I grew up in a home of givers.
My mom was a nurse, and my dad was a firefighter, and the selfless characteristics that go with those careers define their personalities to the core, even though they are both retired now.
When I unexpectedly found myself in the tough position of being a single mom with a toddler and another baby on the way, I knew nursing would be the best career for me to choose so I could support my children. So, I worked hard and earned my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.
I started my career as a nurse in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and loved it! But it only took a few years for me to start feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and burned out. Since everyone else around me expressed the same feelings, I assumed this is just "part of the job" and tried to accept it.
But then 2014 came, and my youngest daughter (9 years old at the time) was diagnosed with brain cancer. I quickly realized that I was already so emotionally, mentally, and physically "spent" from caring for other people's sick children in the last 8 years that I barely had anything left to give her. This desperation led me to research ways to help myself so that I could give my best to her and to my family. (Thankfully, she received excellent care and treatment, and is now 6 years in remission!)
But I just couldn't shake the feeling that "nursing" shouldn't be this way. I wanted to somehow make a difference and help nurses find better ways to deal with the stresses of the career. In 2019, I earned my Master's Degree in Nursing Education, and decided that I wanted to find a way to teach nurses how to thrive in their career.
And so The Resilient Nurse Project was born.
My mission is to help nurses recognize, address, and overcome burnout and compassion fatigue. When COVID-19 happened, I realized that my message needed to be shared more than ever before. Someone needs to help "heal the healer," to advocate for nurses while they are so busy advocating for their patients, and that "someone" is ME!