Nurse Burnout – What is next?

by Angela Brooks


In the news you read a lot about nursing burnout and the shortage of nurses in the medical field. It is real and talked about a lot but very little is done in most facilities to clean up the mess. How can change happen, if no one takes the next step.

After working as a nurse for 25 years there are many situations that I hold close as good memories and how much fun I have had taking care of patients, working with excellent staff. It seems like the moments that are so stressful are the ones that stay in front of the memory file.

18 months ago – I wanted OUT of nursing. I planned to apply whatever education I needed to remove myself from the industry. I did not want to pass out one more pill – get one more cussing that I had to stand and listen too with my professional face on and not my "go to hell look".

I left work exhausted even on a good night – showing up for work was a task – leaving was a joy.
I hired a business coach who had already made several million dollars working online – I had watched her for several years and knew how she worked. I wanted to be just like that. She has worked for 14 years online – and raised a family. I was working full time – worn out – making no-where close to a million dollars and missing my boys growing up.

It was time for this nurse to make a change in how she was making a living.

I begin learning and building a website, which I thought was all that I needed to be online. I took every class that coach Sandi had. Anything from a two day class, to a one year obligation. My head was down and I was studying, applying what I learned and beginning to see new growth.

After a few months of working on the internet part of the business, I began to notice how I was thinking and things were beginning to change. My mind was focused and my heart was happy. To be in business you have more than business tools to become successful. You work on your own mindset as well as business. It comes together as one tool that brings everything together.

There have been many days along this journey that would become frustrating enough I wanted to quit. However, there was a drive inside that would not stop pushing me forward to learn everything I could possibly learn. One of the early classes I had with Coach Sandi – I remember thinking what the hell is she talking about? That makes no sense what-so-ever to me. After the class I took a break – then applied what she told me to do any way – Lo and Behold it worked – just like she had said.

I started working with Young Living in November 20th 2010. I did not have one customer; I was starting at the beginning. Today 10 months later – I have 84 customer/distributors on my team, I have written a book, got a promotion at work to a staff development, I am now writing for and scrubs magazine, and teaching Tele-Classes to those that want to know how I have done this so fast. It was not fast – it was working, learning and applying everything I could learn. Placing good people around me and working on my own mindset.

 Burnout nurse to a marketing online nurse helping other nurses do the same. Even though I am still in nursing – I am smiling again. I am ready for work and feel blessed to be helping people around me reach their goals as well. My boys have a different mother, and my husband has a happier wife. All because I set out to make money in a business but ended up learning more about myself through business.

I would love to help you reach your goals like I have. I share some of the tools I have used and the people who have helped me get there on my resource page. Never stop reaching for your dream goal. Mine has changed several times in the last 18 months and it has become more clear what I am headed toward. You can too – just don't stop.

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Angela Brooks is a mental health nurse devoting over 25 years to the nursing field. Executive Director with young living , She is the author The Nurses Voice, and is a contributor to the nursing magazines "Scrubs Magazine" and "".

She is the founder of, a company dedicated to helping empower nurses who works in the mental health field. Not just for nurses – but those that nurse others in life. She is the nurses voice, the voice for those unheard.

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Angela Brooks is a retired nurse after 25 years in mental health. She used her lunch breaks to build her business part time on the night shift. Her car became a mobile university as she listened to business training, coaching calls on CD and phone webinars. She blogged while she was at her sons' baseball practices.

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1 Anonymous August 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm

You are a true inspiration Angela!

2 Beau Henderson August 23, 2011 at 4:43 am

Your story is so important because you found your mission as a nurse, and what a powerful mission it is! There are so many people out there who are burnt out and need examples like you of how to live a mission doing work that fulfills them.

3 Carla J Gardiner August 23, 2011 at 5:08 am

Angela you have been a true friend, leader and business partner, too. You have an innate way of explaining things that don’t make sense so that others can make sense out of them. I started out following you, the leader and today I am following you all the way to the top. What an inspiration you are to those in the trenches, nurses or network marketers…it doesn’t matter. You take care of us all equally. Thank you my friend, congratulations on the trials, errors and successes to come.


4 AJ August 23, 2011 at 11:01 am

It’s no fun when you feel burned out:(

5 Anne (Annie) Berryhill August 24, 2011 at 3:46 am

You are an inspiration to anyone who may be burned out at their job! You did what so many won’t and that is to MAKE A CHANGE! But what is so cool is that you didnt try to change it all, you just changed 1 thing which turned out to be a BIG thing! Good Stuff!

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