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Top Ten Tips to Thrive in Nursing School

Top Ten Tips to Thrive in Nursing School is based off of a lecture I gave last February to the nursing students at Anoka Ramsey Community College. I wished I had some of these insights while I was going through nursing school myself, it would have made my experience a lot smoother. My intent is that you can find the space to receive the information and better yet, start to implement some of the steps listed here to make your life and time in school more enjoyable. As in most learning, laying a good foundation is an essential first step. For nurses, self-care is good care.

Be compassionate to yourself.

Do not compare yourself to others under any circumstances.

Action steps:

  • Keep a gratitude journal.
  • Recite an affirmation daily that helps you, for example, “I am learning exactly what I need to learn in exactly the right timing and the perfect opportunities are showing up for me.”

Beef up your support system.

Connect with people whom adore you and will support you, but also help you stretch when you need a swift push into your fullest potential.

Action steps:

  • Get an accountability partner who is in school with you so you can study and offer support to one another.
  • Ask your loved ones if they are willing to offer you extra support during this time and if they agree, suggest ways they can help you, such as babysit your kids, do your grocery shopping, help you clean your house.

Practice grounding techniques at least once a day.

This will keep you grounded in your physical body so that you are more in tune with what it is that your body/emotions/spirit needs, which makes coping with stress easier.

Action steps:

  • Practice mindfulness meditation-setting the intention to try this and sitting quietly for even five minutes to observe whatever comes up for you without placing any judgement on those things-emotions-physical sensations-thoughts. Practicing mindfulness will reduce your tendency to react and will improve your general awareness which can reduce stress.
  • Start a yoga practice-yoga is simple and can be practiced anywhere that you can find a chair or a space large enough to roll out a yoga mat. Start with the basics and build from there.
  • Breath Work-shift your focus inward and notice your breath. Just doing this causes you to relax a bit. After a few minutes of noticing your breath pattern, take a deep breath in through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Repeat this ten times very slowly. We tend to use a shallow breathing pattern in our day to day activities. When you take deep belly breaths it actually helps you relax by sending a signal to your parasympathetic nervous system that it is ok to relax. This is very helpful when you are running on a chronic stress pattern in the body.
  • Get out in nature and reconnect to the planet. It is even better if you are able remove your shoes and feel the earth, dirt, water, and sand on your feet. The feet have a lot of information to share with us about our health and wellness. Just connecting with nature can remove the level of overwhelm we feel at times. It is a reminder that the universe is always supporting us and that everything is probably going to be okay.

Move every day, even if it’s only for ten minutes.

Exercise is a great way to decompress and manage tension, stress, and anxiety.

Action steps:

  • Get up and stretch in the morning.
  • Park your car farther away than usual.
  • Always take the stairs when you can.
  • Dance with you kids or your partner.
  • Do little micromovements with your body while you are driving.
  • If you are sitting all day, get up at least every hour and pretend you are jumping rope or do some stretching.

Eat one meal a day for your immune system.

Imagine a meal that incorporates all the colors of the rainbow-the bright colors represent phytonutrients-the parts of food that help us stay well and fight disease.

Action steps:

  • Make smoothies a few times a week. (Save time by placing all the ingredients in a ziploc and store in the freezer until you are ready to make the smoothie, then just toss what’s in the ziploc in the blender and you are ready to go.
  • Eat all veggies for a meal.
  • Buy and prepare (wash and chop) raw veggies so they are ready to grab and go from the fridge. It is easier to make healthier choices when you have already done the work and are short on sleep and high on stress. When you provide your body the right fuel, you are less vulnerable to getting sick and your energy level with be higher.

Be a master at time management.

Chances are, there are pockets of time in your day that you are unaware of. When we don’t have awareness or boundaries around how we spend our time, things like surfing social media or netflix binge watching can easily eat up an hour or more.

Action steps:

  • Take the time to go through the process of charting how you spend your time now. Literally document what you do for an entire day and for how long. If you can afford it, document a typical week this way. Then create your schedule in a way that works for your style and include everything you need to do from attending class to studying to working out.
  • Get in a routine and you will become very efficient and you will be surprised when you are diligent how much you can get done.
  • When you are doing something give it your full attention. Distractions are rampant and just because you are good at something, like multi-tasking, doesn’t mean you should.
  • Cluster like activities together and schedule them that way. Grocery store/ meal plan/prepping, laundry/cleaning, phone calls/emails. Color code your activities if you are more visual.

Covet your “you time.”

At least once a week make a date with yourself on your calendar to nurture your creative nature.

Action steps:

  • Try Julia Cameron’s ‘Morning Pages’ book that recommends journaling for fifteen minutes first thing in the morning when you wake up.
  • Take a detox bath with relaxing essential oils like lavender and use epsom salts.
  • Dance in your living room or at a class.
  • Go see a movie.
  • Check out a local museum.
  • Go to an art exhibit.
  • Take a pottery class.
  • Pick up your old paint brushes.
  • Draw.

If you get stuck, reflect on the things that brought you complete joy as a child and do that. Use this time to nurture your creative side that tends to get lost as we enter into young adolescence and adulthood.

When we fill our cups on a regular basis we are essentially filling our tanks, just like placing our own oxygen masks before placing it on another. If we are expected to be role models we must be able to walk the talk, I believe that means nurturing our emotional, physical, and spiritual selves and committing to taking the time to do so. Exhibiting to the world that we are worth it. It also gives others permission to do the same and it’s healthy.

Honor your body’s sleep requirement daily.

