“If you didn’t document it, you didn’t do it.” Could be your patient assessment...could be the meal you ate from an exclusive restaurant...🤷🏼‍♀️💉 I’m putting together a presentation for the 2018 New Jersey Nursing Students Convention about social media & nursing, & I’ll be speaking to an awesome group of student nurses on 3/1 regarding some of the pros & cons of this very public age! 📸💻📱 Is there anything you guys can suggest to add to my presentation? 🎤🎤🎤 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #socialmedia #doitforthegram #instagood
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When a Foley catheter accidentally gets ripped out (balloon inflated 🎈) and you get sprayed with urine, you thank God for clean surgery scrubs. #NurseLife #TakeCover #QuickWardrobeChange #ICUProblems 😩😂💦🤦🏼‍♀️
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People are terrified of change. I think that’s the number one reason people remain complacent for so long: change is fucking scary. But until you swallow your fear, you’ll never feel the desired effect of chasing your dreams; diving into whatever comes next; making a difference in your own way. Stop making generic excuses when you’re a brand-name kinda badass...if you don’t do it today, when, exactly, do you plan to elevate yourself? ❤️💉 (For the record, today I don’t plan to elevate myself from the couch. But that’s neither here nor there...I’m making lists today. Planning. Strategizing. Using my day off to see how to make life work in my favor. Pretty good for lounging in your sweatpants, no? 😘💋) ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #hustle #dreambig #motivation
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“A good friend knows all your best stories. A best friend has experienced them with you.” ✂️🖤 Thank you @mrs.k.darling for this AWESOME shirt made by @thetraumaguy! #tra#traumaninjas #showmeyourshears #traumanurse #icu#icuourletterword #iculife #nurselife #scrublife #hospitallife #registerednurse #rn #nightshift #nightshiftproblems #icuproblems #nursingproblems #nursingschool #sicu #icu #trauma #traumajunkie #nursesofinstagram #nursehumor #nightnurse #lifeofanurse #ccrn
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Two glasses of Malbec & suddenly the LPGA comes calling...🤷🏼‍♀️🍷⛳️ (( My husband takes great pride in recording my epic golf swing. He’s a real asshole. 😘💋 @bombcyclonejoe )) #golf ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #lpga #holeinone
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I have many incredible friends & mentors who are educators in my life: in may ways, us nurses & teachers have to stick together. We face parallel challenges & trying circumstances, but somehow we just make it work. Much like being a nurse, nobody becomes a teacher for the money: you truly have to be passionate about your job to make the sacrifice. And yet, how far is too far? Do you want your educators walking into an elementary school armed with their own firearm? Do you want to convert high school teachers into prison guards? Should we be content to believe that “thoughts & prayers” are sufficient, when every morning, educators wake up & go to work praying that they never encounter the very worst? 17 lives in Parkland, Florida. 12 still in the hospital. And 18 school shootings: 18. As a nurse, I question my own safety & security every time I walk into work...we exist in trying times, & this is a new normal. But for all of the educators out there who make their students a priority; who educate despite obstacles; who spend their own time & money & man hours on the future of this nation: the nurses stand with you. It’s time for policy change. Follow @everytown (Everytown for Gun Safety) to see how you can voice your concerns today. 📚❤️💉 (( @dr.m0131 @justkristentothecore @perfectlyimperfectlifestyle )) ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #tea#teachersofinstagram #teacher #teacherlife #bethechange #guncontrol
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When you try to stage a nice photo for the ol’ Instagram after a long shift with your best friends, but they capture who you really are as a person...🖕🏻🤷🏼‍♀️💉 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #criticalcarenurse #jaanuu #fromthefans
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And tell me, when exactly is it the right time to talk about gun control? Because I really hate to ruin your Valentine’s Day, but at least 17 people are dead in another school shooting. A shooting — another fucking shooting — in a high school. Instead of flowers & candy & first kisses, the students & teachers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were given magazines of bullets from an AR-15 assault rifle at the hands of a disturbed individual. When will this end? When will we finally put a stop to this? Why must this happen to frequently, that the pain has turned numb? 