Welcome to my brand new podcast. I’m Marsha Battee, Mindset & Business Coach for Nurses, and you’ll find the audio to the first episode below along with the transcript.
This podcast will focus on nurses in business and the mindset needed for success. We’ll also explore other topics: self-care and lifestyle design.
You’ll also find the show notes and links to some old episodes of my very first iTunes New & Noteworthy podcast, The RN Podcast.
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Episode #1 Transcript
Hey everybody. Thanks for tuning in to the very first episode of my brand new podcast. I’m Marsha Battee, mindset and business coach for nurses. I’m still searching for the perfect name for my podcast, but as my own personal motto goes, you start before you’re ready. So the name, the branding, the music, all of that will come once I figured it out.
But of course, in the meantime, I just wanted to go ahead and get going. So I have some ideas around the format. I was thinking about four to six episodes dedicated to specific topics. And as far as the frequency goes, may be every month or maybe every couple of weeks. Sometimes it’ll be just me. And sometimes I’ll have other guests on with me, but you know, I’ll go with the flow.
Now, if you’ve been following me for quite some time, you already know that I created a podcast series back in the day called The RN Podcast. And, it was basically a podcast that focused on nurses who started their own businesses, with some of my own lifestyle musings in between. So if you want to check out some old episodes, I’ll put some of those links in the show notes for this episode at TheBossyNurse.com. And as a reminder, for those of you who knew it was an iTunes New & and Noteworthy podcast, so I’m very proud of that.
I’ve also gone through a bit of a rebrand. So in the past, most of my focused on my blog has been on several topics, including self care, business, career, and lifestyle design. That’s what I usually blogged about. Now my focus is on what I truly, truly love doing, mentoring and teaching nurses. So in short, my mission is to help nurses upgrade their mindset, to help them package their passion and their expertise and start an online coaching or consulting business.
Basically helping you see and do what’s possible for you. And actually love doing it. So most of my topics, whether it’s on my blog or on this podcast, will center on mindset in business as it relates to nurses. But we’ll also have other topics as well. I’ll also take some time on some of the episodes to answer any questions that may come up in what I feel like may be better addressed to a larger audience.
So feel free to keep sending me your questions by email. And if you ever decide to work with me personally, you’ll see that most of our work will focus on mindset because it’s often our negative mindset that hinders us. Whenever we want to try to get started with something or get something done. So again, as I say, you want to start before you’re ready.
So how did I get started on this journey of helping nurses here at TheBossyNurse.com. So over the years, I’ve done several things. My very first experience in working with the business that was just starting was with my friend Brian and his startup, and that was the very first time I could really see what’s possible… when you put yourself out there and you just do what you want to do. Something for yourself.
After that experience, I was going through a lot of different feelings and emotions, mostly feelings around was I really enjoying what I was doing as a nurse. I love the idea of being a nurse. I still do. It’s the best career decision that I’ve ever made in my life, and probably you could say the same as well, but I was just not feeling any type of happiness.
And the job I was in at the time, the specialty I was working in was extremely interesting to me, but there were a lot of dysfunction in the particular place that I was in. There was a lot of bullying where I worked mostly by nursing leadership, and I was also becoming just a bit jaded about being there.
I really wanted to leave and was looking for opportunities. To sort of get me out of that situation. At one point, I remember really starting to ask myself, am I not liking nursing or just not liking the situation I was in at the time? And it felt like I was constantly wondering or asking myself that, or asking myself, what is it that I really want to do?
So working behind the scenes of my friend’s startup was starting to open my eyes. It has been a long process of opening them fully.
So, if you take a look at my about page, you’ll find that over the years I’ve done so much stuff in several different fields outside of nursing, and I didn’t list everything that I’ve done or worked on. But you can kind of get an idea of a lot of things when you go there and looking more closely at that.
For myself, when I looked back. Each role I’ve been in has been for a few years max, my longest position and one particular job in one particular organization, nursing or otherwise was just a little over three years.
Everything else has been at most less than two years, with the exception of that one job. So in practically all of those positions, I I knew one day soon I would get bored. It’s just something I knew would happen on day one of walking into it and I did. I got bored sometimes. It was just after a couple of weeks. Sometimes it was just after a couple of months, sometimes a year.
So I felt like I found my upper limit. Or looking back, I found that upper limit for any of my jobs, keeping any of my interest… and that was about two years. And it’s embarrassing to admit that and a little bit. And I was embarrassed to even talk about why I stayed on job.
So in such a little or short period of time, why couldn’t I just find that ‘it’ or just figure it out… what I was really supposed to do. And then at one point I was so frustrated that I just decided to start a travel company to figure it out. Now that was something I didn’t have the slightest bit of experience in doing, but I said, hey… I remember being on a six country tour and just watching our tour guide and just thinking to myself, ‘hey, I could do that.’