Getting adequate sleep is paramount to overall health. Adequate sleep refers to sleeping long enough to engage in rapid eye movement, the cycle of sleep that offers deep rest and the opportunity for the brain to assimilate all the information that it has processed during the waking hours. Without this sleep, the brain gets backed up and can cause premature aging and an overall feeling of forgetfulness. People who do not get adequate sleep can also have dysregulated hormonal regulation of leptin and ghrelin. These are the hormones responsible for appetite and satiety (satisfaction). This means if you don’t sleep enough, you will probably wake up hungry and no matter what you ingest, you will never be satisfied.

Action steps:

  • Develop healthy sleep hygiene habits that signals to your body that it is time to start unwinding and preparing for sleep.
  • Restore the body and mind before hopping in the bed with things like a cup of warm sleepy time tea.
  • Do some gentle stretching or yoga.
  • Shut off the technological devices at least two hours prior to sleep.
  • Meditate or pray.
  • Enjoy a good book that is not too stimulating. A famous neurologist once said, “we have to learn to put the brakes on before we get into the garage.”

Keep close tabs on your energy balance.

Energy imbalances cause illness. Your energy includes everything from your “subtle” energy which includes your thoughts and feelings all the way down to your physical energy. Abstain from relationships and people who pollute your life with their toxic and unhealthy ways. Pay attention to how your nutrition affects your mood and your health.

Action steps:

  • Set really strong boundaries and do not let negative people seep their toxic energy into your energy field.
  • Be respectful of others and demand respect of yourself from others as well. If others cross that boundary, be sure to address it in a respectful way, but let them know you will not engage with others that do not respect you.
  • Nutrition is a great way to maintain good energy balance. Be aware of how much caffeine/sugar/processed food you are eating and how it makes you feel.
  • Drink plenty of clean water and avoid using plastic bottles. Use glass if possible or BPA free options.
  • Eat organic fruits and vegetables when possible and avoid foods that are processed and full of genetically modified organisms.
  • Practice dry body brushing once a week. Buy a body brush from your local drug store and run the brush over your arms, legs, torso, chest, and back in a motion that is working towards your heart on dry skin just before you take a shower. Dry brushing removes dead skin cells and invigorates the lymphatic and circulatory system.
  • Get rid of any bath/home/beauty products that contain harmful ingredients like parabens or phthalates. Check out environmental working group’s website for all the latest safety info on food, skin, and home products. www.ewg.org.

Saving the best for last. If you don’t take away anything from our time together, remember this:

ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS ask if you are ever unsure about anything.

Chances are, ten other people have the same question but are too scared to ask. There is never a dumb question.

Action step:

  • Asking questions is courageous and the right thing to do; especially when it comes to caring for another person’s health. You will be faced with numerous situations as a new nurse, that will be scary and if you ever don’t know the answer or how to do something, it’s always safer to ask than to just assume you know how to do something if you aren’t 100% sure.
  • You must give yourself permission to put yourself first. Your health and vitality is a choice. Choose wisely now, because your choice will affect you today, tomorrow, and in the next ten years. You are worth it to take care of yourself.

I can help you do that. Head over to my About page on my site and complete the contact form. Knowing how to care for yourself is an art form, and not one that is always taught in nursing school.

Nursing is soul work and to do soul work, you must practice effective self-care techniques that provide you the space and nourishment you deserve that will keep you well as you take care of others.

Nursing is not only soul work, but it is superhero work and it certainly isn’t for sissies. If you have made the commitment to attend, complete, and pay for nursing school, you can’t give up now.

This is where the rubber meets the road. It is your time to shine.

Please share other tips that you feel have helped you thrive in nursing school or in your career.

Peace,

Lisbeth

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 http://yoganurse.com/ .  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 http://www.damarismaria.com |Mail- PO Box 1653 Rutherford, NJ 07070

Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DamarisMariaHolisticRN/about

Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/damaris-maria-g-rn-cyn-14b73148

Twitter https://twitter.com/damarismaria_RN

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/damarismaria_rn/

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 http://bit.ly/2aE9vkh

Keep shining your light,

XO,

Lisbeth

Nurse Boss

Nurse boss-a blog dedicated to nurses

Welcome to the 22nd 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, Joyce Harrell has so much to share with you about life, career, and whole body healing. I love how she transformed her nursing burnout into a new nursing career that is bringing healing not only to herself, but thousands of others. My favorite part of her interview is her ABC’s of personal growth. 

Joyce Harrell, RN

1.What are you doing now? 

I work PRN as an Oncology Nurse while I’m building my business as a Wellness Coach. I share whole person wellness concepts through a program called the Wellness Inventory. In addition to being a wellness coach, I integrate aromatherapy and herbal support for my clients. I’m part owner in an on-site Wellness Center, and I also have an online business that mirrors my wellness center. Future plans are in the works to create CEU Aromatherapy and Herbal programs for nurses. I just returned from Europe where I completed an Aromatherapy Palliative Care program for health care providers. I’m going to be creating a holistic Palliative Care program locally, and also in the future train nurses here in the United States along the same path.

I also have a blog that is monetized. I write as an integrative wellness coach on stress management, mindset issues, and aromatherapy/herbal support. I also write some articles specifically for nurses on wellness.

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 studied and been interested in integrative health for over 30 years now. However, the wellness coaching part entered my life a few years after I experienced a severe burnout period in my nursing career 10 years ago. It wasn’t until I discovered the healing tools as I studied wellness coaching that my life experienced a shift. I realized at that time, I experienced the severe burnout because I wasn’t equipped with tools needed to navigate through my stress and overwhelm.

