The Perks of Becoming a Travel Nurse

The Perks of Becoming a Travel Nurse

The Perks of Becoming a Travel Nurse

*Written by Sarah Darren

Nursing is always a solid career path for people who have compassion for others and a desire to make a difference in the world. For some, it is a calling, but others get into the field of nursing because it offers a stable and fulfilling career path with lots of interesting opportunities. 

This is a fantastic time to begin training as a nurse, simply because the need has never been greater. Not only are people living longer than they used to and requiring more care, but many healthcare organizations are already having staffing issues. This is expanding an exciting opportunity for those interested in travel nursing. 

There are many perks to becoming a travel nurse!

What Exactly is a Travel Nurse?

Most nurses work for a specific hospital, school, assisted living facility, or other organization. They are traditionally employed and typically know what to expect regarding the work environment and their colleagues. 

On the other hand, travel nurses are temporary staff for hospitals and healthcare facilities all over the country. They take on new assignments every few months (typically in 13-week blocks) and work in hospitals experiencing temporary personnel shortages or a higher-than-expected influx of patients. With shifts occurring in the healthcare industry, the demand is only growing for travel nurses. 

Besides traveling around the country and working in different hospitals, travel nurses have the same responsibilities as permanent nurses. They care for patients and take on miscellaneous tasks to help hospitals run. Travel nurses have to adapt to enter a new work environment every few months, but there are several significant perks to being a travel nurse.  

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Enjoy a Great Salary & Benefits

One of the best perks of becoming a travel nurse is the pay.  Travel nurses generally get new assignments through a nurse contracting firm. This means that they enjoy a great salary from their contracts while also receiving benefits from their contracting firm. 

In general, traveling nurses can expect to make around $65,000-90,000 annually, depending on their work and assignment. In addition to this salary, travel nurses might get allowances for temporary housing and living expenses, retirement contributions, health insurance, and even travel reimbursements. 

Although travel nursing might not sound as stable as traditional nursing jobs, the truth is that the work is usually plentiful enough for nurses to make a great living on the road. The benefits can be as good or better than those from a permanent post. 

Expand Your Personal & Professional Experience

Perks of becoming a travel nurse include: expanding your skills, living in new cities, and learning more money!

Working in one geographic area can provide comfort and stability, but it might not offer you new challenges or the opportunity to expand your skillset and experience. Nurses who don’t have the opportunity to work in a diverse healthcare environment might miss out on fulfilling experiences and the ability to build a more impressive resume. 

Travel nurses get the chance to experience different environments and meet people from all walks of life. Not only does this provide professional benefits, but it also helps nurses grow personally. Working in different types of hospitals is a great way to expand your perspective and develop your communication skills and cultural competency. 

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Looking for a Bit More Freedom? Travel Nursing Could be for You!

Nursing jobs are usually quite stable but can also be rigid when it comes to scheduling and time off. If you’re looking for a little more freedom and flexibility, then travel nursing could be a great solution. Although it would impact your paycheck to pass up a contract, travel nursing gives you the option of taking time off if you need to attend to personal business or just take a long vacation. 

You have a lot more control over your schedule and your life as a traveling nurse. You’ll be living in new places and embarking on new adventures every few months, but you also have the freedom to say no to jobs that don’t suit you. 

Travel nursing is rarely boring and can be deeply satisfying. If you get “itchy feet” and don’t like the idea of spending the next 40 years working in the same hospital in the same town, why not consider taking your career on the road?

If you dream of adventure and feel called to help others, then travel nursing could be the perfect career path. Right now, hospitals need people who are willing to drop everything, roll up their sleeves, and help patients get well.

Wound Care Nursing: An Alternative Career Path for Nurses

Wound Care Nursing: An Alternative Career Path for Nurses

According to The Association For The Advancement Of Wound Care (AAWC), “More people are living with a chronic wound than with breast, colon, and lung cancers, and leukemia combined.” Moreover, the prevalence of leg ulcers in the US ranges between 500,000 and one million, and over 1% of the population has or has had a venous leg ulcer.

Yet, the AAWC also notes that while pressure ulcers have a 15% prevalence, at least 95% of them are preventable. Diabetic ulcers are not much different. While 16% of them will lead to an amputation, most are preventable.

