Back in School
It’s a new day and I’m back in school. Just a few months to finish my Bachelor’s of Nursing. This dream started this several years ago and didn’t finish it. Life happened. I’m already accepted into Grad School for my Adult Nurse Practitioner. Right now, life is my canvas. Life has handed me a blank slate and it’s wanting me to paint on it. I may or may not attend the school I’m accepting in for my ANP. I have a few months before I begin, so I’m open to possibilities.
I’m at the place in my life I know what I want, and I know what I don’t want and not afraid to voice it. Passionate about Integrative Medicine is where I’m at and I have 22-years of experience in oncology nursing. No longer do I shy away from sharing my desire to put all that experience together and forge my own path. Is there a position that incorporates all these modalities where I work? No…there isn’t. Is that going to stop me? No…its’ not. It’s awesome to continue down this path because this is who I am and what I want.
Rekindling a Passion
I’ve been so burned out in nursing and the only way out I saw was to leave nursing and pursue integrative health. I had the courage last year to close the doors on all my business ventures. It can be a scary thing to close doors on the known when you have no idea what the next step is. So many areas in my life were no longer serving me. Saying goodbye to many things brought peace and not fear. When I became a nurse it fulfilled a life-long dream and I’m rekindling my passion for nursing!
Having a conversation with the oncologist I work for was life-changing. My husband and I discussed the possibility of my going back to school. He was 100% behind me. I began researching schools. I’m very happy I chose to go back and finish my BSN at the school I started several years ago. This enabled me to complete that program more quickly than starting over at a new school.
For 2020 I was asked to chair the survivorship committee for our cancer program. I’m on two committees related to the psychosocial wellness of our cancer patients as well as the new integrative medicine charter. I facilitate two cancer support groups and co-facilitate a cancer grief support class. Our local holistic nurses’ group started back up, and I completed my Level 1 Healing Touch Practitioner program. It’s exciting to be incorporating things I love to do in my work environment.
School has started and while it’s taken a bit of juggling to balance work, home, church, and life; I couldn’t be happier. Connecting to oneself is amazing! I’m highlighting an awesome nurse today, Lisbeth Overton! Lisbeth is so authentic and recently made some pretty soul-inspired decisions related to her life and nursing career. I’ve been blessed to be connected to so many nurse bloggers and nurseprenuers over the past few years. It’s great to be supported by such an awesome tribe of nurses!
I’ve rekindled my love for writing and I’m creating again with art, stamping, and crafting. That’s the FUN in my life! I’m rediscovering the things I love in my life. Is there anything in your life you want to re-visit or rediscover about yourself? It’s never too late to do what you want to do!