My Nursing Career | Landau Scrubs

Today’s post is a little bit different! I’ve shared in the past a little bit about my current job but I decided today I would share a little bit more about my journey through my nursing career!

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When I was 16 years old I knew that I was going to be a nurse. And Jamaican culture it’s very common to know what you want to do at a very young age and go after it and pursue it. My dad was expecting me to know what I wanted to do and then make the proper steps to make it happen. I remember the idea of coming into my head after spending some time with God and asking him “what do you want me to do with my life?” Once the idea came into my head I remember running to my school nurse and asking her if she thought it was a good idea! I remember so vividly her saying “Of course it is!” I then remember going home and sharing my desire with my parents and them fully supporting it. At the time there was quite the nursing shortage and so it was the perfect time to get into nursing.

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I was in an arts magnet high school which offered a lot of opportunities for us to go to local universities  to take college courses, one being Yale. Although I grew up in the suburbs my father made an extra effort to make sure that I was cultured. He moved me out of the suburbs into the inner city for high school. I am thankful for his decision.

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In my junior year of high school I also had the opportunity to leave high school early and take college courses for both semesters. I got into the program and was able to spend my senior year earning college credit.  Because I knew I wanted to be a nurse we started to look at programs in the area that we could afford. Along with looking at nursing programs I was starting to take courses to become a certified nurses assistant.  I was looking at places like UMass and UCONN while my dad was looking at places locally. I was very disappointed when he found a place in Bridgeport Connecticut that I could go to complete my nursing degree in two years. Not only could I take my nursing courses there but I could live on campus as well. I went with my father to check out the school. I remember him making the decision right then and there that this is where I would go. It ended up being one of those scenarios where father knows best. During my time at the school I was able to work at a local hospital as a certified nurses assistant. I began to make relationships with people that would lead me to getting my entire nursing degree paid for.

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Fast forward a few years and I made it out of nursing school alive!! I had been working at the hospital and got a job right away on the cardiac unit taking care of patients that had open heart surgery. In my nursing career I have had the privilege of working in the ICU, Med-Surg unit, long-term care acute centers, nursing homes, and now I am currently at a local hospital working as a nurse Case Manager doing discharge planning. It has been the ride of my life and a huge source of provision for my family!! I’m so glad that God lead me down this path.  Nearly 14 years and I am still at it!

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On to these Landau Scrubs!! They were my absolute favorite when I was running around on the floor and even now as a Case Manager we sometimes wear them on the weekend and it is the best!!!! I have always loved Landau for the following reasons: The colors of their scrubs are always vibrant and never fade! They have a variety of styles, and different lines that come out through out the year, and a range of sizes (XS-5 XL).   Besides from all of that amazing-ness, for me comfort is everything and these scrubs could literally be slept in!! They are SO comfy and soft… NO JOKE!! I love it because the company describes the scrubs in personality for each woman and these are described as perfect for “High demanding career who wants scrubs that can keep up with her. Enjoys style, but not sacrificing quality or value.” Totally the case for me! For all my readers that are in healthcare, you have to know that these are my top brand for scrubs and they never disappoint!! They can be found a Landau.com, Amazon and Brick & Mortar uniform & scrub stores.

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Thank you as always for stopping by the blog!!! Have an amazing weekend! Much love,

All Photos By: Jessica Sheppard

 

 

  • Comments ( 43 )

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    Hra

    I think to be a nurse is a very difficult job!! You must control your emotions and to be there helping other people!! I absolutely like what you are doing… Thanks for sharing your story with us 🙂

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    Tiffany Brown

    I didn’t know you were a nurse! I work with nurses everyday in my career. Y’all are the best! Love the scrubs!

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    Gisel

    Being a nurse is a tough job… I commend you on all your success!!

    Gisel | http://www.mintandthrift.com

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    Nicole Leffew

    Why did I have no idea you were a nurse? So thankful for people like you Ruthie!! You are such a caretaker. Xo

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    Ciera Chang

    Aww Ruthie I loved reading all about your journey! God has led you down an incredible path and so glad to hear how he uses you to help so many people. Also, I’m loving the color of these scrubs and they look so comfy!

    xoxo, CiCi
    http://www.worldwidestylista.com

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    Lauren Bessette

    Beautiful story! Way to go following your passions and dreams!

    xo, Lauren

    http://www.laurenbessette.com

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    Amanda

    I feel the same as Nicole! Had no idea you were a nurse. I loved reading this story though and dang – you look great in scrubs! Have a great weekend.

    xo, Amanda
    http://www.aglamlifestyle.com

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    Kim

    Wow what an awesome ride you have had so far! My mother-in-law has been in the nursing field for 30 years and is chief nursing officer at one of the hospitals in Houston.

    xoxo,
    Kim
    http://www.champagneistablog.com

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    kate

    Loved reading your story! And cute scrubs ; )

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    Erica Gwynn

    I had no clue you were a nurse – bless you, Ruthie! I do NOT have the stomach for it. My mom is a nurse, tho, as is my aunt, so I have soooooo much respect for the industry. Y’all are INDISPENSABLE.

    Coming Up Roses

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    April

    So nice to read about your journey, Ruthie! When I worked on the inpatient side, I always found that people like you were so helpful and ESSENTIAL for transitioning patients from the hospital to their home or wherever they needed to go. Love Landau! I have been wearing their white coats for years!

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    Nina – the HSS feed

    It’s so interesting to hear about how you got into your nursing career and your path, thank you for sharing!

    xx Nina
    http://www.thehssfeed.com

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    Lee Anne Benjamin (@leeannebenjamin)

    What a great backstory of your career! I loved reading about it and all that you’ve accomplished.

