The Nurse Becoming Podcast 

#031 Becoming an Indispensable NP with Ananya Datta

Ananya Datta had worked for years as a career coach and consultant before she even realized exactly what she’d been doing. 

She found herself frequently fielding questions from colleagues and decision-makers about onboarding, business operations, strategizing, and troubleshooting, and it wasn’t long before she noticed how much she enjoyed being that point-person. Then, when the pandemic began to worsen, Ananya decided she wanted to lean into the shift. 

“It was in 2020 that I started to really look beyond the bedside and understand how I could repurpose my skills as a nurse practitioner — that I became an entrepreneur,” she said. “The biggest push for me was realizing that I have already been doing this work for my employer, just without being paid for it. I wanted more. I wanted to impact systems on a wider scale, and I wanted to be able to do it really on my own terms and to be paid my worth for it, so when I saw that there was an opportunity to [do all of those things] as a consultant, I went all in.”

In this episode, Ananya shares with us how exactly she went all in:

  • how she found her zone of genius by pinpointing the overlap between the work she was already doing to the work she knew she loved;
  • how she developed that genius into a business by cultivating and expanding her skillset;
  • and how she became indispensable as a nurse practitioner by truly understanding the value of both the patient and of herself as a highly-skilled provider.  

 

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