That doesn’t look so hard, and that’s what I did. So I started a tour company and I toured clients around some of my favorite places in Greece and Turkey, and that’s when I discovered that same feeling again, that same feeling of. I had working, you know, with my friend, that same feeling and a sort of a freedom that I didn’t have in my particular nursing role at the time.
So it was sort of like a freedom to do what I wanted and how I wanted it to be done. It was really exciting. It was tons of work at the time, but it was really exciting and it gave me a break and some time to really think through what could be next for me. So I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it at the time.
I did some blogging and travel at the same time while figuring it out. And then I had what was a pretty traumatic experience for me abroad. And I stopped blogging for three and a half years, cold turkey. I just stopped. And around that time. I got fully back into nursing full time.
I started to have that feeling again, my upper limit feeling. It began to gnaw at me in a way that I was sort of familiar with. And this was around last April… April 2019. So, at this time I had major surgery. I was working as a clinical educator, working on some initiatives for primary and second secondary care clinics.
Across central and Northern New Mexico. And after my surgery, my employer allowed me to take off for four and a half weeks with pay. And I look back and I think, ‘Oh, that was a dangerous move for my employer.’ Because, you know, after the first couple of weeks I was really just trying to recover from the pain and being preoccupied with the pain.
But after that time, that short period of time, maybe two weeks, I started to think again, what was it that I really wanted? So while I was at home recovering from my surgery, I made the decision. That I was just going to make a plan to do what I wanted to do, whatever that was. And it would be done by December 1st. I don’t know why I chose that date exactly.
Maybe because of the holidays, but it was just something to shoot for at the time. So my simple plan became spending Thanksgiving at home in Louisiana and then moving back to DC before Christmas time. So December 1st was the date. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do once I moved back to DC. But of course, if you know me, then you knew I would figure it out.
So I started before I was ready.
And in the meantime, in the middle of my plan, I had the opportunity to get my certificate and full stack website development, which is something that I had been wanting to do, meaning to do for a couple of years. Years at that point, but I saw that time as the perfect opportunity.
So my surgery was in April. I had put in my notice to leave my job at the end of may, May 31st, and the certificate program started July 1st or the first week of July. So I had a month off in between. Uh, leaving my job and starting there, the certificate program, which gave me some time to, to do some extra things and extra planning.
Um, also during that time, my lease was up in the middle of the program, so it was up in August, so I had to pack and move and sell. Everything I had, um, all while doing this intensive Monday through Friday, eight to five program with, you know, 20 to 30 hours of homework on the weekends. Um, and I knew since I had made my plan to get back to DC that I would sell all of my stuff, and that’s what I did.
So, during that time, I got an extended stay until I left Albuquerque, New Mexico. Again, if you’ve been following me for some time now, you know, that during that time it wasn’t blogging at all. It was about three and a half years since my last blog post during this time.
But then I got sort of this little nagging feeling of getting back into it and it wouldn’t really let up, and it actually had been gnawing at me for months.
Maybe years, a couple of years I had been thinking about getting back into it on and off, but I just never really quite found the time of course, to to actually just do it. So thinking about getting back into blogging, I knew then last summer that I had found my it and I decided to take my own advice and just start.
Doing what I wanted to do, start my blog up again to help nurses who wanted to work with me. And I started, and then I moved back to the DC area. And here I am.
And I have to say that now I’m in this place again. I’ve truly missed it. And it’s, it’s really refreshing to really figure it out that this is what I was meant to do.
So you will find me here on the podcast and at my blog. In the meantime, if you’re interested in hearing more from me than just landing on my blog every once in a while or just hearing my podcast every once in a while, you can go to my homepage and sign up for my weekly newsletter where you can hear some of my thoughts on some of my favorite topics on a more regular basis.
Anything you sign up for on my website. On my home page, it will automatically enroll you in my newsletter, so no worries. And of course you can unsubscribe any time that you want. Right now there’s also a place on my homepage where you can sign up for my 5-Day Nurse Entrepreneur Challenge and get some personal email feedback from me when you participate fully in the challenge.
If starting an online coaching or consulting business is something that you’ve been thinking about or something that you’ve never thought about and this a podcast episode or my blog has given you some inspiration to do so, my challenge can be a very good step and making sure that this is something that you’re ready to do and to see if you’re ready to do the work.
So, welcome. Let me know your thoughts in the comments at TheBossyNurse.com and I would love to answer your questions on mindset and nurses in business. So feel free to send me a message, but first, before anything else, once you finish listening, take a moment to rate and review and subscribe in iTunes or any of your favorite podcast platforms.
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