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Nurse Spotlight: Amelia

MEET THE NURSE WHO LOVES USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO

IMPACT NURSEPRENEURS

AMELIA, BSN, RN

Missy: How long have you been a nurse?

Amelia:10 years

Missy: Why did you decide to become a nurse?

Amelia: I really liked the schedule. My mom was a Nurse, seeing her work a few days out the week was my model of what a workweek should look like!

Missy: What do you love the most about nursing?

Amelia: Finding people’s strengths and talents always appealed from me. I liked that Nursing allows me to find strengths and restore people to their highest level of functioning.

Missy: What do you like the least about nursing?

Amelia: Unfortunately, a “scarcity” mindset seems to be encouraged among some Nurses. Nurses are encouraged to only look at their gifts in terms of what they can do in a “Nurse” role. Opposite of scarcity is the abundant mindset: “The Abundance Mentality, on the other hand, flows out of a deep inner sense of personal worth or security.”

Missy: Finish the statement. If I wasn’t a nurse, I’d probably be              .

Amelia: A Nutritional Consultant. I am doing this now but it is very very part time. After making dietary changes, I have seen health improvements with myself and others. I’m simply sharing  what I have seen work, it’s something we do any way as we like sharing/ recommending what has helped us.

Missy: Who inspired you to become a nurse? 

Amelia: My Mom

Missy: What is one tip that you have for an aspiring nurse or nursing student?

Amelia: Set up both a Personal and Professional Network of support that is established outside of the facility where you work.

Missy: Nurse burnout is one of the most challenging issues in the nursing field. What are you doing to prevent yourself from experiencing this in your career? 

Amelia: Burnout is a very isolating experience. When it happened to me, even the time leading up to that moment was isolating. My life mainly consisted of Nursing, and not much else. Learning about my various talents helped met get through Burnout successfully. Having activities and income streams outside of my Nursing Day job has help as well. Having meaning outside of work allowed me to keep my challenges as a RN in perspective. Being a nurse is challenging but the benefits are free training at conferences, opportunities for course design, project management, committee participation and an abundance of presenting/ speaking opportunities. Again, very valuable skills that all translate nicely outside of Nursing. I’ve used this and other training to start to build businesses outside of Nursing. Getting started as a Business Owner is not that hard and there is plenty of support. It’s up to us to speak to our value as a whole and support one another in our successes. For better or worse, Nurses are viewed as a collective.  When one does well, it reflects on us all, so we really need to support one another. I am honored that Missy ( your FB name ?) asked me to share my story as I have really admired what she has done and what she is doing to care for her community of Healthcare Professionals.

To learn more about Amelia and how she helps nurses transition from bedside to Boss follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @RN_solutions. See more on her blog at www. thebusinessofnursing.com and www.solutionsbyamelia.com.

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Nurse Spotlight: Ana W.

AN ONCOLOGY NURSE WHO SAID NO TO CANCER

ANA W., BSN, RN

Missy: How long have you been a nurse?

Ana: 5 years

Missy: Why did you decide to become a nurse?

Ana: It’s a long story… I’ll try to make it short. When my son was born, he had to fight for his life in intensive care for 14 days; at the same time I was fighting post partum complications. We had to stay in the hospital for quite a while and the nurses who took care of us were absolutely amazing! Right there I knew that taking care of others was way more important than taking care of ourselves! Those nurses were extraordinary and I wanted to be just like them! Years later, here in the US, some lady in church told me that my mission was to become a nurse… well, here I am!

Missy: What’s next for your career?

Ana: I’m currently working on my FNP degree.

Missy: What areas have you worked in nursing?

Ana: Always oncology. It’s hard to face death everyday but I do it for my patients… I fight cancer with them!

Missy: What is one tip that you have for an aspiring nurse or nursing student?

Ana: Never give up! It gets overwhelming but always believe that God is right there with you! My daughter was 3 years old when she told me:  “If you think you can’t do it, just know that Jesus can!”

Missy: What’s the most challenging thing about being a nurse?

Ana: You always put your patients first! No matter what’s going on in your life, they are your priority. Knowing how to separate personal life and work its a bit challenging, especially in the beginning. You must learn how to separate work from your private life.

Missy: Nurse burnout is one of the most challenging issues in the nursing field. What are you doing to prevent yourself from experiencing this in your career?