Information like this indicates that there is a tremendous need for nurses who are educated in wound care. Utilizing various techniques to assess, treat, and care for patients with wounds, wound care nurses work with the doctor and care team to determine if other treatments like surgery or antibiotics are necessary. Wound care nurses also offer education to patients and their caretakers about caring for wounds, reducing their incidence, and preventing further complications. Here are five ways in which becoming a wound care specialist can help nurses.

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Meet Market Trends

According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) National Diabetes Statistics Report, 34.2 million, or 10.5% of the US population, have diabetes. Further, 88 million or 34.5 % of the US population 18 years or older have prediabetes. The CDC also notes that the cases of type 1 and type diabetes continue to rise. 

As more people become diabetic and possibly bedridden, they also become more at risk for pressure ulcers and diabetic amputations. While the National Institutes of Health describe chronic wounds as a significant and often underappreciated burden to the individual, they also impose a burden on the healthcare system and society. Nurses who are wound care specialists stay abreast of the evolving market trends and meet the demand for wound care specialists.

Advance Employment Outlook

Treating chronic wounds requires a variety of techniques, such as debridement, cleaning, bandaging. Moreover, effective wound management involves working with the doctor and care team to determine if other treatments like surgery or antibiotics are necessary. Because additional training and techniques are required to effectively treat chronic wounds and improve their outcome, nurses who specialize in wound care significantly improve their employment outlook.

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Wound care nursing: an alternative career path for nurses.

Improve Patient Outcomes

Complications of chronic wounds, such as cellulitis and infective venous eczema, gangrene, hemorrhage, and lower-extremity amputations, can worsen outcomes. In a sort of vicious cycle, chronic wounds can lead to disability, and disability worsens wound outcomes. In the case of amputation, the prognosis is also not positive. The CDC states that after an amputation, 13-40% of people will die within a year, and 39-80% within five years. For comparison, 5-year mortality for all cancers is 34.2%. Nurses who are educated in how to treat chronic wounds, therefore, can significantly improve patient outcomes.

Reduce Hospital Stay

The NCBI describes chronic wounds as those that, after eight weeks, do not show any signs of healing. This includes venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, and complex wounds. Chronic wounds are those that do not progress through normal, orderly, and timely healing. As such, according to American Family Physician, they are common and are often incorrectly treated. This leads to an increased hospital stay. By understanding how to treat chronic wounds correctly and effectively, nurses can significantly reduce patient hospital stays.

Prevent Rehospitalization

Because chronic wounds are inherently hard to manage and may require and coordinated effort by a multidisciplinary team, they pose a patient at a greater risk for rehospitalization. This may occur as the wound fails to heal correctly, or should the patient and caregiver lack the necessary education needed to improve wound healing. According to woundsound.com, patient education and caregiver involvement are critical components in wound healing and ultimately improving patient outcomes. When wounds heal correctly, rehospitalization rates are dramatically reduced. By becoming educated in wound care, nurses can help improve wound care management and reduce rehospitalization rates.

The rates of chronic wounds are increasing rapidly, as is the rate of people at risk of developing a chronic wound. Through becoming specialized in the care of wounds, nurses meet market trends, advance employment outlook, improve patient outcomes, reduce hospital stay, and prevent rehospitalization.

About The Author

Claire Nana, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in post-traumatic growth, optimal performance, and wellness. She has written over thirty continuing education courses on a variety of topics including nutrition, mental health, wound care, and post-traumatic stress.

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Mindfulness Meditation for Nurses:  How Do I Start?

Mindfulness Meditation for Nurses: How Do I Start?

*Written by Sarah Darren

Mindfulness Meditation For Nurses

During the coronavirus pandemic, managing nurse stress has become more important now than ever before. COVID has brought with it extra hours on the job, required moves for some, and caused additional stress due to fears of contracting the virus at the workplace. The behind-the-scenes things nurses deal with bring levels of stress that most people cannot begin to relate to.

Fortunately, there are a few stress-relieving modalities that can be done quickly, and from almost anywhere (including a nurse’s break area).  One of the most important being mindfulness meditation.

What is Mindfulness?

