NURSE TORI BSN RNC-NIC
"Did you know you wanted to become a Nurse?"
Whelp, honestly I have a hard time pin pointing the reason. Healthcare & Medical do run in my family. I actually have a 1/2 brother (who I never knew about until this past year!) who is a big time General Surgeon in Kirkland, Washington. I have 3 aunts who are nurses, a grandfather & uncle who are Dentists, etc.
But the REAL TEA is....I felt it was a calling. I did not have immediate family in my household working in healthcare or bedside for that matter. I was called to Nursing. And I was NOT going to take NO for an answer!
I have been a NICU nurse for 7+ years. I have had the most rewarding career anyone can ask for. I am lucky enough to LITERALLY save lives everyday. In addition, I have had several job opportunities come my way and work in several amazing Los Angeles & Orange County, CA based hospitals. I have worked with some of the most amazing NICU staff, made life-long friends, and worked with some of the most wonderful families, I believe placed in my life for a reason, etc.
"Second Question Being: Was it Hard?"
Yes! It was Hard! Point blank, it was harsh, the hardest thing I have had to do in my career. I struggled through school and throughout Nursing school. I have been very open about this via Instagram & brining it all here. My journey to becoming a nurse was difficult. I was NOT an "A" student. (more like A-, B+). Ha! I struggled in school. But I knew NURSING was my calling! So what did I do to make it happen?
"So, How Did I Do it?"
I made a plan! And a back up plan! And a back up for the back up plan!
Plan A (Nursing school)
Plan B (Accelerated Programs)
Plan C (Community College)
Plan D (Out of State Programs)
I retook classes! If I got a B, I went back that summer to get the A! Yes, I did this for several classes!
I networked. I got to know nurses in nursing school, volunteered at the nursing school, made face to face meetings on how to improve my portfolio & application
I buckled down. I put the "blinders" on! Minimal social life, missed out on family functions, broke up with baggage, and focused on what I wanted. Honestly, it was really refreshing.
And I am here to tell you, the hustle was worth it! I sacrificed, missed family & friend events, even missed holidays to study or catch up on Nursing school projects! However, I have now been a nurse for 6 years & starting my side gig "Blogging!" I am so thankful for the hard journey I came through to become a nurse. I am in hopes of sharing this with future nurses & tell you
YES YOU CAN DO IT! AND YES IT IS WORTH IT!!
I am here to tell you (if you know you are meant to be a NURSE), GO FOR IT! It was a true struggle for me due to cost, impact on schools, competitive applications, academic struggle, low morale, etc. I had heard it all and felt it all! But I knew I was quick on my feet, valuable to someone, and would find my way.
AND SO CAN YOU!
I hope you find my Nurse Blog valuable. I am so thrilled to bring you this blog, full of information for new nurses, new NICU RN focused TIPS, NICU Facts, Lifestyle, Life Tips, etc.
Thank you for visiting!
Tori Meskin, BSN RNC-NIC is a registered nurse in Los Angeles & Orange County metropolitan area. Working in Level IV-II NICUs.
In addition to being a wife & nurse, podcaster, blogger. Tori is currently studying to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She has obtained her National Certification (NICU) and worked as a local traveler pursuing bedside experiences in several NICU settings.
Tori enjoys time with her new hubby, creating content, learning about new patient populations, riding horses, weekend beach or ski time, time with family & friends & sharing all of her life Tips along the way!
Follow her NICU & Lifestyle blog journey as she juggles married life, nurse life, & enjoying life’s adventures!