3 Reasons Why Nurses Quit

3 Reasons Why Nurses Quit

Why do nurses quit the profession?

Nursing is the most trusted profession in America and has been considered so for decades.   Yet, nurses are burning out at a rate unparalleled to any other profession.

Turns out that nurses may not be getting the same respect and care that they give to their patients and employers.   As a result, many nurses are looking for alternative ways to practice nursing or are even leaving the nursing professional altogether.

I became a nurse as a second career.  Nursing called to me because I genuinely wanted to help people and I thought that a nurse’s schedule would work better for me as a mom.  Now, 7 years into my nursing career, my passion for nursing is still high.

Yet I, like many other nurses, struggle with burnout.  I have even started looking outside of patient care for alternative ways that I can practicing nursing to deal with my struggle.

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Reasons Why Nurses Quit

#1.  Not having control over work schedules

Hospital nurses are expected to work all hours of the day and night, holidays, and weekends.  And on top of that many nurses don’t even have control of their schedules (unless they work per diem – which has been a game changer for me). I can’t tell you how many times I have missed Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years parties, Easter Sunday, Fourth of July weekend and so many other special events with my family.

Now that I have my own children, missing these events is so much harder for me, especially if I have to work on one of their birthdays.  This past Christmas I was lucky enough to NOT work on Christmas Day, but I worked the entire 2 weekends before, the 2 days before Christmas and the day after Christmas, so I missed several Christmas parties and I was so tired on Christmas day that I could barely keep my eyes open.

Thankfully I am not working graveyard shifts anymore, but if I did I would have quit being a nurse a long time ago.  Working night shifts literally made me feel like I was going to explode.  I felt sick all the time, I was in a constant fog and I even started to get a little depressed.

Here is an idea that can help:  Work per diem or switch to another nursing position that requires a more regular 9 to 5 work schedule such as occupational health or the Cath lab.

#2.  Bullying in the workplace

You have probably heard the phrase “nurses eat their young.”  That is just a clever way of saying that there are many experienced and burned out older nurses bullying less experienced nurses.  It’s also a main culprit as to why nurses quit working in patient care.

I remember one of my own experiences with bullying very clearly. When I was a new nurse grad a nurse I gave report to at shift change would question everything I had done for my patients that day, and drill me about why I didn’t do things differently.  Her attitude was awful and I could tell she hated her job and being on the unit.  She had been there for many years and she treated several other new nurses the same way.

There were days where my shift had gone great up until I had to deal with her at the very end.  Then I left the hospital feeling defeated and inadequate just because of some unhappy, grumpy nurse. I did my best to hold my ground and keep my reports as simple as possible.

Eventually, (and thankfully) she quit and we never had to deal with her again.  Things got better for me, but unfortunately there are still nurses “eating their young” who are lurking within the hospital.

Here is an idea that may help: I took a course called “Crucial Conversations” during my second year as a nurse and it was so helpful for me.  It taught me how to deal with difficult situations with other co-workers. Sometimes addressing a bully head on or finding a way to avoid them entirely is the best way to handle the situation.

#3.  Abusive patients and/or family members

By and large, most patients and family members in the hospital treat the medical staff respectfully.  However, that is not always the case.

In my 7 years career as a nurse I have been kicked, swung at (thankfully never hit head on!), had a full urinal thrown at me, been cussed out, and told I should “kill myself.” And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  There are patients who, despite having full capability to execute all activities of daily living by themselves, take advantage of nurses and other medical staff by asking that everything be done for them.  It’s as if we have nothing to do all day except be a personal butler.  At least it can feel that way sometimes. I’d rather not be a character from Downton Abbey though!

Often when people are in the hospital it is because they are sick and need to be there.  Nurses are happy to bend over backwards to give the best patient care we can for those patients.  Unfortunately, there are people who take advantage of the caregivers and, over time, it leads to decreased morale and ultimately, burnout. This is another big reason why nurses quit the profession.

Here is an idea that can help: Nurse abuse is never okay and can be traumatizing for nurses.  Communicate with management any time a patient or family member is being abusive.  Ask for help.  Call security if you feel threatened.   Ask for another assignment or take turns with other nurses giving care to extremely difficult patients.   Talk to staff, family and friends to help talk out your experience. All of these things can help make dealing with difficult patients and their family a little easier.

