On episode 45 of The Nurse Keith Show, I offer some clear-eyed inspiration for nurses who no longer want to feel limited by the voices and opinions that seek to constrict nurses’ individual and collective potential. We can play big or small in our careers, and there’s no reason why you can’t play big if you choose to. This episode was inspired by a recent post over on my blog, Digital Doorway.

Play Big, nurses

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Nurses hear a lot of “shoulds” throughout their careers, beginning in nursing school, and continuing until (and after) retirement:

  • You should be a doctor, not a nurse.
  • You should get a job in MedSurg.
  • You shouldn’t get a job in MedSurg.
  • School nursing isn’t really nursing.
  • You can’t start a business; nurses aren’t business owners.
  • You should go to grad school.
  • You shouldn’t go to grad school.
  • There are no nursing jobs
  • You shouldn’t quit.
  • You should ___________.
  • You shouldn’t ____________.

What “shoulds” have you been fed? How have you limited yourself? What do you need/want to do in your nursing career, and how would you like to go about it?

Do you color outside of the lines? Do you not even see the box into which others want to place you? Or, have you always wanted to break out of the box and color outside the lines, but haven’t yet had the nerve to do so?

No matter where you are in your nursing career, this episode of The Nurse Keith Show is for you!


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Be well, dig deep, and keep in touch!

Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BCKeith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is the Board Certified Nurse Coach behind NurseKeith.com and the well-known blog, Digital Doorway.

Keith is co-host of RNFMRadio.com, a wildly popular nursing podcast; he also hosts The Nurse Keith Show, his own podcast focused on career advice and inspiration for nurses. Keith is also the resident nursing career expert at Nurse.com.

A widely published nurse writer, Keith is the author of “Savvy Networking For Nurses: Getting Connected and Staying Connected in the 21st Century.” He has also contributed chapters to a number of books related to the nursing profession, and currently writes for MultiViews New Service, LPNtoBSNOnline.com, StaffGarden, and Working Nurse Magazine.

Mr. Carlson brings a plethora of experience as a nurse thought leader, online nurse personality, holistic career coach, writer, and well-known successful nurse entrepreneur. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his lovely and talented wife, Mary Rives.

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