Nursing School // Study Tips for the Non-Studier

Nursing school problems: I have a test next week and I have zero desire to crack open my notes and focus. So I thought I’d finally get around to writing a post about how I study in nursing school, especially since I will be graduating this year. I specify “nursing school” because how I study in nursing school is a complete 180 from the way I studied in college. In college, I walked away with 2 Bachelor’s degree, a really good GPA, and memories that will last a life time. I NEVER STUDIED. I went to class 80% of the time, cranked out a billion papers while watching Lost, and actually had time to like, go out to dinner with friends. Culture shock when I started nursing school (read about why I went back to school here). I attended all the lectures, studied my butt off, ignored my friends for an entire year, and still managed to have really sucky grades. How? Why? What happened to my brain? Everyone was like “I studied 15 hours on Saturday! What about you?” Was I not studying enough? It wasn’t until one of my clinical instructors told me “Whitney, don’t go down the rabbit hole.”  when things started to click and I realized that I needed to study smarter, not study more.They're all the right answer! The never-ending struggle. #Nursing #NursingStudent:

If you ask anyone in nursing school, they will tell you how difficult and how Funny Nursing Quotes: http://www.nursebuff.com/2013/07/funny-nurses-quotes/: terrible the exams are…. I can tell you first hand that the exams are a death sentence. Select all that apply? HA! Let me just skip those since I’m 100% sure I will get it wrong anyway. (Don’t do this. A huge chunk of the NCLEX is apparently select all that apply). The most important thing I learned half way through nursing school is SAVE YOUR BRAIN SPACE. What do I mean by that? Nursing is a very complex profession. Sure it’s not medical school but we are required to basically know a little bit about everything and know what is abnormal/normal/weird/strange/good/bad so we can tell the doctors who will then tell us what to do even though we already know what they’re going to say… but whatever. I’m only in school for 2 years, not 8. No complaints. However, much like we cluster care with NICU babies, I find that clustering information and saving my brain space has drastically improved my studying and my grades.

Hey look! 250 Funniest Nursing Quotes and Ecards #Nursebuff #Nurse #Humor: Here are some little tips to help you survive nursing exams if you hate studying like me:

  • Go to every lecture. I found that instructors are not out to fail you. In fact, you will learn that the information they will most likely test on will be something they emphasize A LOT. If you hate reading 100 pages, go to the lecture and figure out the highlights your instructors deem important and test worthy.
  • Review your notes right after the lecture. This takes like 20 minutes max and it exposes your mind to the information again, further implanting it into your memory (hopefully). If you have any questions (sometimes instructors teach faster than I can write), go to your textbook and fill in the missing pieces.
  • Review every day. This is similar to the tip above. The more exposure you have to the material, the more you will understand it. Review your notes every day while you’re eating breakfast, walking your dog, in between red lights (just kidding. DO NOT DO THAT.), going to the bathroom (hey, if you’re reading this you realize that nurses/nursing students can’t be grossed out by anything), etc.
  • Record the lectures. Confused about something you scribbled down? Listen to the lecture again to clarify. This is the easiest, most time saving thing I wish I knew to do when I first started nursing school. Rather than trying to find out the information or trying to get a hold of the instructor, I can fast forward through my recording and bam! It’s there.
  • Rewrite the information. Don’t rewrite your notes word for word. Summarize them, organize them, make them yours. My notes from lectures are a mess. I have writing every where. When I finally sit down to study I either use note cards or a fresh notebook to rewrite all my notes. I organize the information, summarize points, create acronyms, etc. Writing out notes word for word is really wasting your time. Forcing yourself to write them with your own words/format/whatever will force you to think about what it is you are writing out.
  • Stop studying. Whenever I find my mind wandering in the middle of a study session, I stop. Before I used to power through and tell myself “Let me just finish this neuro section and then I will take a break.” However, more times than naught, I could never remember what I studied. Rather than waste my time and giving myself a false sense of accomplishment, I simply finish up whatever sentence I’m writing, close my book, and remove myself from my study spot. Sometimes I will grab something to eat, bake some cookies, watch an episode of whatever show I’m into, walk to get some coffee, literally anything to reset my brain. Once I am refueled, I return to my study spot and continue on. It is important not to get too distracted and waste the rest of your day (I am guilty of this), so this is where I would set a goal. Once the cookies are done baking, go back to studying. Once I finish this episode and go pee, go back to studying. Etc.
  • Use your resources. My go-to resource for nursing school is the Saunders NCLEX-RN review book. This book brilliantly breaks down the key points and organizes all that information thrown at me. I highly recommend this book for anyone in nursing school.
  • Don’t go down the rabbit hole. We are studying to become nurses, not doctors, not physical therapists, not respiratory therapists. Nurses. As nurses, we have a role of constantly assessing, educating patients and family, and communicating with other members of the team. I used to waste my time studying every part of a disease, but I had to remind myself, as a nurse my role is to know what is abnormal, what is improving, and the interventions to go along with that. We are required to know pathophysiology, but not to the extent I found myself studying. Forcing myself to focus on the role of the nurse and not go down that rabbit hole (i.e./ the cardiac system is endless and fascinating, but not for testing purposes) has saved my brain space and helped me with exams. If I want to know the detailed pathophysiology of Kawasaki disease, I definitely look it up… after my exam!
  • HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A LIFE. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Go to yoga. Go to a movie. Go on a dinner date with your significant other you haven’t seen in like a month. Trust me when I say that extra hour of studying will not help. Enjoying an hour lunch with a friend will keep you sane and decrease your anxiety.

