You’ve been a high-powered Leader of the Pack throughout your career and may not want to give up that role as you retire. So maybe you don’t have to!
You can still use your fabulous talents and skills in a new way that fits your new lifestyle of being retired. Or shall I say – semi-retired. We never really do retire because we love to work and still want to give back – but on our own terms, right?
What if you become a Certified Wellness Life Coach in retirement and have all these great benefits?
- Work your own hours
- Work from home
- Make money
- Give back by helping others
- Have time to enjoy the things you love
- And still be a nurse!
Would that interest you? Well it can become your reality – and you could still be the Leader of the Pack!
I was exposed to the power of coaching in the midst of the stress of deciding whether to, how to and when to leave my secure job and go out on my own. A wise nurse-coach guided me through the process and it was the jump-start I needed that launched me out on my own. So, I know that coaching works, and if you are searching for a new direction, and still want to be a nurse, this might be the skill you need.
What would it take for you to embrace this new skill which could dramatically change the way you approach your life after retirement? You could still work on your own terms and give back at the same time. Here are some benefits that nurses have realized through the efforts of coaches and their use of coaching skills.
What if you were the coach offering these services?
How would that feel for you?
Improving Work Satisfaction
More and more nurses are dissatisfied with their current work but would like to continue working in retirement. A senior nurse, feeling unsettled at work and not knowing what she wanted, used a nurse-coach to help her discover what she wanted from work, what she was good at and what she enjoyed doing. Discovering the root of her dissatisfaction, she was coached on developing confidence and eventually negotiated a change toward a more satisfying role.
Reducing Stress and Improving Well-being
Nursing is a stressful occupation. As more top-level professionals are leaving healthcare because of industry changes that affect their personal and family life, many health systems are hiring executive coaches to retain leaders. Coaching is becoming a favored tool to assist professionals with work-life balance, employee motivation, resolving conflicts, lowering stress and work levels, and promoting overall well-being. Coaching is becoming a “work perk”.
Rediscovering the joy of work
Many nurses have lost their joy for their work. A group of nurse managers and educators in a small community hospital used a nurse-coach to create new ways to support nursing staff and enhance leadership and communication skills. The coach didn’t offer advice, but guided others in discovering their own creativity, resourcefulness and ability to love their work once more.
Enhancing Work Performance
In a flattened system, high performers have no place to advance. One clinical nurse specialist used coaching as a means to develop and retain high performers. She used coaching skills to help staff identify and meet professional and personal goals which in turn resulted in enhanced clinical knowledge and expertise, improved job satisfaction, higher rates of retention and the creation of a winning team.
Receiving Support and Attention
Becoming a manager can be an alienating experience. It can be “lonely at the top”. Both new and experienced nurse managers need individuals they can count on for honest and sensitive support, assistance with problem solving and conflict resolution and genuine ongoing attention. Coaches provide that.
Developing Leadership Skills
More professionals are using the services of external executive coaches to develop leadership skills. Nurse leaders place a high value on the fact that coaching can focus on behavior change in the privacy of their office where missteps won’t raise eyebrows and rehearsing new behaviors can be done in a psychologically safe and supportive environment. One chief nurse executive from a major healthcare organization discovered through coaching that her strengths were increased, her weaknesses diminished, she had a sounding board for issues, she had new tools to use and now receives compliments on her communication style.
Creating Your Own Business
Some nurses have such a strong entrepreneurial spirit that the structure and regulation of a healthcare system drives them away from the profession. A nurse who pursues a career in coaching can use all the accumulated expertise, healthcare experience and connections to redesign a career based on independence and the ability to be one’s own boss. In most cases, coaching clients is done over the phone from home. Being a personal coach is another opportunity to continue using nursing skills while living a fulfilled life.
Coaching is working – and can work for you as
a new direction in retirement.
The challenge is to make something happen for yourself that will fit into your retirement plan. Could it involve coaching?
- How do you see coaching working for you?
- What would it take for you to embrace this skill?
- What stands in your way?
- When will you be ready to receive all the gifts that coaching can provide?
The answers to these “powerful questions” lie within you.
Guiding Mindful Change Coaching Certification Training was founded in 1993 to inspire, enliven and support mindful living. For over 20 years, their certification programs, classes and outreach have impacted the lives of thousands. Mindful coaching is about empowerment – about change from the inside out. Their coaches believe that people are whole and resourceful and therefore are their own best authority for change.
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