C+L: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your job-
MD: I graduated college in 2014 with my Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and have been a RN at Vassar Brothers Medical Center (in Poughkeepsie, New York) for four years now. I currently work in the "float pool," which means that I'm not hired to a specific unit in the hospital. Instead, I get to work on a variety of specialty units based on the hospital census that day, ranging from oncology, pediatrics, cardiology and orthopedics, just to name a few. "Floating" keeps me on my toes because I never know what floor I'll be working on until that morning of my shift. This would give most people anxiety, but I love it because I get to see and learn something new everyday. I have an opportunity to work with different patients, diagnoses and doctors every single day.
C+L: How did you decide you wanted to become a nurse?
MD: I knew I wanted to be a nurse since I was younger when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and brain mets. Throughout my Mom’s battle, we encountered nurses from several different departments, such as oncology, radiation, chemo infusion center, ER, OR, home health, and even hospice. I witnessed first hand the compassion, wisdom, strength, and support that it took to be a great nurse. It was a learning experience and inspired me to one day provide this special care to another patient and family in need.
C+L: What do you love the most about what you do?
MD: Nursing is so rewarding and fulfilling. I'd have to say that my favorite part of being a nurse is advocating for my patients. It's important for someone to speak up on their behalf and I'm happy to do that. I love that I get to build relationships with my patients and spend time with their family members. I get to learn so much about them and their stories are so inspiring.
C+L: There must be a lot of ups and downs being a nurse. What are some ways you put yourself in a positive mindset to make you less stressed?
MD: It can be mentally and emotionally exhausting. I have always dealt with stress by working out at the gym and using running as an outlet, especially during the tough years of nursing school. I feel that's when I really became an avid runner. I would just put my headphones in, get lost in the moment, run for miles, and forget about everything else going on in life. Now I love running so much, I decided to run the TCS NYC Marathon for the second year in a row!
C+L: What is a lesson that you have learned from being a nurse?
MD: Hmm, this is a tough one. I'd have to say that one important lesson that I have learned so far in my nursing career is to never lose your sense of humor. The hospital can be such a dry and serious place, and sometimes patients feel more comfortable when they can joke around with staff. As they say, laughter is the best medicine :)
C+L: What are your favorite Chloe + Lois pieces?
MD: I love all the earrings. Seriously, whenever I'm in Adam's Fairacre Farms I drop my groceries to have a look at the new pieces in the gift shop. My favorite pair has to be the silver Opal and Cubic Zirconia Lois Stud Earrings. I like how versatile they are- I can dress them up or down. I always receive so many compliments when I wear them!