Ana: You have to find out what makes you happy and work for it. Don’t just work for your paycheck. If you don’t like your job, find another one. Nursing is not an easy job! Bringing patients back to health or helping them at the end of life gets overwhelming pretty fast. You have to relieve the stress when you go home and leave work behind. If you go home, everyday, thinking about what happened at work, the accumulation of all that emotion, will make your heart heavy and sad, to the point that you just can’t do it anymore. Like I said before, work is work, your life is your life!

Missy: Finish the statement. If I wasn’t a nurse I would be a…

Ana: Social worker.

Missy: You recently became a patient yourself. How has that experienced shaped your view of nurses, if any?

Ana: It was the scariest and most devastating experience! When the radiologist told me that my mass looked a lot like cancer, I felt like life was stabbing me in the back! I said, hey, I’m an oncology nurse, I’m not supposed to be sick! Thinking that cancer could take me from my family was absolutely horrifying! But I filled my heart with hope and God gave me strength to face it and to make me a better nurse. Took me about six weeks to find out it wasn’t cancer. It’s a precondition, but not cancer! I know this happened so I could become stronger and a better nurse. Now I know what my patients feel, and it’s not an easy feeling! The nurses caring for me were the most important part of all this process! They’re the ones making sure everything was happening the way its supposed to; from ordering tests, scheduling and making sure the results were back to the doctors hands. At the same time, they’re the ones taking care of me emotionally, holding my hands and making sure to let me know that I was not alone. They were very professional, loving and caring. It made me proud to know how important a nurse is. I’m proud to be a nurse and to know how important I am to my patients.

Ana deserves nurse of the year with her positive and strong attitude with caring for people who face such hard challenges everyday. We salute Ana for her hard work and for saying NO to cancer.

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Why Nurses Should Look Forward To 2017

 

As we wrap up another year filled with memories and experiences and head towards the new year, consider what 2016 means to you. For many of us 2016 has been a year filled with laughter, sadness, and a bunch of emotions in between.

As I look back at the current of events that took place this year, I consider how each one has impacted my life in any way. Whether you consider 2016 to be your best year, or the worst year ever, the good thing is that we are blessed to enter 2017 with a clean slate.

Here are a few reasons why you should look forward to 2017:

1. A new job (or specialty)

If you’re feeling stagnant in your career or you’re not working in the specialty that you really want to be in, now is the time to create a new plan for yourself. If you’re unhappy with your current position as a nurse, don’t be afraid to change it up. One of the best things about the nursing field is that you have the option to work in various different specialties and settings. If you’re not certain on what you want to do ask a few nurses to shadow them.

2. Travel as a nurse

Whether you like warm winters in California or beautiful mountains in Washington, take advantage of travel nursing to see the world. You can travel alone or take a nursing buddy along for the experience. Travel nursing has many advantages such as great pay, flexibility and the opportunity to meet new people from around the world.

3. Learn a new hobby

As nurses, we give so much of ourselves away to our patients then go home and do the same for our families. Sometimes it feels like a never-ending cycle and we forget to make ourselves happy. Learning a new hobby is a great way to experience new things and find out what makes us happy. Whether it’s a sport, photography, or yoga, do something that you’ve always wanted to try but never got around to doing.

4. Set new goals

The cool things about starting a new year is that we can hit the reset button.

If you didn’t achieve all of your goals for 2016, it’s OK.

You are not the same person you were a year ago and chances are it’s time to reevaluate and create new goals that align with who you are as a person. Remember to set a goal for all the main areas in your life and not just one huge goal. Holism is key.

5. Mentor a new nurse

With fall graduations ending chances are you will have a new nurse added to your unit. Take the time out to mentor them and offer any extra help they may need. You may even want to invite them out for a Starbucks date and get to know them better. I remember how scared and timid I was a new nurse and felt like I didn’t quite fit any with the seasoned nurses.  A simple gesture like this goes along way and you will have impact their career in so many different ways.

In 2017 let’s kill the “Nurses eat their young” mantra!

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Nurse Spotlight: Mohammad JD

A FUTURE NURSE ANESTHETIST AND HUMANITARIAN

MEET THE NURSE WHO SAVES LIVES BOTH IN THE SKY AND IN THE OPERATING ROOM 

MOHAMMAD JD, NURSE ANESTHESIA RESIDENT, PHRN, CCRN AND PARAMEDIC

Mohammad is in graduate school to become a Nurse Anesthetist and plans to have his own medical team in the future to fulfill the anesthesia shortage.

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Missy: How long have you been a nurse?

