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Thinking out of the box: A Registered Nurse Entrepreneur

Posted Apr 15 2010 12:00am

     May 2010 marks 20 years for me as a Registered Nurse. My experiences have been varied. At the very core of what I have done has been a knowing that I wanted to make a real difference. A real difference in my own life, the life of my family and friends, and the lives of so many that I have touched and have yet to touch. Hence lies the mission of Wellness Nurses. Self Care, (mind/spirit connection), Health Care, (of self and others), and Wealth Care (for personal needs and meeting needs of others). We only have one body and one life to do and be who we are supposed to be. We all have a sense of belonging and contributing.

Our passion may not be readily apparent. Coaching and prodding to develop the inner longings will allow these desires to surface.      Thinking outside of the box. What picture does that bring to mind? I want to relate this concept to traditional nursing careers. Many professional nurses are geared to continue nursing education to either climb the corporate ladder in a facility setting, or to be able to educate nursing students. I have always been an entrepreneur at heart. In the 20 years of being a nurse, it has only been within the past 5 years or so, that it hit me that nurses could be entrepreneurs (as a nurse). Many doors are open. A forensic nurse, a legal nurse consultant, a nurses that opens a home health facility, or a nurse specialist consultant are just to name a few choices.      My passion has always been in natural health. For some reason I always felt like I had to either be a nurse, or delve into the natural health field, but their could not be a marriage between the two passions. I was wrong! I have found ways to incorporate healthy living with being a nurse.

My business as an RN Health and Wellness Coach is coming right along! I get so excited when a client loses 20 pounds, and they come and tell me their physician has taken them off of  their blood pressure medication because they were becoming so healthy the blood pressure medication was making their blood pressure too low! How totally awesome! To make a difference in the life of individuals through prevention. This is so exciting to think of the possibilities. So, as I continue this journey to teach other nurses how to use their nursing skills and follow their passion, I am fulfilled. I am also feeling pretty healthy!   

 Take a self evaluation where you are in your nursing career. Are you happy? Are you satisfied? Are you fulfilled?  If you are not, why not? If you are not, what steps can you take to follow your passion? Find a way to follow your passion. Your passion will find a way for you. Please take time an answer a question here in under comments. ~ What do you do currently as a nurse? Is this where you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? Do you ever wonder how you could use your nursing skills in a health promotion way?

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