Leaf Nurse Network

Who We Are

  • The Leaf411 Registered Nurses answering your calls are all Colorado Registered Nurses (RNs). Colorado RNs are covered by the Nursing Licensure Compact, which gives them the right to practice in 34 different states.
  • We verify that our Leaf411 nurses’ licenses are active and that our RNs do not have discipline or board actions against them.
  • Our six-nurse team is ready to answer your calls! We plan to add more nurses as funding support grows for this much-needed public service.

Our Credentials

A note from our CEO and Lead Nurse, Katherine Golden, RN:

I’ve been a Registered Nurse for over 22 years. My journey in cannabis started 3 years ago when a close family member was suddenly diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. He was in his 40s with kids in high school, and he’d never smoked. The doctors gave him 2-5 years to live. My family was completely devastated.

Cannabis was starting to make the rounds in articles. My family member’s doctors said that medical marijuana “could” be a last resort option but they didn’t know enough to talk about it. As the medical professional in the family, I immediately began researching alternative and less well-known treatment options to supplement my family member’s care. I started looking into the cannabis plant mainly to see how valid the research really was. 

You see, I was extremely judgmental about cannabis. When I experimented with smoking marijuana in my youth I felt sick, and I believed every bit of the propaganda surrounding it. However, when I started searching for well-known medical research sites like PubMed and ScienceDirect, I found tons of published research supporting the benefits of cannabis. I became almost angry that this science had not been shared with our profession but instead was actually withheld from us. 

I started down the path of self-education which eventually lead me to work as a lead nurse in a cannabis clinician’s office. I was constantly sharing information with my family on how cannabis could possibly treat symptoms and disease. Since I was now in the industry, I knew top cannabis clinicians, dispensaries and manufacturers that I could use as resources to help answer questions that my family and friends had.

And this is where it started.

I thought, what happens to all the other friends and neighbors who don’t have a medical professional to turn to for guidance?  

I decided to dedicate myself full-time to my dream of making cannabis information from trained medical professionals readily available to everyone. I resigned from the clinic and asked Jennifer to join me on this journey. I tell everyone that nursing school doesn’t teach you how to run a business, so you need someone like Jennifer to help bring your dreams to reality. Since Jennifer and I joined forces, Leaf411 has grown into an organization way beyond what I ever imagined.  

We are the perfect duoshe’s the business and I’m the science. Together, we are here to change how medical information is accessed. For FREE. To everyone and anyone regardless of where you live or how much you make. 

I’m happy to say that my family member is going strong 3 years since his cancer diagnosis. We don’t know exactly how the supplemental use of cannabis with his current regimen has helped reduce his tumors. However, everyoneincluding his non-cannabis physicianis watching his progress closely!

Cannabis nursing is an incredible emerging specialty. I’m asked lots of questions like, “How do you get started?” and “How can I get a job with your organization?”

So we’ve included all of that information plus some useful guidance on how to become a cannabis nurse yourself. I hope this information helps! Please keep in touch. Once you have some cannabis training under your belt, we can talk about opportunities to join the Leaf411 team. If you would like to volunteer to gain insight into this emerging nursing specialty and learn more about Leaf411, please contact me.

Good luck my fellow RN!

My best,

Katherine

Want to learn more about what it takes to become a cannabis-trained nurse? Interested in joining the Leaf Nurse Network as one of our hotline nurses?

More Information

How You Can Become a Cannabis Nurse

Leaf411 will be hiring additional remote part-time and full-time RNs in 2020. for our newsletter, where we’ll announce upcoming RN job openings.

In the meantime, here is some useful guidance on how to become a cannabis nurse: 

Connect with Professional Cannabis Nursing Organizations

If you are truly determined to be a RN in this exciting industry, your first step is to connect with professional cannabis nursing organizations such as the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA), Cannabis Nurses Network (CNN), and the National Council for State Board Nursing (NCSBN). Joining ACNA and CNN does cost a fair bit; however, you can also join their Facebook groups for free and learn a lot from the other nurses’ discussions.

Pursue Specialty Cannabis Nurse Training

Several reputable nurse training organizations exist, but Radicle Health is our favorite program! Eloise Theisen,  the co-founder of Radicle Health, was one of the first healthcare practitioners to bring a clinical dosing regimen to the cannabis space. She has treated more than 4,500 patients using cannabis! There are very few healthcare practitioners in the United States with a comparable level of cannabis expertise and experience, which is why Eloise is an industry leader. Eloise is also the incoming President-Elect of the ACNA. She guides new nurses in the science of cannabis. Depending on the course you take, Eloise is also available to discuss ways to build your new specialty into a business.

Check Out Cannabis Resources

Begin your journey of self-education by reading reputable online cannabis education sites like: projectcbd.orghealer.comsafeaccessnow.org; green-flower.comgreenmedinfo.com; and cannabis-specialists.org. Look for free online versions of cannabis periodicals. Also, don’t forget that your local library is a great resource! One book in particular that we recommend is Cannabis Revealed by Dr. Bonni Goldstein, that you can purchase online or may be available at your local library.

Attend Professional Cannabis Conferences

The number of professional cannabis conferences grows each year as medical and recreational legalization spread and a widening array of cannabis products, services, and research become available. How do you find cannabis conferences? An online search of “Cannabis Conference” and your city name will likely pull up multiple conferences in your area. Many of these conferences will offer opportunities to volunteer for part of the conference in exchange for complimentary access while helping a worthy cause. Conferences usually include educational presentations and provide networking opportunities.

Shadow Cannabis Practitioners

Shadowing industry professionals usually doesn’t cost you anything except time and gas money. You can learn a lot by shadowing cannabis clinicians and organizations, to gain a better understanding of our industry from an insider’s point of view.

Find Opportunities to Network and Learn from Others

Meetup, Eventbrite and local event listings feature free and low-cost cannabis events around town offering the chance to learn more about the industry and network with others. You can meet the many wonderful people at local networking events who are doing amazing work with manufacturers, dispensaries, clinics, and nonprofits. Who knows—you may meet someone needing a cannabis-minded nurse just like you! The biggest rewards have always come from networking, networking, networking. Sometimes it can be hard to forego family time at night to attend these outings, but it’s worth it when you meet the special humans out there trying their best to make this world a better place through cannabis medicine.