💔🖤 #prayforparkland ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ And before you turn this into a political brawl in my comments section: please, by all means, feel free to unfollow me if you think I’m just another feminist lib-tard here to strip you of your civil liberties. Please don’t tell me, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people:” I’m well aware of the fact that a gun doesn’t fire on its own. I absolutely agree that there must be a focus on mental health & screenings for purchases should be mandatory. I also know that “bad guys” will find a way to get access to firearms if they really want to: don’t patronize me with your comments. I understand that our world is an imperfect one. But why — in GOD’S NAME — are common sense gun laws even REMOTELY a point of contention?! I am just baffled. Every day. I am baffled. I am open to all constructive & civilized discourse. Anyone who wants to troll or be a total bonehead can go scratch...👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #guncontrol #thetimeisnow
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Public Service Announcement: WASH 👏🏻 YOUR 👏🏻 MUTHA 👏🏻 FUCKIN’ 👏🏻 HANDS! 💦💧👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 ▫️ ▫️ I feel like the CDC is missing a real opportunity here. What better hand washing campaign than the fear of god instilled in you by a bomb-ass actor? But for real though: this flu season is out of control. I’m on my third day of house arrest with a nasty-ass cold, which very well may be a less intense strain of that nasty ass influenza virus. Wash your hands. Cover your cough. And if you’re sick, STAY 👏🏻 THE 👏🏻 FUCK 👏🏻 HOME! 🤧😷💊💉 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #fluseason #washyourhands #samuelljackson
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I woke up with a sore throat, headache, stuffy nose, & generally feeling like garbage...but thankfully I’ve got a 4 day weekend to not call out of work! 🤷🏼‍♀️💉👌🏻 ▫️ ▫️ Nurses are a funny bunch. We are the first to insist that others care for themselves; stay home; see a doctor; seek treatment...yet we are notorious for brushing our own symptoms off as nothing. It’s a wicked flu season, guys: wash your hands. Take some vitamins. Get enough sleep. And if you can give it to a patient, you need to keep your ass at home! 💊🌡💉 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurse #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #criticalcarenurse #fluseason #washyourhands
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You guys wanna know something ridiculous? I just ordered another batch of books from my publisher...because “Oh Sh*t, I Almost Killed You” is on pace to sell out in the next week on Amazon...ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?! 😮💉 How is this even possible?! 8 times in 9 months?! Who buys books anymore, anyway?! (Nurses, apparently! 🤷🏼‍♀️📚) I am so shocked that I honestly didn’t believe the email alert I received...you guys are amazing, & clearly, well read! 😝💋❤️ ▫️ ▫️ If you want your copy for your Valentine, better get it while it’s hot! 🔥 Critics agree it’ll definitely get you laid! 👌🏻👌🏻 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #bestseller #valentines #lovemyfollowers
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Wake up & be the nurse you always dreamed to be: well rested; sitting down; with cute shoes...🤷🏼‍♀️💉😝 #tbt ((📸: @krissybreece_photography )) ▫️ ▫️ Well I’m at work (again) & feel like I got hit by a bus: that’s the pre-coffee nurse zombie part of me that absolutely is not as sparkly as this staged nurse photo appears. My scrubs definitely don’t match; I’m on day 4 of dry shampoo; & I forgot my breakfast on the counter at home. But I’m working on impacting that morning mindset these days...really waking up & focusing on the good in this life. So here you have it: the ultimate cool, casual nurse, with socks that match her t-shirt & a big, happy smile. It’s the least I can do before walking into a place that could definitely use some light, laughter, & love a little more often. Have an awesome day, everyone: no matter what your plans are, try to take on the day with the very best version of yourself...💋💉❤️ ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #throwbackthursday #criticalcarenurse
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I literally came home; ate a fistful of Girl Scout Cookies with whipped cream for dinner; took a 12 second shower; & was in bed before 9pm. I regret nothing: it was the purrrr-fect answer to a long day! 🤷🏼‍♀️🍪💉 ((LOVE YOU @kaitrussell @stephlhuang 😝😘❤️)) ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #cookiemonster #netflixandchill #napsfordays
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Okay could we just talk for one second about what would happen if we wore fishnet stockings on our swollen, hot cankles during a 13 hour shift? I’m pretty sure we would have permanent tissue damage...like honestly, call a vascular consult! Plus nobody would find it sexy if we got green-brown doo-doo all over our patent leather high heels. Nurses are sexy because of what they do, not how they look. Like please stop specializing the profession on the clock: it’s actually pretty comical. Now please, pass me my isolation gown & a bottle of peri-spray: things are about to get serious. 💩💉👠 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurse #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #criticalcarenurse #naughtynurse #sexpot
