Coaches and Nurses?
From the first hello, it feels as if you’ve known some people for years. Naomi D. Jones of Consults Unlimited, Inc., and I were like that. She has a terrific website I visited after she posted an intriguing message on Linkedin. After a few emails, we finally got together by phone so I could quiz her about her coaching career. From the very first words, we were like old friends even though we’ve not actually met in person. I suspect she’s like that with most people, a trait that would make her an excellent coach.
With her years of leadership experience, this nurse coach has put together a webinar, The Leaders Journey, From Mindset to Impact, that focuses on the leaders in our midst. Nurse leaders who are open to change. This free webinar is scheduled for December 11, 2012 at 7PM ET.
Why Seek out a Professional or Life Coach?
Naomi says that “Coaches help people try to figure out how to be their best. They help people deal with stressful situations better than they could on their own.” Coaches develop relationships that help people move forward both professionally and personally.
From Naomi and from some internet research at Nurse Together, I found that this is really a question of who is ready to be coached? It is much easier to complain about a situation than to actually make a change. So, who is ready to seek out a mentor, coach, or someone to help make that next step? Someone who is:
- Ready for change. You recognize change is better than where you are and forward is where you want to go.
- Willing to change. Again, it’s easy to not like where you are, but being willing to take painful steps to change is very hard.
- Open to examination of why forward movement isn’t happening. Yikes, this can be really hard if it’s personal stuff.
- Honestly looking at what is going on personally and professionally. Again, that may mean recognizing personal traits we don’t want to deal with.
- Motivated. So you accept it’s time to change, you understand there is a problem, but do you truly have the motivation to take steps that lead to change?
How to find that just right person to help you move ahead?
A good coach:
- Doesn’t have to know more than you to be helpful to you, it involves a connection.
- Isn’t a friend, that’s why BFF’s aren’t always a good choice.
- Doesn’t take credit for your progress, they are guides not sheep herders.
- Doesn’t work in the past. It’s forward movement all the way.
What to expect:
- Your coach is your champion, they believe in you.
- They should be good listeners
- Be prepared for a kick in the pants when you need it.
- Idea sharing.
Naomi began her career as a home health aid, progressed to LPN, then RN and has her Master’s in Health Administration. She put it all together and became a Certified Life Coach to use her years of experience to help others. With her many years in leadership positions, she feels a particular affinity for that area of coaching.
Nurses find themselves in positions for which they were never trained in nursing school. Many nurses go straight into finding Los Angeles nursing jobs or other big city nursing jobs, but don’t mentally prepare for the challenges ahead. There, almost the entire curriculum centers on deepening ones knowledge of the science of health care. From the foundation courses of anatomy and physiology to obstetrics and gerontology, the focus is patient care. Nurses routinely leave the bedside care that is the focus of their school texts and enter leadership roles. What then?
Coaches can help.
Are you a nurse
- Enduring a stressful job situation?
- Wanting to move your career forward into a leadership position?
- In a leadership position but you’ve lost the joy of leading?
Naomi D. Jones can help. She can be found through her website, Consults Unlimited Inc., Linkedin, or her blog, Life Coach RN. She keeps her nursing and management skills active working for a major home care company.
This mother of 4 who loves to travel, read and be a nurse leader is excited about her upcoming webinar: The Leader’s Journey, From Mindset to Impact, December 11, 2012. Naomi’s deep well of compassion and the leadership skills she has developed will give depth and meaning to this seminar.
She has a very positive, well done website you might want to check out.
She’s fun and it shows at her site.
There are so many nurses out there who are looking for change. You’re all over Linkedin and Twitter. Are you one of them? Are you looking for change?