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Tina Baxter (she/her)

Tina joined Momma on September 20, 2023 live on Twitch to talk about Stress Management

About Tina

Tina Baxter is an advanced practice registered nurse and a board certified gerontological nurse practitioner through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC), who resides in Anderson, Indiana. She has been a registered nurse for over twenty years and a nurse practitioner for 16 years. She is the owner of Baxter Professional Services, LLC, a consulting firm which provides legal nurse consulting services for attorneys and insurance professionals; wellness and chronic disease management coaching; and customized educational and operational resources to healthcare organizations. She provides a weekly Facebook live program on business and health topics. Tina teaches stress management strategies to clients of all ages and offers virtual as well as online classes. She is listed as “Best Lessons”: for 2019 and 2020 from  She is the founder of The Nurse Shark Academy where she coaches nurses to launch and scale their businesses. She is the host of The Nurse Shark Academy show which interviews and spotlights nurse business owners and leaders in healthcare. She is a certified small business and benefits solutions advisor with LegalShield Business Solutions. She is a public speaker and has spoken on numerous topics on a national level. She is a contributor to articles on electronic and print media such as, The Minority Nurse, LinkedIn, as well as a guest on numerous podcasts. 

She is currently working at Adult and Child Health in Indianapolis, focusing on the mental health needs of adults and geriatric patients. She is a previous owner of HIS Solutions Healthcare, LLC which provided a community Certified Nursing Assistant course, Home Health Aide training course, and a Qualified Medication Aide training for which she served as the program director and chief operating officer. She was employed at American Health Network in Muncie, Indiana as a nurse practitioner where she served six different skilled care and assisted living facilities. Tina serves on several boards and community organizations such as the Meals on Wheels of Hancock County, the Anderson Black and Minority Chamber of Commerce, the Black Nurses Association of Anderson, and the Concerned Ministers of Anderson. She is also a member of the American Nurses’ Association, the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (geropsych sig member), the Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana, the National Nurses in Business Association, and the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. She is a mentor with the Pass the Torch Foundation and completed the inaugural class of Advancing Indy Women with IUPUI and the Kelley School of Business in conjunction with Linking Indy Women. Tina is an evangelist and pastor at Church Upon the Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Anderson, IN where she serves as Director of Outreach, church nurse, choir member and on the pastoral staff. 

Tina has a Master of Nursing in Nursing Education and a post-master’s as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from the University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis Indiana). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Taylor University (Upland, IN) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Anderson University (Anderson, IN). She has taught on both the undergraduate and graduate level in nursing and she continues to mentor nursing and nurse practitioner students during their clinical rotations.

Tina has presented for PESI, a continuing education company, in the areas of “Challenging patient behaviors”, “Fall Prevention Challenges”, and “Unintentional Weight Loss in the Elderly”. She has presented other topics in the past at conferences and symposiums, “Older Adult Addictions and Intervention Strategies” (poster presentation), “The Role of the NP/PA when the patient is receiving Opioid Medications” (CME presentation), and “Women and Alcohol: Their Experience with Addiction Across the Lifespan” (original research).

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Episode Summary

In this episode of the "Even Tacos Fall Apart" live show, MommaFoxFire engaged in a insightful conversation with Tina Baxter, focusing on the crucial topic of Stress Management. Tina, a seasoned nurse and entrepreneur, shared valuable insights on how individuals can navigate the challenges of stress in their lives.

The conversation delved into the importance of acknowledging stress and its impact on mental health. Tina emphasized the shift in societal attitudes towards stress, citing examples like Simone Biles' decision to prioritize her mental health during the Olympics. Despite the growing awareness, Tina highlighted the persistent stigma surrounding stress and burnout, especially in high-stakes professions like healthcare.

Tina drew attention to a disheartening incident where a physician, struggling with burnout, was fired when he sought time off for mental health reasons. This highlighted the pressing need for systemic changes within healthcare to address issues like understaffing, stagnant wages, and the overall strain on caregivers. The conversation shed light on the broader implications of stress, extending beyond the individual and emphasizing the need for structural reforms.

The discussion touched on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on stress management. Tina pointed out that the pandemic had allowed individuals to reassess their priorities and question the conventional norms of productivity. With the rise of remote work, people experienced a shift in perspective, questioning the traditional notion of hustling and constantly being productive. Tina encouraged redefining productivity to encompass activities that bring joy and fulfillment, such as baking or spending quality time with loved ones. Tina shared her personal experience of incorporating self-care into her routine during the pandemic. From baking to engaging in workouts, she highlighted the importance of finding activities that bring happiness and joy. The conversation emphasized the need to redefine productivity in a way that aligns with individual well-being.

Towards the end of the episode, Tina expressed her desire to change the perception that mental health issues are personal flaws, emphasizing that they are treatable illnesses that require understanding and support.

As a parting gift to the podcast listeners, Tina generously offered a free e-workbook titled "Embracing the Wonderful You." This workbook, accessible with the promo code "embrace," aims to guide individuals through breathing exercises and self-care practices, providing a valuable resource for those seeking to enhance their well-being.

This conversation was a comprehensive exploration of stress management, addressing societal shifts, systemic challenges, and personal strategies for well-being. Tina's wealth of experience and compassionate insights made this episode a valuable resource for those navigating the complexities of stress in their lives.

Phenomenal Woman

Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   

But when I start to tell them,

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I say,

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The span of my hips,   

The stride of my step,   

The curl of my lips.   

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That’s me.

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Just as cool as you please,   

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.   

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A hive of honey bees.   

I say,

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And the flash of my teeth,   

The swing in my waist,   

And the joy in my feet.   

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Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   

What they see in me.

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But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

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They say they still can’t see.   

I say,

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The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

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Phenomenal woman,

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Just why my head’s not bowed.   

I don’t shout or jump about

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When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

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The bend of my hair,   

the palm of my hand,   

The need for my care.   

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Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.