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Becoming "Well Aware" of Your Retirement

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Carol Ebert is a MSN, RN and specializes in Wellness and Coaching for Women in their Third Act.

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Are you facing the next half of your nursing career with trepidation? Whether it is moving toward retirement or just shifting in a new direction? Have you acknowledged that your job and life might be changing? As a nurse who has shifted many times in my career and now has reinvented myself in my retirement years, I’ve created tips from A to Z to help you move successfully in any new direction. Here's tip #1 - AWARENESS.

Becoming "Well Aware" of Your Retirement

AWARENESS is the first step before you can take any kind of action. If you don't know what you need, you won't know what action to take. There are always signs that indicate you are ready for change but sometimes we miss them, disregard them, misinterpret them or blame others for them. Here's an example.

In my last job as an employee, I had a great reign for 18 years as a wellness specialist for a major medical center. It was a dream job because my boss, who was a visionary, believed in empowering his employees to determine what needed to get done and then left us alone to do it the best we could. For me that was a gift, because I am very creative and work best when I can control my destiny and am not micro-managed. Our department did great things during his tenure and we were all very productive, had a lot of fun and loved coming to work every day. But then things changed.

A corporate merger occurred, my boss moved on, our team was split up and we were all sent to other departments to work. I was miserable. But I told myself I could stick it out for the next 5 years until I could take an early retirement. Besides I needed the paycheck and benefits! Well that idea lasted for about 2 years when I started to succumb to stress-related disorders that required multiple referrals to physicians, occupational therapy, and finally to a counselor where I was told to learn to live with pain.

Finally, the light bulb went off and I realized I had become someone whom I am not. I am not a person who is in pain, has no joy in my work, has a negative attitude, has lost her creativity and hates to go to work every day. Instead, I am a happy, positive, creative person who loves creating exciting and meaningful programs that help people lead better lives. So what happened to the real me? (Does this ring true for you?)

Apparently I had to be in so much pain that I finally got it. AWARENESS occurred and I knew I had to change. Here's a helpful quote from Abraham-Hicks that says it all.

Sometimes your Source will lead you to an awareness of a problem because it is part of the path to the solution.

I now recognized the path I was on was not only wrong for me, but my health had taken a toll as well. And Nurse Wellness (AKA - ME!) was always a health role model so I knew I had lost myself somewhere along the way. Time to take charge and do what I needed to do to get back to being ME! So I took some vacation time, had a heart-to-heart talk with myself (and my financial advisor), discussed my options with the HR Department and learned I could take an early retirement immediately. Talk about having a new lease on life!

With that weight lifted, I was able to create my exit strategy and start taking steps to move out of that job and into my next adventure as a wellness business owner. Note - within 6 months of leaving that nightmare, all my stress-related symptoms disappeared. A big message that we are able to heal ourselves once we become AWARE of what our symptoms are telling us.

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Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things they are transformed. Thich Nhat Hanh

 

So what about you? Does my experience resonate with your life experience? What is your story? How did you become aware of your need to change? What steps did you take? Would love to have you share so we all can learn from each other.

Carol Ebert RN, BSN, MA, CHES, Certified Wellness Practitioner, Certified Mindful Coach, Sanoviv Nutrition Advisor

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meanmaryjean has 40 years experience as a DNP, RN and specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia.

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I fail to understand what this has to do with retirement.

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Not_A_Hat_Person has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Geriatrics, Home Health.

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This sounds like an ad.

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17 Posts; 1,033 Profile Views

I read nothing and skimmed through. This is not about your topic at all.

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNS and specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

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My take on it is that she became aware that it was time to retire. So, in a way that is the first step towards retirement.

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Nurse Beth has 30 years experience as a MSN and specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho.

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We are not always best at knowing when to retire. It's a huge life decision. I agree in looking for signs to guide us, and being self-aware. Sometimes there's a reason why our circumstances change.

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llg has 42 years experience as a PhD, RN and specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

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This sounds like an ad.

Her posts in another thread about retirement supports this conclusion. She mentions her current business as a wellness coach and says something like, "If I can help you, let me know." Sounds like she is trying to drum up business.

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I don't see the retirement advice here either...evidently the author isn't retired

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Here.I.Stand has 16 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro.

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At the risk of sounding snarky.......I'm confused why a Certified Law of Attraction Facilitator needs to advertise.

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My awareness of retirement? Easy. When I choose to call the latest period of protracted unemployment "retirement" instead of what it really is, "unemployment".

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Carol Ebert is a MSN, RN and specializes in Wellness and Coaching for Women in their Third Act.

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Sorry you think I am advertising. I always believe it is good to know the credentials of experts who are posting blogs to establish credibility. And apparently I did attract your comment so the Law of Attraction is working!

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I understand & am trying to take time off to work on my well-being, cuz I got to burnt out always caring for others & not myself. I have to admit after 14 years of nursing, I’m pretty lost 

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