Things I Wish I’d Known Before Becoming A Nurse

I wish as a nursing student someone would have told me not to put yourself in a box. There are so many facets of nursing. You don’t only have to do one thing! Explore and ask questions. -Nurse Veronica, Telephonic Triage | @Veronica_0820 I wish I knew how much we sacrifice our personal time to…

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Because let’s be honest, most of us like to shop… I hope that you all enjoy Thursday with a grateful heart, making memories with your family, and of course by paying homage to America’s Indigenous people and if you choose to shop in the days following, I hope that my Amazon store and my gift guide…

Spotlight: PICU Nurse Shan

The 618 Series is a series of interviews with Registered Nurses designed to give you an inside, uncensored look into real nurse life. The 618 Series Presents… Nurse Shan, BSN, RN Specialty: Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse; Adult Intermediate Care Nurse Shan, what are the 6 most interesting things about your specialty?  In the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit,…

RN Shift Essentials

You know that feeling when you get on the unit and then realize: you left your lunch on the counter you can’t find your favorite water bottle or the barista messed up your coffee order or you’ve already lost your favorite pen! F#!@ I swear sometimes how you start your shift can really dictate how…

Thinking Outside The Bedside

I always tell people that I love being a nurse because as a nurse, you can literally do anything. If you don’t want to do bedside anymore, no problem. If you want a per diem job that is not bedside nursing, no problem. You want to work a 9 to 5, no holidays? NO PROBLEM!…

Eat, Play, Drink

Chicago: the “Second City,” the city where I spent my childhood summers, the first city where I lived on my own as an “adult,” the city that made me a nurse, and also the city that has made me poor with parking tickets. And yes, sadly, Summer is over. It’s really gone. The city of…

Compression Socks For Nurses

Yes, I wear compression socks! You’re probably thinking only old people wear compression socks, right? Or, “I’m a nurse, but I’m young, I don’t need to worry about varicose veins so I don’t need compressions socks.” WRONG. Compression socks: special socks that help decrease swelling, increase circulation, and help prevent DVT (deep vein thrombosis or…

Scrubs Style: My Top 3 Brands

Nurses work 8 to 12 hour shifts and for any nurse the shift essentials are probably: comfortable, high quality scrubs, good tennis shoes (read: sneakers), compression socks, a water bottle, and a great pen. I’ve purchased and been gifted dozens of scrubs, some that I only wear every now and then and some that I…