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TLDR: Don’t go overboard with the studying .No one cares if you studied 15 hours on Saturday… in fact that’s kind of dumb. Listen to your brain. If you’re tired of studying, get up and grab a cookie.Study smart. Go to lectures. Nursing exams really suck but just remember they’re a tiny part of something huge and amazing. Remember your end goal of becoming a nurse and dominate those exams!

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Maker, not a Seller

Why I’m backing off the Etsy life

No, I’m not leaving it. Etsy is a phenomenal spot for novice sellers like myself. However, the saturation of knitwear and other goods is unbelievable. If you make it on Etsy, you really make it. If you don’t, you end up with 64 sales in 4 years. I’ve had more custom orders than orders through my Etsy shop simply with a presence on Instagram, Facebook, and in the community. So what was wrong? After much deliberation about what I needed to change to make my Etsy shop more successful, I decided that the problem isn’t what I was putting up, my items, my “look”, or the whole Etsy thing… it was me.

I am the worst seller. I can’t sell to save my life. I hate promoting my stuff. I am terrible with describing each item. I am terrible with keeping my shop up to date with the latest trends and hot new things (I’m looking at you messy bun beanie… why don’t we just wear earwarmers?) I am SO BAD with packaging. I have spent countless hours staring at the beautiful shops of some of the most successful knitwear folks and they just ooze professionalism, perfection, and beauty. I… do not. That’s when I realized I am not a seller.

When am I the most content? When I’m creating new pieces for my loved ones, when I’m working on new projects for myself, when I’m learning new sitches, trying out yarn I spent way too much money on but oh my goodness the alpaca makes it so soft! When I have no pressure to make a certain number of sales, reach a certain number of shop likes, no pressure to make money.

I am not a seller. I am a maker. And after 4 years in this Etsy game, I am realizing this and accepting it. Hey, I already finished 1/4 of my sweater that I “never had time to do” because “I had to keep my shop stocked”. I will still keep my Etsy shop. I will still create new pieces for it and adding new items when I can, not when I must. My Instagram will no longer serve as a platform to advertise my shop, but rather my journey &  my creations. My Etsy shop is still my virtual baby and I am proud of it, but I am no longer letting it dictate my “maker” life.

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Introducing the Alex & Whitney Store!

We are really rolling in 2017. So much so that we basically decided to open up a shop. “Wait, what? Don’t you already have an Etsy shop?”  Well, the Etsy shop and this blog simply share a name. Which is why we decided to change the name of our blog since Whitney’s Etsy shop and this blog have morphed into 2 entities. Since both Alex & Whitney contribute to this blog and it’s really about them fighting through the early stage of adulthood, what better name than Alex & Whitney!

The shop consists of mainly typography, featuring our favorite sayings. We may branch out of the business of “words” but for now, we hope you grab a shirt and have a laugh. So go ahead. Check out our shop! And share it with all your friends.

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2017

Happy New Year!

I’ll admit, I’ve fallen short with my posts on this blog (shoutout to my person, my other half, Alex, for keeping this blog alive while I died a little during the past semester. Love you!) While one of my obvious goals for this new year is to post more, it also happens to be my last and most intense year of nursing school so I’m not making any promises. However, I still have a week left of vacation & I’m doing everything I can to update my Etsy shop (huge thanks to everyone who ordered something special this holiday season!), maintain this blog, & catch up on laundry…… SO HELLO! I’VE MISSED YOU GUYS.