    XO
    Lee Anne
    http://www.lifebylee.com

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    Hannah Pender

    This is such an inspiration!!! The Lord called me to Nursing my freshman year of high school and I am currently in my second semester of college as a pre-nursing major! It’s so encouraging to see someone who made it out of nursing school alive (hahaha) and loving their job!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    gretahollar

    I had no idea you were a nurse! It sounds like you’ve had an incedible career!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

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    Maggie

    Wow, so cool that you knew what you wanted to be when you were so young!! I’m out of college and still sometimes feel like I don’t know haha.

    http://www.maggiealamode.com

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    Jen Frick

    Oh Ruthie, you seriously can do it ALL! My sister is a nurse as well so I always get super excited when I hear others are in this field!! 🙂 Tell me, how do you juggle it all?! Fashionista, Blogger, Nurse, Mom…all around superwoman! Teach me your ways! xoxox

    Jen | MrsJenFrick.com

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      ruthieridley

      You are always to kind to me!!! I don’t feel like super woman!! Thank you so much sweet friend!! XO

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    simplygailg

    Such a beautiful story Ruthie. Thank you for sharing your amazing journey into being a nurse with us. Those scrubs are perfect on you!

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    Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    I had no idea you were a nurse. I was pre-med until I started working for my current company and fell in love with it and changed my major. Scrubs are the comfiest seriously!

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    Hannah

    You nurses are such special people with special hearts. I have a few friends who are nurses and they are so inspiring! Loved reading your story and am so in awe that you knew what you wanted to do so early in life and went for it! My boyfriend is the same way – I’m still figuring out my path haha.

    Champagne Lifestyle

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      ruthieridley

      Oh my gosh, I am still discovering who I am to this day!! I totally get it!! Thank you lovely! XO

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    Debbie Savage

    From the moment I landed on your blog I was impressed by your beauty, writing skills, and your love of family! Now, learning how you dedicated your life to a profession that serves and blesses the lives of many people makes me even more connected to you!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

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      ruthieridley

      You are so kind!! Thank you so much!! I love your blog too!!

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    tiffaniatbretonbay

    I LOVED reading about your journey as a student to nurse…how inspiring!! I also found it very interesting to hear your Dad’s opinion and actions to move you from the suburbs to the inner city to achieve a more cultured experience for his daughter. I respect that!! We live in a very rural area…literally share the roads with the Amish (if you are a cyclist, it’s one of the best places to live because our road shoulders are so wide because they have to fit horse and buggy…NO LIE!). With that being said, I worry about my children not getting a true glimpse into our amazing and diverse world. We try to celebrate what our community has to offer..which is A LOT…but also try and take the kids to the city at least once a month. So, I celebrate your Dad for making that move!! (world’s longest comment…hahaha)

    xoxo
    Tiffani
    http://www.tiffaniatbretonbay.com

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      ruthieridley

      Ugh, girl… I just adore you!!! You and I are in the same boat with our kids….. God has to give us some wisdom…. At this point and time my kids are pretty sheltered and unaware. We do have another missions trip to Mexico planned this year and I am so glad the kids get to come and be apart of that and serve! We shall see!

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    Liz

    Loved reading this! My sister in law is a nurse. Happy weekend!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

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      ruthieridley

      Thank you so much! I love that!

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    Amanda Kruse

    This is so neat! I had no idea that you were a nurse. I really enjoyed reading your story about how your dream of becoming a nurse came true 🙂

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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    Bella B (xoxoBella)

    I was thinking of going into nursing but I decided on recreational therapy…then I did one year of the 4 and decided I didn’t like school. Loved getting to know you better. 🙂

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      ruthieridley

      No way!! That is so cool!! I love that!

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    Kristina

    I didn’t know you were a nurse and it’s awesome to see other bloggers with great careers. I’m an urgent care PA and loved reading your story!

    Xo, Kristina

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    Channing Morris

    All my gfs who are nurses knew from a very young age too!! These scrubs look great too!

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    Rachel

    What an amazing story! I love that you shared your background with us. My mom is also a nurse, she works in the ER so I know it’s a truly rewarding career.

    xo Rachel – To Hell in a Handbag

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    Shelby Back

    I had no idea you were a nurse! I loved reading all about your story. You go girl for achieving all of your dreams!

    xo!
    Shelby
    http://www.glitterandgingham.com

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    Kristin Leahy

    What an amazing, inspiring story! I loved reading how you knew early on what you wanted and how you made those dreams happen. It truly sounds like it was Gods plan for you along 🙂

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    Elise

    Cute scrubs!! I love that colour on you! 🙂

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    Ashley Zeal

    Love this story! So inspiring!

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    Living in Color

    Awww, way to go, lady!

    xoxo.

    xo, L
    livingincolorblog.com

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    Jaime Cittadino

    I love hearing your story! How amazing that you got your school paid for! That’s incredible Ruthie!! Nursing is NOT an easy job and it definitely takes a special kind of person to be one, so kudos to you!

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    Mindy Thompson

    You go girl!!! Love hearing your story and it’s so empowering to other women out there!

    Mindy II AMIXOFMIN.COM

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    emily

    Loved reading your journey! Those scrubs are great

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    Rebeca Perales

    You are amazing. I am a wife, mother, full time employees and assist my husband who is the youth pastor at our church. My dream and passion is to become a nurse, I’m finishing up 1 of 3 of the last classes I need to apply for a nursing program. I’ve asked God the question as to how will I do it all. You are an inspiration to me knowing his grace is sufficient for all things. Thank you for sharing.

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