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.