Summer is at its height. Many of us have already taken a vacation or are just about to and are enjoying the tail end of summer. The kids are starting to get bored and testing our patience. The heat is starting to become too much to bear. And every novel activity has been done and enjoyed many times over. At the same time, we’ve turned our attention toward back-to-school preparation. We’ve got doctor’s visits on the calendar, one last trip planned, and a little bit more self-care to get excited about.
In this way, August is a transitional month. We’re both still enjoying summer and saying goodbye to it. We’re preparing for another school year, but haven’t quite switched gears yet. I think it’s this dueling nature of August that makes it feel so exhausting to a lot of us. That’s why it’s so important to remember self-care. Now that the vacations have been taken, the pool parties enjoyed, the day trips experienced, allow yourself...
As we enter further into the month of May, spring is in full bloom. I see it as a very feminine, compassionate and maternal time of year. Not only is May the month of Mother’s Day and International Nurses Day, but everywhere in nature we see the world blooming again. As the weather becomes more nurturing, we see new growth and regeneration. A slight return to something somewhat "normal".
However, as we witness all this new life bursting forth around us, it’s important that we, as women, remember that it’s not only important to nurture those in our circle, but that we also turn our loving nature inward taking time to care for ourselves. When we remember to make this a priority, then we too can bloom in the spirit of spring.
There is so much to (re)focus on during this time of realignment such as limiting stress and nurturing mental wellness. Mental wellness can only be achieved if we learn how to keep our stress in check. When we get caught up in the business of...
Dr. Latora Grant Scott,PhD,RN - The Nurse Doc is Zen™
There is a familiar phrase, I’m “high on life”. People often use this description to express that their lives are happy and stress free. You may also be familiar with this term being used by athletes or exercise enthusiast to explain their euphoria after a great workout. This euphoric feeling is known as a “runner’s high” and for decades has been miscredited to the release of endorphins. Dr. David Linden shares that “runner’s high” is probably not completely mediated by our opioid system, since exercise also increases endocannabinoid levels in our bloodstream and easily move throughout the body. (1) Endocannabinoids are our body’s natural cannabis-like molecules. Research has revealed that it is Anandamide, which is known as the bliss molecule, that is responsible for the euphoric...
By: Alvionna Brewster, MSN-Ed, RN
Have you ever heard the saying “There’s no time like the present!” No words could be truer. Despite an international pandemic, there are lots of opportunities for nurses to succeed in this season. Just the other day, I mentioned to my social media audience, Black Nurse Entrepreneurs, “don’t
let this season pass you by without planting your seeds in fertile ground.” This season is planting season, for when this is all over, you will surely reap the harvest and the benefits of doing the work now. Don’t put off things. Even if you can only commit to 30 minutes a day, do something that will put you closer to your business goals.
The resources and information are out there. Information is readily at our fingertips. I am challenging you to do your research and invest the time in yourself just like you would for your job or...
As we navigate through this unprecedented time in history, the idea of self-care may seem like the last thing on your “to-do” list. However, both employees and business owners are reporting increased degrees of psychological distress during this time. How can one prioritize self-care and investing in themselves right now with so much going on in the world? Well before tackling the world, we must remember to recharge and ensure that they are we are equipped to handle the challenges of each day, before worrying about the seemingly evolving conditions around us.
#Socialdistancing during this time of #quarantine during #Covid19, can often leave some feeling lonely. Hence, it is important to seek support from a community network that gives a sense of connectedness for mental well-being. Given the state of ambiguity, it is crucial to lead and provide emotional support by responding to the crisis with #empathy and compassion. Many of us are striving to use...
Living Well on Purpose
We are all here on this earth for a reason. We are not here by chance. We are here to bring something that only we can bring. It can be as simple as bringing a sense of humor, offering a helping hand or becoming a Nurse. It can be the work that we do or the lessons that we’ve learned and shared, but regardless what it is, it literally can only be done by us.
What I have found to be true is that our purpose can absolutely not be fulfilled if we are not taking the time to care for ourselves and to meet our own needs. Avoiding self-care and taking the time to nurture our souls, our bodies and our minds is essential if we want to fulfill our purpose in the world. And the truth is, when we are working on this higher mission, we literally feel better. We have more energy because we have a destination and a goal.
Sometimes it can be difficult to identify what your purpose even is. It might not be obvious or you might have been stuffing your...
How do you answer the question, why did you become a nurse?
Your answer may vary depending on how long you have been in nursing, but typically your response may include phrases such as ‘because I want to help people’, or “because I care’ or ‘because it’s a noble profession’. I have used all of those phrases before as well, not only because I thought those were the anticipated answers but because I truly care about people and want to help them but that was not my underlying reason.
A few years ago, I was being interviewed for a patient experience position - ‘my dream job’! Then came the question: why did you become a nurse?
The interviewers couldn't hide shock on their faces as I answered the question. In my fresh prince theme song tone, my answer went like this!
'Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute, so just sit right there, I'll tell you how I...
SHIFTING FROM AN EMPLOYEE TO AN ENTREPRENEUR MINDSET
Georgia Skyers, MSN, RN
Do you have a mindset that gives you the best chances for success? I believe in first things first… before you became a nurse, did you have the mindset that allows you to explore and think outside the box? Or were you a ‘I must color between the lines’ to succeed person? The fact is, choosing the entrepreneurial route requires you to adopt a different level of thinking… a different mindset. Everything happens in the mind first. An entrepreneurial mindset requires you to challenge the status quo, be receptive of rejection, thrive in uncertainty, and possess a healthy dose of perseverance. I had to get my mind right, speak positivity over SELF before showing up for my business. As I transitioned from employee to entrepreneur, I learned that I had to abandon self- limiting thoughts and adopt positive self-serving ones. The mind is powerful, it does this strange thing of taking our...
So, you have decided to connect your nursing career along with your desire to own a business in order to become a Nurse Entrepreneur? Congratulations and Welcome To The Club! I too made the same decision to join this race and connect my nursing career with my love of bold statement T-shirts and now am THE CEO of PILL APPAREL. Let me just say that one of the biggest lessons that I have learned thus far is everyone has to start somewhere. For most newbies, of the biggest misconceptions amongst nurse entrepreneurs is you need to “have all your ducks in a row” before you can PASS GO and collect $200. You may feel like a specific “thing” has to happen before you can move forward or even get started. I am here to tell you from my own experience that is not the case. However, if you stay consistent, opportunities will arise that will catapult you to a higher level. If you choose to wait it out, procrastination will cause you to miss those...
Nurse Entrepreneurs aka Nurse Bosses –
Here are 3 strategies that you can implement in order to
use research as a growth hack!
Research does not have to be intimidating! Remember it is an avenue for exploration of your business services, products, or processes. Let’s discuss 3 ways that research will elevate your business.
Validate and refine existing products/services
Nurse bosses chose the route of nurse entrepreneurship to make a difference with the audience served. But how do you actually know if you have reached the goals based on business and the customers’ perspectives? You have to do your research! In order to do this, you need to identify your research question and the outcome(s) you want to explore.
The research questions posed are answered in two forms of data: 1) numerical data that can be gathered from a larger amount of people to determine differences or relationships (i.e. quantitative research) or 2) narrative data that seeks to...