Monday, October 27, 2014

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 shift without.”

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 to fruition.

Be open to opportunities, insights, resources and synchronicities.

Have fun.

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 pain?


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.



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



Monday, October 13, 2014 scholarships awarded to nursing students with disabilities

Nursing students with disabilities are increasing in number every year. Disabilities may include hearing loss, low vision, learning disabilities, limb differences, paralysis, mental illness and chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and movement disorders.

Financing an education can be a challenge for some students with disabilities. In addition to routine expenses (tuition, room and board, books) some students may need to purchase an amplified stethoscope, computer software programs, or audio books—as well as medications, hearing aids, therapies, special equipment and have custom alterations made to uniforms and lab coats. Working a part-time job may not be possible.

Scholarships are available from, a nonprofit resource network for nursing students and nurses with disabilities. The organization provides links to disability-related organizations, technology, equipment, financial aid, employment opportunities, mentors, blogs, continuing education, message boards, a speaker’s bureau, legal resources, social media, research and related articles.

The organization has been awarding scholarships to nursing students with disabilities since 2003. The awards are based on academic performance, letters of recommendation, financial need and an essay which answers the questions: “How do you plan to contribute to the nursing profession? How will your disability influence your practice as a nurse”? The awards range from $250.00-$500.00. is honored to announce and congratulate the winners for 2014.

Gianna Puccinelli from West Chicago, IL

is attending Olivet Nazarene University

Natasha Brzoska from Granville, MA

is attending Fitchburg State University

Taelor Rempe from Pella, IA

is attending Lewis University

Christal Anne Hays from Anchorage, AK

is attending Pacific Lutheran University

Carolyn Burr from Scottsdale, AZ

is attending Grand Canyon University

Aimee Powell from Lake City, FL

is attending the University of West Florida

The scholarship awards are funded through donations, grants and proceeds from book sales of “The Exceptional Nurse: Tales from the trenches of truly resilient nurses working with disabilities”, “Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses working with disabilities” and “Nursing students with disabilities change the course”. To make a donation, please visit