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Nurses - Part 2

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials:

Danielle P. LeVeck, DNP, ACNPC-AG, CCNS, RN, CCRN

Handle and/or Site:

www.nurseabnormalities.com

IG: @nurseabnormalities

What led you into healthcare?

I can’t define a particular moment that led me into healthcare, but something in my gut pushed me into it. As soon as I started nursing school, I just kept going. I felt a flow and a passion I had never previously experienced.

What’s been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in healthcare?

Listening to your patient so you can individually and appropriately advocate for her or him is the most important lesson I’ve learned since becoming a nurse.

What gets you up everyday?

I won’t lie and say that I feel refreshed every day when I get up. However, I feel like I have a purpose on this planet and a God given ability that should be in use for something good. So, even if I’m tired, I just get up and put one foot in front of the other.

How do you use your platform to help others?

Much of my following has been built just by sharing my life and my writing. Consequently, people share the most intimate details of their life with me. I think knowing that we all have struggles and that we’re not alone helps each other on the deepest level.

What’s your favorite book or podcast?

My favorite book is “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

What’s your top tip on being successful?

You just have to do it. If you have an idea, execute it. The first draft won’t be perfect, but at least you’ll have a draft. If you feel like you’ve pushed as hard as you can and you want to give up, as yourself – “Would I be disappointed if I quit?” And if the answer is yes, keep going.

During stressful times, what are some of your favorite coping strategies?

Exercise, prayer, and cuddling with my dog.

What are you most excited for this year?

I feel like I’m redefining myself as a new nurse practitioner. Doing this has been a struggle and made me realize that nursing was a lot of my identity, maybe a little too much of my identity. So, I look forward to accepting my new role in life and getting more comfortable in my new job and city.

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials:

Eric BScN, RN (BScN is the Canadian version of BSN. It is a bachelors of science in Nursing)

Handle and/or Site:

 

What led you into healthcare?

The idea of personally helping people in a daily setting led me to nursing care. Originally, in school for a business degree. however I discovered I did not have the drive to pursue such a career.  A family member of mine, was a nurse and allowed me to shadow in the ED. I discovered the full scope of nursing and the autonomy it possessed. I was completely blown away at the remarkable job nurses had, their role in medicine and providing for their patients. They go above and beyond each shift, showing empathy, and compassion for families in the hospital.

What’s been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in healthcare?

The most valuable lesson I’ve learn in healthcare is to not become complacent. I have learned to continuously push the bounds of my learnings, to seek new opportunities and experiences to shape my nursing care, and career.

What gets you up everyday?

As cliche as it is, my patients. what do I mean by this? I study multiple times a week not for a pay raise or to obtain higher titles, but to be able to provide when put in a situation of need. When it is my patient in the ED that needs action and critical thinking at that moment in time, I study to be prepared for those moments.

How do you use your platform to help others?

I use Instagram to provide an inside look into “Life as a RN”. I use it to show my experiences and knowledge I have obtained, whether that be from learning new medications, new assessment techniques or new creative ways study. I hope to teach new grads and nursing students how to be successful as independent healthcare professionals.

What’s your favorite book or podcast?

My favorite podcasts to listen to is anything from NRSNG, a fantastic nursing study platform, EMcrit podcast and ER Cast podcast. I have a favorite author which is Atul Grande, and any of his books are worth your time to read them.

What’s your top tip on being successful?

My tip on being successful is to put in the time. Everyone wants the key but it all comes down to hard work and hours of study effectively/efficiently. I suggest talk to professors if you are struggling, they can provide valuable information. Also, they can become great references when you apply to jobs.

During stressful times, what are some of your favorite coping strategies?

My coping strategies include playing hockey, running and going to the gym. There’s no better feeling than working on your health and feeling the endorphins to snap you out of a funk.

What are you most excited for this year?

I am most excited to write my exam for the CEN, certified emergency nurse. It will show my effort/commitment to becoming a more advance provider.

