I absolutely adore being a freelance nurse writer. I resigned from fulltime healthcare employment and have not looked back. Being a clinician is incredible, challenging, and fulfilling and I am grateful for the experience. I started out as a nursing assistant and always intended to make my way through the ranks. After becoming a Registered Nurse, I gained my requisite experience and went back to school to become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).
But I didn’t always want to be a nurse. When I was in elementary school, the thought of being a journalist made me starry-eyed. I shadowed at the local newspapers during high school and I applied to college to be an English major. But I realized there was probably not much of a job market in writing and turned my eyes to nursing. I wanted to help people and pursue my love of traveling. Nursing fulfilled that and for a while, it was enough.
Becoming a Nurse and Midwife
I spent my first year as a nurse in a pulmonary step-down unit. Next, I moved back home to Cleveland, Ohio to be a labor and delivery nurse. I met a few midwives that treated families with patience and compassion, but mostly I was frustrated by the medical model of delivering babies like pizzas. After that job, I worked at a community hospital with a bunch of midwives who I fell in love with. They caught my babies and they created the space I felt my patients deserved.
I worked as a labor and delivery nurse for five years while I was in school to be a Certified Nurse Midwife and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. My nursing grind included long hours- I struggled.
Nurses are superheroes who sacrifice their sleep and sanity for their profession. They are the country’s most trusted profession (source). Healthcare heroes literally risk their lives, sanity, and families every day to support our communities.
I was hired as the head nurse-midwife at a company that was supposed to open a dreamy freestanding birth center in Florida. It never happened. I began working as a freelance nurse writer and online nurse educator to supplement my income. I fell in love with it.
The jobs ranged from grading essays to evaluated human resource nurse job postings to writing blog articles for nursing schools. You know the thrill you get when you land a new job? As a freelance nurse writer, I feel like that every day when I land these incredible projects. That excitement flows into my life with our family, as well.
Freelance Nurse Writer Jobs
I became addicted to the feeling of working for myself and landing incredible opportunities. Eventually, I went back to work fulltime as a Certified Nurse-Midwife. However, I had tasted the freedom of working for myself as a nurse writer. How was I supposed to go back to working for a facility?
I worked hard as a midwife- catching babies, educating clients, and empowering families. Attending births of these incredible superhumans is a joy that I will always treasure. Empowering patients meant everything!
But I have four children, and I realized that I was missing important holidays, school shows, and even weekend day trips. I missed sleeping when my family slept. While empowering my community, I felt like I was letting down the little people in my life.
When I gave birth to my last child, I developed postpartum depression and anxiety. While it wasn’t a direct result of my profession, I learned that it was critical for me to minimize my stress in all aspects of life. I struggled to be the mother my children deserved while providing for our family.
After a year of struggling to sleep and juggle my responsibilities at home and work, I resigned. I felt free for the first time in my nursing career, yet it was terrifying.
The best part? The positive changes in our family’s life. If the urge strikes to write until 1 A.M., I can. I can leisurely drink hot coffee with my husband instead of rushing out the door. I put a robe on and go to my office that looks over my garden while I create content that energizes me. I nurse my son during my lunch break. My breaks look like family walks or naps with my littles.
The more I’ve written over the years, the better I’ve gotten. Creating content is more than beautiful words on paper. It often means creating images for social media and appeasing search engine algorithms. I have found a lovely network of other freelancers out there, and it rejuvenates my soul.
I’m lucky because I started this business as a happy accident to support my family a few years ago. The fantastic thing about having satisfied customers is that you receive testimonials and samples which are critical to spreading the word about my new business.
Caitlin Goodwin MSN, CNM, RN is a professional nurse copywriter with 12 years of experience in the nursing profession. She works as a nursing consultant and health content strategist. If you are looking for a professional content writer, please message below!
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