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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 series dedicated to nurses

Welcome to the 20th installment of Nurse Boss. A blog series dedicated to nurses.

I was guided to create this series after a spark of creativity within my soul felt that it would help thousands of nurses.

My hope is that these interviews will ignite a spark in you or stir your inner landscape in a way that propels you to dream big and go after what it is that you desire in life and career.

A Nurse Boss is a nurse who has created a lifestyle that aligns their passion with their natural gifts and energy style in a way that helps others while also honoring their own body, mind, and soul. A Nurse boss walks their talk and they are open to receive the abundance that is theirs.

A Nurse Boss is more than a role or job he/she has, it’s a certain energy, a vibe, a mindset.  A Nurse Boss has an uplifting energy and loves helping others, but not to the detriment of his/her own well-being.

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

Susan Turnage, RN, RYT

Susan Turnage, RN, RYT

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

2. Did you always have the desire to do what you are doing now or did someone or something create a spark in you that made you realize this was your calling?
At age 3 I knew I would be a nurse. Nursing has been both my vocation and avocation for over 4 decades. I have experience in hospital Nursing, Acute care, rehab, pediatric head injury, corrections, home health and call center telephonic nurse coach.

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

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

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

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

Don’t give up.

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

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

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

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

Yoga is what you need in the moment.

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

7. For nurses who feel stuck in their careers what words of wisdom do you have to help inspire them to break out of their status quo?

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

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

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

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

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

“61 Hours”, Lee Child

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

11. How can we get in touch with you?

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

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

[email protected]

757-784-3277

Susan Turnage RN, CYN, RYT500

The 5 Books that Helped my Heart Sing and Become Whole Again

The 5 Books that Helped my Heart Sing and Become Whole Again

I am a nurse and a healer. I know that in order to guide others back to themselves holistically, you first must be whole yourself.

By whole, I mean connected and aligned in body, mind, and spirit. The sum of the whole is greater than the individual parts.

As luck would have it, feeling whole is a bit challenging for most of us. If we are honest, we have all probably experienced that moment when we felt we just didn’t measure up.

Part of the human condition means struggling at some time or another with one of these beliefs: you are not lovable, you are not worthy, and/or you do not have what it takes and you are lacking in some way(money/intelligence/strength/courage).

I am no different. I spent plenty of years immeshed in my struggle story. In order to overcome my struggles and release my limiting beliefs, I had to do some soul searching and hard work.

Some of the things that have helped me release my limiting beliefs are: yoga, mindfulness, tapping into my creativity, intentional movement, nature, connecting with other healers or lightworkers, energy work, humor, music, and whole food nutrition.

I rely on these for ongoing growth and I am empowered to stay on this path to abundant, whole heart living because it sets my soul on fire and brings me immense joy and rich health.

In addition to these tools, something that easily inspires me are words.

The irony is that as a young girl I absolutely hated reading and I sure as heck did not feel I was a good writer. Now, I can’t get enough of either! I have a voracious appetite for all things inspiring and empowering; especially in the written word. I could easily spend hours looking through quotes on sparkly notecards or crafting my own. Doing so calls me to evolve and live into my full potential. Words speak to me in a way that inspires, uplifts, nourishes and feeds my heart and soul.

I am typically reading no less than four books. I will start reading and then get pointed towards another book or idea and then I will get another book on that and on it goes. Has this ever happened to you? You jump online for a quick search and the next thing you know you have six new tabs open and an hour has lapsed!

I have read hundreds of books; however, the five books that I am sharing with you today will forever remain my favorites. They inspired me to dig deep, let go, and love myself up unconditionally. I believe that there are no accidents and these books were drawn onto my path in divine timing. Perhaps one of them will help inspire or empower you as much as they have inspired me. The winners are:

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Don Miguel Ruiz

I read this book after getting remarried and it really helped my husband and me learn to communicate in a healthy way. Living the tenants of the Four Agreements is profound and quite liberating.

Here is a video about Don’s book, The Four Agreements

A Life Worth Breathing: A Yoga Master’s Handbook of Strength, Grace, and Healing

Max Strom

I read this book after completing yoga teacher training during a time when I was struggling with self-doubt. It was so profoundly healing to read. I literally finished the book, got online to find out more about Max and he was in Minneapolis the next day for a yoga workshop. Holy serendipitous batman. I attended the workshop with my book in hand and shared with Max how much it helped me. I now have his Johnny Hancock in his book. So amazing.

