My 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.
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
my work here is done.