Mohammad: 2.5 years

Missy: Why did you decide to become a nurse?

Mohammad: I wanted to be a flight nurse and work as a nurse anesthetist. This field gave me amazing options. Who else can say they work in the sky and in the OR, all in one? Also, I want to start a medical team to help with the anesthesia shortage around the world, so this field was perfect.

Missy: What’s next for your career?

Mohammad: Finishing up CRNA school and starting my medical team. More humanitarian work.

Missy: What areas have you worked in nursing and what area do you currently work in?

Mohammad: I work in the pre hospital setting and now, since I’m training, I’m just focused on anesthesia. I have an ICU background in neuro, medical, and surgical ICU’s.

Missy: What is one tip that you have for an aspiring nurse or nursing student?

Mohammad: A personal tip, not to let time be a factor when pursuing nursing program advance degrees. A specific tip: Never treat the numbers, treat the patient.

Missy: What’s next for you in nursing? 

Mohammad: I want to start a medical team and have it running by 2021, hopefully.

Missy: Finish the statement. If I wasn’t a nurse, I’d probably be a                  .   

Mohammad: I would be doing theater.

Follow Mohammad @mjd_theoldsoul and see how he continues to make a difference in this world every day. You’ll be just as impressed as we are!

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Nurse Spotlight: Alice Benjamin

WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU MIX A CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST AND A MEDIA EXPERT?

MEET AMERICA’S FAVORITE NURSE

ALICE BENJAMIN, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, PCCN-CCMC

Nurse Alice is a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Author, Entrepreneur and media pro that has redefined what nursing looks like.

 

 

Missy: How long have you been a nurse?

Alice: 19 years 😲

Missy: Why did you decide to become a nurse?

Alice: I was the eldest of my siblings and helped my mother take care of my father who was frequently seeing doctors and in/out of the hospital with hypertension, stroke and heart disease. As well, as a little girl, I was in and out of the doctor’s office frequently too so I saw how positive of an impact nurses could make on someone’s life so I wanted to do that for other people.

Missy: What’s next for your career?

Alice: I’m enjoying my career as a Cardiac Clinical Nurse Specialist in critical care seeing complex patients, transforming care at the bedside with evidence and training new and experienced nurses. I’m now expanding my health care expertise using a multimedia platform to educate the general public on important health matters so I’m doing more tv/radio and writing. I’ve also become a Nursepreneur by launching my own boutique education company for health professionals called Ask-A-Nurse First. I teach critical care and cardiac topics and nursing specialty review courses across the nation and online.

Missy: What areas have you worked in nursing and what area do you currently work in?

Alice: I’ve spent a majority of my career in critical care, ICU (MICU, SICU, trauma and burn) for a few years but mostly in cardiac progressive care (aka step down). But as many nurses I always had a second job but in a very different area. I’ve worked in corrections, outpatient clinics, home health and as an adjunct clinical nursing instructor. It was still work but a break from the regular routine of inpatient work.

Missy: What is one tip that you have for an aspiring nurse or nursing student?

Alice: Pace and plan. There will be tons of studying and homework that happens outside of your normal life. And for a while (at least during nursing school) life won’t seem normal but if you plan out your studying and assignments and pace your activities, you’ll find that you don’t have to give up all your personal time and your stress levels won’t be V’taching (going up down up down) all the time. There is such a thing called school life balance. And you need it or you will burn out before you finish school.

Missy: Nurse burnout is one of the most challenging issues in the nursing field. What are you doing to prevent yourself from experiencing this in your career?

Alice: Burnout is something every nurse will experience if they’re not careful and it will have a physical, mental and emotional toll on you. I chose a nursing pathway that was aligned with my passions. I love all things cardiac. And I love to teach. So as a cardiac clinical nurse specialist I get to do all those things. I feel like I have purpose and a voice in the work that I do. I also take time for myself and family and leave work behind. Its important to protect your personal time. Having a fruitful career is important but not at the expense of your happiness and health.

Missy: Finish the statement. If I wasn’t a nurse, I’d probably be a                  .   

Alice: Science teacher because I love pathophysiology and pharmacology and have a gift for teaching in an easy to understand way.

To learn more about this busy nurse and how she does it all visit her website at www.AliceBenjamin.com and for more information on her education company find out more at www.AskANurseFirst.com. Nurse Alice offer lots of great education for nursing students and nurses both online and in a classroom setting. Every month she offers a free webinar on a particular topic.

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