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If you are considering leaving the nursing profession altogether here are a few ideas to help rekindle your nursing career:

Are you a nurse struggling with burnout and considering leaving the nursing profession?  What experiences lead you there.  Please leave a comment!

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Why I Quit My Corporate Sales Career To Become A Nurse

Why I Quit My Corporate Sales Career To Become A Nurse

I am a second-career RN who took an unconventional path into the nursing profession.

I began my first post-college career as a medical device sales representative selling medical equipment to hospital operating rooms.  Then after nearly 10 years in the business I decided to go back to college and earn a Bachelors of Science in nursing.

I hear about nurses becoming second-career medical device or pharma reps all the time.   But I have never known anyone who worked in medical device sales and then went back to college for a nursing degree.  Not once.

Here is my journey from budding journalist, to corporate sales manager, to nurse…  and the lessons that I have learned along the way.  

Nurse with stethascope discussing career change

As a young college grad, my priority was making money.

After graduating with a BA in Journalism in 1999, I was ready to start making money.  After all, I was broke and tired of being poor.  I was also passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, so a sales job in the healthcare field seemed like a natural fit.

Over the course of my decade career in sales I worked for a fortune 500 company and a few startups.  I covered huge territories and at one point even spent almost an entire year living out of a hotel.  It was a lot of hard work, but the money was there.

But I got better every year, despite a gnawing feeling that my calling was somewhere else.  My twenties flew by before my eyes.

One day after a lot of soul searching I finally decided to go back to school and earn a BSN.  My sales counterparts couldn’t believe I would leave the medical device industry after what most would consider a very financially successful career.  I tried to explain the best I could – that I wanted to be a part of something bigger then myself.  And medical sales just wasn’t doing it for me anymore.

Why I Left Medical Device Sales To Be A Nurse

At 22, my first priority was making money.  I knew if I worked hard in medical device sales I could earn more then most college grads my age.

I wanted to jump into procedures as a part of the medical team.

Even though I wasn’t an actual healthcare professional at the time, I got to work in hospital operating rooms and observe almost every kind of surgery.  It was through those experiences that I learned I wanted to be more truly clinical – instead of just repeat a sales pitch with each new physician who gave me the time of day.

More specifically, I wanted to jump in to the procedures that I was selling products and actually be a part of the medical team. Not sit and wait on the side lines for hours until they used the product I was selling (if they used it at all).

More importantly though, I was continually drawn to help people and learn clinical life-saving skills.  I was tired of going home every day feeling as if I wasn’t doing enough with my life to make the world better.

Sounds a little cliche, I know.  But this little voice in my head kept telling me that one day all I was going to say about my life was that I was a “sales person.”  And I wanted more than that.

So one day, l quit my career and went back to school to earn my RN.

Nursing school is the hardest thing I have ever done in my professional life.

I paid my own way through my nursing prerequisites and another college degree.  And let me tell you – college is so much more expensive now then it was in 2000.  I was lucky that I had such a large savings from my prior career to help get me through.

In addition, I also worked as a bartender at night – sometimes until midnight – and then had to be at a clinical rotation by 0700 the next morning.  I studied nonstop for 3 years.  Nursing school was so much harder then medical sales, or my first college degree for that matter.  In fact, I didn’t even know school could be that hard.

Still, I pressed on, feeling like I was going to get kicked out at any moment for failing a test (and 1/4 of my cohort actually did get kicked out, its a miracle I wasn’t in that group).  To this day, nursing school is the most difficult thing I have ever done in my professional life.

From Medical Device Salesperson To Registered Nurse

From medical device sales person to nursing school student (this is the only photo I have of myself in my nursing school scrubs).

I worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant in nursing school.

I worked as a CNA during my last year of nursing school and I both loved and hated it.  It was such as honor to give care to my patients in some of the worst times of their lives.   It was primary, basic care  – and it was important!  I tried to give my patients humility.   I helped people feel human when they felt invisible.