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A new year means it’s time for me to sit down and lay out some goals to keep my life a little exciting. This past year, I’ve learned and accepted a lot of things about myself so 2017 means implementing those lessons and those revelations and making the most out of my life right now. 2017 also means that maybe I’ll actually finish the sweater I started, or maybe that blanket I started crocheting like 3 years ago… I, and I think the rest of the world, is just simply hoping 2017 brings much more joy and peace and love than 2016 did….

So here are some goals that I may or may not achieve this year:

  1. finish nursing school
  2. knit more, crochet more
  3. more self love, less self hate
  4. stop comparing myself to every instagram/etsy shop/blog persona

I started off this list with specifics but after 13 really specific and honestly, not really attainable goals, I decided to keep it simple. Thus I decided 2017 is going to be my “simple” year…. simplify my wardrobe, my etsy shop, my life. Enjoy life itself and not the stuff that crowds it. Stare at my puppy more and marvel at life and how big his little feet have gotten in just a few short weeks. Hug my fiance more and memorize his eyes, his lips, his hair. Forget the number of sales or achieving the ideal nursing preceptorship. Realize that God will open doors and shut them and it’s simply my job to go through the motions with meaning and love.

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My Go-To Summer Reads

Image result for reading quotesWe are nearing the end of summer which means afternoon thunderstorms, ice cold lemonade, and more time for ourselves than we have any other time of the year… While we have been absolutely swamped with life this summer (school, work, people) I still found a few moments to catch up on some personal reading. We decided to compile a list of my favorite authors to read during the summer- some new, some old. The books written by these authors are usually short, easy reads that we definitely did not want to put down.

  1. Jane Austen (Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility)
  2. Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Lullaby, Survivior, Invisible Monsters)
  3. Stieg Larsson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -Millenium Series)
  4. Rainbow Rowell (FanGirl, Eleanor & Park, Landline)
  5. Ernest Cline (Ready Player One)
  6. John Green (Looking For Alaska, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines)
  7. J.K. Rowling (Re-Read that classic series)
  8. Lauren Conrad (L.A. Candy)
  9. Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You)
  10. E. Lockhart (We Were Liars)

The great thing about these authors is you can obviously read their works anytime. Summer may be ending soon, but fall is just around the corner. Hello pumpkin spice everything, chunky sweaters, and perfectly cozy reading weather!

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True Beauty

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Shout out to all our ladies (and gentlemen), ever have those off days where you don’t feel like yourself inside & out? Both of us definitely have those days, more so than not. We all have those days, but don’t worry. They will pass. Here are some quotes to make you realize that you are truly beautiful!

 

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.
– Audrey Hepburn

Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.
― Ellen DeGeneres

No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.
― Eleanor Roosevelt

There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire.
William Congreve

Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.
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It’s [beauty] a kind of radiance. People who possess a true inner beauty, their eyes are a little brighter, their skin a little more dewy. They vibrate at a different frequency.
Cameron Diaz

There is more to feminine charm than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much femininity, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.
– Audrey Hepburn

Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.
Sophia Loren

 

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Let’s Get Minimal

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Nothing is more stressful than coming home to a tornado of a room after spending all day in class or at work. I have learned the very obvious lesson of having less stuff means less stuff to clean/organize. But how do I know what to keep or to throw away? What if I need those ripped jeans sometime in the near future?(spoiler: you don’t)

Here are some super simple things I do to keep my life minimal and therefore more manageable:

