Healthcare experiences PhD student Work study life balance

Hunt mode 

It’s official, I’m in hunt mode. 

There are 38 days between today and the new chapter of my life. Yes, in 38 days, my secondment into operational healthcare management will come to an end and the ‘prodigal daughter’ will return to a nursing role.

A review of my secondment:

I have learned a lot since I started in this ‘detour’ in May 2015. My learning journey has been astonishing . 

I have learned that I know more than I thought. 

I have learned that I can do more than I did.

I have learned that the possibilities are immense and that going forward, I must never put limits on my capabilities.

I have learned that I am enough. I am an inspirational leader and role model to many and even more to come. 

I have been reminded that I am a proud, passionate, compassionate nurse and will always be.

Yes, I’m in hunt mode and this means that I will allow nothing or no one to stand in the way of me fulfilling my potential. 

My secondment ends and then I begin the next professional chapter as Head of Nursing. It’s a challenge that I will meet with vigour and zeal. I am more experienced and confident now and I’ll use my new knowledge and skills to enrich the lives of patients and colleagues. 

I’m in hunt mode. 

I will seek out talented staff and mentor them to pass on what I have learned and encourage and empower them while they pursue their own goals. 

I’m in hunt mode. 

I will surround myself with lions who are on the same journey as me so that I’ll stay focussed on these:

  • #GetThatPhD
  • Professional development & Career enhancement 
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Work life balance  

The hunt is on. 

What are you hunting? I’d love to hear about it.

By Nichole McIntosh FRSA

I am a Jamaican-born British nurse, poet, blogger:, vlogger, podcaster, motivational speaker, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Editorial Advisor of the Royal College of Nursing Institute’s Nursing Management Journal.

I am also the Founder and Director of Maroon Mindset Unlimited Ltd, a consultancy company that works with the NHS and other systems to learn, think and behave differently.

Follow me on Twitter: @McIntoshNichole
Instagram: @tyrese876 or @maroon.mindset
Facebook Page: @NicholeMcIntoshFRSA
LinkedIn: Maroon Mindset

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