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You know those moments when you get home from a crazy shift, & you plop on the ground because everything hurts & you’re kinda sleepy & very hungry & definitely need to pee? Yeah, today was definitely one of those days collectively. I should have gotten a cute picture in my @jaanuubydrneela scrubs, but this is what they look like when they’re ::actually:: worn, & you’re ::actually:: doing your job in the ICU. 🤷🏼‍♀️ All I know is today was one of those days where your team was make or break, & every single person earned a gold star for their effort. 😘💋We bob. We weave. We hop from bed to bed. We check blood. We transfer patients. We do it all over again. 👊🏻👊🏻 Today definitely calls for one of those showers where you’re taking a nap while standing...whoever said overtime is easy never had to work for the money! 😝💉❤️💵 Signed, your local hot mess in red ICU nurse 💋 ▫️ ▫️ SIDEBAR: 21,000 of you? Following along while I post dirty, sleepy selfies? You guys are ridiculous. I love every single one of you like you would not believe! 😘😘😫 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #criticalcarenurse #jaanuu #selfie
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OH GODDDDDD! 😫😫😫 I love the 💵 but damn am I tired at the end of an OT shift! I’m going in today as a reminder that I like to do interesting things & those things are absolutely not free LOL! 🤷🏼‍♀️💉 ALSO Michael Scott is all of us...😝👌🏻 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #hustle #criticalcarenurse #cashmoney
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So I’m sitting here in my sweatpants after being sent home from work & studying for the last four hours & I just became so excited that I dropped my strawberry smoothie all over my white rug because 1) you guys are burning through my inventory of “Oh Sh*t, I Almost Killed You” at a faster pace than my brain can fathom & 2) your reviews just put a huge smile on my face! ❤️💉 I have trouble reading any reviews about my first-born book-child: frankly, it scares the shit out of me to think of my work being subjected to critical acclaim/public lambasting. Nursing is pretty straightforward: you clock in; do your job; do some charting; maybe eat/pee on occasion; clock out; & go home. Writing is a very different animal. I can go days, even weeks, without being able to produce a single sentence that feels important enough to share with anyone. So this evening, with my sweatpants & messy bun, knowing I should have poured a glass of wine instead of a damn smoothie, I want to thank every single one of you. Your feedback on Amazon — with the exception of one shockingly scathing comment from someone who probably needs a Snickers & some nookie — has been instrumental in my own creative process. I promise I’ll get back on the saddle & write some more, & while it may be different from my first piece, I promise book two will have just as much humor, honesty, & heart...📚🖊❤️ ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #bestseller #selfie #criticalcarenurse
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Found a moment of zen before going in for some overtime this afternoon...❤️🖤 As nurses, we have to find ways to destress & decompress: there’s no doubt about it, our ability to advocate for others depends on caring for ourselves! I got in a quick acupuncture session this morning before work, & I feel great every time! How do you get mentally ready for the week ahead? 💉❤️ Happy Monday, guys! Time to gear up for another busy week: at least I have my @jaanuubydrneela scrubs to keep me looking fab, even when I’m a hot-ass mess in the unit! 💅🏻💅🏻💅🏻 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurse #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #jaanuu #fromthefans #mondaymotivation
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Green for the 🦅🦅🦅? Nah, green for 🥑🥑🥑! I don’t care if the Pats or Eagles win...all I want is good food & a great halftime performance! 🍕🍗🍺🎤 ▫️ ▫️ Being a Jersey girl, I feel inclined to root for the home team on this one: after all, my husband is a die-hard Jets fan, & we all know that Super Bowl is never happening! 😭🏈🤷🏼‍♀️ Have fun, guys; be safe; eat food; enjoy the competitive spirit & ridiculous commercials & every woman in her 30’s childhood crush. But if you’re drinking, call a damn Uber for ride home: nobody likes a drunk driver. That’s so last decade. 😘❤️ ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #superbowl #selfie #superbowlsunday
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A Super Bowl of that green ish...🥑🥑🥑 ▫️ ▫️ I literally give zero f*cks about football, but since I’ve got the day off & I spent $100 on boxes to keep things interesting, I guess I’ll be a social being this evening...guacamole & Justin Timberlake, TBH, what could be better? 😍👏🏻💗 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #superbowl #guacamole #teamguac
