Balancing Your Mindset: Bikini to Board Certification

A Nursing vignette, presented as a part of National Nurses Week. 

Natalie Mortensen, BSN, RN-BC
Nursing Informatics Specialist
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

What happens when a nurse co-worker encourages you to enter an all-natural bikini competition? I giggled –wait, let’s be honest, I laughed, HARD. Seriously? ME?! Challenge accepted. After a dedicated 20 week stretch of clean eating, intense workouts, and coaching, I entered two separate contests and placed 2nd and 5th . When it came time for my Nursing Informatics Board Certification, I doubted myself, but my mind went back to my bikini challenge. That experience taught me that I truly can accomplish anything I put my mind to. Challenge your mind. Trust your body. Believe in your spirit. Wherever your nursing journey takes you, personally or professionally, know that anything is possible.

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