Carla Mills, MSN, ARNP, CDE

Who Am I?

I am a Nurse Practitioner, author, coach and consultant. I have a Master of Science degree in nursing (MSN). My official title is Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). I am also a Certified Diabetic Educator (CDE) and a Certified Health & Wellness Coach (by Wellcoaches). In addition to my clinical practice, I write and speak and consult on matters of health and health care - for individuals, groups and organizations. If you don’t know what a Nurse Practitioner is or if you would like to know more about NPs, click here.

If you want to read about my professional background, here’s my bio. If you want to check out my credentials here’s a PDF of my CV (resume) . If you want to see pictures of me click here.

My Story

I did not start out as a Nurse and did not become a Nurse Practitioner until much later. I actually began my professional life as an actress. I am often asked, “How in the world did you get from acting to nursing?

I trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, graduating at the ripe old age of twenty. For seven years after that I did the whole starving actor thing in the city. I took any kind of job that would pay the rent (as long as it was legal and didn’t involve taking my clothes off). I showed up at auditions at 5AM so I wouldn’t be #136 in line and have to spend the whole day there waiting for my number to be called. I took acting classes, voice lessons, and went into therapy (no one in their right mind would choose to live this way - right?). I was young and passionate and ambitious.

During those years, I had a lot of adventures and met lots of interesting people. I had my heart broken many times in many exquisite ways. And like most aspiring actors, I never got anywhere close to making a living in the theater. Ultimately, I had to equip myself for an occupation in which I could actually get a job. So I entered Hunter College to attend nursing school.

Survival issues aside, it seemed to me (at the time, anyway) that acting and nursing have similar purposes. They both transform people’s lives in some way. In the theater, comedy or drama (with a little dash of magic) bring about the transformation.

In nursing, the transformation happens because a nurse employs his or her own strength, advocacy, and care to heal patients at times when they are vulnerable and unable to heal themselves. While doctors study diseases and how to cure them, nurses study people and how to heal them.

To be sure, acting is a lot more glamorous than nursing. But when nursing is practiced with talent and skill, it is just as much an art as acting. That’s because people who receive a nurse’s care often end up in a different, better place than they began. So, all those years ago, I decided that if I could still aspire to be an artist, do work that is honorable, and maybe along the way transform a few people’s lives for the better then I would be a nurse.

So why did I start this blog?

I wrote a book called A Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Smart Health Choices because I couldn’t find a high quality, easy to understand, medical reference to give to my patients that would enable them to direct their own health and health care intelligently. I want to share what I have learned about nursing and about medicine over these past twenty-five+ years of practice.

My book is a how-to, self-help, motivational book to help energize and inspire readers to get healthier. But there are lots of books out there like that. My book is different because it is, first and foremost, a reference book. I rigorously researched it. It is the only book of its kind that I know of that concisely summarizes all the national treatment guidelines for the most common health risks and does so in a way that non-medical readers will find easy to understand. Because these guidelines are under constant review and are updated from time to time, this blog enables me to keep readers current on all the topics I cover in the book.

So welcome to the Maverick Health blog! I hope you will come back often and subscribe to the RSS feed. I post information here that will help you feel more confident and smart about your health choices.

Please email me with comments, ask questions and forward links you find of interest to family and friends. Tell me what you want to know. If I don’t know the answer, I will find someone who does.

Also, check out these Health Quotes - I post them every day. They are my favorite part of the website!! I even email them to myself!!! I don’t know about you, but for me, a little shot of wisdom on the way out the door in the morning reminds me of what’s important and helps keep me headed in the direction I want to go … and that’s away from illness and toward greater health and happiness.

Thanks for stopping by.