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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 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.

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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 14th 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 am absolutely stoked about today’s featured Nurse Boss, Amanda Redhead aka The Zen RN.

Amanda is a mother, nurse, writer, and warrior extraordinaire. Her writing is guaranteed to move you and can be found on her personal blog and the esteemed, Huffington Post.

Amanda Redhead aka The Zen RN

Amanda Redhead aka The Zen RN

1. What are you doing now?

I blog and am a freelance writer. I write about very personal topics such as my own past mental health history and sexual abuse history. I also try to advocate for the patients that I’ve worked with over the years by shining light on subjects that we don’t hear about often- poverty, abuse of special needs children, etc. I am still working as a pediatric public health nurse and special needs respite RN, as well. I am very passionate about my work and don’t think I’ll quit my day job any day soon!

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’ve always loved writing. I’ve been writing since childhood but took a long break after having children. I began writing again when I realized that it was a much needed outlet for my stressful life. So many people encouraged me to look into publication and I have never looked back.
I have only been writing for a couple of years and have been published in over a dozen places. In January of this year I received an e-mail from Arianna Huffington inviting me to blog on the Huffington Post. This has been such a pivotal part of my writing journey. Soon after I started blogging on the Huffington Post, I submitted a story titled An Open Letter to Young People Suffering From a Suicide Survivor. In the weeks following that article, three young woman contacted me to tell me that they had been considering suicide and instead sought out help. I think that moment was a defining moment for my life. Without using my hands or seeing someone in person, I was able to have a hand in saving multiple lives. In my traditional nursing role I see only a few patients per shift. However, when I write on the Huffington Post, my work is seen by thousands of people, almost instantaneously. I have an opportunity to impact many more lives than I ever could in my physical nursing career.

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

Nursing has given me an extraordinary life. I have been the first hands to hold a newborn and the last hands to touch people on their death beds. I have been a part of people’s lives during the best and worst times of their lives. I have learned far more from my patients than they could ever learn from me and they have expanded my love and compassion for others. Unfortunately, many of our bodies cannot handle bedside nursing for our entire lives. However, I have received a lifetime of inspiration and stories from my patients that I will carry with me wherever I go from here.

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

Boundless compassion.

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

Fear. At this moment I am sitting her in terror waiting for my newest and most raw Huffington Post piece ever to go live. I am shaking in fear and praying that my words are used to help others. Honestly, I just listen to the voice of God/The Universe telling me what I should do next and then I just bite the bullet and do it. This probably isn’t the best strategy but it works for me for now.

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

Really say what I feel and share my own experiences with the world. Traditional nursing is focused completely on the patient experience(as it should be).

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 be afraid to think outside of the box. As nurses, we have hearts that want to save the world. There is more than one way to help others. If you are a nurse, I know that you must have many wonderful traits- what traits do you have that might help you in your next career move? What strengths might you have that you weren’t able to do in a traditional nursing job?

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

I’m not yet making a lot of revenue with writing, but it increases every month. I get money on my blog through Google Ad Sense and Amazon Affiliates and most of my writing publications are paid, as well. If you are a writer, I strongly suggest finding writer’s Facebook groups(just search writing groups on Facebook) and network with other authors. It’s a great way to hear about venues for publication, grow your own writing skills and find out about opportunities to make money and make a difference.

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

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

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

Oh my goodness. Really? One? Such a sad question! Ummm, cheese. No, dark chocolate. No, wait- tacos. I might have to pass on this one.

11. How can we get in touch with you?

I blog at http://www.thezenrn.blogspot.com and am very active on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thezenrnblog . I’m an introvert so I love that I can sit on my couch in my pajama pants and connect with the world through the laptop on my lap!

Nurse Boss-a blog series for nurses

Welcome to the 9th 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.

What is so cool about the Nurse Boss interviews is that no two stories are the same. However, there is an underlying current or theme of being called or sparked to stepping into a new and different way of doing things. A Nurse Boss goes for what calls them. The Nurse Boss for this installment is no different. Allow me to introduce Michele McCay, nurse and “small town country girl turned entrepreneur.”

