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Lois Hollis: A True Pioneer and Trailblazer

Jeri Cates: Authentic Self-Love, Self-Compassion, and Self-Care

Jeri Cates went from being a homeless, single mom on welfare to being a nurse practitioner and entrepreneur. She defines herself as a crusader for self-love. Jeri became interested in nursing when she was told that nurses are teachers, among others.

The BON sanctioned Jeri for marijuana use and a complaint from a patient. That patient bullied Jeri when she refused to order him medications that he requested. 

Nurses have a high incidence of codependency. We must learn to take care of ourselves before caring for others. If we don’t, it could lead to burnout. 

Teaching/Learning theory shows us that students cannot learn when they are stressed or scared. Treat students with kindness and support.

Jeri says that nurses “don’t necessarily eat our young, but sometimes we’re just not nice. … Eating our young is like eating ourselves”.

Each one of us can set our intention to have an amazing day.

Three tips for nurses:

  1. Have authentic self-love, be honest with yourself
  2. Self-care
  3. Self-compassion

About Jeri Cates

Jeri Cates is an RN and Nurse Practitioner. She has been a nurse for 20-years, starting her career with hospital bedside nursing. In 2009, she earned her MSN and FNP Certification. Jeri’s first NP job was providing free health care to her community on a Project Hope Van. As an NP, Jeri has worked in Holistic medicine and various urgent care and Family Practice settings. Jeri’s background also includes wound care, vascular surgery, and addiction medicine.

Jeri is also a certified Feminine Power, Transformational Life Coach. She obtained her coaching certification after being faced with her codependency. Jeri’s journey has brought her through many challenges, healing, and new insight; her experiences have led her to explore the high incidence of burnout in the nursing profession. She is a crusader for self-love, raising awareness of our tendency to put others first. Her stories will inspire you to prioritize taking the best care of yourself, so you can more fully be there for others.

Get in touch with Jeri at [email protected]

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Links & Notes

  • (00:00) – Welcome to Don’t Eat Your Young
  • (00:25) – Jeri Cates
  • (01:52) – Jeri’s Nursing Journey
  • (08:20) – Not Getting Eaten as a New Nurse
  • (11:32) – Becoming a Nurse Practicioner
  • (13:04) – ‘Young’ Means… / Changing the Culture
  • (15:20) – Pivoting to Life Coaching
  • (18:20) – Taking Care of Ourselves
  • (19:36) – 3 Tips for Nurses Today
  • (21:00) – Wrapping Up

Stories from the Incredible World of Nursing.

Welcome to Don’t Eat Your Young, the podcast that brings you stories from the trenches of the incredible, wonderful, exhausting, terrifying, joyous world of nursing with your host, Beth Quaas.