, Lisa Marie Walsh is a great example of the variety and possibilities of what you can do as a nurse when you follow your passion. Read about how she uses her expertise and offers non judgment to offer a safe space for her patients to heal.
1. What are you doing now?
I am working in addiction medicine.
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 always had the desire to work in addiction medicine, but unfortunately nursing school encourages nurses to go into medical/surgical hospital nursing as a new graduate. Therefore, I followed the advice of my school and started originally working on a medical /surgical cardiac telemetry unit.
Working on that unit I had many experiences where nurses would report off to me that the patient was a “drug seeker” and I would be appalled and would build rapport with my patient to find out what was really going on.
In most cases these patients were not “drug seekers” and had legitimate pain issues. When we did have a patient that had a substance use disorder, I was the nurse on the floor talking to that patient and offering resources to help them overcome their addiction. I used unconditional love not judgement, when dealing with these patients. Whether or not it made an impact was not my concern. My only concern was to let them know that someone cared and believed in them enough to offer assistance.
3. Why is nursing a great launchpad for nurses who want to create their own lifestyle doing what they love?
Nursing is a broad field that allows nurses to take their career to any level. Nurses can use their nursing education, knowledge, and expertise to fit into a lifestyle that suits their personal needs, goals, and the sky is the limit! I am very passionate about nursing period!
I personally have built an incredible lifestyle for myself that is rewarding and exhilarating!
I am a clinical instructor for a local university, a nurse facilitator for impaired nurses, I work in private practice as a nurse practitioner, I have a nursing blog, I am an author, writer, and mentor.
4. What is the ultimate characteristic of a nurse boss?
PASSION – my passion is what drives me and it doesn’t feel like work!!
5. What was the biggest obstacle you’ve faced to get to where you are now? How were you able to overcome it?
The biggest obstacle was getting started! It was difficult initially to get my first mental health nursing job. I just kept talking about my passion and advocating for my patients!
6. Does your current job allow you to do things that traditional nursing did not?
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?
Don’t give up! Keep moving until your find your spot.
8. What resources can you share for nurses wanting to explore creating their own gig that actually pays them?
Blogging, presentations, speaking engagements, writing.
Now for fun:
9. What book or publication is currently on your nightstand?
Affirmations, and prayer book.
10. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
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Keep shining your light,