On episode 222 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing career podcast, Nurse Keith interviews freelance nurse writer and entrepreneur Ashley Hay about nursing, living with chronic illness, and creating an inspired solo entrepreneurial lifestyle and workstyle.

Nurse writer Ashley HayAshley Hay is an experienced registered nurse with over a decade of experience in many areas of both pediatric and adult oncology. She decided to pursue oncology nursing after having a great deal of personal experience with chronic illness. Once her symptoms made it too difficult to continue working in bedside care, she decided to pursue her current line of work, starting her own freelance healthcare writing and consulting business. She lives in San Diego, California.

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Ashley mentioned that AllNurses gave her the opportunity to publish her first article. Please visit them and tell them Nurse Keith and Ashley Hay sent you!

I mentioned the writer Pema Chodron on this episode. I recommended her books, Comfortable With Uncertainty and When Things Fall Apart.


This episode of The Nurse Keith Show is sponsored by Carson-Newman, a university offering a variety of 100% online educational options for nurses seeking to advance their careers. Degree programs include:

  • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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Nurse KeithIn case you didn’t already know, Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, keynote and motivational speaker, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. From 2012 until its sunset in 2017, Keith co-hosted RNFMRadio, a groundbreaking nursing podcast. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram—as well as at NurseKeith.com. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife, the therapeutic story coach, group facilitator, and writer, Mary Rives, and their remarkably adorable and intelligent cat, George.