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Eileen Spillane, RN, MA, NP
Bachelors of Science of Nursing, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, 1990
Masters, Holistic Nursing, New York University, NY, NY, 2001
Barbara Brennan School of Healing Graduate, 1995-1999
Certified Integral Coach, New Ventures West, 2013
University of Massachusetts, Center for Mindfulness Oasis Institute Practicum and Teacher Development Intensive Graduate, 2014
Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I was born and raised in New York and had the good fortune to start my career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which set a standard of work satisfaction that has never been met in any other hospital. I was a traveling nurse in Hawaii, traveled around the world and was hit by a truck on my bicycle. I was in a body cast and spent the next six months recovering and reinventing myself as a nurse. I studied energy medicine, holistic nursing, and obtained my Masters degree. After 9/11, I made a conscious decision to move out West where I have been for the last twelve years. I still love to travel and am mesmerized by the beauty in nature. I often travel to New York several times a year to spend time with my family and friends. I am passionate about helping nurses find their unique balance to create happy work and home lives.
What Attracted You To The Field of Nursing? I was born to parents with a limited world view that girls should grow up to be nurses or teachers and boys should be cops or firemen. I was a candy striper and a lifeguard and my close friends were choosing nursing as a major. Fortunately, nursing was a perfect fit for me.
What is your experience and background in Nursing? I have been a Nurse for twenty five years in ICU/Critical Care, Oncology,Hospice, PACU, Med/Surgical, Obstetrics, OR, Private Duty, travel nursing and medical missions. I also worked at an Integrative Medical Center as a Holistic Nurse Practitioner and have taught mindfulness to nurses.
Would you recommend Nursing as a career? Absolutely. Nursing is a challenging profession that provides security, flexibility and immediate feedback on the impact you can have on someone’s life.
Your Business Name: The Balanced Nurse
Please describe in detail your business/services you provide (or if you have an elevator pitch): I help nurses reduce stress and bring balance into their lives through teaching classes, coaching, or presenting at conferences. I have worked individually with nurses via phone, Skype or in-person for those living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Issues addressed have been career transitions, workplace toxicity, burnout, stress management and issues with self-judgment. Often I work with nurses for three to six month time frames to support them to identify the road blocks preventing them from reaching their potential.
Classes I have taught have provided nurses with continuing education credit include Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Striking a Balance With Stress in Nursing, Breaking the Cycle of Work Place Toxicity, and Creating and Sustaining a Satisfying Career in Nursing.
I have presented as a Closing Keynote Speaker with Restore, Rejuvenate and Renew Your Energy: Bringing Balance Into Our Workday with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion.
I tailored a 4 hour workshop for Stanford University Bone Marrow Transplant Nurses called Finding The Balance in The Waves of Caregiving.
The Balanced Nurse
PO Box 17065, San Francisco, CA, 94117-0651
E-mail Address: Eileen@thebalancednurse.com
Social Media Accounts:
Homepage Address: http://www.thebalancednurse.com/
Type of business categories would you would like to be listed: coaching sections, keynote speakers, nursing seminars, as a blogger, look at alternative health categories for the meditation, by state, by nursing specialties.
Advocate for Patient and Nurses
Certified Health and Wellness
Coaches, Life Coach, Coaching
Conflict Resolution Consultants
Nursing Education/Educational Nurse Entrepreneurs
Stress Management Consultant
California Nurse Entrepreneurs
New York Nurse Entrepreneurs
Keywords, Phrases that describe your business, experience, services: balance, stress management for nurses, coach, coaching, coaching for nurses, nurse coaching, coaching nurses, wellness coaching, work life balance, workplace toxicity, nursing burnout, burnout prevention, mindfulness, meditation, MBSR, mindfulness based stress reduction, self-compassion, self-compassion for nurses, nurse blogger, bloggers, blogging, classes for nurses, stress reduction classes for nurses, care for the caregiver, mindful nurse, mindfulness for nurses, mindfulness at the bedside, finding balance in nursing, be balanced, tips for new nurses
Contact person(s): Eileen Spillane
Phone number (how/when do you prefer to be contacted): 415 517 0982
I prefer email contact to set up a time for a phone conversation.
In what date (month/year) did you start your business? September, 2013
Can you describe some challenges you had to overcome in starting your business? Embracing technology and social media (need I say more?)
Time management, Trusting in the unknown and uncertainty, Ignoring the voices of the naysayers, developing a following/getting customers.
How did you hear about the Nursefriendly, NursingEntrepreneurs.com?: Connecting with Andrew Lopez and receiving his invitation to join.
The year were you first licensed as a nurse? 1990
What school(s) of nursing did you attend? Adelphi University New York University
Do you recommend that nurses join professional organizations? Yes, It’s a good way to network and be connected with nurses in your specialty.
Professional organizations you have belonged to (now or in the past, please spell out the full name):
Oncology Nursing Society
National Student Nurses’ Association
National Association of Neuroscience Nurses
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
What made you decide to start your own business? Nurses are so hard working and so caring of others that we often put our needs last. I intended to combine my coach training and mindfulness training to help patients and families. However, when I started working with nurses, I realized how passionate I was about helping them find balance. Healthy and happy nurses create more satisfying work environments and ultimately provide safer care. As a former (and future) patient, as a daughter of aging parents, as friend to many nurses, this is something that gets me excited.
How many times have you changed employers in your career? Eleven times in twenty-five years
What specific qualities and traits do you feel make nurses especially qualified to operate a business? Self-motivated, organized, independent, networker, able to know strengths and weaknesses, willing to delegate and ask for help, patience, ability to enjoy the process of business development and not rushing to the outcome.
Do you currently practice as a nurse? If yes in what type of setting? I work per-diem in a hospital in a Critical Care Obstetrics.
Your most pressing concerns with the profession and healthcare: The massive impending nursing shortage when baby boomers retire, the lack of programs to train new nurses, the lack of new jobs for new graduates, the lack of awareness of management and hospital administrators to address workplace toxicity and burnout.
How do you feel the coming nursing shortage (as babyboomers enter the healthcare system, and nurses retire in droves) will affect patient care? addressed above. It is a huge concern of mine.
Other areas of interest and expertise (Andrew's into photography, loves to travel): I love to explore and travel. I’ve been to Africa, South America, Central America, Europe and Asia. I have an adventurous spirit and it had led me to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, scuba dive through the South Pacific for six months and complete four Ironman Triathlons. I also have a deep contemplative nature in which I frequent silent meditation retreats - including a month of silence.
During the summers, I take a hiatus from nursing schedule and my business and work as an guide for an outdoor travel company and I lead biking and hiking trips in beautiful places such as Yellowstone, The Tetons, Big Sur and Santa Barbara. Nursing skills are highly transferable and you know!
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