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials:

Crystal Marie Montes, RN, BSN

Handle and/or Site:

IG: @crysmarie._

Miami based nurse Crystal Marie shares real talk advice from vulnerability to challenging yourself to live a better life that makes you feel better and inspired to conquer the day. Not only does she motivate others to maintain their physical fitness, but she uses her platform to show her community how to be the best healthcare professional you can be- with kindness, self-compassion, and a desire to serve others. She does not hold back on showing us you can be a loving human and badass at work, while always remaining true to yourself.

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials:

Sean Crayton BSN, RN, CPT

    Handle / Website:

    Instagram: @scrubs.and.weights

    Facebook: Scrubs And Weights

    What led you into healthcare?

    After growing up always volunteering my time and working a job that revolved around providing a service for people I found that helping people had become, and very much still is, my passion. I was lucky enough to know in high school that, following in my grandmother’s footsteps, I eventually wanted to become a nurse. I thought about med school but nursing seemed to fit who I am more. My grandmother was a practicing nurse for 42 years and loved every bit of it that she had initially retired and then went back to hit those 42 years. She was and still is a very influential person in my life and reason I enjoy my position in healthcare.

    What’s been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in healthcare?

    Don’t take life for granted and truly live everyday like it’s your last. Yeah I know its cliché and everyone says this but it’s the truth. Battling time and biological processes to save someone else’s life due to traumatic circumstances, chronic issues or unexplained/undiagnosed medical issues is a major eye opener. I can only imagine it being even more of an awakening when it’s your own life. But having the fortunate ability to be on this end has not only been a blessing to provide such an important role in someone’s life but also made me realize that anything could happen at any time and no one is promised tomorrow.

    What gets you up everyday?

    Honestly, my kids or my alarm. The desire to get up and “win the day” and the ability to work towards my goals for my family and I is a huge motivating factor. But to be truthful what gets me up most days are my kids or my alarm.

    How do you use your platform to help others?

    My platforms have played a huge role in allowing me to reach out and interact with people that I normally wouldn’t be able to. They are just an extension of me and what I experience, believe in and would share had I met any of the followers or those passing through personally. The platforms allow me to express what is important to me, provide educational lessons and tips and use my experience and knowledge in nursing, fitness and life to hopefully inspire and motivate others. Not only do they allow me to help, be a voice for, and connect with others. I have learned a good amount myself; kept up with relevant topics and added motivation and inspiration to my life from those I follow. I can only hope to continue to add value to those who choose to follow me as much as I gain from those I follow. It’s a plus I’ve been able to create some pretty dope relationships as well.

    What’s your favorite book or podcast?

    I don’t really have a favorite honestly. I find a certain aspect of value in a lot of what I have read and listened to recently but my recent list of books and podcast have been.

    Books:

    Crush It & Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk

    Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy The Odds

    Unf*ck Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life

    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

    Podcasts:

    The Secret to Success

    The MFCEO Project

    The Gary Vee Audio Experience

    Optimal Physique Development

    Mind Body Broadcast

    EMCRit

    ER Cast

    NursEM

    What’s your top tip on being successful?

    Stay focused and disciplined. Find your passion, channel the motivation and work at it relentlessly. Goals don’t achieve themselves so you’re going to have to do the work. No one is going to do it for you.

    During stressful times, what are some of your favorite coping strategies?

    I am a huge fitness advocate so of course my go to outlet is the gym. It is definitely my therapy and where I go to sweat the stress out. On the flip side, just as much as the next person, I enjoy some good comfort foods, and the occasional drink when my diet allows.

    What are you most excited for this year?

    GROWTH! Personal and professional growth among my family, friends, clients and careers. As well as the increase in opportunities to inspire, motivate and help more people through the growth of my platforms, business and community engagement. I am also a personal trainer. My business partner and I officially launched our coaching business, Mighty Movement, LLC and we are excited to have a legit avenue to help our clients create a better quality of life and reach their fitness goals. Health and fitness in its entirety is my passion and I am just trying to live it and benefit others along the way.

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