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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 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 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

from breakdown to breakthrough

From Breakdown to Breakthrough

My name is Lisbeth. I am a creator. I created a coaching business to help nurses own their awesome and to better understand that the need for their own healing is as important as helping others.

I have been a nurse for eighteen years and have had my business for three. The journey since hanging my Healthy Nurse by Design shingle has been bumpy to put it mildly.

It is reminiscent of the baptism by fire that I experienced as a new nurse. Learning by trial and error. Seeing what sticks. Being scared as hell but doing it anyway. Pushing myself way outside of my comfort zone. But all of my actions paid off, because I have launched my first online program for nurses. It’s not like anything else I’ve seen.

My online program is called Nurse Boss Soul School. It’s like camp for the nurse soul, all in the privacy of your own home. A safe place to explore what makes you tick. A place to release the limiting beliefs that you acquired as a young child. A place that expects you to put the needs of your whole healing (body-mind-spirit) before any one else, without guilt. A place to learn energy tools to keep your energy healthy and protected from toxic disruptions. A place to laugh and let your hair down. A tribe of amazing sisters that have your back.

Healthy Nurse by Design was born out of my own dissatisfaction with life and work. I have always felt life is too short to simply exist. Life is meant to be lived to the max, in a way that fulfills one’s fullest potential.

I left clinical nursing five years ago because I was not living into my full potential. I felt stuck, trapped, and like I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t express my gifts, or my creativity. As a result I was sad, stuck in a fear and lack mentality, and totally discouraged. I was missing something, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

My inner discord began my sojourn to discover what it was that was missing from my life. That journey led me to yoga school, nutrition school, business school for entrepreneurs, stress management schooling, and schooling for energy healing. I was completely transformed through this process. Whenever I experience transformation, I have to figure out a way to share it with the world.

I was evolving into a more aware, mindful, grateful, creative, excited, empowered human, and felt so inspired to help others become the best version of their best selves. I became a believer of abundance and magic and a magnet for all things healing.

My feel good flow stopped dead in it’s tracks about two weeks ago. It all started when life handed me more overwhelming circumstances that I could possibly handle. All in a very short amount of time.

One thing led to another and I started to cave in. I started to wilt inside, all while trying to appear on the outside that everything was “ok.” My feelings were reminiscent of me five years ago….. trapped, stuck and like I couldn’t breathe.

The only difference this time was that I had the tools to cope. The kicker is, I was so deep into the struggle that I stopped practicing all of the tools that helped me heal previously.

Luckily, I was able to remember that suffering comes from trying to be somewhere other than where we are. Instead of trying to run or stuff my anxiety, overwhelm, stress, and extreme fatigue I became an observer to my massive struggle.

I noticed that I really had some serious discomfort about my feelings of discomfort and heavy energy.  As soon as this awareness hit me and I realized that I was doing exactly what I teach people not to do, trying to change what is and just being with your feelings as a nonjudgmental observer, my energy shifted and my divine inner wisdom took over!!!

That is when the breakthrough came. I sat with the heaviness. I acknowledged my being from every angle without putting a label on it of sucking or being terrible.

I looked for the lesson. The opportunity. I prayed. I meditated. I offered gratitude for every little thing in my life, even the heavy energy. I asked for guidance, I reached out for help. I shared my struggle with my friends.

In that moment, my energy shifted. I could breathe. I could smile. I could be ok with what is without trying to change it. I was no longer grasping so tightly. I was more open. I was practicing what I preach.

Back to Nurse Boss Soul School……This breakdown happened a week after lesson three was released. Guess what the lesson was about? Your feelings are messengers from your soul!

It was all about how your feelings come up for a reason. They are nudges from your soul to pay closer attention. They are a prompt for you to lean in, step back, reflect, evaluate, and love yourself up. I was living the lesson that I was teaching others. Talk about powerful.

They say, you teach the lesson that you need to learn the most or when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

I was stuck in fear mode and since like attracts like I was attracting boatloads of fear and lack on my path.

What I learned from this lesson is that it is ok to really feel our feelings, even the ones we deem awful. When we acknowledge our feelings for what they are without trying to change them, the healing comes rushing in.

Literally, the day after my energy shifted, I could feel and see so much joy, abundance, and opportunity where just days before I saw and felt fear, struggle, and missed opportunities.

What are you attaching to in your life that could use some release or healing? Feel the feelings and trust that the next step will be revealed to you. Although it is hard to trust and wait, I promise it pays off big time!

I am sending you loads of healing and patience in looking for the lessons that life is hoping to share with you today.

Peace,

Lisbeth,

#NurseBoss

Nurse Boss-a blog series for nurses

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.  

Elizabeth Scala

Elizabeth Scala

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!

Hugs,

Lisbeth

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 13th 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.  

