Escape Velocity, Change, and Your Nursing Career, The Nurse Keith Show, EPS 40

On episode 40 of The Nurse Keith Show, holistic career coach Keith “Nurse Keith” Carlson discusses how to achieve the “escape velocity” needed to change your career and move in a new and inspiring direction.

Escape velocity and your nursing career

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On January 21st, 2016, I published a post entitled “Escape Velocity” on my blog, Digital Doorway. I’d been thinking about how I was a burned out, overly committed nurse about 8 or 9 years ago, and that the escape velocity that was needed for me to make a move was absolutely astronomical.

Creating change in your nursing career can be scary, right?

That post began thus:

“There are many of us who desire change during the course of our nursing careers, but change can be hard to manifest for a variety of reasons: boredom, ennui, limiting beliefs, lack of imagination, low self-esteem, difficult life circumstances, finances, burnout, or perhaps a rut so deep that we can’t dig ourselves out.

“In order to break free of the earth’s gravitational field, a rocket must reach 25,020 miles per hour. Is your needed escape velocity equally daunting? If you were to gain the momentum needed to make a change, what is the escape velocity you would need to actually make it happen?”

Later in the post, I wrote:

“Life is too short to continue to be unhappy, and living on a desolate planet of unhealthy work and unnecessary stress is a sure recipe for ill health and misery.

“Find your path to change, discover the escape velocity needed for the gravitational pull of your individual situation, and marshal the tools, support, and fuel that will launch you in the right direction.

“Misery is optional; escape is possible. Make it happen.”

Your homework for this episode is to make a list of three small realistic steps that you can take in order to move towards a desired change in your life or career. If you email that list to, I’ll spend 45 minutes on the phone or Skype with you discussing how to bring those three steps to fruition, plan the next three steps you need to take, and how to hold yourself accountable for doing so.

Finally, reader Valerie Simpson kindly submitted the following comment in response to the blog post, and here’s what she said:

Hi Keith,

“Great post. It is amazing to me how many nurses let fear stand in the way of making a change that could lead to a much happier life and greater career satisfaction; however fear of change is a universal human survival mechanism. Many people feel ‘it’s better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know.’

“Making a change does not have to occur overnight; it may be a gradual process that a nurse needs to make some preparation for (working extra to pay off some bills so that less hours can be worked, freeing up time for education or business ventures). The most important thing is to realize that a change should be made, and that a change CAN be made with a bit of planning and foresight.”

My thanks to Valerie for reading and commenting, and my thanks to you for listening and tuning in to The Nurse Keith Show!

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Be well, dig deep, and keep in touch!


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

Keith is co-host of, 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

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,, 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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