Episode 0: Meet the Host – Show Notes
I want to take a few minutes to tell you a little more about myself so you can get to know me.
My husband Russ & I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We are lifelong Pennsylvanians and have 2 grown children. Russ works in the IT field, so he’s my personal tech guy. We exercise regularly and enjoy walking our 2 rescue dogs most evenings. We even walk in the dark when the days are shorter. That’s why they made flashlights right?
Our daughter is a college graduate and currently works in the business field. Our son is a senior in college studying criminal justice and also serves in the PA army national guard.
During college I started working as a nursing assistant in the coronary care unit of a local hospital. I worked my way up to being a staff nurse on a cardiac step-down unit, then moved on to work in both the intensive care & coronary care units and eventually became a second-shift nursing supervisor. At that point, I had young children and took a few years to focus on my family as a stay-at-home mom.
When I returned to work, I had a variety of part-time nursing jobs that ranged from teaching CPR and administering flu shots to working in a pediatric clinic. Eventually it was time for me to return to work full-time and a few people who knew me quite well pointed out my teaching abilities. So I decided to give teaching a try to began teaching for a local community college as a nursing instructor and went back to school for my Masters in Nursing with an Education focus.
Once I finished my Master’s degree, I was hired as a full-time nursing instructor for a private university. I taught chronic and acute adult health, older adult nursing, therapeutic nursing interventions (fancy way of saying things you do to help people feel better such as giving medications, wound care, urinary & bowel care) and nursing pharmacology. And for the past 5 years I have been working on my doctoral degree in education with a focus on organizational leadership. At this point I have been working in healthcare for 25 years and in higher education for 10 years. I have worked alongside some of the best minds, been mentored by many of them and challenged by others to be the best I can be.
I am passionate about helping other people find their path to a better life, to be happier, healthier people who are enjoyable to be around. And I tend to push people in the right direction in a humorous but loving way and love accomplishing new and exciting things in life. I am a great strategizer, love learning and digging up research to support my claims. I’ve spent the last 9 out of 10 years in some type of graduate school, and officially completed my doctor of education degree about a week ago! So I’ll do the research so you don’t have to.
I plan on blogging twice weekly (posting on Mondays & Thursdays) and podcasting once every other week. I have also started writing my first book and will be keeping everyone updated on my progress.
The Show Name: Breaking Thru Health Barriers
There are many aspects of health but regardless of what type of health you are speaking about, people run into problems achieving the results they want. I know this from personal experience, from watching my friends & family members with their struggles and from seeing hospital beds filled with people with health problems. Sometimes it truly was out of our control, such as being involved in an accident. But other times we earned that health problem because of our choices.
For example, my weight officially fell into the obese category in 2013. I am under 5 feet tall & when I would see pictures of myself I noticed that I resembled a beach ball. Holy Toledo, seriously, the chronically ill health instructor looks like a beach ball. When I would teach class, I literally must have said 100 times that poor health choices placed patients at higher risk for a long list of diseases. At the same time I was hitting the local Burger King on the way home from teaching evening classes at 10pm. I bought candy for the jar in my office (supposedly for my students) but I was the one spending most of my time in the office – so a sugar high was always a moment away from my lips. You get the picture. It wasn’t that I didn’t know what to do I just didn’t do it! I know I’m not alone and I have had much success in the past few years. In 2015 I hit a normal weight range after losing 50 pounds. Over a year later I have kept all but a few pounds off.
What I won’t be doing is other people’s jobs. I am not a medical doctor, so I won’t be diagnosing or treating any medical problems. I can point you in the right direction, but you will need to see a medical doctor, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner for those issues. I am also not a licensed therapist or counselor so if you need or desire those type of services you’ll have to find someone with those qualifications too. . .
I look forwarding to getting to know many of you in the months & years ahead. There is a comment section on my blog, feel free to leave your thoughts or questions there. And if you find the information I offer helpful, be sure to tell a friend! Be sure to sign up for website announcements and get a free copy of my “Personal Health Status Check-up Tool” .
This is Dr. Terri Wenner. Together we’ll break thru as many health barriers as possible–and live a happier, healthier life! Have a wonderful day!
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