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Category: Nurse Life

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

How To Prepare An Emergency Supply Kit In Case Of A Disaster

September is National Preparedness Month and it may be a good time to put together an emergency supply kit so you are ready in case of a catastrophic event. Read more to learn about how to create a basic emergency supply kit for your home and find resources to help you prepare your family in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack…

Why Nurses Need To Practice Yoga: Self Care For The Caregiver

Nursing is a challenging career. In addition to physical problems such as chronic back pain, being a nurse can contribute to additional issues like burnout, compassion fatigue, chronic stress or even depression. Nurses need to make self care a priority. One way to do that is by developing a regular yoga practice. Read more to learn what the research says about the benefits of having a yoga practice…

Unpaid Maternity Leave As A Registered Nurse: How To Make It Work

As an expecting mother and registered nurse, I will soon be confronting one of the biggest downfalls to being a per diem RN: unpaid maternity leave. Unpaid maternity leave in the US can be a real financial drain for families. This post discusses how to plan for unpaid maternity leave as a per diem registered nurse including several tips on how to make it work best for you…

How I Paid Off 27k In Nursing School Student Loan Debt In 9 Months (And Other Tips For Getting Rid Of Debt)

I paid off 27k in nursing school student loan debt in 9 months. This post talks about how I used several strategies for paying off debt and includes helpful information about staying out of debt and saving money for the future…

Happy Easter From The Emergency Room: Day One Of ER Nurse Training

While most people were with their families this Easter Sunday, I was working day one of emergency room training. I am so excited to talk about my first ER experiences and the types of ER patients I will be expecting…

Nurse Flexibility In The Workplace: How Becoming A Per Diem Nurse Helped Me Find A Work-Life Balance

The nursing profession has flexibility perks that make it a lot easier to be a working mom. Being a per diem nurse makes it possible to work less and/or more flexible work hours. Other benefits include higher pay and other opportunities for growth. There are also drawbacks including not having employment benefits, getting canceled when there are low RN needs and others…

How Pediatric Nurse Training Reminded Me To Have More Gratitude

When you have your health, you have everything. My experiences as a nurse have taught me that having good health makes you the richest person in the world. On another hand, being ill makes life seem poor even if you are monetarily wealthy.
Pediatric nurse training has significantly reinforced my gratitude for having a healthy child. This post discusses why gratitude is so important and the many ways moms can practice gratitude for continued good health…

How I Became A Emergency Room Nurse

I became an emergency room nurse 6 years into my career. I talk about my pathway from student nurse to new grad resident at UCLA Medical Center and the decisions I made along the way…

How I Prepare For A 12 Hour Shift

Preparing for a 12 hour shift at the hospital requires some prearranged ground work and organization at home to ensure the day starts off on the right foot. I am a working Mom, and I have a system for making sure that things run smoothly most of the time. I discuss grocery shopping, sleep, getting regular exercise and I provide a minute-by-minute break down of my mornings on work days…

Patients With Preventable Illnesses

Why are so many patients sick with preventable illnesses? How are nurses supposed to properly treat patients when they don’t take responsibility for their own health? Many patients have more control over their own health then they realize. It is so important to take care of your health before it is too late…