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

Nursing is such a healing art and science. You start with critical thinking skills, but those are enhanced with experience. You gain experience dealing with people (easy and difficult people). You learn how to prioritize tasks, and also how to lead and delegate. Holistic nursing is geared toward healing of mind, body, and spirit. As we learn to honor our own holistic framework, we are able to honor dreams and inner passions for creating a life we love.

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

Confidence! Confidence in your ability to achieve your goals and dreams.  For me, I accomplish this with what I call my ABC’s of personal growth.  A) Authentic living. This is honoring our dreams, passions, desires, and purpose. Being authentic means to be true to who we are, even when opposition comes and it feels we are swimming upstream against popular thoughts. True pioneers were never among the masses. B) Boundaries.  Being able to set boundaries for our own peace, safety, healing, and path. There are many voices calling out to us to get us off course, and inviting us down paths that don’t resonate. Again being authentic and on point to our goals and dreams will allow us to say no when we want to say no, and to say yes to those experiences which are part of our journey.  Better is always the sidetrack for BEST. C) Creativity… Allowing our creative side to flow is essential to our health and success as a nurse boss. Often the left brain side (scientific) takes over and while we need this part to operate the business side of things, it’s imperative to set aside creative times for growth and new ideas. Creativity sessions are where I get my best ideas for my journey. This is where I dream, grow, and experience.

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

My biggest obstacle is actually me. Since I’ve started my journey I’ve participated in several mindset programs to shift my thinking from “I’m not good enough”, “who will want what I have to offer”, to “My experiences and passion attract those who need what I am offering”. It’s been very empowering for me personally to realize I offer what people need. I believe most people’s biggest obstacle is their own personal self and lack of confidence of being able to be successful doing something outside the norm. We nurse bosses are really pioneers.

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

In my role as a wellness coach I have the time to be supportive in empowering my client to tap into the answers which already lie within. I’m able to be more holistic and support whole person wellness. I find even as a nurse who still works some hours within a traditional nursing role, I implement some of my wellness coaching skills, but it’s not the same. There is not time allotted or emphasis truly given to be able to help my patients look at body mind and spirit. The emphasis of course in most traditional settings is on the physical (unless you are a mental health nurse).

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?

Nurses who feel stuck in their current role should explore what it is they really want to do. Sometimes nurses accept roles they really aren’t happy in. So, look at my ABC’s.  Be Authentic when you are looking for a position, or when looking for something beyond the status quo. Don’t accept a role you know isn’t a fit. Set your boundaries, and learn to say yes only when you know it’s right. Then have creative sessions to explore what you really want from your life. It is more time? More money? What are interest or hobbies or passions you have outside of nursing? Is there a way to be creative and “marry” the two? Nursing and your passion? Think outside the box.  Look for a nurse mentor who is already doing what you want to do. Mentor with them.

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

I am a member of the National Nurses in Business. This is a great resource with many ideas and resources to start your own business.

Now for fun:

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

I wish I could say I had a mystery novel, or fun fiction on my nightstand. I don’t. I’ve always got 2-3 books going at one time. 

I’ve got Nurse Herbalist by Dr. Martha Libster.   

Complementary Therapy in End Of Life Care by Madeleine Kerkhof-Knapp Hayes.

And the latest copy of Beginnings from American Holistic Nurses Association.

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

This is a fun one.  For a non-healthy food, I’d have to say Ice Cream. More specifically: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Gelato.  And for a Healthy food, I could eat an avocado every day for the rest of my life! Love them!

11. How can we get in touch with you? 

The best way to get in touch with me is through email. My email is [email protected].  You can also find my writings at http://www.joyceharrell.com

 

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 http://bit.ly/2aE9vkh

Keep shining your light,

XO,

Lisbeth

Nurse Boss

Nurse boss-a blog dedicated to nurses

Welcome to the 21st 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.

I am absolutely delighted about today’s Nurse Boss! Carmen Davailus Buck is not only a Nurse Practitioner, photographer, and writer, but also an earth angel. I believe that we heal through sharing stories and Carmen has found a way to share the stories of those who are living with dementia through beautiful images and stories.

Carmen Buck, NP

Carmen Buck, NP

1. What are you doing now?

Just answering this question makes me smile. I am completing interviews and photo sessions for a book I am writing about caregivers and families impacted by dementia. Expected publication is Winter 2017. It’s about the spiritual aspects of living with dementia and how these beautiful families manage during such difficult times.

I am owner and photographer for Carmen Buck Photography, and I photograph families, couples, lifestyle, branding head shots and portraits. I volunteer my photography skills to Alzheimer’s Texas and Bliss Kid Yoga which is a nonprofit organization bringing yoga to underserved children and their families.

I blog regularly. I continue to learn about photography, business, speaking and writing.

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 a desire to do creative things including write. In my high school years in the 70s, young women were given choices primarily of teacher, nurses or secretary.

Teachers throughout high school and college encouraged me to not give up the dream to write. I never did, but I also wanted to pursue nursing. Since I supported myself shortly after graduating from high school, I had to make decisions based on my passions as well as survival and making a living. I became a nurse and eventually a nurse practitioner.

I found ways to be a creative nurse. I continued to take workshops and studied writing, speaking and entrepreneurship. I wasn’t quite sure what it would look like for me until a day at work as a nurse practitioner when one of my patients had an incredibly touching story to share with me. I specialized in care of those with dementia and their caregivers.

It was an epiphany for me. I knew I would share the stories that most of us don’t get to hear about living with dementia. I also knew I would photograph and include portraits. It was a pivotal life changing moment for me.

