I am Callie McDonald, a Registered Nurse and an Empowerment Coach for Nurses.
I specialize in holistic health and empowering nurses to be their happiest and healthiest.
Let's make every day the best it can be...
I WILL HELP YOU...
Reflect on where you've been, envision where you want to go
Clarify your values and goals
Realign your thoughts and behaviors to meet goals
Take responsibility and action
Feel less stressed, and more at peace
Become present in every moment of your life
Stay in touch with your inner wisdom
Feel happy and healthy every single day
Born and raised in beautiful Portland, Oregon, I went away to nursing school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where I graduated with honors. I have worked as a registered nurse in a variety of settings in Oregon, from Outdoor School for 6th graders, night shift on an intermediate care unit, camp for adults and children with disabilities, and Doernbecher Children's Hospital specialty outpatient clinic. During my first two years as a nurse, I experienced what most nurses report when they first start out: fear, lack of confidence, anxiety and depression, and second thoughts about whether I could handle this line of work. But I was told time and time again that this was an expected side effect, and I just had to put my head down, ignore the alarming symptoms, and everything would magically be better two years later. For a while, I trusted the advice, but most of the time, I felt miserable.
My life took a sudden turn when I was diagnosed with severe Cushing's syndrome (a dangerous hormonal imbalance caused by a tumor) at 24. I was terrified, so many questions ran through my head: How could this happen? Why is this happening to me? And the scariest question of all... Do I have cancer?
Luckily, the tumor was benign, and I've been on a long and challenging road to discovery since having life-saving surgery.
That's right, I said "discovery", not "recovery", because there was no going back after that wake-up call from the universe, reminding me that life is delicate. I began to fully realize that there are things that happen to us out of our control, but millions of other moments in life when we make our own choices and our resulting reality. During the time I took off work to rest and heal, I started thinking of better questions: What's most important to me? What makes me feel happy and healthy? What do I need to do to make my life the best it can be?
It was my answers to these questions that lead me to pursue an advanced education in holistic nurse coaching. I can honestly say through my own life experiences and education that I have discovered the woman I want to be, and I am becoming her. It is my sincere hope that you will give me the opportunity to share this gift with you. Nurse burnout and nurses leaving their positions is at an all time high, and we MUST find a better way to care for ourselves if we want to continue to care for our patients and loved ones. Keep scrolling to the next section to read about my education, my approach, and my offerings.
We all know some things we could be doing to make ourselves healthier, happier, and our lives better. But something always seems to get in the way of success. I've been up against so many roadblocks, too, and I know how it feels. That's where I come in.
I graduated from the Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program, the first and best program to learn the art and science of nurse coaching. Through techniques like guided meditation and awareness practices, motivational interviewing, non-violent communication, goal-setting, and just being a great listener, I work one-on-one with clients to help them identify and achieve their most important ambitions. I will motivate you and keep you accountable, and tailor my approach to fit each unique client perfectly. Check out the Testimonials to see for yourself!
I invite you to apply for my signature 12-week Upward Spiral Empowerment Program. Click Contact to schedule a free consultation call to find out more about this life-changing program.
“For as long as I can remember, I have functioned on cycles of high anxiety and burnout relying on unhealthy coping mechanisms and convincing myself that this is just how I operate. Working with Callie, I am finally able to admit how unsustainable this pattern is and the toll it is taking on my life. I always look forward to my time with Callie, knowing I will come away with more insight and healthy goals on how to grow into a stronger professional and woman. I also love the guided meditations and mindfulness practice suggestions. Callie has been an immense help and a kind, thoughtful, supportive presence in a very stressful time in my life. I have felt truly empowered by Callie to realize I have the capacity for self-reflection, creative problem solving, and changing patterns that no longer serve me. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to grow and find a new sense of balance in their life!”
(Certified Nurse Midwife)
"Throughout nurse coaching sessions with Callie, I gained a greater sense of self-awareness and learned new ways to improve how I care for myself. Callie is so kind, thoughtful, and genuinely cares about the well-being of others, making it easy to open up to her. She asked challenging questions and helped me gain new perspectives on my personal conflicts. Callie’s sharing of mental health knowledge provided helpful insight traditional therapy may not include.”
"Callie is very kind and thoughtful. She helped me to reflect on my lifestyle and create health goals that align with my true desires. She encouraged me to make attainable plans to move forward towards my goals which helped with my follow-through. After working with Callie I have better work life balance, and have integrated more self-care. She is an amazing resource for anyone needing accountability and guided introspection."
Megan (Registered Nurse)
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"I have felt truly empowered by Callie to realize I have the capacity for self-reflection, creative problem solving, and changing patterns that no longer serve me. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to grow and find a new sense of balance in their life!"