Cella and I first met in the Nurse Residency program that she was the coordinator of at Rural WI Health Cooperative. I was a nurse for less than 1 year when we met. I was just starting to orientate to OB. My experiences in OB were just as everyone imagines, beautiful, memorable, impactful, and a true blessing. However, my experiences were also dark and physically and emotionally tolling on me, which left me questioning my career decision.
To this day, I am still thankful for the Nurse Residency program that brought me to know and love Cella. To this day, I would not be sitting here as a licensed nurse had it not been for the love, support, and guidance that Cella extended to me. Her ability to help me see the reality and put perspective on my emotions and experiences was something that no one else was providing. I experienced some of the worst moments in my nursing career in those nine to ten months while in the residency program and it is because of Cella that I am still and AM the nurse I am today.
My experiences with Cella and the wisdom that I have come to know, and love is that we must trust our journey, we must trust what feels right and good to us in our soul, we must follow our passion, and truly embrace our role in not only caring for others as nurses but impacting people in their lives and meet them where they are. There is a clip you can find on YouTube, “Be a Mr. Jensen.” In this clip it talks about one moment in time, Cella was one of my moments in time. To this day, I still take any opportunity I can to connect with Cella and follow her coaching feeds routinely. There is so much depth and knowledge that she shares that can be related to any part of a person’s life from personal experiences to professional experiences. “Highlighter moments” happen throughout any given day, you just need to be aware of the “mirror in the room.”
As nurses it is time for us to reconnect to our purpose, refuel our hearts and our energy to continue our passion in caring for others. Let Cella be your guide, you will not be disappointed!