3. Why is nursing a great launchpad for nurses who want to create their own lifestyle doing what they love?
I believe nursing is a calling. We are called to nursing by love and desire to connect with others in some way. The beauty of nursing is that this can be achieved in a variety of ways. There are roles that can fit our personalities and even create the career that we want. I personally found ways to include some kind of writing and publishing into many of my roles. As a nurse practitioner I managed my schedule as to have enough time with my patients and families to actually get to know them.

Interestingly, the very qualities that make me a caring, thoughtful and smart nurse, make me an excellent photographer and a tuned in writer. I have to listen and observe for the moments between the moments to capture the most authentic image of my clients.

These are the ones that give me goosebumps and make my clients cry when they see them. It’s about the authentic connection.

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

Your definition of nurse boss is beautiful. An ultimate characteristic of a nurse boss is the desire to experience authentic connection with others and nature even in the seemingly most mundane times. One has to be willing to be vulnerable to be open to authentic connection.

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

My biggest obstacle is learning to tune into what I really want. For various reasons, I’ve devoted more of my life to caring for others rather than caring for myself. I have to stop and ask myself- what do I REALLY WANT?

Then I keep asking ‘why’ over and over again to get clarity for myself. I realized my ‘why’ was sometimes about what was best for someone else and not for me. I feel like someone who has been on a restricted diet for decades and then walks into a buffet and is allowed to have whatever she chooses.

I don’t have time to do all of what I want to do, so learning to focus on what I really want has been key. Focus, Focus, Focus

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

I am a nurse entrepreneur. I am a photographer, writer and speaker. I encourage healing from behind a lens. I photograph people from all walks of life and ages.

I particularly enjoy photographing the elderly and those who have stopped seeing the beauty in themselves. When women cry when they see an image of themselves and say, ‘I haven’t felt beautiful in years, but I do now,’ healing happens.

When an autistic child who is often withdrawn smiles and kisses his mother and she cries in response, and I capture that image, healing happens. When I photograph young children learning yoga and self care, healing happens.

When families rejoice at having one last image of their loved one before they pass, healing happens. I’m the one who heals, too because I get the honor of these experiences.

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?

Ask yourself what you REALLY want and also ask ‘why.’ So many nurses are like I was-lots of giving without a strong sense of self other than as carer. Nursing provides ample opportunities and perhaps their current job just needs a different perspective.

It sounds simple but not always simple to get there. Change is less painful than staying in the status quo. I view change as an exciting adventure! I think as I got older and realized just how short life is, there was no valid excuse to stop growing. I always knew it, but now there’s almost a sense of urgency.

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

The internet offers so much! So many are free or low cost and can give you a taste of what others are doing and how you might do the same but in your own unique way. There are all kinds of wonderful webinars and online courses. I learned and continue to learn from experts on www.creativelive.com They offer all kinds of classes at reasonable prices and you can watch on your own time.

Now for fun:
9. What book or publication is currently on your nightstand?

God is at Eye Level-Photography as a Healing Art by Jan Phillips. I also have Oprah magazine and Vogue.

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

Popcorn

11. How can we get in touch with you?

Carmen Davailus Buck

512-920-2825

www.CarmenBuckPhotography.com and http://www.CarmenBuck.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarmenBuckPhotography/?fref=ts

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carmenbuckphoto/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CBuckPhoto

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/CBuckPhoto/

Carmen is a nurse practitioner, author, speaker and photographer specializing in Portraits, Personal Branding Head Shots and Lifestyle Photography including hybrid video. She also enjoys family and couple photography. Her current photography/essay project is a book called Love Still Lives Here with stories of families caring for their loved ones with dementia. Expected publication is January 2017. She speaks on a variety of topics including eldercare, dementia care and holistic nursing.

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 http://bit.ly/2aE9vkh

Keep shining your light,

XO,

Lisbeth

Nurse Boss

Nurse Boss- a blog series dedicated to nurses

Welcome to the 20th 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 makes me proud to be a nurse and yoga teacher. Meet Susan Turnage, registered nurse and yoga teacher extraordinaire. What Susan is doing for our world through yoga is profound. Our paths to the amazing Annette Tersigni, CEO & Founder at Yoga Nurse Medical Yoga Therapy and Stress Relief happened exactly the same way, read about it below.

Susan Turnage, RN, RYT

Susan Turnage, RN, RYT

1. What are you doing now?
Presenter of YogaNursing live trainings and lunch and learn programs at hospitals and at VCU School of Nursing, therapeutic Yoga teacher in community centers- 9 classes per week, working as an art conservation technician. I am treasurer of the newly formed Breathing Space Inc, a non-profit thats mission is to create a ripple effect of wellness in the Greater Williamsburg, VA area by providing wellness and meditation programs to underserved populations. I am a Virginia Institute of Marine Science volunteer in their Virginia Saltwater Game Fish Tagging Program.

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?
At age 3 I knew I would be a nurse. Nursing has been both my vocation and avocation for over 4 decades. I have experience in hospital Nursing, Acute care, rehab, pediatric head injury, corrections, home health and call center telephonic nurse coach.

As western medicine moved toward focusing on lowering costs, eliminating positions, increasing patient loads and decreasing job security, I began searching for something new.

I began yoga teacher training and thought that yoga and nursing were quite complimentary. It was a wellness program for Every Body! It addressed the mind and body. From my own yoga practice I felt yoga’s healing.
I googled nurse + yoga and found Annette Tersigni! I took the online training. I went to North Carolina and took the live training. So overjoyed at finding a continuing education program that focused on the Wellness of the Nurse first, I trained to become a Certified YogaNurse® so I could become a Nurse for Nurses.