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The Justin Timber-Bowl is tomorrow, & all I wanna know about tomorrow’s game is who’s gonna sacrifice their wardrobe to perform on stage with him...🤷🏼‍♀️🏈🍈🍈 To be honest, as a nurse, if I had a nickel for every nip-slip I encountered, I’d be richer than a dumbfounded Janet Jackson! 😝 ▫️ ▫️ Collectively today was a total shitshow...I’m very grateful to be sprawled on the couch, laughing at myself while making memes since I have the day off tomorrow. What are your #superbowl plans? 🏈🍻💉 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #superbowlsunday #justintimberlake
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You know that moment when you walk into work & check the assignment board...& you see that empty bed...& you know you’re gonna be the admission plan...so you pony up & chug your coffee? 😝💉☕️ ▫️ ▫️ Happy Weekend, guys! What better way to start the day than a #meangirls reference at 7-o-clock in the morning?! 😭💗 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #criticalcarenurse #getinloserweregoingshopping
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YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYIN’?! 😫😫😫 (I mean to be fair, I don’t ever know what day of the week it is anyway...🤷🏼‍♀️💉) ▫️ ▫️ This evening’s date night will undoubtedly consist of me complaining that it’s too late to eat dinner after 7pm, & passing out in the couch by 9:30pm...👵🏻🍝💤 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #friday #weekend #weekendvibes
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If you sleep on your goals, your dreams pass you by. But if you work your ass off — somehow — you can stop following someone else’s path, & build your own. 🖤📝 ▫️ ▫️ Never stop learning. Never stop growing. And never give in to your insecurities. Today is one of those days where I’ll be holed away for hours doing work: I don’t mind. My day off was made for making moves: the laundry can wait. Caffeine & a dream: that’s the stuff of success, guys...take a chance & go for whatever it is that’s next...a new job; a graduate class; a career change; a project; a hobby; that cute guy in a coffee shop. Stop waiting for tomorrow. Make it happen today. When your head hits the pillow & you feel like you’ve given all you’ve got...well, that’s something you won’t ever regret. ❤️💉💊 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #selfie #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #hustle #grind #dreambig #womeninmedicine
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Lab tech: “I have a critical lab result...” Me: “yeah yeah yeah how high is it now?” 💉
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We aren’t your drug dealers, your punching bags, or your form of cheap therapy. There are too many of us with too large a platform to remain silent anymore. 💔💉 ▫️ ▫️ Repost from @ananursingworld - Enough is enough. Text PLEDGE to 52886 support zero tolerance policies for violence against nurses. #REPOST . #endnurseabuse . . . . #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike
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I’ve been thinking a lot about “work family” lately, & just how important these people can be in your life. I’ve been blessed to have an incredible work family since becoming a nurse, & while we have our own fair share of “family drama” at times, I couldn’t imagine a more bad-ass bunch to spend the long, crazy days with in the unit. Family is a funny thing: you can’t choose yours, so you’ve gotta overcome your differences in order to remain connected. When you work in healthcare, the same goes for your coworkers. We all have our ups & downs; good moments & hard times; but at the end of the day, as long as you feel supported, you can face each challenge head on. I am so thankful for my support system; my SICU squad; the nurses, physicians, advanced practice, technicians, & staff who provide guidance, support, & some occasional tough love. While many have come & gone, there is a bond that occurs when you become a work family: even when time passes, it’s unbreakable. And from working holidays to fancy book release parties to everything in between, we have all the pieces we need to leave every shift whole. Cheers to you & your own (work) fam! ❤️💉 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #workfamily #tbt #throwbackthursday
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Can you tell I don’t work in Peds?! 😅💉 Another day, another training! Today it was an ECMO quarterly recertification...who doesn’t like to have a little fun in the SIM lab when class is done? 🤷🏼‍♀️😝 Shout out to my nurse educator for making sure I know how to handle a SIM baby...lol! Props to all of the Peds/PICU/NICU/L&D nurses out there! Kiddos scare me far more than a code blue does! 😘❤️💊 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icu#icue #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #cri#criticalcaree #criticalcare #icu
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I really need to start consulting a lunar calendar before scheduling my shifts...😫💉🌕 ▫️ ▫️ I looked out the window on my ride to work & basically realized it’s a safe bet to expect the very worst today LOL! 🤷🏼‍♀️💊 It’s not just a #fullmoon guys: it’s a Super Moon! Sending lots of positive juju to all of my buddies working in a hospital today...😝❤️ Are you superstitious? Or is it all a bunch of nonsense? 🤔 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #criticalcarenurse #supermoon
