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Good for One Good for All……“Nursing From Within: A Fresh Alternative to Putting Out Fires and Self-Care Workarounds”
No surprise….I read Elizabeth
Scala’s new book through the lens of being an advocate for nurses with
disabilities. While reading I paused often to ask, “How could a nurse or
nursing student with a disability use this message?
The simple answer is that the book
applies to all nurses—those struggling to remain in their current place of
employment as well as those who are carving out new paths—particularly nurses
with disabilities who are struggling to adjust to providing nursing care in new
and different ways.
Are you holding on to the nurse you
used to be prior to an illness, injury or disabling condition? Elizabeth
teaches the reader that letting go can allow energy to flow and movement to
occur. Letting go can also free us from pain. She teaches us to go “within to
Reading the book will help you connect
to your authentic self, your best nurse, and help you use your skills, talents
and abilities to create the experience of your dreams. You will learn the
healing power of thought and awaken or re-awaken your spiritual side.
Six simple steps can help you
reconnect to the nurse within and create your personal roadmap.
Figure out your true heart’s desire.
Go after what you want, instead of away from
what you don’t want.
Have a clear vision of where you are going.
Feel how it will be when that vision comes
Be open to opportunities, insights,
resources and synchronicities.
The book will also encourage you to
examine how you show up as a nurse. Is your heart open?Are you present? Head held high? Do others feel your energy? Is
your love for nursing shining through?
Do you love you?
Love the good, bad and the ugly?
Love the parts of you that are sick or in
New, seasoned or disabled
nurse…..this book is a gift for you!Learn to “show up” joyful…. heart open… have fun… and “choose” to walk unique,
new paths in life and nursing.
from Within™ is an innovative and uplifting guide
for nurses at all levels of the profession. Learn how to shift your inner
perspective so you can enjoy the work of helping others, regardless of how
stressful or challenging the environment you are working in may be. Are you
ready to rediscover the joy and passion of nursing? ‘Nursing from Within: A Fresh Alternative to Putting Out Fires and
Self-Care Workarounds’ is available now. Get your copy today by visiting Elizabeth Scala’s site, or purchase directly from Amazon.com.