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Eileen Spillane, RN, MA, NP, Befriending Death

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Your Name, Degrees Licenses (Nursing and non-nursing degrees/licenses are fine to list):

Eileen Spillane, RN, MA, NP

Bachelors of Science of Nursing, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, 1990

Masters, Holistic Nursing, New York University, NY, NY, 2001

Barbara Brennan School of Healing Graduate, 1995-1999

Certified Integral Coach, New Ventures West, 2013

University of Massachusetts, Center for Mindfulness Oasis Institute Practicum and Teacher Development Intensive Graduate, 2014

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I was born and raised in New York and had the good fortune to start my career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which set a standard of work satisfaction that has never been met in any other hospital. I was a traveling nurse in Hawaii, traveled around the world and was hit by a truck on my bicycle. I was in a body cast and spent the next six months recovering and reinventing myself as a nurse. I studied energy medicine, holistic nursing, and obtained my Masters degree. After 9/11, I made a conscious decision to move out West where I have been for the last twelve years. I still love to travel and am mesmerized by the beauty in nature. I often travel to New York several times a year to spend time with my family and friends. I am passionate about helping nurses find their unique balance to create happy work and home lives.

What Attracted You To The Field of Nursing? I was born to parents with a limited world view that girls should grow up to be nurses or teachers and boys should be cops or firemen. I was a candy striper and a lifeguard and my close friends were choosing nursing as a major. Fortunately, nursing was a perfect fit for me.

What is your experience and background in Nursing? I have been a Nurse for twenty five years in ICU/Critical Care, Oncology, Hospice, PACU, Med/Surgical, Obstetrics, OR, Private Duty, travel nursing and medical missions. I also worked at an Integrative Medical Center as a Holistic Nurse Practitioner and have taught mindfulness to nurses.

Would you recommend Nursing as a career? Absolutely. Nursing is a challenging profession that provides security, flexibility and immediate feedback on the impact you can have on someoneís life.

Your Business Name: Befriending Death

Please describe in detail your business/services you provide:"These days, I spend a lot of time with the beginning of life when babies take their first breath. Even here, death makes an appearance in the loss of an infant or a mom; a devastating loss that is always unwelcome. Thatís the thing about death, with every birth comes death. It can happen at any time and if we live with that knowledge, we might live more intentionally. If we have conversations about it, we might loosen up the fear and anxiety around it. If we prepare and share our wishes, we can give our loved ones the gift of clarity and direction so they feel confident they are following our wishes and have the opportunity to grieve without further unnecessary stress.

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Type of business categories would you would like to be listed: coaching sections, nursing seminars, as a blogger, look at alternative health categories for the meditation, by state, by nursing specialties.

Advocate for Patient and Nurses

Alternative Medicine


Certified Health and Wellness

Coaches, Life Coach, Coaching


Conflict Resolution Consultants


Continuing Education


Integrative Medicine

Keynote Speakers,

Meditation,Yoga Nursing

Nursing Blogs

Nursing Education/Educational Nurse Entrepreneurs

Nurse-Owned Businesses

Public Speakers

Stress Management Consultant

California Nurse Entrepreneurs

New York Nurse Entrepreneurs

Keywords, Phrases that describe your business, experience, services: balance, stress management for nurses, coach, coaching, coaching for nurses, nurse coaching, coaching nurses, wellness coaching, work life balance, workplace toxicity, nursing burnout, burnout prevention, mindfulness, meditation, MBSR, mindfulness based stress reduction, self-compassion, self-compassion for nurses, nurse blogger, bloggers, blogging, classes for nurses, stress reduction classes for nurses, care for the caregiver, mindful nurse, mindfulness for nurses, mindfulness at the bedside, finding balance in nursing, be balanced, tips for new nurses

Contact person(s): Eileen Spillane

How/when do you prefer to be contacted: Website contact form
In what date (month/year) did you start your business? September, 2013

Can you describe some challenges you had to overcome in starting your business? Embracing technology and social media (need I say more?)
Time management, Trusting in the unknown and uncertainty, Ignoring the voices of the naysayers, developing a following/getting customers.

How did you hear about the Nursefriendly, Connecting with Andrew Lopez and receiving his invitation to join.

The year were you first licensed as a nurse? 1990

What school(s) of nursing did you attend? Adelphi University New York University

Do you recommend that nurses join professional organizations? Yes, Itís a good way to network and be connected with nurses in your specialty.

Professional organizations you have belonged to (now or in the past, please spell out the full name):
Oncology Nursing Society

National Student Nursesí Association

National Association of Neuroscience Nurses

Association of Womenís Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

What made you decide to start your own business? Nurses are so hard working and so caring of others that we often put our needs last. I intended to combine my coach training and mindfulness training to help patients and families. However, when I started working with nurses, I realized how passionate I was about helping them find balance. Healthy and happy nurses create more satisfying work environments and ultimately provide safer care. As a former (and future) patient, as a daughter of aging parents, as friend to many nurses, this is something that gets me excited.

How many times have you changed employers in your career? Eleven times in twenty-five years

What specific qualities and traits do you feel make nurses especially qualified to operate a business? Self-motivated, organized, independent, networker, able to know strengths and weaknesses, willing to delegate and ask for help, patience, ability to enjoy the process of business development and not rushing to the outcome.

Do you currently practice as a nurse? If yes in what type of setting? I work per-diem in a hospital in a Critical Care Obstetrics.

Your most pressing concerns with the profession and healthcare: The massive impending nursing shortage when baby boomers retire, the lack of programs to train new nurses, the lack of new jobs for new graduates, the lack of awareness of management and hospital administrators to address workplace toxicity and burnout.

How do you feel the coming nursing shortage (as babyboomers enter the healthcare system, and nurses retire in droves) will affect patient care? addressed above. It is a huge concern of mine.

Other areas of interest and expertise: I love to explore and travel. Iíve been to Africa, South America, Central America, Europe and Asia. I have an adventurous spirit and it had led me to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, scuba dive through the South Pacific for six months and complete four Ironman Triathlons. I also have a deep contemplative nature in which I frequent silent meditation retreats - including a month of silence.

During the summers, I take a hiatus from nursing schedule and my business and work as an guide for an outdoor travel company and I lead biking and hiking trips in beautiful places such as Yellowstone, The Tetons, Big Sur and Santa Barbara. Nursing skills are highly transferable and you know! is a networking and resource directory for Nurse-Owned businesses and nurses looking for an alternative to working at the bedside. Start here on your road towards nurse entrepreneurship.

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