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“Success is like being pregnant: everyone says congratulations but nobody knows how many times you were f*cked.” ▫️ ▫️ Let me tell you something, guys: with the right iPhone mode & a great backdrop, it’s possible to look like a bad bitch with a great pair of shoes, living lavishly at the Ritz-Carlton. Well, let me tell you something: I got a steal of a deal on the hotel room; this picture was taken by a friendly bellhop; & my outfit was from the bottom of a clearance rack. I know that social media makes things seem ever-so glamorous, with the amazing filters & perfect lighting; curated flatlays & perfect poses. It can make things look far more put together than they really are. I was shocked when those who were unfamiliar with my work or social media asked me at the conference this weekend, “are you still practicing as a bedside nurse?” Appearances, it seems, can make it difficult to distinguish online presence from reality. It was a fair question: I was introduced as a “best-selling author;” I wasn’t wearing scrubs; & when I mentioned I flew in from the Northeast, it seemed pretty impossible that I still work full time. ▫️ ▫️ And yet without question, I am a nurse. I work at the bedside. I dive into the trenches. I help save lives some days, & usher them into another world on others. And some day when I don’t, I will still be a nurse...just practicing in a new or different way. Perception isn’t always reality. What we share as an image isn’t always the gritty & the raw, because sometimes, that’s too big a burden to place on others. But success, no matter your field, isn’t handed to you like a bottle of water at the front desk of a fancy hotel: it’s earned. It takes hard work. It takes long hours. It takes silencing your own doubts. And yeah, sometimes you’ve gotta throw on a badass pair of shoes & show the world what you’re made of. 🖤👠💉 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #nursingschool #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #nurse #bos#bossy #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #bossbabe #boss #hustle #ritzcarlton #ootd
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When you’ve got 12 million things to do, but memes are life...🤷🏼‍♀️🙄👌🏻 I’m playing catch-up from a weekend away, so I’ll desperately try to steer clear of the internet wormhole. Damn, it’s such a time waster, but I really do appreciate watching 10 second videos of dogs in tiny clothes...😫😫😫 It’s a blessing & a curse, this social media thing! 😝👊🏻 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #doitforthegram #aboutlastnight #memes
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First of all, you’re welcome. Second of all, never doubt me again. 👊 #intensivecare #icunurse #nur#nursehumor #icuproblems #icuhumor #nurse #nurseproblems #residentproblems
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Well, I’m stuck in the airport waiting out a rain delay...definitely NOT casually sipping an iced coffee in fancy clothes in a velvet booth lol...🤷🏼‍♀️✈️ It’s back to reality now, but I wish I had another day to enjoy the wonderful city of Atlanta. Thankfully I’ve got my laptop & lots of work to do to kill some time while waiting...📚🖋👌🏻 A HUGE thank you once again to @thenurselink for giving me such an incredible opportunity to meet such amazing nurses, nursing students, & friends of the profession! ❤️💉 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #criticalcarenurse #ootd #styledby
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Nursing friendships are a different kind of love. Ours is more than the “I’ll hold the butt cheeks blah blah blah kind of love”. Ours started off in Nursing school, taking our NCLEX together, going through the nurse residency program together, working in SICU together, and having babies within 10 weeks of each other kinda love. Happy Birthday @mrs.k.darling! Can’t wait to celebrate more years with you & the boys! 🎈🎉 #happybirthday #eatlotsofcake #tra#traumanurse #icu#icuourletterword #iculife #nurselife #scrublife #hospitallife #registerednurse #rn #nightshift #nightshiftproblems #icuproblems #nursingproblems #nursingschool #sicu #icu #trauma #traumajunkie #nursesofinstagram #nursehumor #nightnurse #lifeofanurse #ccrn
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Just staring longingly...in a totally candid photo...thinkin’ bout all the tacos I’m about to eat...🌮🍹😍 ▫️ ▫️ Dinner & drinks in ATL tonight! It can’t be ::all:: business on a business trip, can it? 🤷🏼‍♀️💉📚 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #atlanta #ootd #tacos
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Special thanks to @thenurselink for hosting a fantastic event today at the Atlanta Nurse Expo 2018! It was a surreal experience to meet & connect with nurses, nursing students, & incredible influencers in the field! ❤️💉 @realnursekelley @iloveangel2 @thetraumaguy #thenurselink ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #criticalcarenurse #influencer
