Veteran Nurse of 15 Years in Intensive Care Nursing Finds Career Diversity as Best Prevention for Burnout

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Veteran nurse of 15 years in intensive care nursing finds career diversity as best prevention for burnout; on the job back injury big profession breaker.

Veteran nurse of 15 years in intensive care nursing finds career diversity as best prevention for burnout; on the job back injury big profession breaker.

“If the next face you remember seeing after you clutch your chest in pain is mine…you’re really really sick!” says Jeff Seely, RN of Nashville, TN. He has been an intensive care nurse in various specialties for 15 years. Surgical, Med-Surg, and now Cardiac, he’s seen quite a lot. In a profession that is riddled with challenging issues he didn’t want to be another washed out statistic. “The burnout rate is high, especially in intensive care”, he says after a long 12-hour night shift. He’s right. With an aging population the demands on the nursing profession are growing, particularly registered nurses. There are currently 125,000 open RN positions nationwide and far too few nursing school graduates to fill them. As the population ages so does the existing pool of nurses. Burnout and injury are big reasons why many choose to or are forced to leave their jobs.

“I’ve been lucky in two ways. I’ve avoided any kind of back injury the entire time inspite of being the frequent lone male nurse that usually is asked to help with the heavy lifting.” Also in the area of burnout Seely says that he knew he had better create another career option just in case. That has lead to a comfort level keeping the stress from getting to him. A study in JAMA in 2002 indicated that nursing job satisfaction decreased by 15% for each additional patient added to a nurse’s assignment. The burnout rate under the same circumstances rose 23%.

Seely has found a way to merge his desire to be a positive influence in healthcare with a personal inner desire to succeed as a businessperson. In 1992 he partnered with a division of the old Rexall Drug Company, Rexall Showcase International and embarked on a part time career in network marketing. He did well. “I made great friends of powerful business leaders and developed a large business with their help.”, he says. In 2004 one of those partners, Eddie Stone, cofounder and VP of sales and marketing for Waiora International, called and asked him to be a founding member of this new company. He jumped at the chance. The management team of Stone and Stan Cherelstein along with lead biochemist, Rik Deitsch, have been friends for years. “You couldn’t ask for a stronger team.”

The income he has derived from helping others build a business has allowed him to avoid the almost mandatory overtime associated with many hospitals in the Nashville area, including Centennial Medical Center, the HCA facility where Seely has spent his career. Less exposure equals less burnout or injury risk according to the father of four. Waiora has seen an upsurge in growth recently with the introduction of Natural Cellular Defense, a patented detoxification product. Testimonials on Seely’s website,, highlight relief stories from serious debilitating illness to increased energy and activity levels across a wide population of distributors and customers. All this has put Jeff and his domestic and international team in a position to grow and benefit financially. “Without a great set of products we won’t ever do well but one of those products is the financial opportunity”, he says with confidence.

After 15 years in nursing Seely is not completely ready to hang it up but he’s ready to cut back. His odds of falling victim to injury or succumbing to the stress of his environment increase each day and he says he would rather not go through it. Waiora appears to be the perfect vehicle for him and a growing group of medical and business professionals looking to expand their career options. Jeff Seely, RN speaks with confidence in two fields and spreads his passion for self-reliance and diversity wherever he goes.

The Rainmakers organization is a team of dedicated marketing professionals whose sole purpose is to help as many people get more out of life than they can get through any other career vehicle. Jeff Seely is one of the latest traditional medical and business professionals embracing the concepts espoused by personal development expert Zig Ziglar many years ago. “If you can help enough people get what they want you can have everything you want.”

Contact Jeff Seely, RN at 877-469-4812 or at

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