I officially said my last goodbyes to my favorite MAN-equin this week! He has done me sooo good😂😂 He has been very conducive to my learning, allowing me to stick tubes in all sorts of places, stick him with needles multiple times AND dealt with all my photos- now that's what I call a MAN 😂😂
I feel so honored to be featured in @nurse_org Nurses Of IG article! All of these women featured are very inspirational and have used their platforms as a way to inspire others and motivate people to fulfill their dreams. Cheers to us all! 🥂 @iamnursemo @nursesonja @nursenacole @noviceisthenewnurse @futurenp_ @thenursejulia @heyrona @yayazoe
So yesterday I went to my very last lab course of my nursing school career. In the past 4 years I have probably attended close to 100 labs, including all of my pre req classes. Although I am not quite done with lecture yet, I still feel such a large weight off of my shoulders. It feels SOO great to be that much closer to our pinning ceremony. All the late night studying sessions are finally paying off. It's not easy being a nursing student and I know at times, we have all felt defeated by nursing school. If you're a student and you feel defeated this week, just remember- to keep your head up, shoulders back and stay focused. The time will pass either way, so make the time worthwhile and do NOT give up. You got this. 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼
Here's a post for blood pressure awareness. There are 1000s of people out there who have never had their blood pressure assessed. Isn't that crazy to think about? But honestly, there are people who avoid going to the doctor like the plague. I've heard many patients say, "I rather not know what's wrong with me, then go to the doctor to find out." It's so heartbreaking to hear this because there are sooo many people out there who are living with high blood pressure. Many people also do not know how important it is to have a stable B/P. Hypertension increases your risk of MI (heart attack), stroke and congestive heart failure. Having your blood pressure assessed frequently helps reduce your risk of all the above. If you or your loved ones haven't checked your B/P this month, go to your local pharmacy or Walmart and get it checked. Awareness saves lives, help your loved ones know the risk of living with hypertension. 💗💗 #CardiacStrong#HeartHealthy#CheckYourBloodPressure
This is what I am supposed to do!
Early mornings were never my favorite and especially when I started my career as a ER nurse. Waking up and grabbing coffee and energy drinks were the norm for me. I had to be awake and on point for those early morning emergencies. You could not have an OFF day because peoples lives were in your hands!
My routine was to wake up, drive to the closest gas station, run in and grab a Monster Rehab energy drink to consume on the way to work around 6am. Sip some coffee while in the morning meeting and another cup around 10am. I would crash pretty hard around 2pm so reaching for the sugar drawer or a cupcake that the staff would bring in was totally fine because I had to stay awake! While driving home at 7pm, it was easier to grab takeout or a drive thru because I was exhausted! On days off, this routine would be consistent with my work day bad habits but around 2pm I would actually take a nap! Wake up around 4pm (yes 2 hour nap) and need something sweet or starchy to gain energy to keep me awake till dinner! Headaches would be an everyday thing but my Excedrin Migraine capsules were a lifesaver!! I worked 4, sometimes 5; 12 hour shifts in the ER every week. Anytime there was an opportunity to pick up a shift, I was the first to say yes! I needed the income. I had just graduated from a 4 year private University and had HIGH student loans. I NEEDED the income!
Flash forward to 2014 when I saw my friend sharing about how she was feeling amazing on her glucose regulating products! I NEEDED them! I was helping everyone else but myself and was going down the bad American diet train fast! I was tired, had a high stress job and was feeling the burn out that I needed to get under control so that my patients stayed safe! I started on these wellness products and within 2 months started to notice amazing changes. My headaches were minimizing and slowly not occurring, I was bringing fruit and salads to work, I was saving money because I was not buying my expensive energy drinks and fancy coffee. ** more of my story in the comments ***
Yesterday was my first time working in the cath lab. I fell in love. Like I'm pretty sure I was standing there with a dumb smile on my face. Every time the nurse pushed dye and the arteries of the heart lit up, I swear mine lit up too. To know that I was watching a live heart beat in real time right in front of me was something so surreal. You know that picture of Cristina Yang looking at the holographic heart? That was my face. And to make things better, I worked with a female doctor for the first time ever (I mean not work but also not shadow so...?). I had never until yesterday worked in the same room as a female doctor. And she was very nice and very smart. All the other nurses in the room were men but they were so cool. They could break a good joke and then turn around and explain exactly what was happening and what the next moves were going to be. They really went above and beyond in teaching. Which reminds me, I have to think of a really good gift for cath lab. 10/10 recommend. Attached are some images from google to show what I was looking at.
Patients often thank you for impacting their lives, but they forget, at that very same time, they're changing YOUR life. They help form you into the type of nurse you would want for your OWN family members. Each room I go into, I try to put myself in that family member's shoes, or that patient's shoes. Being sick, weak and vulnerable is no fun, and being able to show that to your nurse is often hard. Allow patients to be vulnerable and raw with you so that you can provide them the absolute best care they deserve. Yah, I know everyone is sick of healthcare turning into "customer service," but I think we can all agree that showing love and compassion is what nursing is all about. Provide the care you would want for yourself and your loved ones. Xo. #VegasStrong
It's OCTOBER, which means it is officially 💗Breast Cancer Awareness Month! 💗My favorite aunt in the world was diagnosed with breast cancer this year, so I advocate for her and all the other women affected by this disease. It is said that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Don't forget to check your breasts and get your annual exams. Always report any signs and symptoms to your primary care provider (hard immovable lump in the breast, nipple discharge, dimpling of the breast and any other abnormal changes). And ladies who have "boob men" don't forget to teach them how to check for abnormalities as well 🤗🤗. #BreastCancerAwareness#BreastCancer
When @hhscrubs bottoms pass the tilt test 😁 #retireddancer But on the reals, I need to be able to move my LEGS! Especially on something like a 12 hour clinical (or if I'm trying to take a dance class after, you never know😉).
