#healthynurse International Spotlight on Amy Benn, RN

Amy is a nurse from Australia.  She has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (ICU), a Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness, and is a Level 3 Metabolic Nutritionist.  She is currently studying her Meditation Teacher Training.  Below is her story:

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I became very health conscious at age 14, after my diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, I was incredibly inspired by the care I received as a teenage patient.  I knew I wanted to help others, so I naturally gravitated toward nursing.

Managing my health and well-being became quite challenging as I pursued my chosen specialty of intensive care nursing in one of Melbourne’s major metropolitan hospitals, and becoming a nursing professor.  Alongside my post-graduate academia in Health, I found that incorporating a balanced lifestyle which consisted of restorative practices, eating more healthy whole foods, lifting weights, and a connection to nature, my community and those close to me has helped strengthen my immune system, dramatically improving my health.

I fell into fitness modeling as a side career after I set a goal to train for my first photo shoot in 2015, and I helped others with their health and fitness goals, too.

My vision is to equip nurses, midwives and health professionals with the knowledge and understanding I perused for myself to cope with the demands of working in health care and to enhance their own lives through great health and well-being.

I now experience medication-free remission from Crohn’s Disease and the best health of my life.  I believe our biggest opportunities lie in our challenges.  The greatest investment we can ever make is one in ourselves and our wellness.

In Australia, I believe we face very similar obstacles as Nurses, Midwives and Health Professionals towards our health. 

Currently, we do not have a wonderful initiative on a scale of HNHN  that I am aware of. All programs and interventions have been a result of individual and small group collectives, or private businesses pulling together to implement strategies within hospitals and not as a collective online community. 

I believe that the wellness movement is what I am called to do at this time. So I have personally and individually taken the initiative this year to develop an online wellness magazine for carers:  https://www.wholehealthmagazine.com.au/
 
Posted by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN on Dec 4, 2018 8:18 AM CST

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