Step Outside Your Comfort Zone: EPS 76

by | Jan 4, 2017 | 22 comments

A nurse with an interestingly diverse background. From taking new jobs to publishing books… and now, ultimately living the life of her dreams at the beach- you don’t want to miss this episode!

A few take aways from our interview with Deanna include:

  • How being uncomfortable can actually improve your nursing career;
  • Why taking advice from family friends may not always be in your professional interests;
  • And what breaking things down into smaller chunks can do for your nursing success!

Deanna Cooper GillinghamDeanna Cooper Gillingham RN, CCM has been a RN since 1994, and a Case Manager since 2011. She is also an author and entrepreneur whose companies include The Stay at Home Nurse and Blue Bayou Press where she helps other to reach their goals and dreams. Deanna is currently living her dream life in Playa del Carmen. You can find out more and connect with Deanna via her website, Facebook, or Facebook Community for Case Managers.

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I want to thank each and every one of you for listening to the podcast.

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22 Comments

  1. Linda M. Henaghan

    The subject matter of the podcast was great. As a nurse case manager I too wanted more opportunities career rise rather than staff nursing. I did that for many years but there comes a point where you need to move along for a variety of reasons. I think there are too many silo’s in nursing and not enough career development. Transitioning is very difficult, most people are not comfortable with and avoid change. Thank you for exploring this issue.

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    • Elizabeth

      Great points about the silos, Linda. I actually just did a video on this as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9QQCajB29E. Networking, learning, and continuing to be curious help us to break down these silos and go for new goals. Thanks for listening to the show!

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  2. Anne Llewellyn

    Great interview! Deanna is doing some good work!

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    • Elizabeth

      Thanks, Anne! Just like you :- )

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    • Pat Tilong

      Immense gratitude Ms Deanna. You validated my thoughts & feelings. I really need to grow in my career and just don’t seem to find the opportunities despite my dual skill set in Nursing & Social Work.

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  3. Joye

    What a wonderful inspiration! Loved hearing Deanna; I want to be just like her!!!

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    • Elizabeth

      LOL, Me too Joye. Thanks for listening.

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  4. Bertha Alarcon

    Deanna, your interview was awesome. You are a great inspiration to others. Your dedication and determination has brought you where you are today!

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    • Elizabeth

      Wahoo! I couldn’t agree more!!

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  5. J. Thompson

    Terrific Job !!! The Podcast helped me understand why I was never satisfied with where I was in my career. I found myself always doing something that made me uncomfortable in my nursing career but had I not followed my dreams and doubted myself I wouldn’t be where I am today. You helped me understand that the things I was fearful of helped improve my nursing career. My greatest fear was test taking and everything I went after required an exam be it hands on or written to prove my proficiency. Being uncomfortable helped me conquer my fears. Thank you for being selfless and wanting to help others.

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    • Elizabeth

      Oh, I am so glad that you found this helpful! Fear can be a STRONG paralyzer. It can keep us stuck. Glad to hear that you are facing those fears and moving forward today!

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  6. Linda Styczynski

    Great podcast. Deanna is awesome. Thanks to her book, study guide and Facebook group I passed the CCM.

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    • Elizabeth

      Wow, awesome to hear, Linda! Thanks for listening.

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  7. Lynn Czech, BSN, RN, CCM

    Finding a job you love means not having to work a day in your life. As Deanna indicates, the nursing profession provides so many opportunities for nurses, but sometimes you have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone to find professional happiness.

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    • Elizabeth

      Coolio! Glad you enjoyed the episode, Lynn. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  8. shirley

    I think any new nurse should listen to this episode. It contains the type of information that can help guide your career.

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    • Elizabeth

      Thank you so much, Shirley! Glad that you enjoyed it. And feel free to share with the new nurses that you know. Enjoy the day.

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  9. Toni McArdle

    Wow..just like Deanna, I too graduated in 1994 and did a variety of jobs from Dialysis nursing to public health. I have been working as a Bilingual Field Nurse Case Manager for about 9 years now and I really love Case Management.
    Thank you Deanna for sharing the information on being uncomfortable and how it can improve one’s career. I have resigned from my last job to work as an independent Nurse Case Manager. I am scared crazy but listening to you made me realized that I have to conquer my fear and move forward.

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  10. Amy Schobey

    Great interview. I just listened at a time I really needed to hear with opportunities arising at the workplace in different areas within case management. Also, I’ve never felt like a good test taker and your book is such a great tool. Thank you and I want your life!!!

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    • Elizabeth

      So glad that you enjoyed the show!

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  11. Evangeline

    I had the opportunity to listen this early morning. I was so amazed to have so much in common. I appreciate your sharing as I do feel it is time for me to do something different with my career and not be afraid of launching out for new experiences. Making the decision to get certified is my first step. Trust me, this is a giant step for me. I have been very encouraged in studying for the exam to make this happen. This one thing I do know: I cannot keep up with the ongoing long salary hours. Often, I feel used and unappreciated. I believe God has a great job waiting for me somewhere. Thanks for all the encouragement.

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  12. Diana Revolinski

    Great podcast. Deanna is so humble. Thank you for being inspirational to us old nurses.

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