Sun blazing in my eyes, but all is well because these @hhscrubs are probably the most figure flattering scrubs out there! Tag all your curvy mamas out there who are looking for a pair of perfect scrubs! They will not be disappointed 😉 #ad#sponsored
"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be." -Roald Dahl ✨
I woke up at 5 am today, full of excitement to be on my favorite unit (ER) at clinicals today. The nurses there encourage us to be far more proactive than most other units. My favorite parts of today were placing IVs, conducting a flawless neuro assessment on a newly admitted seizure patient, and being there for a young lady's first miscarriage. As a student nurse, we're constantly moving in the ER. Sometimes I fail to recognize the effects that these hospital visits can have on patients. These cases can be so acute in severity that patients may leave feeling as though they are a different person. They started the day just as I did; ready to go to school or work, and may have never planned on receiving a new diagnosis. I think this gives me more of a push to go home and study to best help these patients when I am their nurse.
"What is a NAP, do you do a lot of "napping?" 😂😂 literally, a question asked by a patient so I wanted to elaborate a little on what exactly a NAP is. Nap is short for Nurse Apprentice, which is my current position in the peds er. And don't let this pose fool you, I hardly ever sit down, unless I am sitting for a psych patient, which I was in this photo. So a NAP is basically like a mini nurse 😂😂. We kinda have a lot of roles and our scope of practice is in between that of a CNA and ER tech, yet we have the ability to pull meds and administer as well. So, some of the things we do include: vitals, IV starts, caths (straight or foley), hang fluids, fill rooms and IV carts, pull and give meds (other than IV push), chart vitals, hold and assist with certain procedures such as lac repairs, LPs, and other invasive procedures that require more than one set of hands. Additionally, we can do our own reassessment of patients, but we cannot be the first to assess them as that is left for RNs. You'll also catch us sitting for psych holds to make sure they're 100% safe during their stay in the ER. And above all of this, working as a nap in peds gives you the opportunity to touch the lives of little kiddos each and everyday.🤗🤗
A little TPN central line love ❤ #wheretheanatomicalheartat ? Today we had a central line skills lab and validations. We took 6-8 hours to learn 10 different skills that ranged from heparinizing implants to changing PICC dressings. At the end we picked straws to perform one of the 10 in front of the class. ☁️Flashback☁️ Being at the front of a class simulating a procedure kind of feels similar to taking a dance class. You take the time to learn the choreo, go up to the front, and perform. The fear of messing up or missing a step still sits at the back of your head, but at the same time you know that you're here to train and learn. In a way, you're here to have fun. So you go to the front and perform to the best that you can. At the end of the day, your performance was only training for the real show. #SkillsLab
Lately, I have been finding it really hard to possess the amount of motivation I need to make it through this last semester. Some call it senioritis, I call it being "effing done." I have started a count down, in hopes that seeing the number slowly decline each day will help give me that extra push to just make it through. But you wanna know what really pushes me through this hell of a struggle??? Telling myself that I NEVER want to retake a class or drive 1 hour to clinical each week or drown in mass amounts of busy work, EVER AGAIN. That terror of having to ever do this again forces me to pry my eyelids open and drink yet another cup of coffee because lord knows, I DONT WANNA DO THIS SHIT TWICE! 😂😂 for those who have done a class twice- I literally bow down to y'all and praise you guys. I know how hard it is the first time, but then to wake up and do it all over, must be even harder. In the end, we will all be nurses- so work hard NOW so your can reap the rewards later.
&& yes, I am grabbing this mannequins boob because someone has to make all the students laugh in lab 😂😂🤷🏻♀️
It's kind of a funny story- I was born a very hairy baby. I was basically a monkey. 🙈I shaved my arms and legs in third grade and my mom told me I would have man hair from doing so!👨🏻I decided to shave them again in middle school (this time with my mother's permission) until I started doing laser hair removal. This was the first medical aesthetics procedure that really allowed me to feel proud about my arms and legs. It opened the door in helping me understand how much medical aesthetics really has an impact on an individual's quality of life. 🌺
Throughout the month of September @NurseMatesBrand will donate $1 to Children’s Cancer Research for every Instagram post featuring a heart using #GiveHeartsforKids . Do your part to give back AND enter to win this Childhood Cancer Awareness watch, all by posting your own heart photo!
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Post heart photo to Instagram and use #GiveHeartsForKids (must be following @alexx_xox + @NurseMatesBrand
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The Nurse Mates team will randomly select one winner at the end of the week and they will receive a Childhood Cancer Awareness Watch
Drawing blood, spinning blood, microneedling with PRP (aka #VampireFacial ). 💉 When you're a nursing student, you'll jump at any opportunity to practice and learn new things. 👩🏻🏫#WestCoastUniversity alumni, Nurse Alyssa, helped out this #WestCoastUniversity student in guiding me through my first microneedling treatment 🎉 I love when I can apply skills learned in school to medical aesthetics procedures 💗
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