This episode of The Nurse Keith Show is about pulling back the curtain on career coaching for nurses, and spelling out exactly what working with me is like and how nurses benefit from such services. I love coaching nurses, and helping them have more satisfying and exciting careers is one of my greatest joys!

Coaching is a meeting of minds(NOTE: please scroll to the bottom of the post to listen to the podcast!)

Straightforward career coaching differs from life coaching because it’s about, well…your career. Most career coaches assist with cover letters, resumes, interview skills, and other things, with little or no commentary or advice regarding other aspects of the client’s life.

My coaching is holistic; that means we work on the nuts and bolts (like resumes and interview skills), but we can also choose to examine your lifestyle, relationships, and other parts of your life, not just your workstyle and career. Let’s face it; an awesome resume means little if your interview anxiety causes you to be incontinent at crucial moments, so we need to look at many aspects of your life (if you’re willing to, of course).

These are some of the areas of focus in my coaching practice:

  • Resumes and cover letters
  • LinkedIn optimization
  • Social media and networking
  • Career transition
  • Cultivating the vision
  • Interview preparation
  • Nurse entrepreneurship
  • Blogging, writing, and podcasting skills
  • Self-care and wellness

Anyway, for those of you who wanted a down and dirty description of what a nurse career coach does, there you have it in good old black and white. I’m not your average career coach, and I have many tricks and tips in my magic toolbox. If you’d like to chat, please get in touch, and we can talk about what you’d like your nursing career to be and how to make it happen!

For an expanded companion blog post over on Digital Doorway, please click here!


The Nurse Keith Show is adroitly edited and produced by James Larson of Prowess Production and Management, and social media and promotion are expertly handled by Mark Capispisan.

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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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