But being a CNA was also so challenging- both physically and physiologically.   This is because for the first time in my life I was not at the top of the food chain.  I sometimes felt like just a staff person boss around.  No longer did I have my salary plus commissions, my company car and expense account, my catered lunches, my bonuses and my stock awards at the end of the year.  And I really missed that.

I finally attained my RN, BSN title.

After three years of nursing school and a lot of sweat and tears, I finally graduated with my BSN.   I began my career specializing on a neuroscience and stroke unit and earned certifications as a Stroke Certified Registered Nurse and Public Health Nurse. In 2017, I began a new phase in my nursing career as an emergency room RN.

As I nurse there is always an opportunity to learn.

While being a nurse is exhausting and I have moments of extreme burnout, I do feel that nursing is my calling. I am a closet science geek and the love cerebral stimulation that I get as a nurse. I have had the opportunity to see more disease states, complex injuries and unusual diagnoses then I ever could have imagined even existed. It would not be an exaggeration to say I learn ten new things everyday at work.

To top it off, I am surrounded by some of the most intelligent people I have ever met. Many of my co-workers have the same drive for helping people I do. They motivate me to keep learning.

I am thankful for the professional experience I received in the corporate world as a medical device salesperson.

In fact, I am so grateful for my time in medical sales.  My experiences have given me a much different perspective than many of my nurse peers.  And I see my experiences as a huge advantage for my professional development.

Working in the medical sales industry gave me valuable business and communication skills.  I met a lot of great friends with whom I still have close relationships with.  My organizational and time management skills are much more fine-tuned and I learned how to be a professional in the workplace.

I just like to think of myself as being a little more well-rounded now. After all, the business women in me still exists.  But now I have the clinical prowess and expertise to match.

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I would love to hear stories from other second-career nurses.  What did you do in your first career and how did you know you wanted to be a nurse?  Leave a comment below!

101 Interesting Blog Post Ideas For Nurses

101 Interesting Blog Post Ideas For Nurses

I came up with this list of 101 interesting blog post ideas for nurses so that I could prove a point:  there are so many things that nurses can write aboutAnd I barely even scratched the surface with this list!

Nurses, by nature, are lifelong learners.

Nurses generally love learning.  If we didn’t, we would have never made it through nursing school in the first place.

In order to keep our skills up to par and our licenses current, nurses frequently take continuing education courses.  Many of us go a step further and become certified experts in our nursing specialties.  Most importantly though, being a nurse requires learning about changes in the field of medicine and being open to new challenges during each and every shift.  Healthcare is ever-changing, and it is increasingly important for nurses to stay fresh.

Nurses have a unique perspective that we can share with readers.

This is the coolest part about becoming a nurse blogger:  each post about nursing can be written about from a completely different perspective.  There are so many different specialties and diverse patient populations.  And every nurse has different skill sets and experiences within their career that they can share.  Furthermore, some nurses can bring entirely unique backgrounds into the mix, as many become nurses as a second or even third career.

In other words, nurses can bring a lot of life experience into their writing.  We have important information to share.

Becoming a nurse blogger has welcome benefits

First, you’ll become a better writer.  Each time you create a new piece you improve and continue to develop your writing skills.

Second, you’ll become a better thinker.  The blogging process helps you to stop and think deeper.  You will find yourself having stronger opinions about nurse topics that matter.  You will discover thoughts and ideas about nursing that you didn’t even know you had.


Nurse with ideas

I want to see more nurses blogging.

Since I began blogging in 2017, I have read nearly every nurse blog I can find on the internet.  I have seen some pretty creative nurse niches and been inspired by what my fellow nurse peers are writing about.

I especially love reading about the amazing things nurses are doing in the face of adversary.  For example, I recently read about how nurses in Paradise California continued to care for hospitalized patients during the most devastating fire in modern history.  At one point some were outside trying to fight flames.  Now if that isn’t blog-worthy, then nothing is.

(I really, really want to interview more nurses who go on medical missions and help people in need after catastrophic events.  Many nurses care for patients in the face of devastation and their stories should be shared.   In time, I will get there…)

101 interesting blog post ideas for nurses to write about.