After a long, stressful day dealing with a pandemic, nurses still have to go home and do the same daily tasks everyone else does, such as grocery shopping, cooking, raising a family, and taking care of the home.  Like many busy professionals, finding time for self-care as a nurse usually goes on the backburner.  

According to the National Center For Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) “meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being.”

In other words, the goal of mindfulness is to place your attention on the present.   That is also the only thing we have control of at any given time – not what happened in the past, or what might happen at some point in the future.

By tapping into our selves and being more mindful, we can decrease our own stress and anxiousness to handle each moment as it comes.

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Mindfulness Mediation For Nurses

Mindfulness mediation for nurses

Mindfulness Meditation For The Beginner:  How Do I Start?

When someone hears the phrase, “I’m going to practice meditation” a common thought is, “What do they mean by practice?”   

But that is exactly what it is – a practice – even for those who are experienced in meditation.

For nurses who already have a ton on their plates, a practice can be as little 3-5 minutes.  The more you make mediation a regular habit, the longer you will be able to sit in meditation.

Find a space, sit in a comfortable chair, or cross-legged on the ground. As you better your practice, you may start to lose track of time (ultimately a good thing), so be sure to set a timer if you are at work. Start your meditation by taking deep breaths and really focusing on each breath, as each breath epitomizes the “now.” Your mind will almost undoubtedly drift again, but catch yourself without any feelings of negativity, and focus on the breathing again. Find your center for as long as you can during your allotted time.

If you continue to struggle to find that peace, you can also try guided meditations which are available as apps or even on YouTube, and with these, calming music and a soothing voice lead you through the steps of breathing and focus and help with your practice.

It’s important to try to do this every day, but just as important to not get down on yourself if you can’t find the time on a given day, or are just too overwhelmed with stress to maintain focus for any amount of time. Pick it up the next day, and if you do it as often as you can, the world around you will seem more at peace, and more bearable as you continue to take on your stressful-yet-extremely rewarding job as a nurse.

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About the Author

Sarah Daren has been a consultant for startups in multiple industries including health and wellness, wearable technology, nursing, and education. She implements her health knowledge into every aspect of her life, including her position as a yoga instructor and raising her two children. When she’s not watching the New York Yankees play, Sarah enjoys practicing yoga and reading a good book on the beach.

Essential Mental Health Strategies for Nurses

Essential Mental Health Strategies for Nurses

Nurses are a critical part of the healthcare system during public health emergencies. They are highly trusted, compassionate, and willing to go to great lengths to protect their patients. However, with no clear endpoint, COVID-19 is not a typical public health crisis and has created a range of mental health challenges for nurses.

Today’s nurses are working under a cloud of fear and stress, which can lead to physical and psychological symptoms. However, there are steps that nurses can take to minimize the effects of high-stress levels and keep themselves and their families balanced.

A Two-Pronged Approach to Managing Stress

Stress levels cannot be managed through mental health strategies alone. Making healthy lifestyle choices can directly affect an individual’s outlook on life, energy levels, and mood. These five tactics can create a positive impact on mental health:

  1. Eat regular meals – focus on whole foods that decrease inflammation and build immunity
  2. Stay hydrated – choose water instead of caffeinated beverages, which can cause headaches and mood swings
  3. Exercise regularly – a simple walk with the dog can keep anxiety and depression symptoms at bay
  4. Limit alcohol consumption and refrain from smoking
  5. Make sleep a priority and practice good sleep hygiene

When it comes to managing stress levels, a nurse’s mental health is just as important as their physical health. Incorporating these self-love strategies into your daily routine can help:

  1. Practice meditation and/or mindfulness exercises
  2. Make time for relaxation
  3. Take mini-breaks throughout the workday to practice deep breathing
  4. Keep in touch with friends and family
  5. Limit exposure to media coverage of the pandemic
  6. Lower expectations of yourself and others, reminding yourself that “done” is better than “perfect”
  7. Practice positive self-talk, such as “nurses have a purpose and make a difference”
  8. Talk it out with colleagues or a supervisor, because nurses don’t have to walk this road alone
  9. Accept help when offered, and ask for support when needed

Help Children Manage Stress

Nurses with children at home have a responsibility to help them understand and respond to our changing world. Children may pick up on the stress that a parent is feeling and struggle to understand what is wrong. Children need to receive reassurance and guidance that’s centered around safety, consistency, and love.

