Hi, I’m Emma, but you probably know me as Nurse FERN. I help nurses transition from clinical nursing to remote positions so you can escape burnout, have more time to do what you love, and enjoy the life you’ve worked so hard to build.
Do you dream of waking up five minutes before your shift and starting your day in pajamas with a hot cup of coffee?
Have you ever wondered how it would feel to no longer risk being assaulted by patients? Deal with lateral violence? Or worry about getting a break?
That’s why I help nurses find remote work, so you can continue to help patients and make a difference while escaping burnout.
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.