  • When was the last time you wore that tank top? If it has been over 2 years, get rid of it! Do this with your entire closet. Trust me, that shirt from middle school is not sentimental anymore.
  • You don’t need 50 pairs of socks. Trust me.
  • For every 10 items of clothing you get rid of, go ahead and buy yourself 1 that you know you will wear. Don’t forget to donate anything that is still in good condition!
  • Shop for 2 days, not 2 weeks. Save money by not letting fruits and veggies go bad, plus give yourself a chance to walk outside or do some shopping therapy!
  • Keep all flat surfaces clear. You don’t need 5 candles on your coffee table. (At one point I had 7… go ahead and judge me). Clear off that kitchen counter before leaving for work or going to bed.
  • Re-use! I am one of those who brings their own bag to the store… Before, I had an entire cabinet dedicated to plastic bags because you never know when you’ll need a plastic bag!! Plastic bags are perfect as trashcan liners or doggy bags, but you only need a handful, not a cabinet full!
  • Go through your mail immediately. Get rid of junk mail and open the important stuff. Then, make sure you organized your mail in one place (bills, letters, etc).
  • Declutter your bathroom. If you have 10 different face moisturizers, 3 facial cleansers, 25 tubes of mascara, a billion lip products, several eye shadow palettes (should I keep going?), you need to get rid of 99% of them. What do you wear every day? Do you wash your face 20 times a day with each different cleanser? Do you put on 25 layers of mascara? Put everything you don’t use every day into a box, hide the box, & see if you really miss that organic rosewater moisturizer that smells like a grandma. After a couple weeks, if you haven’t touched that box, get rid of it.
  • Do only as much laundry as you are willing to fold that same day.
  • Wash your dishes immediately. Don’t let dishes pile up in the sink or in the dishwasher only to be washed a week later….
  • Organize your closet & storage space. Don’t just shove everything in your closet so your living room will look neat. Keep your storage spots neat and you’ll find it much easier to keep a minimal, clean home.

What are some of your go to things to keep your life minimal and organized? Share them below!

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My Honest Opinion – Glossier

Image result for glossier logoLet me first say that I obviously have no relations with Glossier. This review is not endorsed. I paid for all these products myself. They don’t even know who I am or that this blog even exists so all of my comments are 100% my opinion with no influence from Glossier whatsoever. That being said, I am obsessed.

Rewind. If you have ever fallen upon the comment section of any Glossier ad, people rip the models and the products to shreds. “Why are they so young? They don’t even need make up! Why did they use the entire tube for one application?” I could go on, but it gets worse & we don’t need that kind of language on this blog. However, their phase 1 items (their skin care line) are getting great reviews! Everyone is unique and therefore everyone will have a different experience with most things, especially skin care/beauty items because skin has so many variables.So DISCLAIMER! what I deem worthy of my money may not work for you!Image result for glossier

I have combo skin. This means I have an oily T-zone (forehead, nose) and stupidly sensitive, dry cheeks. All my life I have struggled with my skin, but now that I’ve grown into it a little & found the right skin care regimen (post coming soon, if you all are interested), I can walk out of the house without make up on and not want to hide behind giant sunglasses and a hoodie. Part of this regimen is minimal make up because in reality, applying tons of make up clogs the pores and it’s not great for your skin, especially if you have skin like me!

Enter Glossier. I randomly saw this brand on instagram or something. I don’t even remember. All I remember was the packaging was super cute (super plain which is 100% my style), the models looked perfect, and there was an emphasis on skin care. Since I finally acquired decent skin after 25 years of battle, I was all about make up that focused on skin first. Plus they don’t test on animals, etc. All good things. I already have a good skin care routine so I passed on their Phase 1 collection which is all about skin care (cleansers, masks, etc). Don’t worry. I will definitely be trying out their skin care in the future, but for now, I will stick to my usual. I wandered into their make up section and I wanted it all. Instead, I bought  Generation G (their matte lipstick) in the colors Like, Crush, and Jam. I also purchased stretch concealer in Light. In the future, I will probably try their Skin Tint. I wanted to try their Boy Brow but my eyebrows are already fierce so to save the people, I decided against enhancing them. I’m not a highlighter person so I don’t think I would purchase their Haloscope.

Let’s start with Generation G.

The colors are perfect. I am not an extreme lip color person (at least not anymore) and these shades were perfect. Their lightest color is Cake, but based on the images, it didn’t seem to fit my weird yellow/white skin tone. I seriously wear Like every day. EVERY. DAY. This color is perfectly perfect for my lip color that it simply enhances rather than changes. Crush and Jam are also beautiful, but darker and definitely for nights out or whenever you need a bolder pop of color. The key to Generation G and all of Glossier’s make up is building. In the ads that many people have ripped apart, the models apply many layers of this lipstick for that subtle color look. The thing these people don’t understand it that this color lasts FOREVER. Somehow, it stains your lips so while it may fade a little throughout the day (when you eat, kiss, etc just like 99% of all the products out there) you still have color. Plus after building that initial color to begin with, application throughout the day is super easy. By building up the color, you end up with a more natural look. It doesn’t look like you smeared a layer of lipstick on your lips because this product blends so well as it is applied. Another thing to mentioned is I have had zero breakouts around my mouth with this product. In the past, there have been some lip products that would somehow clog my pores and I would get a break out on my upper lip (where it is the oiliest naturally). I’m looking at you Burt Bee’s (whom I do love, except for you lip shimmer which by the way my mom absolutely loves and wears every day and has zero breakouts– hence everyone reacts differently to products and it is important to keep that in mind when reading any reviews/comments).

