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.
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