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Your Next Shift Paperback – May 1, 2015
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Are you happy with nursing, or does your career need a push to make it truly satisfying?
Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RN, takes core business elements and applies them to both clinical and entrepreneurial nursing. Combining practical advice with the application of positive spiritual mindsets, Scala reveals how to take your nursing career to the next level. The result is an innovate approach to career development that results in an increased love and enjoyment of your chosen career.
Written in a conversational, upbeat style, Your Next Shift offers the tools nurses need to eliminate career-stifling mindsets, replacing negative thinking with universal laws designed to evoke positive change. Each chapter ends with a series of self-reflective questions to help nurses plot their own courses towards the careers they want, not merely the jobs they have. Stop settling for adequate when awesome is possible.
About the Author
Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RN is a nurse entrepreneur and keynote speaker for nursing conferences.
The best-selling author of Nursing from Within, Scala is the virtual conference host of the Art of Nursing program run during National Nurses’ Week. She is a Reiki master teacher and certified coach.
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I knew from watching her on Instagram that Elizabeth made fun a priority in her life (I do, too!). I started reading her book yesterday afternoon, and if I hadn’t had an evening commitment, I would have finished it last night. Anyway, it was less than twenty-four hours later that I turned the last page. This book resonated with me on so many levels. The ‘Just for today’ philosophy that I first learned to practice after my Reiki attunements was one of the first moments that I knew I was in the right place reading this book. I love that Elizabeth is so honest in her description of her experience travelling the path of refining and expanding her own nursing practice to help the rest of us know that hey, we aren’t alone! Other nurses feel under-confident and under-brave and under-decisive, too! And this: “Maybe you’re just not that happy being a nurse anymore because you actually feel like your job doesn’t let you be one!” Hello? That was one of my first “Aha!” moments after transitioning from nursing practice in school and nursing practice in real life.
For years, I have been working on integrating my spiritual practices into my nursing practice and in this book, I feel like I have found a kindred spirit, another nurse who really gets it. Another nurse who is doing this, too.
I also love the quotes that were scattered throughout the book, including Susan Jeffers’ “Feel the fear and do it anyway,” a phrase that I find myself saying over and over these days, mostly to myself.
While I was reading "Your Next Shift", I felt like I was having coffee with my nurse-BFF.
I highly recommend this book for anyone. Read it.
Many of the concepts from this book actually center on the core concepts of mindfulness and meditative practices. Elizabeth confidently declares the information shared in her book does contribute to changes in mindset, resulting in positive shifts of the reader’s nursing career. According to research, including Harvard University, mindfulness and meditative practices cause the brain’s neuroplasticity to result in changes of the brain’s gray matter. In research studies, neuroimaging has indicated mindfulness mediation causes physical changes, or shifts, in the brain’s hippocampus. The hippocampus is associated with learning and memory. Mindfulness mediation also produces brain changes in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection. Although not the original meaning behind the title of the book, according to Harvard Research, implementing daily mindfulness meditative practices literally does produce positive changes, or shifts, evident in the brain.
This book is an easy read. It seems she is sitting right next to you and coaching you in person. Enjoy and happy reading, as we promote those neuroplasticity shifts in our brains, too! I'm sure you will gain insight on how to shift gears in your career towards new horizons with this book!
Nurse Entrepreneurship is a relatively new field of exploration for nurses. It's not meant to be an escape from nursing, but an adventure to a fulfilling journey, albeit with ups and downs along the way. Elizabeth shares strategies she has experienced along her journey, and how you can implement these ideas into your own personal journey.
The next shift which is needed is your mind-shift, and you can learn more about it at Your Next Shift. As a nurse who struggled with burnout in my nursing career, and a nurse wellness coach/entrepreneur, I highly recommend it.