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1. What are you doing now?

I am a Partner/CEO of my own virtual business with Rodan + Fields Dermatologists (the creators of Proactiv Solution). I’m a small town country girl, from Oxford, MS turned Nurse Entrepreneur!! I sold my hospice company to a publicly traded company -Gentiva in 2012 to work my RF business solely.

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’ve been a Nurse for almost 30 years but always had the drive first to be in administrative positions to owning my own business and being my own BOSS!! I love helping people but feel my calling is to truly empower others to be the best they can be as well and to reach for their dreams!

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

With nursing, you become an amazing advocate for others. You may be the greatest advocate your patients will ever have in their lives. I developed such a sense of excellence for quality care and for people to have what they desire in life whether it be optimal health, quality end of life care when the options for health are no more, amazing skin care or time and financial freedom. In my nursing career I accomplished things I said I would never do (learned a great lesson here!) but God blessed me in every area and promoted me from each one of these experiences. Nursing empowered me to be the best I could be for myself and others. Then when I added the business component to my experience, I became more confident not only in my successes but helping others attain success as well. The greatest reward of all is helping others.

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

Driven!! You must be a self starter, goal/results oriented, determined to succeed, self motivated and fearless but I don’t feel any of these are possible unless you are DRIVEN to succeed.

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

In this industry there are many skeptics. Because there was such a transition from hospice owner to CEO of my own skin care business, there were some major transitions. I had to become a student of the industry just as I did my hospice. Both were arenas I said I would NEVER do!! So I had to keep an open mind and concentrate on learning the business, be committed to daily self development and build my belief system even more. As I have become more and more successful, my confidence in the industry and this particular business has soared. I would have never been interested had it not been for the extreme vision I saw and felt when I was introduced to this company with these words: “These are the creators of Proactiv in their next venture focused on anti aging. This is the sequel or Round 2 for these doctors and instead of promoting with informercials they are asking business savvy people like you and me to join them in their next billion dollar global brand.” My passion soared as I knew this was an instrument I was looking for and that I could help lead others to time and financial freedom as well. Knowing this, my obstacles were replaced with sheer vision!

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

I have great time and even great financial freedom than I ever knew before. I always dreamt and prayed for the opportunity to be home with my kids like many other working moms. I was never granted this gift with the traditional work week of 12-14 hour shifts, 40-60+ hour work weeks. As owner of my hospice agency the work didn’t stop when I got home. It was constant phone calls and problem solving. With Rodan + Fields I was able to enjoy my son’s senior year in high school, never missing any of his activities or my daughter’s who was a sophomore at the time of the transition. Now she’s a senior in high school and my son is a sophomore in college and I enjoy being close by and “present” for them when they need me. I work this business around my life instead of my life having to work around the traditional J.O.B. It’s been a great eye opener what this type of business can do for your life. I’ve learned that time and money serve ME and my family instead of the other way around. You can’t get time back that you lost but once you gain it you will never give it up again! There’s great freedom to be present for all things instead of having to make excuses due to my work schedule. It’s been an amazing and gratifying change!

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?

I would encourage them to be open to a change by hearing their options. I would ask: What are the changes you desire in your life to give you more peace and joy on a daily basis. Many would say a less stressful job, a better boss, better working hours, less commute, etc etc. There is NOTHING more rewarding than being your own BOSS! However, nothing changes if nothing changes! You have to take the first step and be open to other options in your life. I often felt I would be working the 60+ hour work week for the rest of my working days until this opportunity was presented to me. As I stated, at another time in my life I may have not been as open to change but I was searching, really praying for an opportunity to give me more time and financial freedom and allow me and my family to enjoy life like God intended for us. This is not rocket science. It’s like being offered a Starbucks franchise for an affordable rate and making a decision on whether to take the opportunity that you KNOW is going to change your financial future. You would certainly check out the offer and the future it could provide for you and your family before turning it down. So have an open mind, don’t overthink or overanalyze what you’ve got in your hands as a once in a lifetime opportunity. I wasn’t willing to take the chance of saying “I missed out on the greatest opportunity of my life.” I took a chance and so thank God every single day that I did!!

