Welcome to the 17th 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, Elizabeth Scala is super special to me. I have been following her on social media for years and I got to meet her in person at last year’s AHNA (American Holistic Nurses Association) conference!
Elizabeth has given me such rich tools and inspiration on what a successful nurse entrepreneur can create and share with the world and is proof that when you step into your potential all things are possible. Her rich educational background, professional experience, and compassionate demeanor make her a powerhouse of energy and such an incredible resource for nurses seeking work-life bliss.
1. What are you doing now?
I work part-time as a research program coordinator in a large academic medical center and full-time own my own business. My company, Nursing from Within™, is the really cool place where I spend most of my working time. As a keynote speaker, bestselling author and virtual conference host, I partner with hospitals, organizations, associations, and nursing groups to help transform the field of nursing from the inside out. In my bestselling book, ‘Nursing from Within‘, I support nurses to make those inner shifts that are required to more fully enjoy our nursing careers.
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?
Well, I guess you could say a little bit of both. I left my clinical role after just five years time. I was tired, stressed out, and miserable. I went to work part-time as a nurse at a wellness center. It was an awesome opportunity, and being at the gym helped my own health and wellbeing. There, I was introduced to health and wellness coaching, the American Holistic Nurses Association, Reiki, and so much more. I decided it was time to help other nurses like me, who were suffering from burnout. So, I started my own business… which started out with one-on-one coaching and has certainly morphed into so much more at this point.
3. Why is nursing a great launchpad for nurses who want to create their own lifestyle doing what they love?
Nursing is interesting in that it offers a wide range of possibility. To be honest with you, I never wanted to become a nurse. Blood, guts, and the whole ‘hospital’ environment freaked me out. I went into nursing because of a mom, college roommate, and nursing professor who thought it would be a fine idea for me to continue into an accelerated nursing program after graduating college. Since I didn’t have a firm plan on my career at the time, I did as I was told. At first I didn’t enjoy it because, as I said earlier, I’m not into medical type stuff. At this point in my career I am thoroughly pleased since being a nurse doesn’t mean you’re ever stuck in one role. Nursing offers opportunity beyond the bedside walls.
4. What is the ultimate characteristic of a nurse boss?
I’m not really sure what a ‘nurse boss’ is… however, when I think of characteristics the term ‘leadership’ comes to mind. A strong leader is someone who role models behavior, can get others motivated to take action, and enjoys using their unique skills and talents in the workplace.
5. What was the biggest obstacle you’ve faced to get to where you are now? How were you able to overcome it.
I think this is something that is always a work in progress. While I have made great strides, I know there is more to be done. So to be perfectly honest, the biggest obstacle is my own self. For some reason, rejection is painful for me. I doubt in the great value I can provide. And so, my own fears and insecurities can get in the way. As I said though… it is MUCH, much better at this point in time. How did I overcome? I have used lots of mindfulness techniques. Some of them include Reiki, intentional affirmations statements, energy clearings, and loads of reading. It’s a constant journey.
6. What does your current job allow you to do that traditional nursing did not?
This is tricky. Because, at this point in my career, I imagine I could find the good in any role. It’s really a matter of perception, to be honest. However, if I had to choose something I would say the freedom and flexibility. In the roles I currently hold, I have a lot of autonomy. I am able to make my own schedule and show up as my best self to the workplace. It’s such a joy to be able to have that independence… to be able to thrive in the workplace as me!
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.
Open your eyes and ears. There are nurses ALL OVER the place who are enjoying their work. In fact, many more than I would even have imagined. I host a podcast called, Your Next Shift. http://bit.ly/1S5P8rz It’s a nursing career podcast where I highlight all of the wonderful things nurses are doing. And this is all over the place- in academia, at clinical settings, in theater, or even owning their own businesses. Support is all around you. You just have to be willing to open up and receive the guidance. And then most importantly, you’ve gotta be willing to make a change. Taking action leads to great things… especially getting unstuck in your career.
8. What resources can you share for nurses wanting to explore creating their own gig that actually pays them?
I’d say the best resource that helped me early on was hiring a business coach. There are loads of them out there… you need to find someone who’s style, methods, and approach resonate with you. I find lots of support in nursing communities. There are many groups, either closed or public, on Facebook that have been where I learn a ton of great information. I also suggest listening to podcasts. You can learn from business people, finance experts, or whatever it is you need to figure out for your business. This is great to do and, of course, it’s free!
Now for fun:
9. What book or publication is currently on your nightstand?
The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur by Mike Michalowicz
10. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
Gosh, that would be really, really hard as I get sick of things and need to change it up often. I guess spinach. I feel good after eating it and it can go with lots of things.
11. How can we get in touch with you?
Find me over at elizabethscala.com. All of my contact information is there. Thanks so much!
Thanks for reading! Do you aspire to be a Nurse Boss? What resonates with you from Elizabeth’s interview? Please comment below and share this post with other nurses you know would love what we’re putting down. Until the next installment, keep owning your awesome!