You will never guess where I met today’s Nurse Boss!! Social media, Facebook to be exact (see question 8). Allow me to introduce Alene Nitzky.

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Alene Nitzky is a rock star. Not only is she an ultra-distance runner, she has created an amazing business that supports patients after receiving treatment for cancer (that helps them thrive), and she so eloquently articulates attributes all Nurse Bosses have and that is an insatiable drive for knowledge that excites them.

One of my favorite things she talks about is “cognitive claustrophobia.” I totally resonate with this. The person who is always wanting to explore and go “outside the norm” of what is “expected” and meeting resistance but doing it anyway.
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1. What are you doing now?

As an oncology nurse, health coach and cancer exercise trainer, I am currently marketing my new service, Cancer Harbors, which is an online program that helps people recover from cancer treatment and cope with many of the ongoing physical and psychosocial effects of the cancer patient experience. It’s designed to be given as a gift to someone, and to educate caregivers, family, and friends of the patient as well, to continue supporting them even after treatment is over, because most people don’t realize that recovery takes longer than treatment itself.

I also teach and facilitate a hybrid cancer support group/exercise class called FIERCE here in Fort Collins, Colorado and enjoy that immensely.

And personally, trying to get back some balance after spending a lot of time sitting indoors, and run more. For the past nearly 2 years I’ve been focused on developing content for Cancer Harbors so I’ve been sitting at my desk a lot. I’ve been an ultra-distance runner for my entire adult life and I miss the freedom, peace, and time outdoors that kind of running provides.

The things I enjoy most: running, writing, painting, educating, Australian Shepherds, being outdoors, and nursing, all contribute to my ability to guide people to find what works for them, seeing things in different ways than they might have thought of before, which leads to healing and recovery.

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 been an independent thinker and I do not like the feeling of being boxed in or limited. Let’s just say I have cognitive claustrophobia. In graduate school and professional employment in academia and healthcare- when I have wanted to explore the cutting edge of something, I’ve met a lot of resistance from others, but I found that if I didn’t follow my heart’s path, I was unhappy. When I stopped trying to fit in, I was able to let my creativity take me in interesting places.

I got that from my dad, because he is very driven and fiercely independent, and has been very successful in business by following his own path instead of trying to do what everyone else does.

I think inside me I’ve always had the desire to rise above…so I can see. I love the mountains for that reason too. When I was a little kid in Pennsylvania I can remember looking out the second floor classroom windows at the green hills and daydreaming. I always loved to imagine what’s beyond the horizon.

I always needed to get outside. I used to explore on my own as a kid, and as soon as we moved to Arizona when I was in high school, I joined the backpacking club so I could get out, explore, and see. I’m a runner and I paint in pastels. Many of my paintings feature a road that winds into the distance- I love imagining what could be down the road.  That’s why I like ultra-distance running, too.

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

Nurses take whatever tools are present and make them work. We’re resourceful, we learn to make things work and come up with creative solutions to everyday problems. We see the big picture and think ahead, and are always asking why. So we figure out in our own businesses, ways to make something work that no one has done before, with the skills, talents, and tools we have. We also understand commitment and responsibility. When you have a patient, it is all about serving them, and that core value of wanting to serve others is our underlying purpose.

4. What is the ultimate characteristic of a nurse boss? Aligning your passions with your actions, and being an example to others in that balancing act. I think nurses are natural teachers, they just don’t always listen to their own lessons.

5. What was the biggest obstacle you’ve faced to get to where you are now? How were you able to overcome it? Believing in myself, because I always had this fear that I needed to achieve within the context of the way the boxed world exists. But when I set myself free from their limitations, I can go so much further. Also, letting go of worrying about money which is a constant challenge for me.

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

  • Using my skills, talents, and creativity- big organizations provide more security, benefits and a paycheck, but for a creative person they can be stifling. They don’t allow nurses to shine, to use their talents and skills for the good of the patient or organization, they are too hung up on all the policies, regulations, bureaucracy, and hierarchy. They want to force everyone into an algorithm for everything, and algorithms are only good for certain things.
  • More efficient service delivery and use of time- I need to change something, or make a decision, I can just do it. I don’t have to run it by a million layers of bureaucracy and wait for a committee to be formed and spend months of meetings with people sitting around wasting time and arguing over turf battles.  In big box healthcare there is so much waste that gets in the way of taking care of the patient, so many rules, policies, meetings, and paperwork.
  • Lost the toxicity- Lots of toxic energy resides in those boxes I think it’s so unfortunate that nursing houses so much toxicity. The institutions, the sexism (which applies to both sexes), the profit focus and the lack of transparency. No one who makes the decisions that affect nurses really listens to nurses or tries to understand what their days are like. Do you ever see executives shadow nurses for a full workday?

