Holistic Career Coaching….for savvy 21st century nurses!


Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BCI’ve been a nurse since 1996, and I’ve worked in a variety of clinical settings, including home health, community health, case management, public health, hospice, and nursing education. I’ve also held management and executive positions, including Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Nursing.

I’m a Board-Certified Nurse Coach (NC-BC) under the auspices of the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. I also hold previous certifications in Swedish Massage, Kripalu Yoga, and Laughter Yoga. Previously, I studied the visual arts, dropping out of two Philadelphia art schools in the early 1980s.

With equal passion for nursing and coaching, I translate that dual passion into a desire to help nurses experience the most satisfying careers possible.

Writing is one of my other passions in life, and I’m a popular freelance nurse writer and blogger for a number of nursing websites and one print magazine. I’ve maintained my award-winning blog, Digital Doorway, since 2005, and I’ve also been published in several non-fiction nursing books.

The Nurse Keith ShowMy podcast, The Nurse Keith Show, was launched in January of 2015, and offers weekly nursing career advice, information, and inspiration for nurses and healthcare professionals who want to take their careers to the next level.



mastering nursing podcast logoDuring 2018, I served as the host of Mastering Nursing, a one-season 22-episode interview-style podcast produced under the auspices of NursingDegreeDatabase.com.  These high-level interviews with inspiring nursing thought leaders will surely engage your heart and mind.



RNFMRadio.comI’m one of the founders and original co-hosts of RNFM Radio, a popular nursing podcast focused on nursing careers nurse entrepreneurship, and nursing and healthcare innovation. RNFM Radio began broadcasting in January of 2012, seeing several incarnations and well-known cohosts through its sunset in 2017.



Personally Speaking

I was born in the house my father built….just kidding.

But seriously, folks, I grew up in central New Jersey, and I’ve lived in Philadelphia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, England, Israel, and in an RV.

In my own life, I’ve experienced loss, burnout, and personal tragedy; great joy and extensive travel; parenting, marriage, and separation; enormous challenges; and a deep desire to serve others. I feel that my nursing, writing, podcasting, speaking, and coaching have an impact on the personal, organizational, local, regional, and global levels, and it is my joy and humble honor to offer my services to both individuals and organizations.

I speak semi-fluent Spanish and I wish I could speak French. I love animals (especially ducks, donkeys, horses, dogs, and cats), and I enjoy spending time with friends of all ages, traveling, reading, listening to music and podcasts, and relishing the passing of time.

Living in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, I share a magical life with his partner, Shada McKenzie, a gifted, empathic, and highly skilled traditional astrologer and reader of the tarot. We spend time cavorting with our remarkably adorable animal companions, George, Buck, and Lorca. You can find George the Cat on Instagram by using the hashtag #georgethecatsantafe. You can find Buck and Lorca wherever tasty treats and fun walks can be found. 

Final Thoughts

I don’t impose my beliefs on others and do not see myself as a special individual with “the right answers”. Rather, I use my coaching skills to guide my clients to identify what’s most important to them as they create and manifest their own unique life vision.

If you’d like to download my media kit to learn more about me, please click here. And if you have specific questions about anything I do in relation to nursing, careers, podcasting, writing, etc., I offer a complimentary 30-minute strategy session to anyone who’d like to pick my brain.

Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to contact me in order to schedule a complimentary 30-minute strategy session.

An expert career coach who is also a seasoned nurse!

Your companion on the journey of creating an amazing nursing career!

Contact me about taking your nursing career to the next level!

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