Wow folks, I can’t believe that we’ve reached the 100th episode of The Nurse Keith Show! Based on the listener stats, there’s been no loss of steam over there — in fact, the first few months of 2017 have been the strongest since we launched the show in January of 2015!
I want to express my deepest gratitude to everyone on six continents who have tuned into the first 100 episodes. Your listenership and responses to the show strengthen my resolve to continue to bring you high-quality audio information that inspires you to continue to build the career you want and deserve!
I also want to thank my lovely and talented wife, Mary Rives, without whom nothing I do could be even remotely possible.
Meanwhile, many beloved and respected colleagues have supported me along the way, including but not limited to: Kevin Ross, Elizabeth Scala, Dr. Renee Thompson, Craig Erickson, Carol Gino, Sally Fox, Sean Dent, Donna Cardillo, Dr. Susan Strauss, Michelle Podlesni, Louise Jakubik, Lynn Visser, Ashley Pofit, Lisbeth Overton, and so many others. Y’all are the cream of the crop and major stars in my personal firmament.
Speaking of Kevin Ross and Elizabeth Scala, they are indeed my podcasting buddies extraordinaire, and our time on RNFM Radio is precious and so fun for me! And since we launched the Pulse Media Network of podcasters, we’ve continued to move the needle and scale new heights, including the initiation of the Pulse Media Academy, which offers specialized training and support to solo entrepreneurs and business innovators both inside and outside of the healthcare industry. Hooray for my podcasting family!
Mark Capispisan has been by my side in terms of promotion and social media for quite some time, and he deserves my heartfelt thanks. And what can I say about Tim Hallowell, also known as The Podcasting Guy? Tim and Mark are the team behind the scenes that keep the wheels turning!
The Nurse Keith Nation
Our listener community — The Nurse Keith Nation — is made up of people from six continents and many countries. The top 10 countries in terms of listenership are:
- The United States
- The United Kingdom
- The Philippines
The top 10 states in the U.S. are:
- New York
- New Jersey
After two years of podcasting about nursing, healthcare, and nurses’ careers, there are some things I’ve learned about nurses and what they want and need. This is, of course, on top of more than five years of providing professional career coaching for nurses, as well as blogging and freelance writing about nursing and healthcare since 2005.
- Nurses are gaining ground in terms of earning power and opportunity. With overall average job growth projected at 7% between 2017 and 2024, nurses are projected to enjoy 16% job growth.
- Nurse practitioners (NPs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are seeing extraordinary gains in terms of opportunities for unencumbered and fully autonomous practice in an increasing number of states in the US. At the time of this recording, we’re almost to 25 states with fully independent practice for NPs, and we’re thrilled that the Veterans Administration (VA) granted full autonomy to all NPs within that system as of January of 2017 (with the exception of nurse anesthetists). And job growth for NPs? It’s projected at 31% between 2017 and 2024.
- More nurses still need to fully embrace LinkedIn as a powerful platform for professional networking and career growth and development
- More nurses also need to embrace social media in general in relation to their careers
- Resumes and cover letters are still important (even in the Digital Age), and many nurses need support in crafting savvy, effective resumes and letters.
- Some nurses truly understand the importance of networking with other professionals inside and outside of the healthcare space. I just want more nurses to learn this lesson and apply it to their lives and careers.
- Many nurses want personal growth, personal fulfillment, and professional satisfaction in their lives and careers.
I plan to continue to bring you inspiring and educational (and hopefully somewhat entertaining) content on a regular basis until we reach the show’s bicentennial at episode 200. That will take a couple of years since I’m producing approximately 50-52 episodes per year at this point.
My friends, I want to hear from you. I want to know what you want to hear. What do you want me to talk about? What issues are top of mind? Please let me know and we will populate these next 100 episodes with your concerns, goals, worries, successes, and aspirations.
These next 100 episodes are for you!
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The Nurse Keith Show is adroitly edited and produced by Tim Hallowell of The PodcastingGuy.com; social media and promotion are expertly handled by Mark Capispisan.
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Be well, dig deep, and keep in touch!
Keith 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 was previously 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 has written for Nurse.org, Nurse.com, MultiViews News Service, LPNtoBSNOnline, StaffGarden, Working Nurse Magazine, and other online platforms.
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.