The Nurse Keith Show, EPS 4: Conscious Intention

Would you like to create your nursing career with conscious intention and the greatest possible clarity? In Episode 4 of the Nurse Keith Show, holistic nursing career coach Keith Carlson discusses various ways to go about consciously creating a nursing career to be proud of.

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Conscious intention means that you make your own choices regarding the direction of your nursing career. By consciously creating your career, you can choose to listen to the advice of others, take it with a grain of salt, and decide for yourself what direction is best for you within the nursing industry, whether you pursue a vision including nurse entrepreneurship, or other professional trajectories, like nursing research, the advancement of your clinical expertise, or other aspects of nursing.

In the nursing profession, we often find ourselves dictated to by others. We’re told what jobs are hot, what certifications we should get, and why we need to follow some predetermined track, just because popular opinion says that we should.

Be willing to set your intention. Be willing to reach out for support when you need it. Be open to gaining clarity of your vision, and do your due diligence so that you head into a new career direction with eyes wide open. You must assess your desire to take risks in your career, while also being willing to not know what the next step may be.

In many ways, 21st century nursing is nothing like the nursing profession of the 20th century. We have fully autonomous DNPs and APRNs, nurse entrepreneurs, nurse healers, nurse writers and artists, and other groundbreakers and thought provokers.

The field of nursing is wide open in 2015, and the choices have never been more varied. But when we listen to too many outside voices, we can get confused and discouraged.

Looking deep inside for direction and clarity can sometimes be the most powerful tool available to us as we explore where we’ll go next.

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Be well, dig deep, and keep in touch!


Nurse Keith photoKeith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is the Board Certified Nurse Coach behind and the well-known blog, Digital Doorway.

Keith is co-host of, a wildly popular nursing podcast; he also hosts The Nurse Keith Show, his own podcast focused on career advice and inspiration for nurses. Keith is also the resident nursing career expert at

A widely published nurse writer, Keith is the author of “Savvy Networking For Nurses: Getting Connected and Staying Connected in the 21st Century.” He has also contributed chapters to a number of books related to the nursing profession, and currently writes for MultiViews New Service,, StaffGarden, and Working Nurse Magazine.

Mr. Carlson brings a plethora of experience as a nurse thought leader, online nurse personality, holistic career coach, writer, and well-known successful nurse entrepreneur.



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