Here are some tips to help children manage stress:

  • Maintain a consistent family routine – establish set bedtimes and meal times
  • Include children in conversations about the pandemic, but keep their age in mind and help them navigate their feelings
  • Set family rules for proper hygiene
  • Make routines fun for kids – consider singing during handwashing or developing games for wearing masks
  • Remind children that the situation is temporary
  • Allow children to help out around the house to give them a way to contribute – young children can carry dishes to the sink and help tidy up, while older children can take on bigger chores such as cleaning and yard work
  • Reassure children that the parent is safe in their job

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Symptoms of Excessive Stress

Nurses should self-monitor their mental health status on a regular basis and take action when necessary. Symptoms of depression can include:

  • Sleep difficulties
  • Persistent crying or sadness
  • Feelings of hopelessness

Nurses who are forced to make clinical decisions that conflict with their ethical training may experience signs of moral distress, such as feeling guilty or ashamed. Other symptoms to watch for include:

  • Difficulty with decision-making or memory
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Risky behaviors
  • Withdrawal from social interactions
  • Unexplained physical symptoms such as headaches, palpitations, and gastrointestinal issues

Nurses experiencing moral distress or consistent symptoms of depression should talk to their supervisor and seek professional help. Early intervention can be critical to working through moral dilemmas and extreme stress. Nurses seeking to connect with a mental health professional can contact their insurance provider for options in their area.

Mental Health Resources

Anyone experiencing suicidal or homicidal thoughts should call 911.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association lists the following crisis hotlines:

It’s Okay to Take a Break

Nurses who have decided to step away from bedside nursing amid the pandemic should keep in mind that they are not alone. Taking a break and hitting the reset button can be the difference between a nurse developing serious mental health problems and a nurse maintaining their sanity. Some nurses may use this time to further their education from the comfort of their home by enrolling in an online nursing program. An online program can keep the nurse’s knowledge current while potentially offering a pathway to a better position and higher future earnings.

Self-care is vital to a nurse’s health and well-being, especially in the face of a pandemic. Nurses can fill their mental health “bucket” throughout the day using tools of the trade, and perform regular mental health gut checks to ensure that they get the help they need when they need it.

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Cindy Blye is a nurse-turned-writer with experience in Newborn Intensive Care, Pediatrics, and Case Management. Her works include pediatric nurse certification review materials, policies and procedures, training materials, nursing blog articles, health and wellness articles, and local business reviews. Cindy has three grown children and lives with her husband in North Carolina where she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and cooking.

Diversity In Healthcare And The Nursing Profession

Diversity In Healthcare And The Nursing Profession

What is diversity in healthcare?

Healthcare providers with different cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, age ranges, and/or sexual identities — can have a significant impact on the availability and quality of care patients receive. 

Diversity Types 

  • Ethnicity
  • Race
  • Religious
  • Gender Identity
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Language
  • Age
  • Physical Handicapped
  • Mental/Emotional Handicapped

Why diversity in healthcare matters for patients

black male and asian female nurses at nursing station Patients from underrepresented, underserved, and at-risk communities benefit from having informed and diverse healthcare providers. It’s essential that patients feel respected and protected to break through resistance that might interfere with treatment. 

Educational efforts and inclusion practices are imperative in providing the very best care possible. 

The Treatment Gap

Currently, minority populations develop more chronic illnesses, both mentally and physically, because of decreased access to preventative care.  Socioeconomic factors that create barriers between minorities & wellness:

  • Education level
  • Proper housing
  • Adequate nutrition 

Patients are also more likely to seek preventative care from a medical professional of the same race that they trust. Research shows that members of underrepresented minorities are more likely to practice medicine in geographical areas where there are fewer practicing caucasian physicians, making care accessible to communities previously lacking in medical resources. An increase in preventative care means saving thousands of lives each year. 

Changes in ethnic & cultural diversity in healthcare:

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Diversity in healthcare & diversity in nursing

In the next thirty years, minorities will constitute 50% of the US population. However, as of 2017, only 19.2% of RNs come from minority backgrounds. Fortunately, this percentage is on the rise, which is good news for nurses and patients alike. 

