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Category: Nurse Life

I love sharing my experiences and ideas related to my life as a registered nurse.

Simple Time Saving Tips For Nurse Moms

At work you are busy caring for patients, organizing plans of care, giving life-saving treatments, advocating for patients, all while continuing to make them feel safe and well-cared for.  Now its time to apply your nurse time management skills at home.  After all, nurses know more then anyone about how to prioritize the most important tasks first.  Our patients lives often depend on it. Here are simple and helpful time-saving tips for the nurse who is also a mother…

Nurse Mom: 8 Pumping Essentials For Nurses Who Breastfeed

Breast feeding can be hard for a new mom (it certainly was for me!).   Then, when I finally got the hang of it, my maternity leave was almost over and I had a whole new problem to figure out:  How am I supposed to continue breastfeeding while working as a busy registered nurse? Well, its been one year and I am still pumping successfully as a nurse working in the emergency department. The #1 thing I have learned is that if you don’t plan ahead, pumping at work as a nurse can be extremely difficult.  But with the right pumping tools and a lot of determination you will find that you can make pumping fit right into your busy nursing schedule! Here are 8 pumping essentials that nurses need to pump at work…

5 Best Trauma Shears On The Market

As a nurse, I see things that shock me everyday. That is why it is so important to be prepared with the right nurse supplies you need to be able to perform at your best. I invested in a good pair of trauma shears about 5 years into my nursing career when I became an ER nurse.  Dull shears are not good in an emergency and I wanted a great, non-disposable pair that performed well. Here are the top 5 trauma shears on the market – from a nurse who actually uses them…

10 Best Nike Nursing Shoes

Its no secret that nurses are on their feet for up to 12 hour nursing shifts (or longer!).  So it is imperative that nurse wear shoes that are able to support their intensive and often arduous nursing shifts. Having a great nursing shoe can make all the difference in how good you feel after a long 12 hour shift.  Foot pain, back pain and achy joints are just a few of the side effects that many nurses deal with on a regular basis.  And having the proper footwear can make all the difference in the world. Here are the best Nike shoes for nurses…

Why ER Nurses Are The Best

As a resource nurse who has worked in many specialties and units all over the hospital setting, I have discovered that I am an ER nurse at heart.  Here are the reasons why I think working in the ER is better then med surg as a nurse…

The Single Best Financial Advice For Nurses

Nurses work hard for the money. But they need to be saving more of it.
During my first few tumultuous weeks as a new grad nurse, a mentor with over 20 years of nursing experience gave me helpful advice. “Save your money now,” she said. “Automatic your savings so you don’t even see it. ” Everything in nursing is evidence-based. Are nurses ignoring the evidence that compounding interest is the secret to growing wealth slowly and ensuring their financial health into their golden years…

Before You Start A Blog Read This!

Starting a blog can be overwhelming, especially when you already work full time, are a parent to small children and have a to-do list that never seems to end.  To make matters worse there is almost too much information on the internet about how to start a blog. The thing about blogging is that it is a marathon, NOT a sprint. It is also not a get rich fast (or maybe ever) scheme.   It is a TON of work.  So, if you are not considering blogging as a long term project then quite frankly I would strongly consider whether you want to start a blog in the first place. But since you are still reading this I’m going to assume you really do want to start a blog .  And I’m so glad.  Because I love blogging and I love talking about blogging even more…

Working As A Nurse While Pregnant

By taking proper precautions and always putting safety first, working as a nurse while pregnant is possible.  Here are 9 helpful tips for pregnant nurses. Take care of yourself first, mama…

Fit Nurse: Simple Ways To Exercise As A Busy Nurse Mom

Over the last month I have been interviewing fellow nurse moms to find out how they manage to squeeze in a workout while balancing motherhood and 12 hour shifts.  The feedback I received was very encouraging!  The conversations I had with these nurses convinced me that it is in fact very possible to stay fit when it seems that there is no more time in the day. Read more to learn how…

Nurse Money: How To Pay Off Nursing School Loans Fast

The last thing any busy, hard-working nurse wants to think about is how to pay off student loan debt from nursing school.  Unfortunately, you can’t ignore it out of existence no matter how hard you try. (Trust me, I’ve tried!). Nursing school student loan debt will remain right where is is until you get aggressive and attack it. Read more to learn about 7 simple that you can use to pay off nursing school loans quickly and become a debt-free nurse…