3. Why is nursing a great launchpad for nurses who want to create their own lifestyle doing what they love?
We carry experience wherever we go from Nursing. A nurse knows science, math, psychology, acting, conflict management, world religions, comedy, time management etc. Nurses are fearless. We never know what comes next, it’s great training for the business world. We ask questions. We have a malignant curiosity to learn new things. We are problem solvers and used to working independently.

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

Don’t give up.

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

Income. To follow my passion to bring yoga to Nurses and my community it first cost me money for training. My gracious husband saw my passion and encouraged me to pursue it. We lived simpler and spent with care.

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

Set my own standard of care and time line. I teach Nurses self care- I feel that I served as an RN for decades just so I would have the chops to teach Nurses self care. I know the stress, bullshit, exhaustion, elation, joys and complexities of being a Nurse. I have the hands of a healer, I teach Nurses how to recognize their own healing hands, heal themselves first, then use the Sacred Breath, Sacred Movement and Sacred Rest for their patients.
In my community yoga classes I teach yoga to those 30 and over. We don’t wear fancy yoga clothes. We practice in community centers. I teach anatomy, body systems, ways to think about their body and mind. We do guided meditation. Sometimes we laugh and talk a bit. Sometimes students fall asleep.

Yoga is what you need in the moment.

It’s a connection where I can be a nurse without a deadline or supervisor telling me to get to the next case.

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?

That is not so easy to answer. For years I provided an income to support my family. Options to take additional expensive training to pursue a more independent track was just not there. First I had to heal myself. Rework my personal journey. Then the transition took place. First I had to admit I needed help. Al-anon gave me that, yoga gave me that. Then I faced very difficult decisions. All that time I worked in a profession that offered me an income and latitude to take one step at a time. I began to see a dream. I believed I could. It came and continues to unfold.

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

There are new resources emerging that are appealing to those of us coming from the world of science and seeking a broader approach to health. Exploring options like YogaNursing and the American Holistic Nurses Association who can enlighten you with many offerings. When I saw YogaNursing- I felt a burst of excitement and relief, I knew it was for me.

Now for fun:
9. What book or publication is currently on your nightstand?
“Mudra: The Sacred Secret” Indu Arora

“Principles and Practice of Yoga in Healthcare” editors McCall, Telles et al.

“61 Hours”, Lee Child

10. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
Philadelphia soft pretzel, purchased from a street table with traffic whizzzing by, from a guy wiping his nose on his arm just before handing you the bag of 4 pretzels.

11. How can we get in touch with you?

Website: http://www.nursesusanyoga.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NurseSusanYoga/?fref=ts

[email protected]

757-784-3277

Susan Turnage RN, CYN, RYT500

Nurse Boss-a blog series dedicated to nurses

Welcome to the 19th installment of Nurse Boss. A blog series dedicated to nurses.

I can not believe this is the 19th interview on the Nurse Boss blog! My life and business has evolved immensely since started this blog five months ago. I want to share my why with you to give you some background on where this all came from.

My name is Lisbeth. I have been a nurse for 18 years. After hitting a wall about five years ago when I felt content with life and work, but unfulfilled, I started a mission to create a healthy lifestyle that allowed me to weave my nursing acumen into a lifestyle on my own terms. The only two requirements: it had to be in service to others and it had to light my soul on fire and make me feel alive (mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually).

This is where Healthy Nurse by Design was born. I help nurses create a lifestyle on their terms in a way that makes them feel alive and provides service on a large scale. My mission is to up the vibe of the nursing collective. The choice to suffer is yours, but it is certainly not mandatory.

Nurses are leaving the profession in droves. Nurses are leaving far too much on the table and not tapping into their full potential in the work place. We need nurses more now than ever before, but only nurses who want to serve in a healthy way that does not negate their own body, mind, and soul in the process.

The Nurse Boss blog is a simple and fun way to shine a light on what is possible when you culminate your savvy, nursing acumen, and imagination in life and work.

This is just another way I can serve nurses. I was guided to create this series after a spark of creativity within my soul felt that it would help thousands of nurses to see that nursing can be whatever they want it to be and that it certainly isn’t confined to the walls of a hospital.

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.

A Nurse Boss believes in their own self worth and can articulate the value they bring to the table with ease. The only limit is their imagination.

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 are open to receive the abundance that is theirs because they know that giving and receiving are the same.

A Nurse Boss has a solid foundation deeply rooted in a growth, not fear-based mindset. As a result, opportunities are always presenting themselves. From the vantage point of a Nurse Boss, there is always abundance without the need for lack or struggle.

My intention 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.

Now for today’s Nurse Boss!  Lynne Martin Moloughney is a nurse, mother, grandmother, business owner, and legacy builder. I met Lynne on social media and we became quick friends. She is has the generosity and compassion of a saint and makes a practice of pointing out the good in others. She was my mentor in learning the art of using periscope!

Lynne Martin Moloughney

Lynne Martin Moloughney

1. What are you doing now?

Currently, I am a mom to six wonderful children, a wife to a very supportive man of 24 years and a grandmother to one. I am also a substitute school nurse and building a legacy business, coaching people to health and financial success.

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?

As for nursing as a whole, YES!! I specifically remember being in Kindergarten and being asked, ”What do you want to be when you grow up?” Without hesitation, I responded, “A NURSE!” Followed by a comment from my friend.. “Yeah, you will change your mind a million times before you grow up!” I was devastated and got very defensive…. “You are wrong. Yes, I will!” and was determined from there to make that dream a reality. Yes, I can remember stumbling from that dream one time, but I pushed through.