OVERALL: I would definitely buy the shade Like again because I wear it all day, every day. I probably would not purchase Crush or Jam because, while they are beautiful, I just prefer Like for my skin tone and hair color.

Next up, Stretch Concealer.

I used to wear foundation every day. My skin has about 15 different colors from freckles to sun spots to redness to dark circles. As mentioned many times, I have found a routine that has helped reduce redness and I’ve been getting more sleep which has helped with my dark circles. Therefore, I don’t need to apply a full face of foundation anymore. However, my skin is not perfect so redness still pops up (especially around my smile lines and around my nose) and I still have a little darkness under my eyes because #life. I purchased this stretch concealer because I didn’t want anything heavy on my face and the idea of being able to build the concealer was appealing. I purchased the lightest shade, aptly named Light. They have a total of 5 shades ranging in color appropriate for all skin tones. When I first received the product, it seemed a bit oily so I was afraid I would break out. However, as soon as you put it on your skin, it blends into perfection and almost like powder. You definitely have to build it up a little (especially where I have my sun spot) but it is so easy to do. After applying to my red areas, under my eyes, on my sun spot, and the occasional pimple (thank you, PMS) I just dust my regular face powder and I am good to go! The coverage lasts forever and I feel like I am wearing absolutely nothing on my face. Because I don’t have to cover my entire face in foundation, my skin has actually gotten healthier. I have had no break outs with this product which has always been an issue with past concealers.

look! no circles, no imperfections, & zero picture editing which saved me about a billion hours when I created listings for my etsy shop. Also, I am wearing Like on my lips with some gloss because gloss makes it look fancy.(not really)

OVERALL: I will definitely be buying this concealer again. The color perfectly blended into my skin and the amount of product I use every day means one container will last me for monthssss.

Now for the cons. THE PRICE IS RIDICULOUS. At least it is for me…. as a student and someone who only works part time…..$18 for the lip stick and  $18 for the concealer. The price of the concealer is not too bad because you don’t have to use much at all. I have been using it every day for like a month and I still haven’t made a dent. It will definitely last me for at least half a year! The lip stick on the other hand, I’m afraid it’s lifespan is about 2-3 months for me (reminder, I wear it every day). However, the products have worked so well with my skin and I have been blemish free this entire time that it may be worth the money.

The best way to describe their make up was described on their website:

“…makeup staples designed to live with you, not on you. Think groomed brows, flushed lips, and even, dewy skin.”

TL; DR Glossier make up products are meant for people who have control over their skin (minimum break outs, control over oil, hydrated dry spots, etc.). If you are looking for a product like MAC, ABH, Urban Decay, etc. then you will not find it with Glossier. The products simply enhance what you already have and the key is to build. While application may require several layers of the product, the product lasts throughout the day and the building application makes the makeup look more natural. Overall, even though I hate the price, I love the products enough to repurchase them when I run out!

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(all images are from the Glossier website)

Fall 2016 Items are HERE!

Image result for fall iconsHello! Have you had a PSL yet? Because I’ve had like 200 already and I could not be more ready for fall this year. This summer was brutally hot and all I wanted were cozy knits, pumpkin spice everything, and halloween movies. I spent all summer conjuring up ideas for new items to add to my Etsy Shop and with more misses than hits, I finally have a few new items for you all! My  goal for this season was simplicity. While I love me a good fair isle, I wanted a more simple design featured in my shop.

I have some super chunky, double knit, long scarves offered in 4 winter-y colors- cream, light grey, dark grey, and pepper. Check out the light grey one here. These have no tassels so you can wrap them around you for extra warmth and tuck in the ends so the scarf stays put. It’s super versatile and my favorite design this season.

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3 of the 4 color options for my favorite double knit scarf

Next I have some simple crochet infinity scarves and cowls. They are the same pattern but one is a simple over-the-head cowl and another is the infinity scarf which can be wrapped around twice for a snug fit. These are offered in all my 9 colors (see color option on any listing). Check out the oatmeal one here.

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light grey crochet infinity scarf

I have also brought back some favorites from the past season so be sure to take a look at everything in my shop! I also still have 4 weavings left. Those make the perfect gift for anyone!