I put a lot of effort into thinking of new topics that I would be interested in reading (or writing) about as a nurse.  Don’t be surprised if you see several of these topics on my blog over the next year.

So, without further ado, here it is: 101 interesting blog post ideas for nurses.  (If there is anything you thing I should add, please leave a comment and I will add it to my next list!)

  1.  Advice for getting through the first year as a nurse
  2.  Nursing specialty information: what to consider when you need a change
  3.  What happens when nurses go on strike
  4.   Stress relieving tips for nurses
  5.   Safe patient ratios
  6.  Nurses helping patients cope after natural disasters
  7.  How nurses can inspire their patients to take better care of themselves
  8.   Nurse burnout
  9.   Health & fitness for busy nurses
  10.  National nursing certifications
  11.  Helpful nursing products
  12.  15 reasons you need to try travel nursing
  13.  Ways to improve communication between nurses
  14.  Dealing with death as a caregiver
  15.  20 healthy snack alternatives to share in the break room.
  16.  Professional development for nurses
  17.  How to make sure you are saving enough for retirement as a nurse
  18.  Meditation for nurses
  19.  Ways to exercise on you nursing lunch break
  20.  How to budget as a nurse
  21.  The top 20 best nurse bloggers on the internet
  22.  Inspirational nurses to follow on social media
  23.  20 most hilarious nurse memes
  24.  Positive nursing quotes
  25.  Tips for becoming a better nurse writer
  26.  What to consider when looking for the right nursing specialty for you
  27.  How to change your nursing specialty
  28.  How to become a nurse blogger
  29.  Alternative nursing careers
  30.  20 reasons why nursing is a post-apocalyptic survival skill
  31.  How nursing inspired me to become a blogger
  32.  15 helpful ways to survive the night shift
  33.  Personality traits of nurses
  34.  Managing caregiver burden
  35. 30 blog post ideas for nurses who work with children
  36.  A day in the life of a nurse
  37.  Why HIPPA is so important for patients
  38.  9 qualities that all great nurses share
  39.  Dealing with difficult patients
  40.  Violence in healthcare: how nurses can protect themselves
  41.  The best (fill in the blank product) that every nurse needs
  42.  Educational resources for new nurses
  43.  11 ways to be a kick-ass preceptor to a new grad nurse
  44.  How to prepare for 12 hour shifts
  45.  Awesome work-from-home nurse jobs
  46.  Blood sugar stabilizing foods that nurses should eat during 12 hour shifts
  47.  9 great reasons why you should consider an MSN
  48.  Bad habits that nurses can develop
  49.  How LinkedIn a a great career resource for nurses
  50.  9 ways that nursing has changed over the years
  51. Nursing in the year 1950 vs nursing today
  52.  How to give quality CPR
  53.  Why becoming a certified nurse is so important
  54.  What does it take to become a Magnet Hospital
  55.  What being a nurse has taught me about compassion
  56.  Your favorite nursing specialty and why
  57.  Why more men need to join the nursing profession
  58. Interesting facts about famous nurses
  59.  Flight nursing
  60.  Nurse bullying in the workplace
  61.  7 things I wish patients understood about nurses
  62.  How to master IV starts
  63.  The most interesting nurse podcasts you must listen to now
  64.  Career advice from an experienced nurse
  65.  How to promote teamwork on a nursing unit
  66.  Misconceptions people have about new nurses
  67.  How to squeeze in exercise on your lunch break
  68.  Share information about products that were invented by nurses
  69.  Write a list of the funniest patient comments you have ever heard
  70.  Discuss the importance of de-stigmatizing mental health
  71.  Highlight a nurse(s) who volunteered after a natural disaster (such as the California fires)
  72.  Talk about different medical missions
  73.  New innovations in stethoscopes or other nurse products
  74.  What it is like to work as a nurse when you have small children at home
  75.  How nursing teaches me to have more gratitude
  76.  National Preparedness Week from a nurse perspective
  77.  Fun holiday gift ideas for nurses
  78.  The teach-back method for teaching patients about medications
  79.  How nurses can improve health literacy
  80.  Things that nurses can teach patients within their scope of practice.
  81.  Tips on how to have difficult conversations with patients and/or family members
  82.  10 helpful ways to save for maternity leave as a nurse
  83.  Why working on the holidays as a nurse is hard (& how it can also be fun)
  84.  Continuing education programs for nurses
  85.  9 ways my nurse peers inspire the heck out of me
  86.  Nurse leaders that I want to emulate and why
  87.  The pros of moving into nursing administration (or why you’ll never do it)
  88.  10 websites that will pay nurses to write for them
  89.  Why nurses need to be writing more
  90.  Nurse entrepreneurs
  91.  Reasons why nurses should be paid way more than they are
  92.  Dealing with difficult co-workers
  93.  Holistic pain management techniques that nurses can use in practice
  94.  Working with adult patients vs working with pediatric patients
  95.  Diabetes Education
  96.  Tips to prevent high blood pressure that I want my loved ones to know
  97.  How to study more efficiently as a nursing student or grad student
  98.  Why more nurses should consider getting an MSN or Doctorate Degree.
  99.  What to consider before committing to an advanced nursing degree
  100.  Nurse job outlook and career options
  101.  Why nursing really is the most trusted career on the planet