As for building a legacy business, I was approached by a friend to join her in doing the same. I was living paycheck to paycheck and something had to be done about it. And I knew it had to be me to make the difference required.

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

I truly believe our soul purpose here on this Earth is to help others by providing service. That service could be as small as sharing your “story” so that it resonates with someone else. As a nurse, we have the ability to help others by sharing our compassion and empathy. It is a special profession that provides a service of healing in more ways than one.

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

The most ultimate characteristic of being a “nurse boss” is always standing in integrity. It is so important for others to see that we as nurses can not only can take care of our patients, but ourselves as well. Mind, body and soul….

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 I faced was overcoming my FEARS. Fears of failure, other people’s opinion and fear of success.Overcoming victim mentality was a large part of me! Everything happened TO me, not FOR me.

If it were not for personal development and meditation.. I do not know that I would have pursued my business. I worked on my spiritual journey because God has always been a huge part of my life. Learning to believe in myself, my life purpose and what I am doing was the hardest part.

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

Sleep! LOL… I worked 12 hour nights as a NICU RN prior to subbing and building a business.

Seriously, it allows me time. Being a mom to six, this business allows me the freedom to build wherever I choose in the pockets of time, I create!

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?

Look deeply into your soul. The only thing that can change that is YOU! Take action and believe in yourself…. All action negates negative emotion.

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

Explore all of your options. But, once you make a decision… COMMIT and NEVER GIVE UP! Always be working on yourself and remember that things don’t happen TO you, they happen FOR you!

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

I have 3 🙂 Immaculata by Marianne Williamson for my prayers

The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo for daily Inspiration

Meet Your Soul by Elisa Romeo for my spirit

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

HMMM…I LOVE food! But, there is nothing like a good HAMBURGER in my book!

11. How can we get in touch with you?

732­-456-­4335

[email protected]

LinkedIN:Lynne Moloughney,RN

https://www.facebook.com/lynne.moloughney

https://www.instagram.com/mommy4G2B

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

If you want to join our movement to up the vibe of the nursing collective, join us over of Facebook at NurseBossTribe http://bit.ly/2aE9vkh

Keep shining your light,

xo,

Lisbeth

#NurseBoss

Are you being PUSHED or PULLED in life?

I recently watched Tony Robbin’s documentary,  “I AM NOT YOUR GURU” on Netflix.

To say it was inspiring is an understatement!

He talks about the “art of fulfillment” and the idea of being pushed versus pulled in life.\

He says that when you are being pushed in life, it burns you out and fulfillment happens when you are being pulled.

This concept resonated with me so much & I believe it can help so many, so I am sharing it with you.

Being PUSHED, to me looks like nothing goes your way and feels like pure exhaustion.

You feel like you will never be able to come up for air.

It’s like suffocating, but you don’t die. You just keep suffering.

I know first hand what it feels like to be PUSHED in life. 

I felt like a zombie on autopilot. Everything was GO. GO. GO. RUSH. RUSH. RUSH.

There was: Little JOY. No FUN. Zero ABUNDANCE. An absence of FREEDOM & CREATIVITY, with a truck full of FEAR & STUCK.

A Course in Miracles states there are two states, love and fear. I was being pushed in my life and nursing career by fear.

Then, I reached a tipping point.

I decided I wanted more. I was tired of feeling “fine” and just “getting by”. I was tired of feeling spiritually empty and like I was not coming anywhere close to fulfilling my soul’s purpose. I wanted to show up in a bigger way in the world in a way that lit my soul on fire and served others at the same time. I decided I was put on this planet to do BIG things.

I had NO idea what this meant, but it didn’t matter, because in that moment, I went from being PUSHED to PULLED. 

Here’s the thing.

Once you decide. Once you commit to a desire for things to be different. They WILL be.

Your decision cuts off all other avenues or alternatives other than the path to create your desire.

It creates an energetic match to bring you the opportunities that will create your desire.

Being PULLED delivers opportunities. Divine teachers. Divine guidance. Abundance. Curiosity. Flow. Creative everything. Joy. Laughter. FUN. Alignment. High vibes. Resonance. Love.

I will let you in on a secret that I learned from Carol Tuttle. All these things are your TRUE nature, but probably less familiar to you than your regular fare of stress and lack. When you are in alignment with your true nature, everything is easier & more fun.

So, I ask you again. Are you being PUSHED or PULLED in life?< If you are being pulled, kudos to you & please keep shining your light. In doing so, you are helping to heal the world. If you are being pushed, start to notice how you are being pushed in life. Affirm right now that you are LOVE. You deserve love and in this moment you can choose for things to be different. You can choose to live in love over fear. 

The journey back to your fullest potential is rich and full of infinite possibilities, but it does take work, grit, and determination.

Deciding for things to be different is easy. The hard part is releasing your fear grip and the illusion of control and trusting that your highest self is waiting to step up and that when you ask, you will be supported.

The journey requires support. A tribe. Teachers. Self-love and acceptance. Willingness and an open heart.

I had no support, no teachers, no one to talk to when I first said yes. This is something I do not suggest. As soon as I let go of my grip of needing to be perfect and “in control” and I opened my heart and asked for guidance, my teachers showed up in droves and so have the infinite opportunities to share my gifts in a bigger way.

I am thoroughly enjoying my journey back to my highest self  and learning how to be in service to others in the most beneficial way. In order to play bigger & provide service to others I continue to work on myself.

