This is our first annual awards to recognize the incredible healthcare professionals making a difference in the healthcare community. Although we recognize there are many more that are profoundly impacting the industry, this award is our attempt to highlight some of the most noticeable professionals from several different disciplines.

The recipients of this award demonstrate what it means to be #ThrivingInHealthcare. This campaign signifies a person excelling in their work role, making a statement in their profession, and thriving in all areas of life.  #ThrivingInHealthcare doesn’t mean you are perfect – no one is. Rather, this campaign symbolizes dedication to growth and a determination to live your best life. We believe we all have a role to play to shape a better healthcare industry, and the way in which we start that is by giving ourselves the template to do so.

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Nurses - Part 1

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials:

Monique Doughty, RN, BSN

Handle and/or Site:

IG: @iamnursemo

Website: https://www.iamnursemo.com/

Nurse Mo’s work has profoundly impacted the lives of many nurses and women around the world. With her mission to empower women to care for themselves, lead resilient lives, and step out of their comfort zones to boldly go after their goals, Nurse Mo leads by example and radiates authenticity and leadership. From leading retreats in Africa and Asia to working with nurses in intimate workshops around the country, Nurse Mo serves her community while also allowing herself to rest, rejuvenate, and recover in order to be able to show up to help others.

We got the chance to connect and chat on the Burnt Out to Lit Up Podcast last year. Listen to Episode 48: The Keys to Resiliency with Nurse Mo- https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/048-the-keys-to-resiliency-with-nurse-mo-interview/id1332553896?i=1000423973014&mt=2

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials: 

Julia Eze, MSN, RN, NP-C

Handle and/or Site: 

@thenursejulia

Website: www.thenursejulia.com

What led you into healthcare?

I come from a big family and my mother exposed me to caregiving as a teenager but at the time I didn’t consider it a passion of mine. It wasn’t until several years later that I realized it was my true calling.

What’s been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in healthcare?

Caregiving can be hard but always operate from a place of gratitude.

What gets you up everyday?

The opportunity to create and work on all my passions and try to better myself.

How do you use your platform to help others?

I create/ share health tips

What’s your favorite book or podcast?

One of my all-time fav books is The Secret. It was one of the first books I read on my journey to changing my thought process, perspective on life and my destiny.

What’s your top tip on being successful?

Look for ways to be of service to others and you’ll always find favor.

During stressful times, what are some of your favorite coping strategies?

Prayer, mindfulness, exercise, taking a break and disconnecting!

What are you most excited for this year? 

I’m excited to continue my work with The Nurse Link and hope to connect even more current, future and aspiring nurses.

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials:

Anna Rodriguez, BSN, RN, CCRN, PCN

Handle and/or Site:

website: www.theburnoutbook.com,

Instagram @the.burnoutbook

What led you into healthcare?

I knew in 6th grade I wanted to be a nurse, mostly thanks to peer pressure from a friend who had nurses in the family. 🙂 After volunteering at a local hospital, I applied for a nursing program after graduation and got right in! It’s a great fit for me, I was lucky to figure out what I wanted to do so early on!

What’s been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in healthcare?

Set boundaries and protect yourself and your energy. The grass is just a different shade of green so know what your deal breakers are when it comes to finding a healthy work environment.

What gets you up everyday?

Having a passion for what I do as a nurse and a vision for how I want my life to be.

How do you use your platform to help others?

I speak to nurses who are feeling burned out and encouraged them to find their spark again! I share tips and resources to promote resilience and create a sense of community so nurses don’t feel isolated or stigmatized in their feelings of burnout.

What’s your favorite book or podcast?

Book: Beauty by Robin McKinley, Podcast: The Mad Chatters (Disney themed)

What’s your top tip on being successful?

Celebrate your wins along the way! It provides an amazing amount of encouragement when you celebrate each milestone and forces you to realize how far you’ve come.

During stressful times, what are some of your favorite coping strategies?

I always look to my support system (husband, family, friends) for perspective and advice. I try and look at the mountain of tasks and separate it out into individual tasks and prioritize them. Eat the elephant one bite at a time.

What are you most excited for this year?

Opportunities to speak at nursing conferences and starting a masters program in Nursing Education!

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials:

Cat Golden, RN BSN

Handle and/or Site:

@Nineliveshealth

What led you into healthcare?

I went back to nursing school (my second degree) to help my best friend care for her daughter who was born with spina bifida

What’s been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in healthcare?

We have to care for ourselves and our patients as human beings, it’s usually the littlest things that makes the  biggest difference.

What gets you up everyday?

My purpose on this planet, to inspire others to take a LEAP

How do you use your platform to help others?

By encouraging and empowering nurses to be an inspiration and not wait for someone else to make a change, they can be the change!

What’s your favorite book or podcast?

Book = Untethered Soul , Podcast = Earn Your Happy by Lori Harder

What’s your top tip on being successful?

Be yourself! It’s your greatest weapon, it’s what sets you apart and can be your greatest source of confidence!

During stressful times, what are some of your favorite coping strategies?

Moving my body and changing up the energy. I have a trampoline in my office, I workout four days a week no exceptions, yoga, bike riding, I love it all! I also love using a guided mediation app and journaling.

What are you most excited for this year?

My mentorship program, the LEAP LAND LIVE Method. It’s my heart and soul and to see the change that can be made when you set your mind to something blows me away. I’m honored to play a role in these women’s lives.

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials:

Wali Khan, Trauma RN.

Handle and/or Site:

@Wali_khann

What led you into healthcare?

I was a personal trainer throughout college and always worked with people. Many of the clients that came to workout with me had pre existing health conditions that they wished to improve upon. Conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease etc. After some time, It became clear that with my current job I could only offer them so much. In order to further impact the lives of people in need, I needed to find something that would allow me to do more. That is when I found nursing and pursued a career that would change the course of my life.

What’s been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in healthcare?

Listening to people. Everyone has a story to tell. The story of what led them where they are, a story of pain, suffering, joy and everything in between. The stories and lessons from their lives will inevitably shape your own.

What gets you up everyday?

Faith and Hope. Faith in God that He has placed me exactly where I am supposed to be, doing exactly what I am supposed to be. And Hope, because there is so much to be hopeful for. Once you realize the enormous blessings that have been granted to you, every moment becomes a priceless gem.

How do you use your platform to help others?

My platform is simply an insight into my daily life. That’s all it is. As you sit and swift through the millions of platforms that are available at your fingertips, many showcase a life that is unrealistic, even unattainable. I try and focus on three simple aspects and share them in the most genuine and honest way that I can. People want practicality and I try to offer just that. My writings are centered around Faith, the professional life, and health. I am a practicing Muslim, a health care professional, and somebody who enjoys a health and active lifestyle. My platform highlights the intersection between the three.

What’s your favorite book or podcast? 

am a big fan of Paulo Coelho. I would say the Alchemist and Manuscript found in Accra.

What’s your top tip on being successful?

Look inside your heart and define success in your own words. After you’ve defined it, Work as hard as you possible can to achieve your definition of success.

During stressful times, what are some of your favorite coping strategies?

I stop everything and just breathe. Then I pray. A cluttered mind is a useless mind. Seek clarity before acting and you will find even the most daunting tasks become easy. I also make sure that my physical health is not neglected during times of stress. More often than not, when people are under stress, self neglect is the first symptom. Take care of yourself.

What are you most excited for this year?

I am most excited about going back to school to pursue doctoral studies.

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