Nursing Stories that Forever Change Us…

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By Elizabeth Scala

I used to come home every single day exhausted, angry, and depressed. I’d either flop onto the couch, go out for Happy Hour, or head right to sleep. We ate fast food, drank soda at every meal, and had Mac-N-Cheese and hot dogs at least once a week. I barely ate anything green and I hated fruit.

Typically when I tell my story now I say: “My physical health was in the toilet; my mental/emotional health felt like a roller-coaster ride; I had no spiritual practice and even less 120px-Bomb.svgcoping skills!”

The final days of living like this consisted of very violent arguments with my boyfriend at the time. We put holes in the walls; broke our refrigerator door; did things while we were so intoxicated I’d wake up the next day and think to myself, “How embarrassing… I’ve got to get this mess cleaned up before someone visits here…”

My sleep was broken, interrupted, and anything but restful. I’d cry at least 3 times a week… many times sobbing so hard I would exhaust myself into sleep. I felt like a two-year old having a temper tantrum in a 28 year old body.

It was around the end of my master’s degrees program and I kept hearing myself tell people: “I want to work in prevention. I want to teach/educate/whatever it is in primary prevention. I like strategic planning. I want to work with health. No more disease model or hospital or symptom fixing or band-aides for me. I want to work on the other side of things.” I’d tell my advisor at school, my co-workers, my family… anyone who would listen. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted- but I knew I wanted a change.

120px-Lego_messAnd that’s how my life felt too. I couldn’t keep this crying, stomping, screaming, arguing, exhausting mess up much longer. I was miserable. I felt terrible. My life was a chaotic mess.

I was ready for a change. I was ready for something different. I had a vision of what I wanted and I was ready and willing to do something new. I was open to support, guidance, ‘a sign’… anything really. I would take, answer, say ‘yes’ to any opportunity that came my way.

Since then, I’ve made those changes- personally and professionally. I’ve made lifestyle choices that weren’t easy, but absolutely necessary. I’ve changed people, places, and things. I exercise, eat differently, meditate, journal, and express my feelings, wants, and needs with a calm, reflective, and curious nature.

Change is possible and I’m sure many of you have done it too. I’m interested in hearing your story. I want to hear how you made significant life changes. I want to know what worked for you, what supports you embraced, and how you decided it was time for something different.

I’ve interviewed many nurse entrepreneurs I know. I’ve spoken with nurses who’ve made changes. I’m on a quest for themes, stories, relationships, and to better understand the nature of our work. I want to make a serious contribution to the nursing profession by helping with some of our individual struggles. I’d love to hear from you and am open to you sharing your story with me today.

Please take a moment to fill out this brief questionnaire. I would be so grateful for any information you feel comfortable sharing. If you’d like to speak to me further about this, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I can be reached via email at coachscala (at) livingsublimewellness (dot) com or phone (410) 929-0081.Elizabeth Scala

And I know your time, energy, and information is precious. So in gratitude, for helping me in this way I offer a discounted discovery session with me. If you’re looking to change an aspect of your life, consider this beautiful exchange of energy, this opportunity to change your story. Have a healthy day!

Elizabeth “Coach” Scala, MSN/MBA, RN is passionate about helping healthcare professionals, nurses in particular, to embody holistic living and embrace self-care. Through her business, Living Sublime Wellness, she writes regularly on the topic of self-care, conducts a free, monthly wellness workshop, and offers both in person and online seminars for busy nurses.  Visit Elizabeth at and subscribe to her newsletter to receive your 3-Part Video Series Gift, “Here’s Time for Your Health”!

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2 Responses to Nursing Stories that Forever Change Us…

  1. Thank you so much, Beth! I appreciate your comment and being able to share this post on your blog here. Thanks for everything!!

  2. Hi Elizabeth,
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful and courageous story. A nursing instructor recently shared that he knew his students were going to be in for a big surprise when they got to the real world. Such a sad commentary. BUT it does NOT need to be this way and the work you are doing to raise awareness and offer education about and opportunities for nurse self care is so very important for individual nurses, our profession, and patient safety. Take care! Beth

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