I’m back!!

February 20, 2022

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on the blog and to be honest I felt like with the pandemic going on that I didn’t have much to say. As an oncology nurse I felt that I needed to blend into the background because I was not on the frontlines of fighting Covid. Was my unit affected? Not really. We had patients cancel because of Covid. We have had patients and family members yell at us because of the mask mandates and restrictions, but I did not face the death and illness like others have. It was weird feelings to process as a nurse (& micro-influencer).

I have been quieter on Instagram, but not absent like here. If you have been following me over there then you know I had baby! He is currently 5 months old and so smart. I truly LOVE being a mom, but it has been a hard transition. I’m looking forward to returning to this hobby and incorporating this part of me into a mom. 

I hope you continue to follow along as well. 

Working As A Nurse During a Pandemic

May 6, 2020

2020 was designated as the Year of the Nurse by the World Health Organization. It is also the year of COVID-19. 

This is a weird time, and I think we’re sick of talking about it. I know I am sick of the constant policy changes and daily emails that happen at work. But what I am more sick of is not knowing what to say. Not knowing what to tell my immunocompromised patients and not knowing what to tell my family on why I am adamant at being distant. 

With that being said, I want to bring something to you during this time. I want to surround you with some ways you can bring normalcy back to your life. I want to make sure you are taking care of you. 

Fun things you can do during this time

  • wear PJs all day and have breakfast for dinner
  • Watch your entire movie list
  • read some books that have been on your nightstand for a few months
  • try a new recipe
  • organize your house
  • Get sucked into tiktok 
  • call your family
  • plan a virtual game night

Ways to cope in the medical field

  • find a bestie at work. Someone you know who you can always rely on to cheer you up on a bad day or be your partner in crime. Don’t underestimate the importance of having a person at work to turn to
  • start journaling. In healthcare, we aren’t allowed to talk about certain things for privacy reasons. Spill your guts out on the pages of your journal, but make sure to leave out patient identifiers.
  • get invested in a mindless TV show. Sometimes we need to take our minds off of what actually happened during shift. This is a great way to just turn off your mind.
  • practice self-care. Whatever you are in a mood for, then do that! There is no judgement here. Some of my suggestions include reading a leisure book, napping, going for a hike, or even meditating with essential oils. 

Soothing Scents is a medical product company that is using integrative medicine alongside conventional. In 2004, a nurse anesthetist, Wendy, began to experiment essential oils for the healthcare setting. They developed a blend called STILL that is an effective and immediate relief aid for stress of everyday nursing responsibilities. It comes in a slim round container that easily fits in your scrub pockets. You just open, inhale, feel soothed, and repeat. It contains properties of bergamot, ylang-ylang, sweet orange, and lavender.

I carry my STILL inhaler in my lunch bag and have been using it on my breaks and lunch. It is a perfect time to take 5 minutes out of my day to just relax and recharge. 
You can get 20% off on inhalers, gift sets, and nurse kits with the coupon code Mighty20.

For the month of May, Soothing Scents is offering free delivery on all products and is matching donations and working alongside the government and nonprofits to determine where needs are. 

Remember that being a nurse is not a 24/7 job for just you! There are other members of the healthcare team. When you walk out those doors, make sure to leave your job there too.

How to stay organized as a nurse

January 1, 2020

This post has been sponsored by Zebra Pen. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It is true what they say, that you truly won’t know what it means to be a nurse until you are working as one. So much of nursing school is spent preparing us to be successful on the NCLEX that they forget about teaching us how to take care of both our patients and ourselves. We are not effectively taught how to organize our day and how to decompress after shifts so that we can enjoy our everyday life. It’s no surprise that the World Health Organization has officially classified burnout as an occupational occurrence. But I really want to prevent that from happening to you.

So, grab a Sarasa® Grand Gel Retractable Pen by Zebra Pen and notepad, and take notes on these simple four things you can do to be organized, both in and out of the hospital. 
ONE// Use the right tools
In order to have a successful day, you need to be prepared with the right tools. When I was working on the floor, my number one tool was a stethoscope. Now that I am in an outpatient setting, my number one tool is a pen! Having a quality pen can make all the difference, and it is no surprise that I love something durable and stylish. A Sarasa® Grand pen is not only a useful tool, but it is the right accessory for any job. I love that it writes smoothly and looks clean, which is perfect when you are jotting down information quick—like in report or receiving verbal orders. It also features a sturdy alligator clip to allow for security on your notebooks, clipboards, etc. If you are interested in checking out how you can Choose Different with a Zebra Pen, then click here.

Looking for another successful tool? A report sheet is an absolute must for any nurse on the floor. It is important to make sure that it is tailored to your job as well as having a section to add new orders. My favorite report sheet also had a section to plan out your day with time columns. Talk about perfect! Looking to stand out? Choose the Sarasa® Grand pen to jot down the essentials. It is an affordable premium pen for any confident professional. 

TWO// Organize your supplies
Nurses are notorious for liking their stuff to be in a certain place, whether that is your Sarasa® Grand pen at your desk or alcohol wipes, scissors, and tape in your pockets. I urge you to start out your shifts by making sure everything is in its place. I absolutely love the idea of pocket organizers to make things easy to get to when you need them. 

Now, organization isn’t just with your nursing gear. It is also important to organize your report sheets. Nobody has time to listen to a jumbled report because you wrote down information in sections all over your paper. Take time to make sure everything is in its spot with spaces for treatments and changes in orders.
THREE// Learn to say no
Now, this next tip is huge. Learning how to say no to picking up extra shifts or saying no to hanging out with friends before working a string of shifts is hard. But what you need to know is that everyone will be just fine without you. Your friends will make it without you. Your unit will keep moving without you. Your mental and physical health are way more important. Saying no sometimes is the ultimate self-care. 

FOUR// Use a calendar
To help keep a balance between being a nurse and being a human being, it is important to keep all important appointments, shifts, dates, etc. on one central calendar. If you are like me, then you probably prefer an old school pen and paper. Scheduling plans helps you feel less stressed, and you’ll realize how much more time you actually have. Schedule when you will meal prep, grocery shop, or just vacuum your floors. It feels great when you can check an item off your list!

When I am writing in my planner, I love to use my Sarasa® Grand pen because it does not smear and it has a durable metal barrel. Plus, how cute is it next to my planner? Anyone can afford this quality pen! Especially if you use "MightyNurse25" to receive 25% off on Zebra Pen's site!

And of course, remember to practice self-care! 

What every nurse needs to know about taking care of cancer patients

November 24, 2019

As society continues to age, cancer is becoming more and more prominent. The number of new cases continues to rise each year. Some of these cases can be contributed to just older age whereas some are from improving cancer screenings. At some point in your nursing career you will take care of a patient who had cancer, currently has cancer, or will develop cancer. 

Christmas Scrub Tops

November 17, 2019

Ever since I left my job that required me to be in a uniformed scrub color, I have been OBSESSED with print scrub tops. I've been stumbling on the cutest scrub tops on the internet. 

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