Recommended reading for new nurse bloggers:

Resources for new bloggers:

(You need to know by now – if your goal IS to monetize your blog you must invest in a few courses to help move you forward. Otherwise, blogging is a lonely, frustrating island.)

  • Nurse Blogging 101: Healthcare Media Academy –  If you are a nurse or other healthcare blogger, I highly recommend starting with this one.  Creators Brittany Wilson and Kati Kleber are both published, award-winning authors who are also considered the Godmothers in nurse blogging.  They are especially great because they go into more detail about patient privacy concerns and other considerations that healthcare bloggers need to be aware of.
  • Pinterest Ninja:  If you want to understand how Pinterest can grow blog traffic you need this Pinterest Ninja Course.  A blogger colleague of mine, Megan Johnson, created Pinterest Ninja to help people increase their blog pages views by the thousands. I did the course when I was on maternity leave and I was able to increase my blog traffic from 0-1000/day in just over one month. Seriously, read some of her reviews. Her course is invaluable.

Are you an aspiring nurse blogger who needs a little direction?  Drop me a message and I can forward you some of my resources that helped get me started as a nurse blogger!

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Why Nurses Should Blog & 101 Great Nurse Blog Post Ideas To Write About!

10 Best Nike Shoes For Nurses In 2019

10 Best Nike Shoes For Nurses In 2019

(This article about the best Nike shoes for nurses contains affiliate links.  You can find our disclosure page here.)

Its no secret that nurses are on their feet for up to 12 hour nursing shifts (or longer!).

Which is why it is so important that nurses wear shoes that are able to support their intensive and often arduous nursing shifts.  (And keep them safe in the process!).

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.

What Makes A Great Nursing Shoe?

Here are a few things your nursing shoes need to do for you as a nurse:

  • Give good support
  • Protect your back
  • Reduce stress on joints
  • Be slip resistant
  • Be comfortable
  • Be stylish (OK so this one isn’t going to help you physically, but it is nice to look great in your nursing uniform!)

Not wearing a slip resistant nursing shoe is an occupational hazard.

Nurses are frequently walking around on hard and sometimes wet surfaces.  Especially in the hospital setting.  The floors are constantly being cleaned in between patients, and there are occasional spills that can sometimes result in unintended nurse falls.

In fact, some facilities even pay for nurses to receive a new pair of nursing shoes every 6 months!  In turn, this helps protect nurses from injuries that could have otherwise resulted in and injury or even disability from work.

Nursing shoes must be slip resistant.  This is a non-negotiable when it comes to choosing a great nursing shoe.

I have been wearing NIKE shoes at the hospital for as long as I have been a registered nurse and I recommend them to other nurses looking for great support and durability.   After all, our jobs are highly physical and we need all the help we can get!

The NIKE shoes that made this list are offered in several  different colors so if you love the style but not the shade then find the color that suits you!

 

Wall of NIKE shoes

The best NIKE shoes for nurses!