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

I would say find a company that has a business opportunity or products that you are passionate about. To be lucrative and truly make a substantial/replacement income, the company has to be credible, proven in the marketplace, has a proven business system, the products MUST be consumable or replinishable (meaning customers will order over and over again for possibly life), create a RESIDUAL income (pays you for years after you stop working) instead of a LINEAR income like a traditional job that stops paying when you stop working. We all like to look our best and we’re all aging ALL THE TIME and want to use what is the best, proven and what will truly turn back Father Time or take care of our particular skin care concern. This was a big determinant for me in choosing R+F. I had melasma/sun damage and our products transformed my skin, therefore people noticed and I knew I could promote to everyone with skin. I’m very passionate not only about helping people transform THEIR skin but also to transform their futures. We love saying: Changing Skin and Changing Lives. This just further supplements my need as a nurse to serve others in a very gratifying way.

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

My Bible, 21 daily scriptures for Growing My Business God’s Way, Beach Money by Jordan Adler, and The Four Year Career by Richard Bliss Brooke and many encouraging quotes by Zig Ziglar. My absolute favorite: You will get everything you want in life if you help enough people get what they want.

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

Green plums!!


11. How can we get in touch with you?

My email: [email protected]

 662-801-0527

Michele’s Website Website #2

Nurse Boss-a blog series for nurses

Welcome to the 8th 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.  

Allow me to introduce Anne Llewellyn, nurse turned nurse advocate. Anne and I met on social media and I was instantly drawn to her grounding energy. Her compassion runs deep. She shares her experience of patient through the lens of a nurse.

Photo-Anne-in-blue

  1. What are you doing now?

Currently I am on disability and recovering from a Central Nervous System Brain Tumor. I was diagnosed in November 24, 2014. As the tumor was not operable, I received aggressive chemotherapy which eradicated the tumor. I have been very lucky as I was connected to an excellent hematologist, have a wonderful husband who has been my rock and a wonderful support team who has helped me get through the most difficult year of my life.

Prior to the Brain Tumor, I was Director of Training and Development for Decision Health. I was in charge of producing a monthly national publication for professionals involved in case management and care coordination titled Case In Point. In addition, my team and I produced three annual national conferences, a national awards program, two monthly continuing education webinars and six special reports annually that explored challenges and trends in the industry. It was a wonderful role especially as the healthcare industry was such a disruptive state.

As a result of my illness, I could not continue to work, I wanted to find something I could do as I felt up to it to find a way to share my experience as a patient and some of the lessons I learned along the way that helped me manage as a patient in the complex and scary healthcare system. I had never realized how hard it was to be a patient till I was a patient. I wanted to share my experiences as I knew I could help others. In talking to friends and colleagues, I learned about Blogging and began writing Nurse Advocate to share my experiences in July 2015. It has been a very cathartic experience for me during my recuperation.

Currently, I continue to cope with complications from the chemotherapy and am gradually getting back into a routine by volunteering and working on some projects in the area of patient advocacy, and for my local case management chapter.

  1. 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?

No, in high school, I thought I would be a secretary or some type of career in the business world. But after working in my father’s office for a summer, I knew office work was not for me. I had a cousin who just finished a practical nursing program. We talked about it and I thought I would like to try nursing. I applied to the program and was accepted. I found I loved nursing and went on to get my RN, my Bachelor’s and finally a Master’s Degree. Nursing has opened many doors for me and introduced me to roles that have helped me grow personally and professionally. I have had a wonderful career and love being a nurse.

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

Nursing as a profession prepares people to understand people, and appreciate and value life.

Nursing training prepares you for many roles if you are willing to take a risk, to learn new things and to work collaboratively with others. I have moved into various roles over my career, but my fundamental training in nursing was my basic training. I was always a curious person and like to find out how things worked, and that curiosity has helped me to find interesting opportunities that have enabled me to use my skills in various ways.

