Watching her mother in a crisp white coat off to care for patients, Anthea Noel fell in love with her mother’s giving spirit. Since her childhood, she knew that she too wanted to follow in those footsteps and wear that white coat, as well---Fast forward, she hit the books hard (a high school grad at 16) fulfilled her dream, and became an ICU/ER/Trauma Nurse.
During Nurse Noel’s 20’s, she exhibited a great deal of passion for music. She even wrote and produced for a major record label. However, nursing was still the main career and her calling. It wasn’t until a tragic incident in 2011, where her life took a spin after her fiance’s death, that sparked what would be the path she was destined to take.
At that time, someone suggested that Nurse Noel merge her love of music and entertainment with healthcare. Initially, Nurse Noel’s response was, “nah, that’s wack. Why? Because healthcare is not makeup; it’s blood, and scrubs. Entertainment? Healthcare is the opposite.” Even though she thought the two worlds could never collide, she decided to envision and execute on this “wack” idea. This was the origin of her embodying how she could, miraculously, synthesize these two passions.
Nurse Noel began by working for Heart & Soul Magazine and was asked to do red carpet events. To my surprise, she didn’t use the red carpet as an opportunity to ask the Stars about their relationships or movies. Instead, Nurse Noel did something no other interviewer does; She talked about their health!
She would ask, “did you get your breasts examined, or did you know it’s prostate cancer awareness month?” and popular figures such as Robert De Niro would respond, “whaaa?”, in fascination! Nurse Noel became a Game-Changer in that instant.
Though that worked out well, Nurse Noel narrowed her path even further after realizing that she, honestly, didn’t want to interview the talent.
She wanted to be the talent that got interviewed. Nurse Noel had so much to discuss; so much information to provide. That’s how “Nurse Noel”, the brand, was born. Don’t get it twisted though, the shift from Nurse to a star on the Dr.Oz Show is no small feat. Noel had to shift her “personal brand”. As a nurse, she was always confident in her mind. She knew how to handle the ICU trauma.
However, she wasn’t as confident as the entertainers were. Though she never showed it, she struggled with the “appearance aspect” of the Nurse Noel brand. She just had to pull herself together and walked in the room as if she owned it, all whilst feeling timid inside.
Nurse Noel grew her confidence on the red carpet, talking to celebrities and realizing that they were genuinely interested in speaking with her about these health care issues. She had something that the other interviewer’s did not have; something to really get them talking. They wanted to talk. Even when it was time to keep walking, they just wouldn’t stop talking to her. That’s because she wasn’t asking about a boyfriend or kids. She was talking about real transparent issues. She talked about her own colon cancer expereince, sexual abuse, death, and more. That’s what makes her brand so special; she meets celebrities and patients alike on the same plane. She shared her life and found people willing to share right back.
Now...How’d she get on TV? Well, she had an opportunity with BET which just did not work out. Feeling depressed, she called her brother for support and about two hours later, she had another call come in. This is when she was asked to be on the Dr. Oz Show; yes, THE DR. OZ SHOW, as an emotional eating patient.
After that appearance, she was asked back as an expert. She’s been on 88 episodes since then. How’s that for one door closing and another opening?
After that, she “stopped chasing the no”. Noel wanted to be on platforms where people looked like her, where diversity and inclusivity were evident. However, when Essence Magazine, and BET, and many other platforms told her no, she ended up on Fox News.
“It’s an arena I’m not comfortable in, but I’m used as a vessel to tell people about healthcare. Sometimes it's okay to go where the water isn’t lukewarm, and go where it’s freezing cold or really really hot. Because that builds character.”
Advice to young professionals from NurseNoel? Get good at pitching yourself. People enjoy transparency and reliability, and Nurse Noel is all about that. She’s had doors open for her by doing just that. You should do the same!
Full Interview via Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM8PxVSLV3Q&list=PLE5gtX6dEOq_mzDNsfqV94v6mlSlorYOY&index=2
Full Interview via Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mica-le-john-from-arts-educator-to-tech-founder/id1521909762?i=1000491256811
Full Interview via Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3RFe6eBe47YWvr7JSH0DTu