I can remember in nursing school feeling like we were in boot camp or something. It was like they felt they needed to control us in every possible way, as if we were children.  Like the old days when the nurses had to live in the dorm, couldn’t be married, and so on. Dinosaurs were running the show.

Nurses are treated so poorly in the healthcare system. For example, employers who make nurses use their vacation time for sick pay, constantly call them to work extra shifts, and then penalize them for missing work. It’s a stressful job. Expect them to get sick, and need mental health days. How can you expect someone to function like that and NOT get physically and/or mentally sick? They should be getting hazard pay.

  • I still work long days- sometimes I work 12 or more hours, but I can go out and take a break, manage my time. I do some of that work while I’m out on foot, walking, using that activity to refresh and boost my creative energy. The running paths are as much my desk as my physical desk is. And I can eat, drink, and use the bathroom whenever I need to!

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.

Start moving, start walking. Get away from all of the clutter to a quiet place and allow yourself to listen, think and feel what comes from inside you. Leave money out of it. Money is too big of a mental hangup.

Taking care of yourself means listening to your own desires and dreams.  What elements of those could you actually create for yourself and in what ways?  People who have kids have additional responsibilities, but that shouldn’t prevent you from pursuing what makes you happy. Even if you can’t afford to leave your job, don’t use that as an excuse. You can still be planning and creating a better existence in your mind that you can manifest now.

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

The NurseUp.com group on Facebook was the single biggest influence on my path. I continue to meet so many other inspiring nurses and find out about great resources there. It showed me that there were many other nurses like me who felt limited by traditional nursing and chose their own way of following their dreams.

Now for fun:

9. What book or publication is currently on your nightstand? Self-Help by Miranda Sings

10. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be? It’s a toss-up between green chile and sushi. Please don’t make me choose one over the other!

11. How can we get in touch with you?    

Email [email protected] 

Twitter @AleneGoneBad

Website http://cancerharbors.com 

My personal blog is http://alenegonebad.blogspot.com

Nurse Boss Soul School-the first of its kind

To be of true service to others, you must first nurture your own soul.
What does that even mean?
Nurturing your own soul means getting really clear on what it is that you love and desire for your one precious life.
It means showing up FIRST for yourself with zero guilt.
It means owning your gifts and passions without the need to explain yourself.
It means living every single day in a way that honors you and your desires.
It means letting go of the deathgrip that you have on the fear, lack, and struggle mindset forever.
It means more:
laughter. joy. fun. blessings. abundance. freedom. flow. ease. and alignment.
This is NOT something you learn in nursing school.
When you nurture your own soul & spirit, you become a vessel of unlimited abundance that you can share with others. Every thing is easier.

The outcome: Living true to your passions & talents in a way that honors both your own soul & those whom you care for.

Smart. Safe. Nurturing. Fulfilling. Empowering. Selfless service. Greatest good for ALL.
If you desire a safe. fun. simple. empowering. enlightening. energetic and timely course to learn to care for your soul, I invite you to consider enrolling in the only school of it’s kind, Nurse Boss Soul School.
I have captured all of my training (registered nurse 18 years/chronic condition coaching 5+ years/yoga teacher certification/holistic stress management certification/certified integrative health coach certification) coupled with the success of my private coaching clients and created a school that is accessible, profoundly simple, and extremely moving in an easy to use format.

I felt called to create this school after overcoming a time in my nursing career 5 years ago when despite enjoying my life & my rewarding job in a busy electrophysiology lab, I felt spiritually & energetically stuck.

I knew I was not living my full potential, but I had NO clue about how to get unstuck. I listened to the nudging of my soul & was able to show up in a bigger way.

I am passionate about sharing this with nurses. I never want another nurse to feel isolated, trapped, and alone like I felt.

I am on a mission to up the vibe of the nursing collective.

Our time to stop playing small has arrived.

At Nurse Boss Soul School you will learn simple, yet profound tools to nurture your own mind, body, & soul, with me as your guide in a safe, loving, & supportive environment.

All online from the comfort of your own home.

A group experience with other amazing nurses who seek to nurture their mind, body, and soul.

12 weeks. 6 soul lessons (pdf’s/audio/video files). 6 group coaching calls. Private FB community. All the love and support I can give.
Benefits:
  • Never again will you question whether or not you should nurture your own soul.
  • You will release the limiting beliefs and energy patterns for good that keep you stuck in self-doubt, shame, and struggle.
  • You will have the confidence and inner knowing that you really are the creator of your life & now you know how to tap into your awesome to create the life & career that you used to believe was unattainable. No idea or dream is too crazy or off limits.
  • You have the tools to keep your emotional, physical, & spiritual health in the highest possible frequency for your highest good.
  • You have a vibe, an attractive energy about you because you have aligned your beliefs with your desires to attract exactly what you want.
  • Your habit of living in doubt, guilt, and shame is replaced by a lifestyle of abundance, confidence, and freedom.
Value: $1900
Your Investment: $479
that’s two payments of $239.50 or

three payments of $159.67
The magic starts May 16th.  
To guarantee your spot in the Nurse Boss Soul School, let me know by commenting below or email me at [email protected].
I look forward to helping you own your awesome
Peace & love,
Lisbeth

