Meet The Face Behind

Nurse Fern

Hi! I'm Emma

Your Remote Nursing Guru

So many nurses are conditioned to believe that the only way to be a real nurse is to work at the bedside. I’ll admit, as a former critical care nurse, I used to feel the same. This is probably why I quickly descended into fiery burnout and contemplated leaving nursing altogether. 

Not knowing about alternative nursing opportunities and how to get them made me feel trapped. 

I ended up impulsively applying for a non-bedside job I knew nothing about, and it’s the best thing that could have happened for me. But, it was also scary. Would I like working five days a week? What if I hated the role? How long is too long to return to patient care? Would I still be a real nurse?

Change is scary. Nurse Fern allows me to share my experience and help others make the transition. As a freelance writer, I’ve taken courses on application software, resume writing, and LinkedIn optimization. I’ve lost count of how many nurses I’ve helped. 

Someday, I hope to add a quick screenshot of a comment or message of your success to my celebration folder. 

Here Are My

Core Values

that keep this business pointing in the right direction

Adaptability

I believe that humans are complex and adaptable. This quality, of being able to adjust to new conditions and evolve as your experience and needs change, is at the core of what I do at Nurse Fern.

Individuality

I believe your personal worth and value is not found in a physical organization or job. I strive to help you find sustainable jobs within the nursing field that allow you to be you.

Fearlessness

I want to inspire you to push through any self-limiting behavior or self-doubt and find what will truly make you feel balance in your life.

RAPID FIRE ROUND

Hometown?

San Diego

Tea or Coffee?

Coffee. And now I drink it HOT

Fav Nightshift Snack?

Powdered donuts

Remote Work fashion choice?

Christmas pajamas

FIrst nursing unit?

MICU

Best scrubs?

Free surgical blues

Random fact

I can ride a unicycle

Dogs or Cats?

I love them both!

Here's The Deal

I reached a breaking point

I always thought I would become a nurse, work in the ER, and maybe one day move onto becoming an NP, CRNA, or flight nurse. That was my plan, it seemed like a solid path to success and happiness.

And then a few years into my career, I started to burn out. I grew up in a family of nurses who all seemed to really enjoy their jobs, so naturally, I wondered what was wrong with me.

At the time, I didn’t realize I wasn’t alone.

There is a moment I vividly remember while working in the ER. I was standing at an ice machine and looked to my left knowing the ambulance bay doors were in that direction. There was a brief moment where I wondered if anyone would miss me if I simply walked out and didn’t come back.

I thought I was the only one who had those thoughts, but I know better now.

Maybe you’ve sat in your car before a shift, giving yourself a pep talk to simply get out and walk into the building. Or you’ve driven home after work — in complete silence — driving the speed limit like a zombie. I’ve done those things too.

When a non-bedside position opened at my hospital I took a chance and applied. I knew nothing about the role or what it entailed, but I desperately needed a change, I interviewed and accepted the position.

The really spooky thing I didn’t expect happened next. I felt full on caregiver regret and abandonment over leaving my coworkers and patients. I feared that I was wasting my skills by leaving the bedside.

What the heck?!?!

But that wasn’t true and it took me a bit to work through those emotions. I know now that my clinical experience and critical thinking skills continue to help patients and care from behind the scenes. You don’t have to provide direct clinical care to be a real nurse.

After about a year of working in the hospital, I was able to transition to a remote role — which has completely changed my life. Now I no longer have to worry about getting up and showering immediately. I’m able to enjoy my hot coffee and take breaks on my sunny patio.

I’m even considering selling my car!

Can you imagine having the time and energy to not only plan but enjoy activities after work? It’s amazing!

That’s why I created this site, to give nurses the tools and knowledge needed to break free from the bedside and burnout.

 

Sincerely, Emma

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