Nurses are making a difference among diverse populations.

The field of public health & community health nursing concentrates on the health of entire populations. It compensates for part of this treatment gap by creating readily available programs for at-risk communities. For example, the North Carolina Minority Diabetes Prevention Program aims to help community members make sustainable lifestyle changes and provides support groups to lean on throughout the process.

According to the US Food & Drug Administration, “racial and ethnic minorities have a higher burden of diabetes, worse diabetes control, and are more likely to experience complications.” Public health nurses are working at the government-level to expand healthcare to the entire population. The field is increasing, and RNs interested in this career path should investigate higher education programs focused on public health to see if it’s the right choice for them. 

Why diversity in health care matters for nurses.

Nurses make up the largest portion of the United States’ healthcare system; there are nearly 4 million nurses in America, and we are still at a shortage of one million more. Nursing’s high turnover rate is due to baby boomers retiring, burnout, and subsequent job dissatisfaction, among other factors.   A more diverse health care workforce means more nurses to share the workload, a solution to the national nursing shortage, and the job satisfaction all nurses deserve to experience.

Nursing gender gap

Nursing has long been thought of as a career for women, creating a societal block for men to become nurses. 

  • Presently, just under 13% of nurses are male — a percentage that continues to grow slowly year over year!
  • There over 2 million female RNs compared with only 300,000 males. 

Recruiting more men into nursing could alleviate the burden of the national nursing shortage, creating a more balanced and homogenous workplace.  

Achieving a more diverse health care system

three female nurses of different cultural backgrounds The same socioeconomic factors keeping minorities from quality healthcare are keeping minorities from entering into the healthcare workforce. Thankfully, as society shifts to more diverse demography, efforts are being made across the country to level the playing field and create a more inclusive system for all.

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The 10 Best White Nursing Shoes (in 2020)

The 10 Best White Nursing Shoes (in 2020)

Nurses are working than ever to give the best patient care they can – especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That is why it is more important than ever that nurses wear shoes that support their challenging and often arduous nursing shifts, and protect them from slipping as well.

Feeling good after a busy nursing shift has a lot to do with the nursing shoes that you wear.    Foot pain, achy joints, and back pain are just a few of the side effects that many nurses deal with regularly—especially those working back-to-back shifts to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Having the proper footwear can make all the difference in how you feel each day.  It is so important to take care of yourself first as a nurse!

What Makes A Great Nursing Shoe?

This is what your nursing shoes need to do for you as a nurse:

  • Give good support
  • Be slip resistant
  • Be comfortable
  • Protect your back
  • Reduce stress on joints
  • Look professional

Nurses must wear non-slip-resistant nursing shoes.

The hospital setting has hard and often wet surfaces.  Especially since the floors are regularly being cleaned in between patients. Occasional spills can result in unintended nurse falls.  Nursing shoes must be slip-resistant – it is a non-negotiable.

Some facilities in the US even pay for nurses to receive a new pair of nursing shoes every six months!  This can help protect nurses from injuries that could have resulted in disability from work.

Here are the top ten best white nursing shoes for durability, style, comfort, and safety.  Our jobs are highly physical, and we need all the help we can get.

Here are the ten best white nursing shoes (in no particular order):

#1.  Skechers Women’s Soft Toe Nursing Clog, White

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Features:

  • Fabric and synthetic
  • Rubber sole
  • Printed leather upper
  • Cushioned, removable comfort footbed
  • Slip-resistant rubber traction outsole
  • Soft toe; no safety toe cap

This Skechers work clog keeps you comfortably supported and stable during long shifts and on wet surfaces.  They have a smooth upper layer and have a slip-on style for easy on and off.  Lightly padded, with a roomy, rounded toe.   Also, they have a removable textile insole that supplies underfoot comfort and support.

Fully-molded material treated to minimize the growth of bacteria that cause odor, designed for custom fit slip-resistant, lightweight outsole for better wear and cushioning.

