June 10, 2015 | | Comments 1
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Rock Your Health: Rethinking your nursing career

If you’re lucky enough, there will be a moment in your nursing career where things don’t go as planned. No matter how carefully you plan or meticulously you control, your career choice starts to unravel. Instead of thinking this is a bad thing, it might be the point where the magic starts to happen and you embark on a new adventure.

I chose a nursing career based on what my college roommate was majoring in because I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do. Even though my heritage said it was my destiny: my mother was a nurse, my grandmother was a nurse, and my great-grandmother (as the story goes) was a healer.

After all the hard work of studying to be a nurse, upon graduation I should have felt great about what I had accomplished, but what I was really feeling was “I don’t want to just sling bed pans as a nurse, there must be something more exciting for me to do.” As it turns out, my restless nature plus that wonderful nursing degree (for which I remain extremely grateful) allowed me to shift many times into many different nursing roles that provided me with great satisfaction in my long and varied career.

Upon reflection, what I didn’t realize was that I was just being me. My true self was guiding me on the best career path that was a fit for who I am, which is someone who thrives on variety and change.

So what about you? Are you honoring your true self in your nursing career and still feeling great about your career choice? Or has restlessness set in? And if so, what has it meant to you? I would love to hear your story and lessons learned about your true calling.


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Carol Ebert About the Author: Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP, is a creative force for education and wellness and is a certified wellness practitioner and wellness coach, mindful coaching certification trainer, certified law of attraction facilitator, and certified nutrition advisor. She has been a bedside nurse, school health educator, college health service director, medical center wellness specialist, and mindful coach and trainer. She is now CEO of her own wellness business, www.carolebert.com. She can be emailed at carol@carolebert.com.

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  1. I have been a nurse for 31 years and am now feeling restless and lost. Looking for a change when you are over 50 isn’t easy. Most see you as a short term player and pass over you for someone younger with greater years to offer. Finding a new path after being on the same one for so long is very difficult.

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