VISIT MY SHOP HERE.

Please enjoy 25% off your entire order with the code HELLOFALL16 from now until September 10th.

Happy Fall everyone!

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Night Shift Essentials

Oh hi! It’s been like….. forever since I had enough energy to write out a decent post. If you saw our drafts section, you’d realize just how much I tried to write a post at least once a week. Anyway, exciting news. I’m finally off night shNight Shift Nurse Quotesift! (I still have the same job, I just work PRN right now so I get to work whenever
*yay*) With the start of intermediate nursing classes, I just could not juggle the night shift and trying to study. Bless those of you who can! I wish I knew how you did it because I almost did not survive it. While I am 100% sure I will work a night shift again in the future, for now I can enjoy the sunshine & normal sleep.

I wanted to share some night shift essentials that helped me get through these past 8 months. To be quite honest, I actually fell in love with working night shift! For those weeks I didn’t have school, working night shift was easy to adjust to and I was able to get the proper amount of sleep the next day so all was well! If you have the right stuff, night shift is definitely manageable for anyone!

 

Nourishment:

  • snacks, snacks, snacks! The easiest way to stay awake is to fuel your body with food. Remember to choose healthy snacks or you will see the pounds (very) quickly. Check out my post about eating while on night shift.
  • WATER! It is vital that you keep yourself hydrated throughout the night. My favorite go-to water bottle is a Nalgene style because it’s the only one that fits under our water machine…. but also it holds so much water that you don’t have to run back & forth filling it up.

Clothing:

  • Stay warm! Always bring a jacket. When that clock hits 3am, it’s as if the AC is on full blast and you’ll find yourself freezing to death. For me, I prefer a lighter athletic style jacket just because they are easy to wash after every shift and they breatheeeee. Nothing is worse being stuck in a patient’s room which is normally always stuffy & getting super hot because you forgot to take your jacket off before you entered the room.
  • Shoes! The right shoes are extremely important. I will write a more thorough post on the types of shoes to wear for 12 hour shifts, but in short, find comfortable shoes that won’t make you feel like your feet will fall off. Nothing is worse than coming home & having swollen, throbbing feet. My go-to shoes are Asics gel running shoes. Asics are particularly amazing because different styles are for different types of pronation which basically means more comfort, less injury, etc.

Body:

  • Eye drops! My contacts never get dry during the day, but if I’m working a night shift, I feel as if my eyeballs are shriveling up and about to fall out onto the floor. Purchasing lubricating eye drops for contacts was the most saved my life. Remember, there are different types so if you have contacts, be sure to find the ones specifically for contacts!
  • Lip balm! Just like my eyes, I found my lips getting super dry during night shift. I always had some form of lip balm in my pocket. Some of my favorites are Burt Bee’s, Nivea, and Vaseline.
  • Perfume stick! Depending on where you work, you may or may not be allowed to wear perfume. No one ever said anything to me, so I always wear some form of light perfume to work. I discovered TonyMoly’s perfume bar which is super cute, but also smells amazing. I have the green tea one (not shown on their website, I got mine at Urban Outfitters) and not only does it make me smell good, but whenever I have a stinky room (and with sick babies, there are always stinky diapers which means stinky rooms) I am able to dab a little under my nose and inhale.

Other Very Important Stuff:

  • Kindle! or rather any tablet that allows you to read. Sometimes I use my phone if I happen to leave my Kindle at home. For those super slow nights, it is great to have a book on hand to read. Tablets are great because you can store so many things & the size is perfect to tuck away if you do get busy.
  • PENS. PENS. PENS!!!!!! For some reason, the hospital is the black hole of pens. No matter how many pens you have in your pocket, you always walk out at the end of the shift with no pens. Go ahead and buy yourself a 20homoglobinopathy:  We all know the struggle.: pack of black clickable pens (no caps…. that’s just unsanitary) and leave
    them in your bag. You will lose them all, but at least if you happen to lose one, you’ll have some more in your bag. Be sure to restock if the number in your bag begin to dwindle.
  • Sunglasses! Nothing is more painful than walking out in the morning and having your eyes burn out of their sockets because of the sun. Always carry a pair of sunglasses and be sure to put them on before you step outside. Trust me. I’m telling you this from experience(s).

There are so many other things I shove into my bag before work that I’m sure I forgot some important ones, but these few are the absolute must haves! If you work night shift, share some of your essentials in the comments below!

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