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Mapping the Right Direction for Your Career and Life: Talking Inspiration with Susan Farese

Susan Farese, a Force of Nature

Susan has been a nurse, but has also worn many other hats as she’s moved through life. Currently, Susan runs SJF Communications – her own PR firm – where she helps pretty much anyone, including nurses market themselves and find the directions for their own lives they’re most excited about.

It’s invigorating to listen to Susan as she is full of positive energy and believes in people. She knows nurses are powerful forces in their roles, but also sees that many nurses need other outlets. Whether it’s a hobby, a side job, or a new career path, she’s here to help.

Susan and Beth talk about coaching and why it’s so important to find a coach or a mentor to help find your direction in life. They also talk about the importance of finding outlets – especially with the world of the pandemic in which we’re all living, which has broken many spirits.

They also talk about finding inspiration, career mapping, as well as Susan’s book, which has recently been re-published.

It’s an exciting and inspiring conversation that will certainly get you thinking about how best to shape your own lives.

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About Susan

Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN, a native of New Jersey, is the owner/ president of  SJF Communications, San Diego, CA. SJF Communications, originally established in 2002 in San Jose, CA, provides communications services including Public Relations, Publicity, Marketing, Websites, Filmmaking, Acting, Social Media, Writing and Public Speaking, Photography, Mentoring, Coaching and Legal Nurse Consulting services. Ms. Farese has diversified experience in health care/communications, including clinical nursing practice, management, education/training, research and consulting.

She has a Masters Degree in Nursing in Adult Health from Seton Hall University (NJ) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Widener University(PA). 

Susan has presented numerous continuing education classes, seminars, and keynotes. Susan is the author of the book Poetic Expressions in Nursing…Sharing the Caring (1993 and 2021), currently teaches ‘Capturing Your Creativity with Haiku’ workshops and has published poetry and articles on a variety of topics…

In addition to her being on the advisory board of San Diego Film Week, Susan is a member of SAG-AFTRA,  American Legion Post 43, Veterans in Media & Entertainment, San Diego Writers Ink the San Diego Press Club, the Southern California Writers Association, the Army Nurse Corps Association.

Since 2017, Susan has been a Volunteer Mentor in the San Diego State University Aztec Mentor Program.

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Contact SJF Communications at: 408-398-5940 or [email protected].


  • (00:00) – Welcome to Don’t Eat Your Young
  • (00:53) – About Susan Farese
  • (04:04) – The Joint Commission
  • (06:07) – What She’s Doing Now
  • (07:44) – Moving Into Entrepreneurial Directions
  • (12:39) – Coaching and Mentorship
  • (17:06) – Susan’s Book
  • (19:52) – Finding Outlets
  • (21:47) – Change Is Coming
  • (23:20) – Career Mapping
  • (26:58) – Inspiration
  • (29:22) – 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.