An RN Mother on Healthcare, Nurse Life and Family
December 15, 2017
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Hi, I’m Sarah and its really nice to meet you. I am happy that you are joining me on my first blog post!

This is my maiden voyage out in the blog writing ocean. I have so many things I want to talk about, and I am craving a creative outlet by which to share my interests: motherhood, life as an RN, healthcare prevention, babies, kid safety, superfoods, my love of yoga and pretty much anything else related to healthcare. Not a very narrow niche. So for now I’m just going to start writing and see where my heart leads me.

A little about me:

John, Sarah and little Zoe at the park

Christmas circa 2016, Roseville, CA.

Way, way back in the day at Chico State I majored in Journalism and was a budding writer with a weekly column at our student newspaper, The Orion. Shortly after graduation, I decided that newspaper writing was not for me. So I completely changed my plans and entered into the field of medical device sales.

I worked for 9 crazy, intense years observing various surgeries and hustling medical equipment to operating rooms up and down the west coast.  Weekly travel was the norm. I probably spent the equivalent of a few years living in hotel rooms during that period of my life.

Over time this left me massively burned out and desperate for a change.  My resume however, said that I was a salesperson and limited my opportunities.

I made a drastic career change-up from corporate sales exec to BSN student.

Sara and Jana

This was taken during my pediatric rotation at Kaiser West Los Angeles. I was such a newbie nurse!

A longing for greater clinical medical knowledge and the desire to be a better human lead me to go back to college and earn my Bachelors of Science in Nursing.  To stay this was a challenge is an understatement. It was hardest thing I have ever had to do in my entire life!

Leaving a high-paying job to to go back to school for 3 years to come out with a lower paying job is not the most financially wise choice. However, it did make me a lot happier in the long run.  Following my passion in healthcare has been one of the greatest life changes I have ever made.

I began my new career as a registered nurse.

I began the RN residency program at UCLA Medical Center on the Neuroscience and Stroke unit shortly after graduation. A few years later I passed Stroke Certified Registered Nurse Certification and began training other new graduates on my unit.

In 2015, I completed the Yoga Works Urban Zen Practitioner Program at UCLA. The program was designed to help nurses care for patients in a more holistic way by combining the benefits of eastern and western care. I got to learn more about some of my favorite things: yoga and in-bed yoga yoga movements, guided meditation, essential oils, and Reiki. It was an incredible learning experience and it ultimately changed how I give care to my patients.

In early 2017, I was accepted into an RN training program in the Emergency Room. It is intense, challenging and exhausting and I love it! Definitely not for the faint of heart. My skills have been pushed to the limit and I can officially say I am awesome at difficult IV starts. I guess that’s what happens when you start five or more IV’s in a day!

Stethoscope in the shape of a heart

 

Being a nurse means that I never stop learning.

I dabbled in the med spa industry for about 8 months as a side gig because I thought it was a career I was interested in. I became certified to use various lasers (IPL, hair removal) and also got certified to give injectables (Botox, Juvederm, ect..). It was fun for a while but I ultimately decided to stay full time at the hospital because I am way more passionate about the clinical side of nursing.

There were “perks” to being in the med spa industry that I really liked, like free injectables and free skin care products. Eventually though, I realized that wasn’t a good enough reason to leave the hospital and I really didn’t love the work.

Healthcare and wellness has always been a passion of mine.

Nursing school helped me foster this passion and gave me a solid foundation for understanding health and the human body. I do my best to stay up to date on current healthcare and nutritional studies and I try to be a good educational resource for my patients and family.

The stress of my first career lead me to search for ways to better care for myself. I started practicing yoga and meditation regularly and it has remained a happy habit for over a decade. Now I incorporate it into my daily life and don’t know where I would be without it. There are a lot of things I practice at home to keep myself and my family healthy that I am excited to share on this blog.

My newest job title is Mommy (and I couldn’t be prouder!).

On Halloween morning in 2015, my husband and I welcomed our daughter, Zoe into the world. She is a spunky, sweet and smart little lady who has changed our lives for the better. I apologize in advance for the ridiculous amount of baby photos that I am sure I will post in the future. I can’t help it, I’m a proud Mama!

Zoe made her arrival 7 weeks early due to a very rare and dangerous condition I got when I was 33 weeks pregnant called a placental abruption. In short, the placenta (lifeline from mom to baby) that was giving Zoe blood, oxygen and nutrients suddenly disconnected from my uterus. This caused me to hemorrhage internally instead of deliver blood to where is should have been going- to Zoe!

Luckily right as it was happening I was feeling terrible and my husband had taken me to the hospital to get checked out. I was lucky to be there in the nick of time to have an emergency c-section. My doctors informed me that babies don’t usually survive placental abruptions and we are forever grateful.

Zoe is our miracle baby and we thank our lucky stars for her every single day. There is no better gift then the gift of a healthy baby!

My current gigs are:

  • Mom to beautiful 20 month old, Zoe (and soon to be baby boy in January 2018!)
  • Wife to amazing husband, John
  • Registered Nurse
  • Aspiring writer/blogger about preventative health, nutrition, self-wellness, life as an RN, family, motherly interests, and other topics I think are cool
Sarah, John Zoe together

Our very early days as new parents.

I have a few goals in this writing journey:  explore the awesomeness and insanity of motherhood while trying to balance a career as a nurse, nurture a happy marriage, foster friendships and continue to learn and share healthcare information. Basically, all the lifestyle things I love.

Sarah, Mother Nurse Love

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