Friday, January 4, 2013

Maureen Sullivan RN, BSN, CEN, CDE, @MaureenSRN #Florida #Nursing #Entrepreneurs #nurseup #nursefriendly

Maureen Sullivan RN, BSN, CEN, CDE, Florida Nursing Entrepreneurs
(Welcome to our newest edition to

Nursefriendly Entrepreneur Registration Form

In general, the more detailed your responses, the better.

Your Name, Degrees Licenses (Nursing and non-nursing degrees/licenses are fine to list): Maureen Sullivan RN, BSN, CEN, CDE

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Registered Nurse x 30 years, with a focus on ER/Trauma. I have worked in a variety of roles, including ER Manager, Stroke Program Manager, Trauma Coordinator, and Director of Education. I just published my first book (!) on my nursing career (“Never Again”). It is a compilation of stories of patients I’ve cared for during my career. All true stories!

What Attracted You To The Field of Nursing? My parents told me I had decided by age 6 that I wanted to be a nurse. I love helping people, and seeing the amazing effects that a caring and compassionate nurse can make in a person’s life.

What is your experience and background in Nursing? . My nursing career has been mostly focused on ER and Trauma. I have also worked as a Legal Consultant for lawyers. A few years ago, I shifted focus on the diabetic population, especially within the Emergency Department, and eventually obtained my CDE.

About 5 years ago, I started doing stand-up comedy, in my nursing uniform! It was well received and I now do professional/corporate stand-up comedy. This new career move has allowed me to give keynote addresses, national conference presentations, and a variety of medical fundraisers. In 2012, I began hosting a weekly internet based health and humor radio show.

“The Health and Humor Hour”, Wednesday @ 730pm EST on

Would you recommend Nursing as a career? I highly recommend nursing as a career. I personal can’t think of any other “career” that interests me as much as nursing. Having my nursing license has given autonomy, independence, unlimited job opportunities, and a lifetime of memories.

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Type of business categories would you would like to be listed (no maximum, we make up new categories frequently for registrants): Author, Writer, Legal Nurse Consultant, Stand Up Comedian, Diabetes Education

Keywords, Phrases that describe your business, experience, services: The more you list the better. Author, Writer, Entertainer, Diabetes Education, Emergency Department, Lecturer, Educator

How did you hear about the Nursefriendly, Twitter!

The year were you first licensed as a nurse? 1981 ?

What school(s) of nursing did you attend? St Mary of Nazareth Hospital School of Nursing

Professional organizations you have belonged to: Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), American Heart Association (AHA), American Diabetes Association (ADA) , American Association of Diabetic Educators (AADE)

How many times have you changed employers in your career? I have changed employers numerous times in my career. I believe that nursing, with its unlimited opportunities, offers a variety of career choices. Nurses, in my opinion, should never feel locked into a career path that no longer interest them. Nursing offers job security, and the ability to network, travel, and explore so many different areas.

What specific qualities and traits do you feel make nurses especially qualified to operate a business? Nurses all possess great organizational skills, documentation skills, as well as leadership and delegation skills. Such skills position nurses for business ownership. Nurses also are trusted by the general population, have mastered public relations, and treat the public with respect. Again, all qualities for a business to become successful!

Your most pressing concerns with the profession and healthcare: My biggest fear is that nursing will not continue to attract “the next generation”. Reports say that the current generation is seeking jobs with more autonomy, flexibility, and better pay. Nursing requires dedication, and often involves odd shifts, heavy workloads, and less than optimal pay scales. I hope and pray the profession realizes the future is now, and continues to address the issues and work on them in the interest of future healthcare.

Listen To Maureen's Health & Humor Show on Blogtalk Radio:

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Listen to Maureen on RN FM Radio:
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See also: Maureen's Profile on Med-Ed Seminars:" Maureen comes to MED-ED with over 25 years in emergency nursing. Previous nursing positions have included ER Nurse Manager, Trauma Coordinator, Stroke Program Manager and Director of Staff Education. She is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and is nationally certified as both a Certified Emergency Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator.
Maureen has had articles published in Nursing Spectrum, Nurse Advance, and The Journal of Emergency Care, Rescue, and Transportation. Additionally, she published her first book on her nursing career in 2012. Maureen also co-hosts a weekly internet radio show on health and humor."

Laugh a little, learn a lot: Nurse mixes humor into healthcare talk By Stefanie Dell’Aringa, Monday November 5, 2012,"On World Diabetes Day, Nov. 14, a woman will deliver a message based on the old adage, "Laughter is the best medicine." Maureen Sullivan, RN, BSN, CEN, CDE, a Florida-based nurse who married her love of comedy with her passion for education, will present a continuing education course on diabetes followed by her comedy show at Coconuts Comedy Club at Jack’s Joint in Clearwater. "I’m sure Michelle Obama will be calling me soon, and I’m still waiting on Oprah to call about my book," Sullivan said, unable to refrain from jesting."

Maureen's Profile on Pedagogy Medical:"Approximately 5 years ago, she began doing stand-up comedy and now performs for many corporate events, fundraisers, and health conferences. Her unique background enables her to deliver both entertainment and education from the stage.
In 2011, Maureen became a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and began facilitating several diabetic support groups and giving diabetic community lectures.
In January 2012, Maureen and her spouse began a weekly internet based health radio show, The Health and Humor Hour ("

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