About Susan

cropped-File-19-2-17-3-47-52-pm.jpegMy name is Susan Buckland and I am the creator of The Integrative Nurse.

The Integrative Nurse provides a visual display who am I and what I do; I am a Registered Nurse and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with a special interest in healthy and holistic weight management.

I first started blogging in 2015 as a way to compartmentalise my thoughts and ideas on health, wellness and life. My blog has survived several re-incarnations of design, content and name over the years however it’s purpose has remained the same – to educate and help others on their journey by sharing my own. 

I believe that we are much more complex than the sum of our cells and that true healing only begins we we take a whole-person approach.  Healthy and holistic weight management is my jam; I’ve personally struggled with my own weight and now strive to specialise in this field. Unfortunately, as weight loss is such big business, there’s a number of shonky players out there. As an avid reader and amateur researcher I’m absolutely sick and tired of the utter rubbish I see, it’s frightening and frankly sometimes downright dangerous.

I write this blog with the intention of bringing some truth to it all.

I write to educate, inspire and empower.

I write this blog for me, and for you.

A new (yet old) look at things

Historically, nursing is deeply rooted in a tradition of care-giving and healing yet my practical experiences as a nurse has proven that contemporary healthcare often does not allow for such practices. Early in my nursing degree I recognised the disparities between the system and the healing of individuals within it.  As a newly graduated nurse I was quickly drawn to the concept of integrative nursing which takes a whole person approach to nursing through  utilising evidence to inform traditional and emerging interventions that support whole person healing.   

I never thought I would specialise in weight management

Not in a million years did I think I would work with people wanting to lose weight. When I changed my career in my mid-thirties to train and then work as a nurse I did so to help people. I imagined the rush and buzz of an emergency room and the thrill of bringing people back to life. My interests turned when I took on a job as a weight loss consultant in my final year of studies. I found helping people through their weight loss journey extremely fascinating and rewarding work. I credit working as a weight loss consultant as a integral turning point in my career and my life.

Being Overweight Nearly Killed Me

Flashback to the worst years of my life…….

I was overweight and depressed. I lacked love and spirit. My life revolved around trying to make others happy whilst I became progressively more miserable. I was a horrible person to be around and my poor state of health and well-being showed in every aspect of my life.

In short, I was broken in every possible way.

In late 2013, After a particularly treacherous life event I had what I guess you could call an awakening. Oprah would define it as an a-ha moment. This was the moment that changed, and ultimately saved my life.

The most fundamental realisation I made was that I has allowed too much toxicity into my life. This came in many forms including foods, habits and relationships.  I realised the only way that I could repair my body and soul was to perform a complete cleanse and strip all of the toxins out of my life.

By stripping back the layers and ridding the toxicity I found love and pure joy.  I went from being overweight, unfit, unhealthy and sad to living a life full of health, happiness and joy, a life that I could have never imagined.

I succeeded in my goal, but it did not end there. I slipped, I faltered, I regressed. I see these experiences not as failures, but as lessons learned and believe they hold the key.

Join Me

The purpose of my work is to educate, assist and inspire others to reach healthy body weight.  Alongside my blog, you can connect with me on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

I operate my blog with the same heartfelt intention I held when I ventured into my nursing career,  to make a difference, for myself and for you.

If I can help even

one

single

person,

my work here is done.

 

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