Elizabeth Ibarra

Locksley Gayle

Posted on June 20 2018

Elizabeth Ibarra Nurse Liz

Meet Nurse Liz - In the face of many obstacles, Nurse Liz was able put her best self forward. She continued to water the seed that would lead up to her dream of living a life in scrubs.  Having overcome societal gaps, she has made it her mission to motivate others to overcome adversity and become the best versions of themselves.  ​"I dare you to dream the impossible, and to keep grinding until you achieve those goals! The Scrub Life is more than a profession- it's a dedication, it's a passion, & it's a lifestyle." - Elizabeth Ibarra, FNP-C Founder of Scrub Life Dreaming (via www.scrublifedreaming.com(SISS)  Hi Nurse Liz, where are you from and where are you currently spending your time?  (Nurse Liz)  I am originally Elizabeth Ibarra Nurse Lizfrom Houston, Texas and currently living in Southern California. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner, and currently spending my days in an Urgent Care Setting.  (SISS)  What was one of the hardest things that you had to go through? What advice would you give someone going through the same struggle?  (Nurse Liz)  The hardest battle I had to fight was becoming the woman that I am today. Society tells you that as a Female and as a Latina you are not capable of achieving greatness. I dared to challenge the statistics and became a young medical professional at the age of 21. I dare you to defy the odds, and chase after your dreams. Allow your passion to fuel your potential!  (SISS)  Tell us who is Nurse Liz and what are you most proud of?  (Nurse Liz)  Nurse Liz is a provider for her patients, a woman and minority empowerment activist, and a role model for future nurses. I’m most proud of my journey. I went through hell and back, but it did not break me!  (SISS)  One year from now what do you hope to have accomplished?  Five years from now what do you hope to have accomplished?  Ten years from now what do you hope to have accomplished?  (Nurse Liz)  In a year I hope to have inspired, empowered, and mentored others along their path in the nursing field.  Five years from now I hope to have obtained my doctoral degree, established my own thriving medical practice, and have started a non-profit organization for impoverished nations.  Ten Years from now, I hope to have multiple thriving business’s both healthcare and non-healthcare related. I also hope to have expanded my practice into many healthcare centers for the community. I want to be an author for my own books. And lastly, give back by providing all profit towards my non-profit.  (SISS)  What makes you the happiest? What is fun for you?  (Nurse Liz)  I’m the happiest when traveling the world. It’s such a beautiful world that God created, and I’m determined to see as much of it during my lifetime.  (SISS)  How do you deal with disappointment? How do you Keep Going?  (Nurse Liz)  I have been disappointed many times. From not getting into the school I wanted, to failing classes, to not getting the “perfect” job. I have learned to endure the disappointments. There is always a bigger blessing on the other side. Things happen for a reason, and I trust that God has a purpose for everything he does in my life.  (SISS)  What is your superpower?  (Nurse Liz)  My superpower is being a NURSE, NURSE PRACTITONER, & NURSEPRENEUR! What’s yours?  (SISS)  What is your weakness and what do you do to overcome it?  Elizabeth Ibarra Nurse Liz(Nurse Liz)  My greatest weakness was not having the guidance to achieve my goals. I felt that I was not capable of achieving greatness. Coming from a low-socioeconomic community makes it 10x harder to succeed. I overcame it through sheer dedication and hard work. I knew what I wanted, and I was going to go after it. What else did I have to lose?  (SISS)  Can you tell us four things people don’t know about you?  (Nurse Liz)  (1) I was class president my Junior year of Highschool.  (2) I was in ROTC and almost joined the Marine Corp.  (3) I lived in Nacagdoches, Texas (the oldest city in Texas) for my first year of college. We used to have parties in the woods.  (4) I absolutely LOVE Blue Bell Ice cream. (It’s a southern thing)  (SISS)  Can you tell us where else can our readers follow your daily inspiration?  (Nurse Liz)  You can visit my  website:    www.scrublifedreaming.com   Follow me on IG: @scrub_life_liz  @scrublifedreaming  (SISS)  What’s your favorite quote?  (Nurse Liz)  “Take pride in how far you have come and have Faith in how far you can go”  (SISS)  At Smart is so sexy we love to see women who are thriving in their career or business.  What are you most passionate about?  (Nurse Liz)  I’m most passionate about helping other young women succeed! That’s why I created #ScrubLifeDreaming.  I’m also very passionate about providing quality healthcare for my patients. Above all their health is my number one concern. I care for them as if they were my own family.  (SISS)  Who was the most influential person in your life and why?  (Nurse Liz)  My mom is hands down the most influential person. She taught me to be a #Luchadora. She is the reason why I kept going when others told me I couldn’t. I’m living this dream for my family!  (SISS)  Where were you five years ago? What advice would you tell your five years younger self?  (Nurse Liz)  Five years ago I was a new nurse applying to get into grad school. If I could go back, I would tell myself to maintain my faith. God is going to bless you with more than you have asked for. Often times I would doubt my potential, and was hurt easily by Nurse LIznegativity.  (SISS)  Can you take us through a typical day? From Waking up to going to bed, Can you give us a play by play of a typical day for you?  (Nurse Liz)  On days that I work: I roll out of bed at 6 am, and I’m out the door by 6:30am. I pray on my way to work, and say a prayer for my patients. During my 12 hour shift I provide empathetic, caring, holistic, and quality care for my patients. Then I go home, shower, and TKO! On my days off: I wake up at 8 am. Then I go to Barnes & Nobles to work on my company, blog, and posts. I go through my emails, have phone conferences, and talk to influencers. Then about 2pm I go to the gym. After the gym I continue working on my brand. After dinner I try to spend about 30 min to an hour praying/reading the bible/ worshiping.  (SISS)  What is your favorite meal? What is your favorite book and/or the latest one you’ve read?  What is your favorite song?  (Nurse Liz)  My favorite Meal: I love me some Texas Brisket.  My latest read: My Medical Books My favorite song: Gods Plan  (SISS)  When do you feel the sexiest?  (Nurse Liz)  I feel the sexiest when I have accomplished my work for the day. “Like, Yass SISS you did that!”  (SISS)  Is there someone on social media that inspires you and is a great follow?  (Nurse Liz)  Someone who inspires me is @NoviceTheNewNurse. She’s an amazing soul, and has amazing goals to help others along their journey as a new RN.  (SISS)  What does Smart is so Sexy mean to you?  (Nurse Liz)  Smart is so Sexy means that no matter the struggles your FIRE inside of you will always BURN and fuel your Passions (Whatever you are Smart at).  (SISS)  Thank you so much Nurse Liz, you are very passionate and inspirational, Keep Going #SISS Please follow her @scrub_life_liz and  @scrublifedreaming

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