Working 12-hour shifts is really tough. I would say that I’m on my feet at last 80-90% of the time: starting IV’s, running around to find pumps/wheelchairs/etc, walking people to and from their rooms, doing bedside procedures. The list goes on, and on, and on. The other day I was in a patient’s room doing a nasogastric lavage for almost an hour!!!
I have a problem with my left foot. I have this painful callous that has developed, and according to the podiatrist, I will always have this problem unless I do a few things differently. I was given an opportunity to try the new “Work Wonders” shoes by Dansko. These shoes have eased the pain of my left foot so much! Dansko has made the “Work Wonders” shoes to be both stylish and incredibly comfortable.
There are many different features that I love about these shoes. First, they are slip-resistant. This is important because nurses are prone to slip, and fall on a number of things that end up on the floor. These shoes are easy to clean. I regularly have at least one bodily fluid end up on my shoes. It’s so nice to wipe the shoes down at the end of my shift, and know that the shoes will be clean when I come home. The “Work Wonders” shoes have a removable footbed! According to the podiatrist, orthotics will be in my future. I can easily remove the footbed of these shoes, replace them with my orthotics, and be compliant, and comfortable. They have odor control, because let’s be honest: my feet do not smell like plumeria’s at the end of a 12-hour-shift. At the end of the day, I don’t have to worry about the stench of removing my shoes when someone else is around. I had my last pair of Dansko’s for almost 5 years; they are made with great quality. I would highly recommend these shoes to anyone in the healthcare industry that is looking for shoes that are stylish, comfortable, and durable.
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A few months ago I was approached by Naturalizer to try a pair of their shoes from their new, unique collection called Naturalizer@work. According to an article on active.com the average nurse takes 986 steps…..PER HOUR! My nursing shifts are usually 8-12 hours long (which equals 7,888-11,832 steps a day), and my mommy shifts are usually 13-14 hours long (Which means I hardly ever sit.)
As a working woman in the healthcare industry, my two characteristics of a good shoe are: comfort and style. As an emergency room nurse, most of my day is spent on my feet providing care to patients. These shoes provide both comfort, and support without leaving my feet sore, or tired at the end of the day. After my first 12-hour shift back on the unit, my toes, and feet felt great! For all the nurses out there, I would HIGHLY recommend these shoes!!! They are the most comfortable pair of nursing shoes I have owned. I have received many compliments from my coworkers about how stylish these shoes are. The shoes are so versatile, and comfy, that I started wearing them outside of work. I throw on a pair of skinny jeans, and an oversized sweater with these shoes, and I can be out of the house in a pinch.
I tried the Fanfare style shoes in animal print.
Some features of the shoe:
Leather or faux leather upper in a casual tailored style with a round toe
Ruched details at the vamp
Padded collar for long-lasting comfort
Removable Ortholite comfort foam insole
Lux sueded sock with Agion antimicrobial technology
N5 Comfort technology for a flexible sole, lightweight materials, extra cushioning, heel-to-toe balance, and a breathable lining
Oil-resistant and slip-resistant outsole, 2 inch heel
I recommend any pair of shoes from the new collection: Naturalizer@work to anyone in the healthcare field that is looking for versatile, comfortable, and stylish shoes!
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Hi! I have recently started a new blog over at nursemochi.com ! I’ve been wanting to self-host my own blog for awhile and finally found time (late at night when the kids are asleep) to get it started. If you have been with me for awhile, thank you! I’m excited for this next chapter, and hoping you come along 😉
A few days ago, the nursing community started a movement in response to certain remarks made by hosts of “The View.” I am a registered nurse, and a former pageant girl. I was offended by these comments. I am thankful for the support we have received in response to these comments as a nursing professional. I am even more thankful that there is a renewed sense of comradery and unity among our profession. As many have already said, education is the best remedy for ignorance. These comments were a good reminder that there is much to learn regarding the nursing profession, and the Miss America pageant system. I am most thankful that this is the start of a series of many dynamic changes that will be made to our healthcare system because we now, stand as one.
