Directing The “Movie” Of Your Nursing Career, The Nurse Keith Show, EPS 35

On episode 35 of The Nurse Keith Show, I discuss how to seize the Director’s chair of the “movie” of your nursing career, reflecting on a recent blog post that I published on Digital Doorway.

Direct the film of your nursing careerIn nursing, lots of people tell you what you should do (in fact, they’re “shoulding” all over you).

In my world, nurses take charge of their careers, assume control, and seize the Director’s chair in the making of the “movie” of their careers.

Be the director, writer, producer, and the star of your career as a nurse! 

From the aforementioned blog post:

From the day you enter nursing school until the time that you retire from nursing, it can often feel like you’re not in control. You’re told where to go to clinical, who your patients will or won’t be, what classes you should take, what specialty to focus on, what advanced degree to pursue, and whether you can or can’t take a lunch break or go to the bathroom during a shift.

At times, it may seem like there’s a whole lot of acquiescing and control going on in nursing, and even though the movie of your life is all about you, it may feel like someone else is directing the film of your career.

Taking the helm means that, even though everyone tells you that you should get two years of Med/Surg under your belt, you have a different idea of what to do when you get out of nursing school. And you do it.

Taking the helm may mean launching an entrepreneurial venture when everyone says that it’s doomed to fail. In the film of your nursing career, daring nurses do daring things and take calculated risks, and your calculated risk is to hang a shingle and launch a practice as a coach, writer, or consultant.

When you take the helm and assume control, you become the Director of your film, and you begin to write the plot and dialogue, choose the supporting cast, and scout for locations that are the best fit for your vision of the ultimate outcome.

Please visit the blog post for more about creating your supporting cast and choosing the location of the “movie” of your nursing career, and listen to episode 35 to see how I riff on the content of this post, discuss the “cinematography” of your career, and take the discussion to a whole other level.

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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.

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