Top 10 Best Nike Shoes For Nurses

The following list of Nike shoes are supportive and can help absorb the impact of walking on hard surfaces all day.   They are great shoes for nurses because they have the potential to actually keep nurses safer from untended injury and to top it off they look cool too!

In addition, many of these styles are offered in white for nurses who prefer a more traditional nursing uniform.

1.  Nike Women’s Free RN 2018 Shoe

When it comes to picking a great pair of nursing shoes, impact absorption, secure fit, and flexibility are very important aspects to consider.

The Nike Women’s Free Running 2018 Shoe is great for nurses who spend 12+ hours a days on their feet, as I do as an ER nurse.  And this shoe comes in over 25 different colors to boot!

Features of the Nike Womens’s Free RN 2018 Shoe:

  • Synthetic and mesh
  • Flexible shoes with an expandable outsole to allow your foot to move naturally 
  • Breathable fabric in the forefoot and internal sleeve helps keep your feet cool and comfortable
  • Supportive fit:  strong, lightweight cables provide support and secure fit
  • Soft, responsive Lunarlon cushioning helps absorb impact.  
  • Offered in several colors

2.  Nike Women’s Metcon 4 Running Shoe

This shoe is great for the cross-fit type of workout, which is why they also make a great nursing shoe.  The Nike Women’s Metcon 4 Shoes provide a level of balance and sturdiness that many other shoes do not.   They offer a stable heel and flexible forfoot which make moving in many directions much easier.

Features of the Nike Women’s Metcon 4 Running Shoe:

  • Mesh
  • Shaft measures approximately Low-Top” from arch
  • Optimal durability
  • Flywire cables give a supportive fit
  • Drop-in midsole offers a stable heel with a flexible forefoot.
  • Firm rubber in the heel provides durable stability for high-intensity intervals.
  • Available in several colors

3.  Nike Women’s Revolution 3 Running Shoe

 

Many nurses say that these are the best shoes for RN’s on the market.  Not only are they a durable and quality made shoe shoe, but when they finally do wear out, many nurses purchase them a second time.

If your feet are consistently tired after being on your feet for 12+ hours a shift these are a great shoe to consider.  As an added bonus, the Nike Women’s Revolution 3 Running Shoes are cute outside of the workplace as well.  You can wear them with almost anything, from athletic wear to skinny jeans!

Features of the Nike Women’s Revolution 3 Running Shoe:

  • Rubber sole
  • Mesh upper for optimal breathability
  • Soft foam midsole delivers lightweight, responsive cushioning
  • Rubber outsole offers excellent traction
  • Underlays in the vamp and toe tip offer support and structure
  • Horizontal bellows are cut into the foam for added response
  • Available in several colors

4.  Nike Women’s Flex Supreme TR 5 Cross Train Shoe

These shoes are perfect for nurses who are constantly on the move as well as for the gym on your days off.  They offer great support, cushioning and durability.

As a cross training shoe the Nike Women’s Flex Supreme Shoes are designed for moving in multiple different directions, which is something nurses do all day long!

Features of the Nike Women’s Flex Supreme TR 5 Cross Train Shoe:

  • Mesh
  • Rubber sole
  • Dynamic and supportive fit
  • Anatomically-placed foam pods on either side of the inner heel provide comfort and prevent heel slippage
  • Flexibility and 360-degree movement for a variety of training activities
  • Dual-density foam is fused together to provide customized cushioning where you need it most
  • The upper layer offers soft, comfortable support while the lower layer, which also doubles as an outsole, provides durable cushioning
  • Available in several colors

The Nike Women’s Free RN Fly Running Shoe is a great choice for active people, especially nurses!  But main reason this shoe made the list is that they have a zip pocket on the back to help your carry keys or money.

Nurses can wear these durable and comfortable shoes at work and for an outdoor run on their days off.  And they come in 18 pretty colors to chose from.

Features of the Nike Women’s Free RN Fly Running Shoes:

  • Synthetic
  • Imported
  • Shaft measures approximately Low-Top” from arch
  • Dri-FIT fabric to wick sweat away and help keep you dry and comfortable
  • Elastic waist with interior draw-cord – to ensure you get the best possible fit and comfor
  • Reflective strips on the side-seams to help you stay visible in poor weather conditions
  • Flat-seam construction to minimise chafing and give you a much comfier run
  • Zip pocket on the back to help you carry keys, money or an MP3 player
  • Available in several colors

6.  Nike Women’s Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Running Shoe

 

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus Running Shoe has great cushioning and are often worn by runners training for and running in marathons.  They have great cushion and arch support without being too heavy.

