Deep Listening to find the Joy in "Failure"

Today I became a certified coach, and I am setting out on my challenge at purposefully becoming with my clients.

I coach nurse leaders to create joy in their work and their lives, so that this energy spreads to their patients and coworkers (including their bosses), innovating healthcare.

Fortunately for me, it turns out the sand does not have spell check. Just as I was uploading photos a couple of months ago, I realized my “error” and also recognized that I had to slow down and work on me for a while, so that I could coach myself, in order to be here, now.

I have researched nursing theoretical frameworks, burnout, compassion fatigue, moral distress, motivational interviewing, and work-life fit and my quest is to bring happiness into healthcare.  I am learning to fully engage both in every moment at work and outside of my job, in the world.

My labyrinth logo reflects both our inner and outer journeys, and it looks like a cochlea and a shell for deep listening.  Ironically, most of my professional photos show me helping others listen to their heart, and I now intend to do this more figuratively with intuition and the coaching process.

Coaching skills dovetail perfectly with nursing theoretical frameworks, as life changing skills well suited to nurse leaders.  There are multitudes of randomized control trials supporting motivational interviewing as a tool to improve patient care.  On a larger scale, coaching can improve care of both clinicians and clients.

I love “making a living” as a nurse practitioner and an instructor; however, I am ready to "make a life" by bringing coaching to my profession.

I recognize that I will ever be purposefully becoming and I am thrilled that I will be on the same journey as my clients.


"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

(Winston Churchill)