 

#2.  Reebok Women’s Classic Renaissance Sneaker, White

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Features:  

  • Synthetic sole
  • Durable and lightweight material: These classic sneakers feature a leather upper for soft support with stitched overlays.
  • Great food support with lightweight cushioning which lasts many nursing shifts
  • Comfortable and study – these shoes have a low-cut design that provides mobility at the ankles 
  • High performance: Ideal for long days of work, running and hiking

Reebok Women’s Classic Renaissance shoes have a soft leather upper and premier-quality liner on the inside of the shoe. These sneakers have a padded tongue and collar, and the memory tech footbed provides support.

Here is a little Reebok history: The company was founded for one of the best reasons possible: athletes wanted to run faster. So in the 1890s, Joseph William Foster made some of the first known running shoes with spikes in them. By 1895, he was in business making shoes by hand for top runners and before long developed an international clientele of distinguished athletes.

One nurse’s review on Amazon said:

“I have been working in Dialysis for 22 years and was so happy to find the only shoe that was comfortable to work for 8 to 12 hours on my feet. They are lightweight with great arch support.  I switched to these because I was having pain from other shoes. So I have found these shoes on Amazon, and I will continue to purchase them until they run out of them. I hope this was helpful to whoever needs to know about the Reebok Classic Renaissance.”

 

#3. StickyPRO Shoes For Women, White

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Great for nurses who need a waterproof, non-stick shoe.

Features:

  • Synthetic
  • Rubber sole
  • Platform measures approximately 1.00″
  • Super comfortable and lightweight shoes! Typically run true to size. If you usually wear half-size, the company recommends you to order these a half-size smaller. The letter M on the size means medium width for women.
  • Made with a powerful non-slip outsole.  The upper and outsole are waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about your feet getting wet.
  • The footbed is made with an absorbent material to keep your feet dry all day long
  • The sole has a shock absorber and anti-torsion system. Your entire body will feel the difference
  • Made with great support for your arch and full foot. 

These shoes are great for busy nurses.   They are waterproof with non-slip outsoles so you can work in different environments without getting wet. The outsole will keep you protected even on extra slippery floors. Sometimes, for waterproof shoes, your feet can’t breathe properly, that’s why these shoes are made with an absorbent footbed to keep your feet dry and comfortable.  Also, they are made with a shock absorber and anti-torsion system.

 

#4. Alegria Duette Women’s Professional Shoe, White

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Features:

  • Rubber sole
  • Vegan upper
  • Stain-resistant upper
  • Double elastic gore for easy on-and-off
  • Padded collar
  • Dual-density polyurethane outsole

These Alegria Footwear nursing shoes have an elastic core for easy on-and-off wear. They have a removable and replaceable Alegria footbed. Enhanced shock absorption and excellent rebound. They also have a slip-resistant outsole.

One nurse reviewed on Amazon and said:

“These shoes are awesome…I have worn Alegria shoes for years and thought I would try these…they are so comfortable…I normally wear a 10 or 10W depending on the shoe so was a bit nervous about size, but they fit perfectly. I also have a high instep, and these felt a little tight at first, but then were great. I will be buying more of this style. I am a nurse who routinely walks 12000 steps or more in a day and I weigh 275lbs. These are sturdy shoes.”

#5.Crocs Women’s Neria Pro Clog, Slip-Resistant Nursing Shoe, White

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Features:
  • 100% Synthetic
  • Great work clogs for nurses who need comfort for all-day and night shifts. 
  • Extremely easy to clean by just using soap and water and allowing for a quick dry
  • These Crocs slip-resistant shoes offer a generous, roomy fit with heels that meet workplace standards. 
  • These Crocs nursing shoes have thicker toe regions to protect feet from spills. 

Nurses will be ready to make patient rounds with protection and comfort every step of the way. These nursing shoes are designed for a relaxed fit, and this updated style includes removable, washable footbed liners Perfect for healthcare workers in an “on your feet” industry.

 

#6. Reebok Women’s Work N Cushion 3.0 Walking Shoe

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Features:

  • Textile and Synthetic
  • Rubber sole
  • Durable and lightweight material: These sneakers feature soft leather and synthetic upper with a mesh lining for supportive comfort, protection, and breathability.
  • Efficient foot support
  • Comfortable and sturdy: features low-cut design for freedom of motion and beveled heel enhances walking stride efficiency
  • High-performance nursing shoes: High abrasion rubber outsole adds durable traction and resists oil

Reebok Women’s Work N Cushion 3.0 Walking Shoes have a leather and synthetic upper for durability. Mesh material around the collar allows airflow, and a beveled heel enhances walking stride. A memory tech sock liner and the EVA foam midsole provide excellent cushioning. A rubber outsole adds grip to these slip- and oil-resistant shoes.