In addition, the cushion provides additional support for the knees and ankles.  That is why these shoes are also great for nurses who often walk 15,000-20,000 steps or more in a single shift.  If pink is not your color, there are over 25 other great colors to choose from.

Features of the Nike Womens’s Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Running Shoe:

  • Synthetic-And-Mesh
  • Rubber sole
  • Flymesh upper construction
  • Reflectivity on the heel-  great for evening or early morning runners
  • Fitsole sockliner conforms to the shape of your foot
  • Premium Cushioning
  • Available in several colors

The waffle outsoles on the Nike Women’s Are Max Running Shoes are great for durability and multi-surface traction.  This feature is especially helpful for nurses who are more frequently exposed to walking over wet floors and need a more slip resistant shoe.

These shoes made the top 10 list because of their durability, supportive fit and floor traction.

Features of the NIKE Women’s Air Max Running Shoe:

  • Synthetic sole
  • Adaptive, supportive fit.
  • Plush foam and mesh tongue for breathable comfort
  • Midsole flex grooves provide greater forefoot flexibility
  • Waffle outsole for durability and great multi-surface traction
  • Reflective details enhance visibility in low light
  • Available in several colors

8.  Nike Women’s Air Max Sequent 3 Running Shoe

The Nike Women’s Air Max Sequent Shoe is an absolute favorite NIKE shoe for nurses.  Not only are they stylish but they have a partial bootie which gives them a more secure feel and fit.  Which is essential for nurses who are on their feet for long 12 hour shifts.

They are also lightweight and offer great cushioning – a helpful solution for achy joints and sore feet!

Features of the Nike Women’s Air Max Sequent 3 Running Shoes:

  • Rubber sole
  • Lightweight stretch-knit upper expands and contracts with your foot for adaptive comfort
  • Partial bootie design for a secure fit and feel
  • Flywire cables deliver a secure locked-in fit
  • Injected Phylon midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • U-shaped Max Air unit provides responsiveness in the heel

Note:  these Nike shoes are my absolute favorite!  Who knew that Nike made such cute slip resistant shoes that are also comfortable enough to move around in all day?  

9.   Nike Women’s Air Zoom Vomero 13 Running Shoe

 

The Nike Women’s Air Zoom Vomero Shoes are very sturdy, durable shoes, which is exactly what the busy nurse needs.   In addition, the NIKE Women’s Air Zoom Vomero Shoes offer soft, push cushioning – which can help with sore joints and tired feet.

Features of the Nike Wome’s Air Zoom Vomero 13 Running Shoe:

  • Synthetic-And-Mesh
  • Rubber sole
  • Flywire cables wrap the midfoot for supportive, custom lockdown
  • Plush collar for a soft, comfortable fit
  • Lunarlon foam midsole for soft, plush cushioning
  • Rubber outsole for durable traction
  • Available in several colors

10.  Nike Women’s Air Max Motion LW Running Shoes

 

The reviews on the Nike Women’s Air Max LW Running Shoes speak volumes.  Customers use phrases such as “I love these shoes,”  “super comfortable,” and “I just got my second pair!”

Its a great feeling to know you found a great nursing shoe that you can stick with over the years as a nurse.  Because lets be honest, nurses are on there feet more then any other occupation.  And we need to be taking better care of our feet, joints and backs.

These are very modern looking shoes that make a statement for both style and practicality.

Features of the Nike Womens’ Air Max LW Running Shoes:

  • Crafted with a mesh upper for lightweight breathability
  • Forefoot flex grooves for natural range of motion
  • Durable rubber outsole for multi-surface traction
  • No-sew Swoosh design trademark and eyestays for a clean look
  • Visible Max Air unit provides all-day comfort
  • Molded details on the heel counter for a modern look

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Why ER Nurses Are The Best

Why ER Nurses Are The Best

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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 being an ER nurse is the best.  

