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Best Gifts for a Nurse for Nurses' Day

Best Gifts for a Nurse for Nurse's Day featured by popular Denver blogger, Delayna Denaye
 Hello and Happy Friday!! Sunday May 6th is Nurses' Day! So be sure to thank a nurse and love on them if you know one! In case you have missed it, I have been a nurse for 8 years in the Fall. I have been in the medical field for 12 years now!

How I  knew I wanted to be a nurse:
I knew from a young age that I wanted to work my way up and get into nursing. My grandma was a nurse and I never got the chance to meet her, So I think a lot of what I have heard about my grandma made me want to be just like her. 

I became a CNA and worked as a CNA for 4 Years while I was finishing High School and going to College to become a Nurse. 

I worked as a baby sitter, a concessionaire, I worked in fast food (KFC & A&W), I worked retail at Anchor Blue & TJ Maxx- then went on to being a CNA in various facilities. Long term care, Hospice, Alzheimers units, Psych units, rehab units then finally went on to ICU as an Aide!! Once I finished nursing school I was lucky enough to get hired on at the County hospital to work as a Nurse. 
I spent most of my Nursing Career working in ICU. 

I tried to venture off and try new areas, and I was just drawn to the Intensive situations. I have traveled locally as a nurse and I have worked agency as well as a float pool nurse floating between various hospitals within the same corporation. I have been able to work at 11 different hospitals in my  area! The best part is I have been able to network and meet new people all over. I have signed contracts for 13 weeks at a time and just when things start to change or get weird my contract is up and I am on to the next hospital. Or I become a float Nurse for a corporation that has 4 hospitals that you have to float between the 4 hospitals ICU's. I think change is good when it comes to meeting new people and seeing new things. 

I honestly have loved being able to float from ICU to tele floors to get the change of pace and see other Nurse babes. I get bored with stagnant and mundane routines so switching it up is always ok with me. I love change when it comes to being a float nurse. There are days I have a terrible assignment and the beauty of being a float nurse is, if I don't want to go back to that floor- I don't have to. I do also like keeping my assignments and having the continuity of care as well. 

Do you think you will stick with ICU?
For now, Yes! I want to transition into Nurse Esthetician and do injectables and more with skin and lasers. I love everything preventative and want to learn all about it and do it. 

I used to flirt with the idea of going to CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) school or become a Nurse Practitioner. All of which require way more schooling, and I quiet frankly don't want to go back to school after being out of school for 8 years. That sounds miserable to me. I would love to take classes to get certified in Esthetics and do that under my current degree.

when I firs became a nurse I was all about the thrill of having a million letters after my name 
Delayna F. RN,BSN, CCRN, TNCC.... well I got so wrapped up in trauma and "rockin and shockin'  that I was all about working all of the time because the money was good and the schedule was great. I worked hard and played hard.

The schedule is the best- you work your three twelve hour shifts then you are off for at least 4 days depending on how you schedule your self. If you work 6 in a row you can have 8 days off. That to me is pretty awesome. You can travel to see new places every other week. I never did because I didn't have the money, or because I was too scared to go anywhere on my own. I stayed home or hung out with friends when they were off. 

Do you wear fun scrubs?
Nope, we all wear the same color scrubs. Navy Blue! All nurses wear the same color. Each hospital is different, but it seems like they (who ever is in charge of making the scrub colors) is trying to make each hospital have the same colors across the board so no matter what hospital you go to the colors will be the same.- Now if only they would do the same with charting. I do have to say, it is so nice knowing what I am wearing the next day- I can roll out of bed and literally put my pajamas aka scrubs on and go. I am comfy all day!!
Repin this image about what it means to be a #nurse, via @scrubsmagazine. - Best Gifts for a Nurse for Nurse's Day featured by popular Denver blogger, Delayna Denaye
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I do have to say my job is super rewarding. Not many jobs can you say that you have felt all of the emotions in one day. Sad, Mad, Happy, Angry. I love what I do and I love taking care of people, I love teaching people, watching successes and watching progress. There is a lot of dark working as an ICU nurse and with that comes a ton of drama. But at the end of the day it takes a special person to go in and take care of these humans when they need your help the most. 

I honestly don't know what else I would have studied? 
Broadcast, journalism so I could work for National Geographic, Astronaut, Media/ Marketing.
There are a ton of things I could have done, but working with people and helping them is what I was drawn to do.

Be sure to send your nurse babes some love on Sunday! All nurses will be celebrating Nurse week the week of the 6th!
HAPPY NURSES DAY AND NURSES WEEK!


THE BEST GIFTS FOR A NURSE

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Best Gifts for a Nurse for Nurse's Day featured by popular Denver blogger, Delayna DenayeBest Gifts for a Nurse for Nurse's Day featured by popular Denver blogger, Delayna DenayeBest Gifts for a Nurse for Nurse's Day featured by popular Denver blogger, Delayna DenayeBest Gifts for a Nurse for Nurse's Day featured by popular Denver blogger, Delayna DenayeBest Gifts for a Nurse for Nurse's Day featured by popular Denver blogger, Delayna Denaye


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