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

I think the ultimate characteristic of a nurse boss is to respect the people you work with; whether it be the CEO of a company or the housekeeping people. Everyone in the company has value and deserves respect. People will do more for you if you show them respect and recognize the value they bring.

 

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

Before I got sick and had to leave my position as Director of Training and Development, I had to learn an industry that I did not know much about. I knew the healthcare side and the case management side as that was my area of specialty and why I was brought into the company, but I did not know the publication side of the business. There were a lot of deadlines and pressures that were my responsibility which took me some time to understand.

I was lucky to work with a great team of people who each had expertise in various areas of the publication business. Because we worked as a team, we helped each other. I learned a lot from my team and I was able to help them understand the healthcare side of the business that allowed us to be successful.

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

Working in an area outside of clinical nursing allowed me to see a completely different side of healthcare. As the Director of Training and Development I had the opportunity to develop and share information that helped nurses, case managers and other members of the healthcare team improve their practice. All of our efforts were to develop content that could educate and empower professionals involved in care coordination with the ultimate goal of improving the care they delivered. It was very rewarding and one of the highlights of my career.

  1. 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?

There are a lot of things people can do who feel stuck. The first thing I would suggest is to take time to write down what you like, what new areas you might want to explore. Take an inventory of yourself what skills would you need to acquire to move into a different area? Talk to colleagues and share your ideas.

Also, sometimes doing something really different like taking yoga classes or if you are experienced in yoga, look into classes that would prepare you to teach yoga. Some other ideas people might want to consider that can help them grow personally and professionally entail going back to school to complete your bachelor’s degree, obtain your masters or Doctorate.

Think about trying a new area of nursing. Breaking your routine and learning something new can be stimulating.  If you do not have ties and responsibilities-think about being a traveling nurse. This is a way to travel around the country, see places you always wanted to go to and learn what is happening in different facilities across the country.

Get involved in your professional organizations, offer to serve on a committee or if you have been involved for a while, consider running for a board position. If you are new, start on the local level and move up to the State or National level.

Get involved politically. Nurses can add a great deal to the political process as they are viewed as experts in healthcare and can share experiences on how policy changes can impact the patient, their caregivers, as well as the professionals involved in healthcare.

All of these suggestions can give someone who is stuck in their career ways to learn new things, to try something different and reinvigorate their career.

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

If you want to move into the business side of healthcare either for a company or as an independent consultant, some areas to explore include:

Health Information Technology. Nurses do well in this area as you know the inside working of the healthcare system and can help those who write programs for the healthcare industry with their work. Also, nurses can help with the installation of new systems in hospitals, physician practices and other clinical settings.

Quality Management. Since reimbursement is now tied to quality metrics, those who have an interest have lots of opportunities.

Case management, discharge planning and patient advocacy are other areas that nurses do well. To learn about these areas, talk to the people in your hospitals who work in these areas to learn more about their roles and how they like the work they are doing.

Also, look at the professional organizations such as the Case Management Society of America, which is the professional organization for those who work in the area of case management. They have local chapters where you can meet, network with professionals and see what opportunities there are in managed care organizations, health systems, independent practice, long term care and other settings where these professionals practice.

An important resource for nurses is to read the Future of Nursing Report. Click here

Today there are so many opportunities for nurses…take time to explore them and see which road is best for you.

Now for fun:

 

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

I literally just finished a book by one of my favorite authors; Danielle Steele. It was called Winners. It was one of her best and one I think Nurses would enjoy, especially those who have been involved in rehabilitation! I am just starting a new book by another of my favorite authors, Nicholas Sparks called, See Me. I have just started it and it is a little different from his usual books and I am looking forward to seeing where it takes me.

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

Oh wow…that is a hard one. I think it would be tuna fish…I love it!

  1. How can we get in touch with you?

I love to hear from nurses and help to connect them to resources that would help them grow. Feel free to reach me by email at [email protected]

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