I have been an emergency room nurse for almost 7 years. I felt a calling. I decided to go into the profession after seeing all of the wonderful nursing care my grandmother received by nurses before she passed away. As an emergency room nurse, I have the opportunity to care for patients in their most vulnerable moments. I am honored and proud to work alongside exceptional nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals who take great pride in what they do. Some of my most difficult days are at work: seeing traumatic accidents, adults and children pass away, patients at their most psychotic and dangerous moments; yet I am fulfilled with what I do, because I know I can make a difference. The other day, with their permission, I had the opportunity to pray over a patient with family, as they were taking their last breath. For myself, and millions of others, nursing is not “just” a job, it’s a calling. Several years ago, I competed in the Miss America pageant system at the local level: Miss Covina. I was able to compete at the Miss California pageant several years ago, and although I didn’t make it far, today I still use what I learned from my participation years ago. The pageant experience endowed me with interview skills, public speaking skills, and lifelong friends.
Thank you to the hosts of “The View.” You see, as a nurse, I have never felt more part of a community than I do now. Inspired by comments (which nurses or pageant contestants didn’t appreciate) made by the hosts of this show, there has been a national “nursesunite” campaign where thousands of nurses have pulled together in a wonderful way. There is a “Show me Your Stethoscope” page on facebook that has received over 700,000 members within a few days. Nurses from all different departments, countries and states are now connected, and the sleeping giant has awoken. I’m thankful to “The View” because their comments inspired many people, including major corporations, Ellen, and people from all walks of life to rally in our defense. As nurses, we don’t perform our duties for thanks or accolades. We do it because we care. I have never felt more pride for my profession. I’m thankful to “The View” because the disrespectful comments started a movement. The nursing profession is now empowered to make great changes to our healthcare system. We are listening, and we are engaging. Miss Colorado demonstrated strength and character by defining her role and talent as a nurse. I also thank “The View,” because women should be encouraged to replace harsh and judgmental words with kind, and friendly words about one another.
It seems there is some confusion over whether nursing is a talent and why nurses are wearing doctor’s stethoscopes. All nurses are talented. Some of us care for children with cancer, for adults after they have open heart surgery, for recovering addicts, for people in life threatening situations. Regardless of one’s ethnicity, gender, religion, or age, we do not discriminate; we provide all our patients with compassionate care. Lots of talent, education, and skills are required for our jobs. As a group, we span over 100 different specialties. Some interesting facts that you may not know: Nurses are injured more than constructions workers. Nurses are assaulted more than prison guards. Nurses report one of the highest rate of satisfaction with their profession. Nurses care for an average of 8 million Americans a day. Nurses comprise the largest percentage of the healthcare workforce. Carrying a stethoscope is not unique to doctors. Nurses are required to assess their patients, and a stethoscope is required to auscultate (listen) to different parts of the body such as the heart, lungs, and abdomen. In the emergency department, usually nurses are the first ones that have interactions with patients and can quickly assess the acuity of a patient by using their stethoscopes. Unfortunately for me, I am on my second stethoscope. The first stethoscope grew legs and ran off the unit several years ago.
Dismissive and unkind words were used to describe some of the talents of the Miss America contestants. In order to compete in Miss America scholarship pageant, these contestants have undergone hours and hours of practice, and have been successful at several different pageants (their local city and state pageants.) These young women are talented. Did you know that the talent portion is unique to the Miss America pageant? Most other pageants do not require a talent portion at all. It takes alot of courage to perform a monologue, an incredibly unique talent to the Miss America pageant. I applaud Miss Colorado. She delivered a touching monologue that many nurses, healthcare professionals, patients, and families resonated with. Miss Colorado is proud of her profession, and she is one of thousands of talented nurses. I hope that one day, if my 2 month old daughter ever decided to enter the Miss America pageant, that her talent, whatever it may be, would be received with kind and loving words. The Miss America pageant is about more than physical beauty. In every local city pageant, people volunteer their time so that these young women can have better interview and interpersonal skills, become better public speakers, become more worldly, and ultimately, more confident. My experience with Miss Covina involved dozens of local business owners that volunteered their time and services to empower these young women. The Miss America pageant also promotes volunteerism in their contestants by requiring a platform that they are encouraged to be involved with. The Miss America pageant also helps thousands of young women by providing scholarship money to the winners. I was able to pay for part of my community college with my winnings. Thank you to the Miss America scholarship pageant for all that you have done for your participants.