#7. Dansko Women’s Professional Clog

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Features:

  • 100% Leather
  • Synthetic sole
  • Heel measures approximately 2″
  • Platform measures approximately 0.75″
  • Leather and or fabric uppers
  • Padded instep collar for comfort when walking
  • Roomy reinforced toe box for protection with plenty of “wiggle room” for your toes
  • Rocker bottom to propel foot forward and provide shock absorption
  • Wide heel strike for greater stability

Dansko’s Professional clog promises to keep you comfortable throughout busy nursing shifts. Offered here in fine leather, the iconic design features a smooth upper, a contoured leather insole, and a shock-absorbent rubber outsole.  They also have excellent arch support and comfort.  They allow nurses to stand longer than ever.

About the company:  When wife and husband team, Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup discovered the world’s most comfortable shoe in a tiny shop in Denmark in 1990, they just had to bring some home for their friends. When their friends tried them on, they told their friends. And just like that, a shoe company was born. Now Dansko not only sells their original clogs but also heels, boots, sandals, wedges, and flats too! Every style features the Dansko DNA – materials and construction carefully selected to promote good foot, leg, and back health so that you can stand better, for longer. Say goodbye to choosing between looking good and feeling good. And say hello to having it all.

 

#8. Dansko Women’s Coral Clog

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Features:

  • Leather
  • Synthetic sole
  • Heel measures approximately 1.75 inches”
  • Accommodates most standard and custom orthotics.
  • Biodewix linings and Microbe Shield odor control.
  • Durable, easy-to-clean leather uppers.
  • Removable PU foam footbed for shock absorption and energy return.
  • Lightweight EVA midsole for shock absorption and support.

The coral slip-on features moisture-wicking linings with odor control, easy-to-clean uppers, flexible twin-goring for easy on/off, and a slip-resistant rubber outsole.  Many users on Amazon suggest ordering a half size down.

One nurse review on Amazon said: 

“So I read reviews first about ordering half a size down and it was spot on! These shoes are soooo comfortable! I am on my feet all day on hard floors and my knees would constantly ache. The first day after wearing these, I instantly could feel a difference. Now my knees don’t even bother me after a week of wearing these shoes! I get compliments on them all the time as well. You won’t regret it if you get them!”

 

#9. New Balance Women’s 623 V3 Casual Comfort Training Shoe

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Features:

  • 100% Leather
  • Rubber sole
  • Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch
  • Shock-absorbing heel
  • Ethylene-vinyl acetate footbed
  • Non-marking outsole
  • Leather Upper

Product description:  These shoes can give nurses all-day comfort in a durable athletic silhouette.  They have a larger absorbing heel capsule, with reinforced collar foam.

From the company:  New Balance, is dedicated to helping athletes achieve their goals. It’s been their mission for more than a century. It’s why they don’t spend money on celebrity endorsements. They spend it on research and development. It’s why they don’t design products to fit an image. They design them to fit. New Balance is driven to make the finest shoes for the same reason athletes lace them up: to achieve the very best.

 

#10.Timberland PRO Women’s Renova Professional Slip-On Clog

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Features:

  • 100% Leather
  • Synthetic sole
  • Slip-on work clog featuring concealed goring insets and Scotchgard protector for stain resistance
  • Anti-fatigue technology
  • Anatomically shaped toe box
  • Heel-to-toe rocker sole

Per the manufacturer:  Thanks to Timberland Pro’s Anti-Fatigue Technology, heel-to-toe rocker soles, anatomical toe boxes, and slip-resistant outsoles, these women’s nursing shoes are healthcare industry favorites. Designed to provide maximum comfort during long days on your feet, these slip-on shoes take some pressure off so you can focus on the tasks at hand.

In Conclusion

I hope we helped you find the perfect white nursing shoe for work.  Remember to take care of yourself first, and that includes wearing quality shoes when you will be on your feet all day long.

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