From Bedside Nurse to Writer

 

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Tell me that story again!

This is what my coworkers have always said.

Whenever we were on break or had some down time, they always wanted to hear the stories that I had to tell.

I learnt how to tell stories from my grandmother. She was an excellent storyteller.

 

As a child growing up in Kenya, my grandma always put me to sleep by telling me a bedtime story.

 

My nursing career has had so much adventure and excitement as well as so many challenges.
In Africa, I worked with The Flying Doctors, where we traveled to many remote areas transporting patients with a wide range of ailments to hospitals.
Some of these patients had been bitten by crocodiles and snakes and others were victims of war.
My nursing experiences in Africa and the skills of storytelling I got from my grandma, enabled me to venture into writing.

While in Africa, I wrote articles for local magazines and co-authored two books. One of the books was in Swahili, which is the native language in Kenya.

Coming to America and facing the challenges foreign nurses go through before they settle down, inspired me to write; “The Foreign Nurses Guide to Settling in America.”

On my blog, I write about the daily challenges nurses face daily.

I also offer a free eBook on the website called “Seven Secrets to Settling into a New Nursing Job.”

I love to give tips on resume and interview skills for nurses, among other general topics.

 

  • What Does the Future Hold?

The future holds lots of great possibilities for me as a writer.
I am working on developing my brand as International Nurse Support.
I’m also networking with other nurse entrepreneurs and authors.
Building a social media presence, particularly in Google Plus, Facebook and LinkedIn is so important today for any author.

 

The thing I love about my writing career is that it’s very fulfilling.
I set out personal goals and enjoy meeting them.
Knowing that I’m contributing positively to other nurses inspires me even more. I look at writing as a service one gives to others.

 

If you are thinking of becoming a writer, I want to encourage you not to put it off any longer.
The secret is to begin, and you’ll find lots of resources to help you get better.

 

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This Article was written for Scrubs Magazine – Blog carnival for nurses

 

Comments

  1. Oh this is a great post, Joyce. I can feel your energy and joy through the page. I too love to tell stories. I am in this course right now (business coaching for my work) and the leader introduced us to story-telling. The more that we can speak from that authentic and true space; the more people we can help. I am so glad that you continue to tell your stories here and everywhere. Great work and I love reading your writing! Enjoy your health today, Elizabeth

    • Joyce says:

      Elizabeth.
      Like you said, the more you can explain something by telling stories, the readers will connect to you more.
      You are always an inspiration to me.
      Thanks for visiting.

  2. Helpful info. Fortunate me I discovered your website accidentally, and I am surprised why this twist of fate did not came about earlier! I bookmarked it.

    • Joyce says:

      Keep coming back.
      I’m happy you bookmarked this site.
      Even though you came late, there is lots for you to read:)

  3. Marsha Favors says:

    I just want to say that I thank God for you. You have been such an inspiration for me as a new nurse. You have given me the courage to step out on faith by the little nudge that you give me daily. I Know that God has great plans for you and that he has found favor with you as well. Continue to write and be that blessing and hopeshot that we all need as we venture out into the world of Nursing.
    Thank You
    Your Friend Marsha

    • Joyce says:

      Hi Marsha.
      Thanks so much for visiting.
      Thank you for the encouragement to continue writing.
      I am so happy I can write something that can inspire you to venture out.
      Good Luck as you start your job as a new nurse.
      There will be lots to learn, and I know you will do well.
      Please do visit again.