I am on the books to speak with one of Tony Robbin’s business strategists.

This is another divine moment on my path.

Day Made!

Lisbeth Overton, Nurse Boss

Lisbeth Overton, Nurse Boss

I was called to create Nurse Boss Soul School to help serve nurses in transforming from a life of fear and being PUSHED to one of ease and being PULLED.

The choice is yours. Pushed or pulled.

I would be humbled to share the tools that have helped me transform from living day to day in fear and lack, always pushing, to a life being pulled into opportunity, love, and abundance at my online camp for the nurse soul, Nurse Boss Soul School.

It is all done from the comfort of your own home with the connection and support of other nurses who are ready to love you up and support you in transitioning from fear to love.

Camp launches again in September. I hope to play with you there:)

For more info type PULL in the comments.

Sending you so much love 💜

Lisbeth
#NurseBoss

Nurse Boss-a blog series for nurses

Welcome to the 18th 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.

Today’s Nurse Boss, Karen Miller Williams is an amazing spirit. When we connected via Skype I could sense her energy right away. She has a lovely grounding and calm vibe. I absolutely love the work she is doing. It is absolutely crucial and so desperately needed.

Karen Miller Williams

Karen Miller Williams

1. What are you doing now?

I have a private practice where my Universal Care Plan is to teach Everyone about their Mental HEALTH. I share “How the mind works” with all ages to lessen the stress and increase the joy in life. There is way too much anxiety and seriousness in the world today. In my work as a mental health practitioner I am a counsellor, coach, mentor, speaker, and consultant. I am available to individuals, couples, families, businesses and organizations in person or via Skype. 

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 was an intensive care nurse when I learned this understanding and saw how immensely helpful it was in my work and personal life. I just knew I had to share this with the world. This feeling of inspiration led me to a career in Mental Health which began with co-founding a Mental Health Centre in Hawaii. 

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

Being in the feeling of service, you find your heart soars when you find your niche. Nursing offers so many areas to choose from… A rainbow of choices! 

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

The LOVE of being in service …helping,caring, sharing, educating self and others

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 anyone ever faces is THOUGHT. Insecurity, lack of confidence, worry over money… It’s all THOUGHT.  It is the understanding that I teach that helps me. I know that a new thought will come by and that I don’t need to take my thoughts too seriously. 

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

To work with people all around the globe. I have clients in many time zones that I help from my home! 

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?

No one is ever stuck in anything but THOUGHT. Your thoughts are the only thing that keep you from having a different experience in life. Remember that when your mind quiets, you return to the place where all creativity comes from. From there, you can access new thought. Who knows what you may discover? Your wisdom will speak to you. 

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

I would suggest that you learn how your mind works so you can access your own answers. There is a tremendous amount of FREE information on this understanding. A few websites to learn more: www.3pgc.org, www.threeprinciplesmovies.com, www.threeprinciplesfoundation.org

Now for fun:

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

“Coming Home” by Dicken Bettinger & Natasha Swerdloff AND 

“The Space Within” by Michael Neill.

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

Oatmeal with fruit

11. How can we get in touch with you?

You can contact me at my website:

www.threeprinciplesnurse.com

Nurse Boss-a blog for nurses

Welcome to the 16th 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.  

I was attracted to today’s Nurse Boss from the minute we connected on social media. His energy and optimism are magnetic. He has a heart of gold, a quick wit and a wildly adventurous spirit. Allow me to introduce Robb Hillman, actor turned registered nurse and life coach. Chances are, he will prompt you to think differently about how you view your life.

robb

1. What are you doing now?

I am an RN and a Certified Life Coach. I help nurses who want to feel better. Who are tired of feeling frustrated and undervalued at the end of their shift, and instead want to deliberately empower themselves so that they can feel confident and satisfied instead.

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?

Heh, well, let’s just say I haven’t led a “conventional” kind of life. I was living in New York City as a theater actor, and then 9/11 happened, and like a lot of people in NY I changed the way I was thinking about my life. I hung on just long enough to do a Broadway show (directed by Baz Luhrmann of “Moulin Rouge” fame), but then headed back to school and became a nurse.

I’ve always been an intuitive person, but working in psych really gave me a great window into how coaching principles – deliberately trying to be happy, for example – really made a difference for my patients. And once I started using the ideas on myself, and saw how tiny perspective shifts could totally change my entire life – I was hooked.

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

I think nursing really prepares us to handle anything. We are the best problems solvers this side of MacGyver. No matter how ridiculous our patient load is, no matter how many family members are giving us grief, no matter how sick our patients get – we are there to pick up the pieces and make sure that things get done. And we do it, day after day after day. This is great practice to then go on to do anything – change specialties, create our own job on our own terms, or to just figure out how to be happy.

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

A nurse boss has a superpower, and that superpower is optimism. I think all nurses are optimists at heart. Now there are plenty of people who would try to mock me for saying that. They would say that optimism is naive, and that nurses are just too gritty and “realistic” to be a Pollyanna. But anyone who thinks optimism is weak and silly completely misunderstands optimism.

Being an optimist doesn’t mean ignoring the “real world”, it means refusing to let the external world dictate how you have to live, and what you have to feel. A true optimist is a badass who is stronger than the world.

Most of us became nurses because we wanted to help people. To help them as they heal, and sometimes to help them as they die. The optimist knows they can help, regardless of the outcome. Otherwise, why would you want to be a nurse?

Also, google “optimism + health”, you might be surprised to see the wealth of evidence- based research out there that shows pretty clearly how optimism is good for your health. In my quest to have a totally awesome life, I’m certainly not leaving such a useful superpower off the table.

