Meet Jerrol, The Navigation Nurse

Jerrol, helping out in Haiti with her colleagues from The Center for Mind Body Medicine.

Jerrol, helping out in Haiti with her colleagues from The Center for Mind Body Medicine.

Jerrol became a nurse in 1983 with a desire to act as a bridge between western medicine and holistic health.  A nursing degree gave Jerrol credibility as a healing arts practitioner.  Most of her career was spent in non-traditional roles outside of hospitals providing her the freedom and flexibility she was looking for.  "People trust me because I am a nurse, which provides an opening into the lives of patients".

 

What she loves most about her current job as a Nurse Navigator:  

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“I sit with women who are receiving their diagnosis for breast cancer. I love being able to hold space for them, hold their tears and fear, while helping them move towards acceptance and resilience to get through their treatment”.   

 

Her biggest pet peeve about nursing:

"Nurses that give too much to others and don't take good care of themselves". Many of the nurses I know are incredibly unhealthy and overweight. Unhealthy and overweight nurses are not serving as models of health.

On being off balance:
A week full of meetings, working Monday through Friday is a new challenge for Jerrol, often leaving her with a sense of much to do.  "I know I am out of balance when all I want to do is sprawl on my couch and turn on the TV to regroup"!

What brings Jerrol back into balance?

"Walking in the mornings - yoga class on the way home from work - a glass of wine with a friend and eating well".

Jerrol and woman in Haiti