Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Why Coaching For Nurses?

When I speak with people about my newly launching coaching practice for nurses (which will shortly be live at NurseKeithCoaching.com and NurseKeith.com), they often ask why nurses might need coaching. There are many reasons that nurses can benefit from coaching, and when you take into consideration the fact that nurses are responsible for the care of millions of people worldwide, it makes sense that nurses should be healthy, balanced and happy at home and at work so that they can perform at their best.
As nurses, we spend a great deal of time caring for others and precious little time caring for ourselves. Our work can be all consuming, and in that process we can easily lose touch with our own health, happiness, and sense of balance.
Coaching with me is meant to be all about you. It’s about rediscovering the things that you love about your work. It’s about reconnecting with what’s underneath your desire to be a nurse. It’s also about finding balance in your life, and making your own health, happiness, relationships and life satisfaction the focus.
Nurses are caregivers, but we can only provide the best care when we're also taking care of ourselves properly. Exercise, nutrition, weight loss, stress management, leisure and fun, work-life balance, spirituality, relationships---all of these aspects of our lives impact our ability to be at our best when we engage in our work. And when our lives are out of balance, we suffer on multiple levels. 
My intention is to provide coaching that lifts nurses' spirits, assists them in identifying their goals, their strengths and their areas of challenge, and creating a life that more clearly resonates with their spirit and their vision of the best possible life. 
If nurses are the backbone of the health care industry, then that backbone needs the support to be the strongest and healthiest it can be. Nursing should be something you do, not just something that does you in!


Jessica Ellis said...

Balance is SO key! Unfortunately, our nursing co-workers are more likely to criticize when we try to find balance and not let our jobs dominate our total lives just to qualify as a "dedicated" nurse. We are supporting nurses and the nursing profession as well over at nursesnetwork.com

Good luck with your coaching!


Keith "Nurse Keith" Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC said...

Thank you! I am well aware of the Nurses Network and my blog syndicates over there.

Yes, some unhealthy and unconscious nurses look down on our desire to be healthy. It's the old paradigm and we simply have to continue to subvert it!