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

As a new nurse, I was definitely tempted to use cynicism and “venting” as relief mechanisms against the seemingly unending stress and frustration I was feeling. What I eventually realized though was that while they provided temporary relief, they never actually helped me feel better, they distracted me but never charged up my batteries. Once I accepted that my natural optimism was a gift and not a curse, and that I could find much better ways of taking care of myself other than complaining (which was just training my brain to constantly look for the negative so I’d have something to talk about), I started enjoying my job a whole lot more.

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

The thing I’ve always wanted, more than anything else, was freedom. When I was an actor I was free to explore my artistry without having a typical full-time 9-5 job. As a nurse I was free to not worry about money as I got out of debt and started building a retirement. As a coach I do all of my work by phone/online, so I am literally free to be anywhere in the world. I sold all my belongings and have been traveling the world full time for almost two years so far. A few months ago I was down in Uruguay celebrating hitting country #40. The traveling is excellent self-care, while still allowing me to work with clients and help nurses feel better and get the results they want. I’m free.

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?

The inertia of the status quo is immense.

So many of us trick ourselves into thinking that there is a benefit to tolerating “the devil we know”. I call shenanigans on that line of thinking. Staying put is great if you love what you’re doing. But that is very different from tolerating what you’re doing.

A deceptively simple exercise I give my clients is to make a list of the things that you want. Most really struggle to come up with more than a few things. But if you don’t know where you are headed, how are you going to get there? Some people like creating elaborate vision boards, some like a simple paper list, do whatever motivates you the most. But write things down. Don’t hold back, or play small, but be honest. Do you want to save as many lives as possible? Do you want to retire early? Do you want to change specialties? Do you want to find a job you like and stay there for 35 years? Do you want to get married, or to be an entrepreneur, or to move someplace warmer? Having goals can be hugely empowering.

And then, go for a walk. There is nothing like some physical activity to clear your brain and get you out of your head. I walk 10K steps a day at the bare minimum, and I usually have my best ideas either while or just after I’ve been walking.

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

Find a community! I very much believe the adage that you are the average of the five people you hang out with most. If you want to go for an advanced degree, you are going to ask people who have already done it. If you want to change specialties you are going to talk to people in that specialty. If you want to be an entrepreneur, talk to some entrepreneurs! There are many different directions a nurse entrepreneur can go – legal nursing, opening a staffing company, direct sales, teaching skills such as CPR, coaching, to name just a few – so find the people who are doing what you want to be doing and get to know them.

The thing to remember is that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. If other people are doing it, so can you. And having friends is only going to help you. Some people complain that wealthy people talk about money only because they have it. I say, they have money because they talk about it. Whatever it is that you want to do, find your people and start talking about it.

Now for fun:

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

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. My inner nurse and coach both are absolutely fascinated with how our brains work and why we develop the habits (both good and bad) that we do.

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

Khao soi, which I discovered while spending a month in northern Thailand. It is a curry made from coconut milk and is so delicious I basically stopped eating all other Thai food, which is pretty high praise because I love Thai food. Now I’m hungry.

11. How can we get in touch with you?

Please do, I’m a people person and I love to connect!

Website: http://www.robbhillmancoaching.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robbhillmancoaching/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robbhillman

Nurse Boss-a blog series for nurses

Welcome to the 15th 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.

I absolutely love the energy of today’s Nurse Boss. Allow me to introduce Amy Shimek, serial entrepreneur, success strategist, Nurse Practitioner, wife to Russell, and mama to the A team.

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Amy is a shining example of how marrying one’s clinical expertise with creativity in service to others while also honoring her own mind, body, and spirit is uber fun and amazingly successful, on her own terms.

1. What are you doing now?

I am the CEO of The Executive Suite, where we do business coaching specifically with network marketers. I am a multiple six-figure income earner in a direct sales network marketing company. 

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 desired to be my own boss, but didn’t realize I wanted full autonomy until I was employed for someone else. I wanted control over my own schedule and freedom to create and design.

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

Nurses are prepared for the business world more than you would realize. First, if someone collapses or has a medical emergency, chances are as a nurse, you will know what to do. Take that fear away and we can conquer anything. We also see and connect with people when they are the most vulnerable which gives us a unique opportunity to understand human beings like other professionals may not.

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

I think the most important characteristic is an attitude that wants to serve others.

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

I am my biggest obstacle because I fear what others think of me. What I am doing isn’t traditional nursing and at first I thought that would offend others. I spent a lot of time in personal development  in the past and still feel that is important today. When I became a mother, I wanted to be a good example for my girls. I don’t want them to live in fear of what others think of them. Act in the face of fear and be an example to those around you.

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

I have a greater impact because I am able to serve others on a global level. I can duplicate what I’m doing. I teach wellness and partner with a wellness -based company. Therefore the people I teach can in turn teach 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?

Nurses are great people to go out and serve the world because of our diverse background. We have a great understanding of human beings because we have to think critically in life threatening situations every single day. If you can handle that, I believe you can handle anything.

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

I am a huge fan of direct sales and network marketing especially in the context of heath and wellness companies. The world is sicker than we’ve ever been and that’s why the world needs nurses. We understand more than most the importance of health promotion and prevention. Also, you can create income while you are learning. You can create the capital to help in other endeavors.

Now for fun:

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

Intentional Living by John Maxwell

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

Given my background, I should probably say something more nutritious, but it’s actually nachos!

11. How can we get in touch with you?

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Amy Shimek Lifestyle

Website: http://executivesuitelife.com/