About Nurse Keith

Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC

A little about me. I was born in the house my father built….(just kidding).

But seriously, folks, I grew up in central New Jersey, and I’ve lived in Philadelphia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, England, Israel, and in an RV while traveling 10,000 miles around the United States with my lovely wife, Mary Rives.

I’ve been a nurse since 1996, and I’ve worked in a variety of clinical settings, including home health, community health, case management, public health, hospice, and nursing education. I’ve also held management and executive positions, including Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Nursing.

I’m a Board-Certified Nurse Coach (NC-BC) under the auspices of the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. I’m also certified as a Swedish Massage Practitioner, Kripalu Yoga Instructor, and Laughter Yoga Leader. Previously, I studied the visual arts, dropping out of not one, but two art schools in downtown Philadelphia in the early 1980s.

With equal passion for nursing and coaching, I translate that dual passion into a desire to help nurses experience the most satisfying careers possible.

Writing is one of my other passions in life, and I’m a popular freelance nurse writer and blogger for a number of nursing websites and one print magazine. I’ve maintained my award-winning blog, Digital Doorway, since 2005, and I’ve also been published in several non-fiction nursing books.

I’m the co-host of RNFM Radio, a wildly popular podcast focused on business success, including nurse entrepreneurs and nurse innovators. My podcast, “The Nurse Keith Show“, was launched in January of 2015, and offers nursing career advice, information, and inspiration for nurses and healthcare professionals who want to take their careers to the next level.

Personally Speaking

In my own life, I’ve experienced loss, nurse burnout, and personal tragedy, as well as great joy, extensive travel, marriage, parenting, enormous challenges, and a deep desire to serve others. I feel that my nursing, writing, podcasting, speaking, and coaching can have an impact on the personal, organizational, local, regional, and global levels, and it is my joy and humble honor to offer my services to both individuals and organizations.

I speak semi-fluent Spanish and I wish I could speak French. I love animals (especially ducks, donkeys, horses, dogs, and cats), and I enjoy camping, spending time with friends of all ages, hiking, working out, swimming, traveling, reading, listening to music and podcasts, and relishing the passing of time with my amazing wife. I have a wonderful son and daughter-in-law who are in their 30s, and I enjoy having three grandcats (Henry, Jacques, and Addy) and a number of nieces, nephews, and godchildren. 

The most important things in my life are family, love, service, play, travel, compassion, friendship, healthy living, self exploration without self-indulgence, and personal and planetary well-being.

Final Thoughts

I don’t impose my beliefs on others and do not see myself as a special individual with “the right answers”. Rather, I use my coaching skills to guide my clients to identify what’s most important to them as they create and manifest their own unique life vision.

If you’d like to download my media kit to learn more about me, please click here. And if you have specific questions about anything I do in relation to nursing, careers, podcasting, writing, etc., I offer a complimentary 30-minute strategy session to anyone who’d like to pick my brain.

Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to contact me in order to schedule a complimentary 30-minute strategy session.