Here is a link to Max’s book,  A Life Worth Breathing

True Purpose 12 Strategies for Discovering the Difference You Are Meant to Make

Tim Kelley

I heard about this book from Lisa Sasevich during her bootcamp in San Diego. This was a game changer for me. Tim talks about each of us having a gift, a blessing and he really guides you in doing the work through writing and reflecting to uncover what your blessing and true purpose are.

Here is a link to Tim’s book, True Purpose 

The Gifts of Imperfection

Brené Brown

Brené is my all time favorite girl crush. She has researched and written on the very abstract concept of shame and vulnerability for over 20 years. I learned of her book after turning 40 and  gifting myself a course called Heart Sight Series. It was about subtle energy, something I knew nothing about. I asked the teacher what book she could recommend that most aligned with what we were learning in the course and she recommended Brené’s, The Gifts of Imperfection. That book really helped me understand and feel that I was not alone in not wanting to feel vulnerable and that shame is universal.

Here is Brené speaking about vulnerability in her famous TED talk Vulnerability

A Weekend to Change Your Life

Joan Anderson  

I read this gem as I was cultivating the courage to create my own retreat for nurses to refresh and renew. Joan is the guru of running successful retreats for women, guiding them in letting go and embracing their authenticity. It couldn’t have been timed more perfectly and it really helped me create a beautiful retreat for nurses that was empowering on so many levels for the nurses and me.

Here is a link to Joan’s book, A Weekend to Change Your Life

Chances are, if you are reading this, you too are an avid reader and are on the quest for ways to enhance your amazing life……..My hope is that you have been inspired and that you may find some resources that resonate with you on your path back to the awesome you.

There is no one else like you. Love yourself up and do you like only YOU can.

What are your favorite reads on healing?

Hugs and healing to you,

Lisbeth

How becoming a yoga teacher helped improve my communication with doctors and made me a better nurse

I am sure you are curious about what yoga has to do with my nurse career……everything!

Never in a million years did I think that completing yoga teacher training would improve my nursing career or make communicating with doctors easier.

Then it happened.

I have practiced nursing for seventeen years. Ten of those, I spent working in a busy electrophysiology lab (that’s the circuitry division of the cardiac catheterization lab).

These were by far some of the best days of my practice! For those of you who practice in an operative type setting are aware of the relationships you create when working in this environment.

For those who do not work in this type of environment, I will share, that when you work in this type of setting, you become very close with all of the people who are part of that team. The doctors, nurses, x-ray technicians, device company clinicians, and others who support all the equipment you use in your day to day operations treating patients. For me, it was patients with heart rhythm disturbances. Working in such conditions, gives you a back stage pass to all the ins and outs of these team members’ lives and their idiosyncrasies.

Every human has their “buttons.” When under stress, a time crunch, or just having a crummy day these buttons get pushed and depending on the person (and whether or not they’ve had their coffee, it’s a full moon, or mercury is in retrograde), the people on the receiving end may receive an unwarranted dose of yelling or personal attacks.

It is ok to be crabby once in a while, but when people start yelling at others or throwing instruments, that crosses the line.

Prior to my yoga experience, whenever a physician was starting to engage in showing their frustration or anger by yelling, I would shut down and start to tread lightly, as if I were walking on egg shells. It never got to the point that I would not interject or interrupt the doctor on my patient’s behalf, but it always made me feel uneasy and like I was on high alert. It was as if they had some special power over me, and that I should be afraid of them.

This is never a good feeling to have as a nurse, because it can influence whether or not you speak up for your patient, which is never a good outcome.

Fast forward to my yoga teacher training. One of the doctors that I worked with agreed to be my “student” for yoga teacher training. I was both flabbergasted and ecstatic. A busy doctor taking the time and energy to help me complete my teacher training! Score! The exam went swell and after I received my certification the relationship that I had with said doctor changed forever.

