Why I started The Mindful Nurse Australia
My name is Lucinda Jones – van Buuren. I have been a Registered Nurse for over twenty years. I have always loved my nursing career. Seven years ago, my personal life fell apart. I had loss and grief as well as loss of a marriage and then the disarray of children between two families. There was this constant sense of chaos and drama. Everywhere I turned for help seemed to be a dead end. I didn’t realise at the time that this was the opening of a new door and a new way of life and I just had to walk through it. I longed for peace and tranquillity. I always thought it was outside of me. As I learnt to calm myself through mindfulness and meditation and self-help books, I began to realise that I was the one in control of my choices and actions. My state of mind was an inside job. This revelation was very powerful. This constant desire to grow led me to look for further self-growth. I found Life Coaching. Being coached is something that I love. My coach helped me to understand myself, my strengths and my challenges, and this inner knowledge allowed me to create strategies that continue to support my values and continue to create a happy, fulfilling life that I love. That freedom and growth I found in my own coaching led me to study a Diploma of Life Coaching which I completed December 2016, so I could share this freedom and passion for my life with others. I continued to study and completed my Masters in Life Coaching in August 2017 . I have specific Life coaching training in Career Change Coaching covering Peer Coaching and Interprofessional Coaching , Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher, Wellness Coaching, and Financial Coaching. I use a Laser Coaching style of coaching that is based on asking questions that leads clients to an awakening.
To complement my coaching, I practice mindfulness and meditate daily. I am part of a meditation group which I have grown to love so much. I have learnt the power of meditation. It brings a sense of clarity, focus and purpose to your life. Calm is a true super power.
As I moved forward on my inner path I was drawn to learn Reiki (Japanese Energy Healing ) to further heal myself. I love the combination of Life Coaching, Mindfulness Meditation and Reiki Energy Healing, so I studied and became a Reiki Master Practitioner / Teacher.
Burnout, stress and anxiety is so common in nursing and the healthcare sector. I would love to help our health care workers to love and respect themselves first. We can only gift to others what we have for ourselves. I still work part-time as a nurse simply because I love nursing. It is a part of me. I love having the tools to control my stress response, as I can see through clear vision, without judgement, to be in the present moment, and provide a response rather than a knee jerk reaction. I still get stressed. I’m aware of my perfectionist archetype and the pressures I place on myself. The difference is I now work with myself rather than fight against who I am. I accept myself totally.
I am so passionate about this feeling that this inner work provides. I want to help other nurses and healthcare professionals to feel for themselves, if this creates a successful feeling within their own personal experience. This is true self care and self love.
I love coaching clients that find themselves a customer of our healthcare system. My focus is on empowering them to contribute to their own health and wellbeing in the most positive and healing way. Again, by learning to control our stress response, we provide a much more conducive environment for healing. This can be used for patients pre-operatively and post-operatively or any situation. It can benefit all. I love to compliment this with teaching Reiki if the client is drawn to it as this too can give the individual a great sense of contribution in their own health and healing. I recently had surgery and got to use these strategies for my personal journey. I spent the six weeks at home healing utilising relaxation and meditation techniques. I felt empowered and a sense of success knowing I was committed to being an active contributor on my healing journey. It felt good to mindfully work towards healing and health.
The beautiful part of Life Coaching, Mindfulness , Meditation and Reiki is that they do no harm and they are all complimentary therapies that can be used whilst having your medical treatment. Reiki is used widely in American hospitals as a complimentary therapy.