I love the camaraderie in the ER.

In between the traumas, code brains, septic patients, strokes, fast track and other walk in emergency room patients, ER nurses communicate frequently with each other.  It’s all about teamwork.  In the ER nurses often have their own sections, but there are also many “resource” nurses on the floor to assist with additional patient care. When a patient arrives with a more serious condition, there are always nurses who come in to help.

When it gets stressful in the ER, the nurses depend on each other to get the work done. Many patients come into the ER in urgent situations where the cause of injury or disease isn’t yet known.  Nurses have to work together to triage and effectively treat patients, often times without all the facts.   Doctors, nurses, techs, pharmacists and other medical professionals cohesively work together to give fast life-saving medical treatment.

On med surg floor units, nurses are assigned to the same patients for an entire day without much, if any, overlap with other nurses.  At times I have often felt lonely on med surg units because I miss the camaraderie of working together with other nurses.   

I start several IVs and do all my own blood work in the ER.

Before I became an ER nurse, my IV start skills were mediocre at best.  Now, my IV skills are so much better and I am able to get intravenous access in some of the most difficult veins. This is a result of having frequent opportunities to start IVs during each ER shift.

The very best IV nurses are the ones who are constantly challenged with patients who are difficult IV sticks.  To gain valuable IV start skills you want to put yourself in position to have as many opportunities to learn as possible.  The ER is a perfect place for that.  

It makes sense that ER nurses are great at starting IVs. In emergencies ER nurses need to be able to gain access fast for testing, various medications, pain and nausea relief, IV hydration and antibiotic therapy, among other things.  Many of the nurses I work with have been in the ER for a decade or longer and their IV skills are unbelievable. Several nurses are even trained to do ultrasound guided IV starts on patients with hard-to-stick veins.

Reasons Why ER Nursing Is The Best

I love caring for a varied patient population.

Every day is an adventure. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, but it’s never boring in the ER. I have had patients ranging in age from 2 days to over 100 years old. Patients come to the ER with every type of illness, injury and trauma you can think of.  Our patient loads include, but is not limited to: various types of trauma patients, septic patients, elderly patients, organ transplanted patients, patients with cancer or autoimmune diseases, psych patients, small children and babies, and so much more. There is rarely a dull moment and always something new to learn.

I love the organized chaos in the ER.

It is never boring or tedious in the ER, or at least not for long!  The emergency room is a fine-tuned machine with each nurse component working semi-gracefully around one another. From the outside it might look like craziness, but the madness always has a method.

I often struggle with the tediousness of tasks when working on a med surg unit.  It is often extremely busy, but very task-based.  The to-do lists can get a little ridiculous.

I love the intellectual stimulation I get in the ER.  

I am a closet science geek. And I love the cerebral stimulation that I get as an emergency room nurse. I have had the opportunity to see more disease states, complex injuries and unusual diagnoses then I ever could have imagined even existed.

It would not be an exaggeration to say I learn ten new things everyday at work. To top it off, I am surrounded by some of the most intelligent people I have ever met. Many of my co-workers have the same drive for helping people I do. They motivate me to keep learning.

I maintain my sense of humor in the ER.

Sometimes things just get so odd that I can’t help but laugh. There are days when I see people come into the ER saying that they are dying, but end up having a diagnosis of constipation. Once I had a college student come in for a temperature of 99 degrees. I’m like, seriously? How do you even get through the day?

The emergency room is also a very emotional place. Patients never want to be there and usually don’t understand, for example, why they have to wait in the hallway an hour or even much longer until their test results are completed or the medical team decides on a plan for them. They get upset and tired of waiting.  Sadly, sometimes they take out their frustrations on the people working the hardest to get them the medical treatment they need: the nurses.

I  have had so many “I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried” experiences in the emergency room to last me a lifetime. But that’s one of of the reasons I like being in the ER versus other parts of the hospital. It can get weird, but I’m always learning. And I’m so grateful for the opportunity to keep learning.

What specialty do you love?  If you could change and do one thing what would it be?  I love hearing from readers.  Please leave a comment!

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