I don’t know if it was that he had more respect for me, or what, but after that, I never every felt threatened, afraid, or worried about walking on egg shells again. It was as if we were now on a level playing field. I knew more about something than he did, and we were now equals in my mind.

At times when I could tell he was getting frustrated I would say, “you’re going to have to drop and give me fifteen chaturanga dandasana’s (a complex yoga move) if you keep it up.” That queue became his barometer for when he needed to cool it with his negative vibes. In an instant he would lighten up. That relationship spilled over into all of my relationships with doctors and made communicating with them so much easier.

I had this epiphany, that just because someone has MD after their name, does not give them the right to talk to me in a way that feels threatening or unkind.  I realized that we were on a level playing field and that they put their pants on just like me, one leg at a time.

This helped make me the best possible nurse, because I no longer stressed or walked on egg shells in certain situations. When we are under stress; especially chronically, we are far more likely to make errors. This puts us and our patients at risk. I had less stress (less potential for errors) and felt even more comfortable speaking up on behalf of myself and my patients (patient advocacy is crucial in great care, nurses are the eyes and ears of our patients and it is our duty to speak up when there is a change in their condition or a need to re-evaluate a previous plan of care). A win-win for all.

I respect and honor the hard work and schooling that doctors go through, but I will not allow a doctor, or anyone else for that matter to be disrespectful or rude to me. Having more education than me is no grounds for that type of behavior.

So, if you are feeling afraid or like you have to walk on egg shells at work, I get you. The great news is that you don’t have to go through yoga teacher training to change how you interact with people who are difficult. This applies to anyone who is being disrespectful to you and it doesn’t have to be at the workplace. No one deserves to be mistreated or treated disrespectfully.

The same goes for you, if you are the one treating others poorly. It goes both ways. You do not have the right to mistreat others.

When people are projecting that behavior, it is because they feel bad about themselves and use it as a way to make themselves feel better. Stop taking the bait.

The person being disrespectful is no better than you and they do not deserve your time or energy when they are speaking down to you or being disrespectful in some way. The best solution to this is to call them out on their behavior and say something like, “I can see that you are upset, however, I do not deserve to be treated this way and I am happy to give you my time and attention when you can treat me respectfully.” Then simply walk away.

Like attracts like. When we focus on our internal power (self-respect), we attract more power (respect). When we focus on our weaknesses, or what’s not “right” with us, we attract situations that highlight our weaknesses.

We all have parts of ourselves that we can improve upon. I call these opportunities. Continue to work on your “opportunities”, but also try to focus on what’s good and right with you, not on what’s not. You will attract positive, healthy, and empowering opportunities on your path. This will further empower you.

Please let me know what you are doing to improve your relationships with difficult people on or off the job and what has been successful for you. This post is for uplifting comments and encouragement. Let’s hear what’s working for you.

Sending you love and empowerment in life and work,

Lisbeth

Laughter and Yoga

Laughter is the best medicine. It reduces stress, transports you to the present moment, and helps strengthen your abs. Laughter is inherent in the daily experience of children and seems to lessen with age and responsibility.

This is a picture of me as a young girl laughing away as I often did when being entertained by others.

I love the benefits that I receive when I enjoy a good belly laugh and I love the way I feel mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually during and after I practice yoga.

When you combine the two, what happens is nothing short of majestic.  Laughter + Yoga= BIG F-U-N.

Here are my favorite reasons to practice laughter yoga and yoga:

  • it boosts your “feel good” endorphins
  • it’s free
  • it feels good
  • it increases your vibration, which equates to better health
  • it relieves stress, tension, anxiety, and reduces blood pressure

I want to invite you into my Nurse Healing Lounge for a hilarious dose of laughter yoga. It will only take about twelve minutes and the payoff is huge, if you participate.

Go ahead, go all in, what have you got to lose?

In this episode, Giggle with us here Sarah Routman, of Serious Giggles guides us through some simple, yet profound laughter yoga exercises to help my friend Liz and me get our giggle on.

Please enjoy, share, and repeat.

Please share your favorite part about this exercise. I personally love the smile “push ups”!

What can you do  now to start laughing more often?

For more laughter yoga, check out Sarah’s amazing work at:   Sarah’s website

In laughter and gratitude,

Lisbeth