Healthy Nurse by Design & Nurse Boss

Nurse Boss-a blog series for nurses

Welcome to the 10th 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 delighted to share the work of Nurse Boss, Beth Boynton. We have not met in person, but her energy and passion are pervasive. I love her promotion of  the empowerment of nurses and bringing “Improvoscopy:Serious Play for Safe Care” into healthcare. What a great way to teach excellent communication skills in difficult situations in a fun, laid back manner.

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1. What are you doing now?

I’m developing, promoting, and providing workshops that use improv techniques to teach emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills to healthcare professionals. I’ve been teaching and writing about communication etc for over a decade and these experiential techniques are lots of fun and the learning can be profound.

I believe that all healthcare professionals and organizations should have access to some of the fundamental experiences because they can help us make healthcare safer and more compassionate. For patients and ourselves! Not all have time or money to afford hiring a consultant so I want to build a free website that will help others to teach a few improv activities. I have a crowdsource funding project going on right now and am asking for help in promoting and backing. It’s called “Improvoscopy: Serious Play for Safe Care”. (If you can help I’d be very grateful!)

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 love this question. I don’t think consciously, but on some spiritual level, yes. My undergrad degree was a BS in biochemistry with a minor in theatre and communication. That was before nursing! 🙂

My Mom passed away a few months ago and I’ve been reflecting a lot on my journey and family and do believe that helping people communicate, collaborate, and manage conflict more effectively is my life’s work. I remember over 20 years ago, as an Occupational Health Nurse trying to start a business that focused on avoiding adversarial relationships between injured workers and management! 🙂

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

There are so many specialties and career paths not to mention work opportunities all over the world 24/7/365. Nurses who know what they love or are figuring that out can earn a living and do meaningful work and weave that in with their life circumstances. I’ve written 2 books and developed my consulting business while working per diem in home health and long term care for many years!

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

The ability to inspire (and support) others to do and become their very best and as you say in your wonderful definition, while taking good care of themselves too. Respecting self and others seems integral and no surprise that both are part of emotional intelligence.

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

There is a lot of resistance to nurses being fully empowered. More complicated because it involves a shift in power from dynamics that are very old. Gender, social norms, religion, history, even survival are in the mix!

Part of my success is persistence and a compelling sense of purpose. I’m also continuing to learn that it isn’t my job to “make” people listen or speak up, it is my job to use my gifts, skills, and wisdom to provide resources to those wanting to develop the skills. This interview is an example of time well-spent for me and I appreciate those who are curious and interested in my story.

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

I can be healthier in mind, body, and spirit. I almost left healthcare in the early 2000s because I was learning about being assertive for myself. (I was always good at being assertive for patients but not so great at identifying and speaking up for my own needs.) I found it very difficult to practice my new ‘self-care’ skills in toxic cultures. Soooooo, I went to grad school for organization and management. I focused on group dynamics, coaching, organizational development, emotional intelligence (EQ) and the like. My practicum was a model that used theatre activities to build emotional intelligence in children. I did that for a while and then had a chance to teach a graduate course for healthcare professionals.

I got turned on to healthcare again by the privilege of working with some passionate students and realized that we need the same stuff in nursing etc! In my textbook, “Successful Nurse Communication: Safe Care, Healthy Workplaces, & Rewarding Careers”, I have a whole chapter on self care. I mention this because the publisher, F.A. Davis has been so supportive of me being honest and so indirectly are supporting the work nurses do. It helps me to keep the faith that positive change is happening and support is out there as I become better at looking in the right places and knowing what I’m looking for!

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?

Make yourself a priority! I think it is super important to do at least one thing that gives you joy or at least supports something that feels important to you. Know that you deserve to work in a culture where you feel supported and that if you don’t, you are not alone. Changing that may be tough with financial demands or life circumstances and getting unstuck may be a long process of discovery. Get help from your friends and family. I had a lot of help from a psychotherapist and feel that the work we did together continues on and has been very powerful.

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

The National Nurses in Business Association is a great starting place. There is a FB page for nurse entrepreneurs too. It can be wise to keep your “day job” as it can take a while to get your business off the ground. Passion about your goal and patience will help too!

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

    The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh. A 3-generation saga about the struggles of a young boy and his eventual wife and some history of India, Burma, and Malaysia. (A special book b/c I was visiting my son in India when he bought it and then loaned to me!)

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

Extra crispy fried chicken! Emmmmmm!

11. How can we get in touch with you?

[email protected], www.confidentvoices.com,

603-205-3509

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]

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