On episode 230 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing career podcast, Nurse Keith interviews Susan Allison-Dean (aka The Nature Nurse) and Clif Joulian (aka The Nurse Farmer) about their nature-based entrepreneurial endeavors, as well as their Healthy Green Thumbs Campaign.

Susan Allison-Dean, The Nature NurseSusan Allison-Dean, also known professionally as The Nature Nurse™, primarily resides in Armonk, New York and also has a second home in Cary, North Carolina. As a Board Certified Advanced Holistic Nurse and Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Professional, she practices holistic health to improve her own health and wellbeing.

Sue consistently keeps up with the latest research in the everchanging healthcare field with the goal of educating and empowering others to make positive changes to their lifestyle to enhance their health and wellbeing. Sue is fascinated by the relationship people are able to form with nature. Her mother encouraged Sue’s engagement with plants throughout her life. She helped her create and maintain lush gardens including a productive vegetable garden. One of her favorite garden experiences was doing an organic gardening internship at Highgrove House, the private country estate of Prince Charles.

Ms. Allison-Dean has found that growing plants – flowers, produce, shrubs, trees, you name it – has so many benefits. The feeling that comes to mind is: joy. Growing her own food humbles Sue and ignites deep appreciation for the work large farms do for us. Engaging in a close relationship with nature from plant growth to simply being physically outside, has drastically lowered stress for Sue. There’s nothing better than a homegrown tomato! Find Sue at The Nature Nurse, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Also, please visit The Healthy Green Thumbs Campaign!

Clif Joulian, The Nurse FarmerClif Joulian, professionally known as The Nurse Farmer™, is located in Mobile, Alabama. Clif is a practicing nurse demonstrating a holistic approach to healthcare. He views the health of his patients as including their body, mind, and spirit as opposed to solely the current disease or condition they are currently struggling with.

Clif began building the foundation for a stronger relationship with nature roughly 15 years ago by growing his own food. At first, he started engaging in plant growth for fun, however he quickly learned that time in the garden was making a positive impact in several areas of his life. As his skills improved, he found that he was able to grow plants that aren’t commonly found in stores.

He is most fascinated by the ‘how’ component of food growth. Taking care of your crops to omit chemical fertilizers, herbicides & pesticides has proven health benefits. Some of these chemicals have been linked to diseases such as cancer, dementia, and Parkinson’s. Decreasing our exposure to these chemicals may help reduce our risk for developing such diseases. Growing our own foods is the ultimate form of exercise! Find Clif at The Nurse Farmer, and on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Also please visit The Healthy Green Thumbs Campaign!

CORRECTION: Susan erroneously stated on this episode that Wallace J. Nichols is a nurse researcher when in reality he’s actually a turtle researcher!


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Carson-NewmanCarson-Newman programs are delivered 100% online (not including clinical or residency placements) and are designed to empower working RNs for career advancement, while continuing to work full-time. The online RN-BSN, RN-MSN-FNP, MSN-FNP and PMC-FNP programs are taught by a caring faculty of expert nurse educators who are active nurse practitioners in their communities. Nursing students in our online RN to MSN-FNP, MSN-FNP and PMC-FNP programs can expect unrivaled student support from a dedicated student success advisor and stress-free clinical placements for master’s-level clinical rotations. I thank Carson-Newman for their generous support of The Nurse Keith Show.


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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.