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A case of the three amsies..... #nightshiftproblems #icuproblems #nurseproblems #dogproblems #noproblems 🤪👩🏻‍⚕️🐶😍
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Fun fact: my actual suitcase weighed 66.4lbs...😂🤷🏼‍♀️✈️ ATL bound & super excited to meet new people this weekend! ((Styled By @robinkfish 👗👠👜)) ❤️💉 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #wanderlust #exploremore #travelgirl
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I’ve got a limited batch of paperbacks packed for @thenurselink Atlanta Nurse Expo 2018: if you’re coming to the event, make sure you stop by & try to snag a signed copy of “Oh Sh*t, I Almost Killed You!” 😮💉 Who knows, maybe we can even snap a selfie; talk shop; braid each others hair; become besties. The possibilities are endless! 😭❤️ ▫️ ▫️ It’s my first time in ATL tomorrow. To all of my Georgia nurses & nursing students, I look forward to meeting you Saturday! Bring your adorable selves, some questions, & your nursey sensibilities! It’s gonna be a great event with some fantastic speakers! ☺️💊🎤 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #thenurselink #atl#atl #atl
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Just “hangin’” at the hospital on my day off...😭💉 Is there ever ::really:: a day off in nursing? I may not be on the clock, but there are always meetings to be had; work to be done; & ideas to bounce off of fellow staff members. I’ve gotta be honest, this photo would be way better if I was actually swinging in the lift...💊😂 Deduct points for a missed photo opportunity...🤷🏼‍♀️ ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nur#nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #criticalcarenurse #ccrn #nursesdayoff
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In September of 2016 I spoke publicly in a room of nearly 500 people about nursing for the first time. I won the “Rising Star in Nursing” award when my book was still just a half-baked word document. I had no publisher. I had no editor. I’m not sure I even had working title. This week, I will be speaking in Atlanta at the 2018 Nurse Link Conference — my first of three speaking engagements in the next three weeks. Putting yourself out there is scary. And in front of a group of your peers? Well, it’s terrifying. But it’s also exhilarating. It means that in some small way, the work you do may just make a difference to another human being. I am still very confused about how some silly little nursing book by a crazy ICU nurse has afforded me the opportunity to reach out in incredible ways to the nursing community, but here we are: days away from a weekend in Atlanta, I’ve written a few words that hope to empower the dreams of those who might listen. Pinch me. I mean it. ❤️💉 (( @thenurselink )) ▫️ ▫️ ALSO: I hate hearing myself speak, it’s like, “Is that my voice? Freal? And you guys still pay attention? Damn!” 🤷🏼‍♀️🎤 ALSO AGAIN: I am so full of shit. I may look glam in a black gown, but I am sitting here in size XL scrub bottoms & a hoodie reading some nursing journals. Don’t let the #memorymonday moment fool you! 😝💅🏻 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurse #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #thenurselink #criticalcarenurse
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Life as a nurse is really a cycle of working of working too hard while overcommitting, then inappropriately treating yourself from the stress of spending your money by treating yourself & overcommitting. Working overtime is the pits, but if I want something, I can have it. Like a sweater from Target! A half-off Groupon manicure! A trip to Chili’s for dinner! 😝🤷🏼‍♀️💉 ▫️ ▫️ If you want to soak in the tub all damn day with a glass of wine & a good book...you do you, babe! 😘💋 As long as you work on the clock, you deserve some time to unwind after! 💊 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #margotrobbie #youdoyou #treatyoself
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You remember when Julia Stiles was hammered & table dancing to “Hypnotize” in “Ten Things I Hate About You” before slamming her head on a lighting fixture before puking in the bushes? Yeah. That’s how this week started. 🙄🙄 Remember Julia Stiles in “Save the Last Dance” — still exceedingly awkward but slightly cooler than & with more rhythm? I’m just hoping that’s how this roller coaster ride of a week ahead ends...🤷🏼‍♀️💃🏼 Whenever you’re having fears or doubts, never forget: you can do it, put your ass into it. It’ll turn your Monday morning around if you’re stuck in an era like yours truly...😝👌🏻 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nur#nurse #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #writersofinstagram #blogger #studentnurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #cardiacsurgery #icuproblems #surgery #cticu #nurse #bossy #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #hospitallife #medicine #residentlife #nurseprobs #nursesbelike #monday #motivation #hustle
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