You are probably wondering how I went from nursing to professional organizing. Here is my story.
Since I can remember, I always wanted to be a nurse.
When I was 16, I told my father that I wanted to go to nursing school after high school graduation. His response was: “If I am going to pay for nursing school, you need to start at the bottom to see if you can handle it.” Four weeks later, I was working every weekend as a nurse’s aide at a nursing home and have been in the nursing field ever since. I graduated with a BSN degree in 1981 and entered the nursing field full of enthusiasm. This was during the early 1980’s when nurses could “be nurses”; where a nurse had the time to give back rubs, hold a hand while listening to a serious conversation, and adequately educate those who needed to learn new methods to keep themselves healthy, answer every question that arose and determine if the patient understood what was taught.
After a long career in medical-surgical nursing, home health, and inpatient case management, I decided to leave the nursing field, however, I still felt the calling to help those in need. I searched many fields but finally decided on professional organizing because I have always been meticulously organized to the amusement of friends who labeled me “OCD”.
Finally, I thought, “Goodbye Nursing, Hello Professional Organizing!”
To my surprise, however, I found that I use my nursing knowledge all the time. I guess you could say “You can take the girl out of nursing, but you can’t take the nurse out of the girl.” I realized that, when I meet my clients to evaluate their organizational needs, I am also assessing their overall physical and mental health; for example: what is their demeanor, are they properly caring for themselves (bathing/dressing/proper diet) , are there any hazards that may cause a fall, does the client have a clear escape route in case of fire, do they have an organized system for medication administration, does the client have adequate food, clothing, durable medical equipment; safe and reliable transportation, are they managing their household finances properly, and finally, does the client have a local support system in which to rely upon. If needs are identified, this then provides the opportunity to open a dialogue with the client and, in some cases their families, in order to find the appropriate services needed, in addition to organizing their environments, in order to keep them independent for as long as possible.
During my journey in the professional organizing field, I have found that I have the time to help those in need, not only organizing their environments, but improving their overall health and wellbeing. I love that I have the opportunity to help clients, not only with my organizing skills, but with my nursing knowledge as well. I feel truly blessed.