Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury With Fortitude, Grit, and Determination

On episode 436 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews Kelly Tuttle, FNP, a neurology nurse practitioner and brain injury survivor. Her new book, “After the Crash: How to Keep Your Job, Stay in School, and Live Life After a Brain Injury” is a chronicle of Kelly’s story along with advice on how to recover and thrive after a traumatic head injury.

Ms. Tuttle joined the “head injury survivors club” (as she described it) in 2015, the night another car pulled in front of her as she was driving. It wasn’t until three months later that she realized something was seriously wrong. Kelly’s traumatic brain injury (TBI) marked the beginning of a new life and personal journey of self-rediscovery.

A neurology nurse practitioner, Kelly has a front-row seat to observe patients struggling with many of the same things she experienced in her recovery. She strives to share her coping strategies and tools and help them continue to work and study while they heal. Kelly also wants TBI patients to know there is hope. She got better, and they can too.

Kelly is a member of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners, the California Association of Nurses/National Nurse United, and the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. She earned her master of science in nursing from Gonzaga University and her bachelor of science in nursing from California State University, Fresno.

A longtime martial arts student, Kelly has a second-degree black belt in kenpō karate and a blue belt in Brazilian jujitsu. She is also an obsessed knitter without enough storage space for her yarn and a lover of adult coloring books and pencils.

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Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, professional podcaster, published author, award-winning blogger, inspiring keynote speaker, and successful nurse entrepreneur. Connect with Nurse Keith at, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Nurse Keith lives in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico with his lovely fiancée, Shada McKenzie, a highly gifted traditional astrologer and reader of the tarot. You can find Shada at The Circle and the Dot.

The Nurse Keith Show is a proud member of The Health Podcast Network, one of the largest and fastest-growing collections of authoritative, high-quality podcasts taking on the tough topics in health and care with empathy, expertise, and a commitment to excellence. The podcast is adroitly produced by Rob Johnston of 520R Podcasting, and Mark Capispisan is our stalwart social media manager and newsletter wrangler.

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