Finally, this is my call to action: let’s use this momentum to make positive changes to our healthcare. To anyone that may be reading this: fellow nurses, former patients, doctors, police officers, firefighters, affiliates of “The View,” or anyone else looking to make a difference in healthcare, please sign this petition. This petition seeks federal legislation for safe nurse to patient ratios, so that we, as nurses, can provide the safest, highest quality care to our patients. In many states, there are no laws regulating how many sick patients a nurse may have. This is unsafe. This federal legislation directly effects you, your child, your mother, your sibling, or anyone else you know that may require nursing care. Please let this movement be the start of nursing solidarity. There are many other issues we can tackle together including legislation regarding workplace violence. This is where we start. Over 3 million nurses, together as one, united for a cause.
A Proud Nurse and Former Pageant Girl
P.S. I don’t take many selfies, especially in my uniform, but when I do, you bet I’m wearing my stethoscope!
I have been meaning to post some pictures of Emma for the past 2 months now; I can’t believe she’s already 2 months old! Some things I’ve learned so far: not all pregnancies, deliveries, babies, and postpartum experiences are alike. Not even close. Life with two babies that are 16 months apart is crazy! Fun, but definitely crazy!
This sweet baby of mine is wonderful! We are so happy to have her in our lives. Having a girl is very different than a boy. I feel a special kinship with her. Here are some pictures taken at the hospital:
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I love having a salad I can take out of the fridge and eat as a main dish or side throughout the week. Little man has been loving it, big man loves it, and I love it because it’s so easy to make. There are many different ingredients you can add to make a fun variation: artichokes, olives, bell peppers, etc. Serve it with a side of hummus and maybe some turkey meatballs and you have yourself a quick week night meal. I also love that I can grab all of these ingredients in one trip to Trader Joe’s. This recipe usually lasts at least 2-3 days depending on how frequently we are eating it, but it can stay fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days. Our toddler loves this salad, can’t you tell!
Go-to Veggie Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup quinoa cooked according package
- 2 tbsp chopped Cilantro
- 2 tbsp chopped Green onions
- 2 small persian cucumbers
- 1/2 cup chopped heirloom tomatoes
- Feta cheese to taste
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Juice of 2 limes
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- Black pepper to taste
- Prepare quinoa according to packaged directions.
- Mix quinoa with cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions, feta cheese, and cilantro.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl: olive oil, lime juice, cumin, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes. Slowly combine with dry ingredients. Eat and enjoy!
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I get excited every year for nurses week because I LOVE freebies! The hospitals that I’ve worked at usually have a fun giveaway for all the nurses. I’ve received lunch-pails, iPhone chargers, salad Tupperware, Mugs/cups, and a bunch of other cool stuff I can’t remember.
As much as I get excited about what the hospital gives away; I am most excited for the treats I can get outside the hospital. This year doesn’t seem to be as many as in the past, but still worth taking note of:
Cinnabon- Nurses can receive one free Cinnabon Classic Roll or MiniBon roll to if they present their healthcare ID badge. Valid May 6-12
Larkburger- Nurses can receive one free small burger tomorrow, May 6th, dine-in only, if you present your current nurses badge.
New York and Co.- Nurses who shop in store and online today, May 5th, can receive 30% of their purchase with a valid ID or proof of employment. To receive the discount online the promo code is 9818 .
Starbucks- Ok, this one isn’t exactly for nurses week, but for the whole week you can get 1/2 off a frappucino from 3-5 pm.
Lastly, if you are looking for some functional and fashionable scrubs, email me at Ladiesgofirst85@gmail.com or leave a comment with your email to receive $25 off your first purchase of Jaanuu scrubs!
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