Lorie Brown, RN, MN, JD, who is the editor of “From Frustrated to Fulfilled: The Empowered Nurses’ System” and author of the chapter on, Using Your GIFTS to Empower Yourself, has maintained her life-long love of the nursing profession. The frustrating limitations caused by antiquated rules, nursing culture, and even unit status quo caused Lorie to shift her focus to law and, for over 23 years, she’s been representing nurses and other health professionals. In 2012, she founded Empowered Nurses (ENO) and subsequently wrote her book, “Law And Order For Nurses: The Easy Way to Protect your License and Your Livelihood”, providing resources, tips and strategies on protecting nursing licenses and tools for empowering nurses to do their jobs with confidence, focus on serving their patients, and regain the joy in the profession they love.
Websites: YourNurseAttorney and EmpoweredNurses.org
Nicole M. Brown, MSN, RN, who authored the chapter on The Empowered Nurse is Self-Discliplined, is founder of Nurse Nicole Enterprises, LLC. She is passionate about creating a positive image of nursing through education about the art and science of nursing. Nicole knows the importance of early education and teaches children by means of her award-winning books, “The Adventures of Nurse Nicole – N is for Nurse & Wash Your Hands” and an animated DVD “Battle of the Germs”. She also mentors student and professional nurses at her Nursing Success College. Nicole holds an AD in Nursing from J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College, a BS in Nursing from Old Dominion, a MS in Nursing from University of Phoenix, and is a Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate from Walden University.
Beth Boynton, RN, MS, who authored the chapter on Nurse Empowerment Through Assertiveness, is a national speaker, consultant, and the author of “Confident Voices: The Nurses’ Guide to Improving Communication and Creating Positive Workplaces.” Beth specializes in communication, collaboration and emotional intelligence for healthcare professionals and organizations and is trained in the Professor Watson Curriculum for Medical Improvement through Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her video, “Interruption Awareness: A Nursing Minute for Patient Safety,” and blog, “Confident Voices in Healthcare,” have drawn audiences from all over the world.
Website: Confident Voices in Healthcare
Jamie Davis, RN, EMT-P, BA, AS, who authored the chapter on Online Tools for Empowerment , is a nationally recognized medical educator and advocator of integrating podcasting and media creation in schools. Jamie began his career as an educator with his local EMS program and has now expanded his audience nationwide-wide. Known as the Podmedic, Jamie has been recognized for the MedicCast Podcast, a weekly program for emergency medical providers like EMTs and paramedics, and for hosting the Nursing Show, a similar program for nurses and nursing students. He is also the managing director of the ProMed Network, a collection of over 30 of the best and brightest independently produced programs for medical and health care professionals at all levels. Website: NursingShow.com
Joyce Harrell, RN, OCN, Holistic Health/Wellness Coach, who authored the chapter on Empowering Your Well Being, has 25 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. The past 16 years she has dedicated her nursing career primarily to Cancer Care, while also providing consultations for hospice patients and caregivers through her Aromatic program called Transitions. Having experienced “burnout” herself, Joyce knows the value of self-care first. In regaining her own health, she discovered the Wellness Inventory program, which she utilizes today in her businesses Healing Streams Wellness Center and Joyce Harrell Wellness. She’s passionate about educating women on using whole-person centered and natural, non-toxic solutions to experience optimal well-being.
Cynthia Howard RN, CNC, PhD, who authored the chapter on My Journey to Empowerment-Understanding Power and How to Reclaim It, mentors and facilitates healthcare leaders to access the natural connections and instincts in body, mind, heart and soul, to activate their resilience, to rejuvenate their motivation, and master their mindset and emotions for powerful leadership and influence. Dr. Cynthia blends her education in nursing and psychology with 20+ year’s expertise in holistic and integrative health to help healthcare professionals move beyond burnout and live an exceptionally full life. She has created “Resilience Beyond Burnout”, “The Resilient Leader System”, and has authored the book, “HEAL: Healthy Emotions. Abundant Life.”
Bridgid Joseph BSN, MSN, CCS, APRN, who authored the chapter on Using Simulation For Real Empowerment of Staff Nurses, let’s her love for her patients shine as she provides patient care and staff education as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Center at BIDMC, the Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. During off-duty hours, Bridgid is also a Personal Trainer, and answers, on her blog, health questions that people are often too embarrassed to ask their Health Care Providers, sharing her passion for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle that promotes wellness and prevents illness so all can live life to the fullest. To her nursing is so much more than just medicine; it’s caring about the patient and the family, and helping them cope with a disease process as they develop a plan for caring for themselves when they go home.
Facebook: Nurse Bridgid
Donna Maheady, ARNP, EdD, who authored the chapter on Disabled Nurse Power: Stand, Sit or Roll In It!, is a pediatric nurse practitioner and an associate graduate faculty member in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. Being the mother of an adult daughter with autism helped form her passion for helping nurses with disabilities. Donna has conducted research on the experiences of nursing students with disabilities, published numerous articles and is the author of “Nursing Students with Disabilities Change the Course” (winner of the American Journal of Nursing 2004 Book of the Year Award), “Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses working with disAbilities” and “The Exceptional Nurse: Tales from the trenches of truly resilient nurses working with disabilities”. She is the founder of the nonprofit ExceptionalNurse.com, which is committed to inclusion of more people with disabilities in the nursing profession.
Alene Nitzky PhD, RN, OCN, who authored the chapter on Fighting Dinosaurs: How a Nurse Can Evolve To Self-Empowerment, is passionate about helping those who have been through cancer treatment to regain more control over their health. While maintaining her certification in oncology, Alene specializes as an ACE® health coach and an ACSM/American Cancer Society certified cancer exercise trainer. She started Sunspirit Wellness Services, LLC in 2013, where she provides holistic health care, filling the gaps in care to restore overall health and well-being that result from natural aging, chronic health conditions, or cancer treatment. She assists her clients to find what motivates them so they can sustain lasting behavioral changes that restore the best possible quality of life.
Jill O’Hara, RN, CHHP, RMT, who authored the chapter on My Journey to Empowerment-Shine Your Light, has over 30 years experience as a Registered Nurse, so she knows both the strengths and weaknesses of Western Medicine. For the past 12 years, as a Reiki Master Teacher and Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, her focus on providing holistic health solutions via Energy Healing, Chakra Therapy, Wellness Mentoring and the Essential Oil Therapies has assisted people in the WNY community to reach their optimal state of wellness. In addition to healing therapies, Jill’s private practice, Nurse Mom, provides consultations to educate others. As the coordinator for the Annual Holistic Health Expo in Buffalo, New York she shares her passion by creating greater awareness.
Gail Weatherill, RN BSN CAEd CDP, who authored the chapter on My Journey to Empowerment-When Caring Hurts: How One Nurse Went From Empty to Empowered, AKA The Dementia Nurse, is a nurse humorist specializing in the care of people living with dementia and the heroes who care for them. Throughout a world-spanning career, Gail has affected lasting change in every setting she has practiced. She developed algorithms for end-of-life care in the ICU, bereavement care programs and staff support interventions. When an elderly client was bilked out of half a million dollars, she became involved in passing state legislation to stiffen penalties for financial abuse of the elderly. After thirty-four years of bedside nursing, she has become an educator, an advocate for the care of people living with dementia, and a champion of nurses who she believes hold the most viable answers to the ever-evolving challenges of health care.