How nurses4wellness began

I am so excited to be part of a growing community of nurses who want to spread wellness and help others minimize disease risk.  For nearly 13 years I worked as a registered nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where my work focused on helping people to recover from surgical procedures and manage medical conditions.  It wasn’t until I faced a personal crisis affecting my own health that I became interested in wellness strategies and developed an appreciation for the mind-body connection.

As I reflected upon my personal situation and thought about the many patients and families with whom I had worked, it became clearer to me just how greatly our thoughts, emotions, mental attitudes, behaviors and support systems affect our physical health,  our happiness and our ability to navigate life’s challenges. Over the years, I have learned many ways to improve and maintain my own health and my nursing career now focuses on spreading wellness through education.

Many of the most meaningful lessons I learned were from sharing experiences and stories with fellow nurses and wellness practitioners.  I started Spectrum LifeWorks, and now the nurses4wellness community to give all nurses a place to share and learn about wellness.  All of our experiences – whether personal or professional – are valuable. I look forward to sharing mine and hearing yours.  Everyone has something to give.  Together we can help one another move toward optimum health and spread wellness to the greater community.

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About Janet Fontana

Janet provides practical methods to incorporate stress management techniques into active lives. For thirteen years, she worked as a registered nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. When diagnosed with an allergy to latex and asthma, she took positive action, finding tools for improving her own well-being through yoga, meditation, exercise, and nutrition. Janet pursued a master’s degree in health education and integrative health practices at Vermont College. She is trained in mind-body medicine and positive psychology through program sponsored by the Mind Body Medical Institute and Harvard Medical School. Inspired by the benefits she gained from her personal practice of yoga and meditation, Janet became certified as a yoga and meditation teacher. She is also a certified clinical hypnotherapist. In 2001, Janet founded Spectrum LifeWorks, a company that provides nursing continuing education conferences specializing in mind-body-spirit wellness. She is also the creator of “Pillow Talk,” a drug-free insomnia relief program. Janet is a popular presenter who has delvered programs for hundreds of groups and has helped thousands of individuals reduce their levels of stress and optimize their health. People appreciate her relaxed, conversational style and real life approach to living with less stress and more happiness. Janet is married and the mother of three children. Her son, Nick recently married and her two daughters, Lindsey and Stephanie are college students. She is adjusting to the “empty nest” and enjoying more freedom to travel, spend time with her husband, family, and friends and pursue new learning and professional ventures.
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