Nurse Appreciation: Five Questions for A Healthcare Superhero

Guys, how have I been in business for over five years and have yet to tell y’all about my BFF, Nikki? Known to everyone else as Nicole, Mom, or Nurse, Nikki #1* has known me since I was 14.

Nikki’s seen some stuff! She’s the reason we’ll never have chicken tenders on our menu because she taught me to be squeamish about them. She’s the reason if I smell vanilla, I think of hand lotion and not baking. She’s also the reason my daughter’s middle name is Nicole. Nikki is hands down the strongest woman I know. She’s been dealt a tough hand and girlfriend just keeps playing the game. I can only hope my daughter has half the strength of this gal. (And also half the beauty. Can we all take a moment to appreciate this glow-up?!)

One of my favorite things about Nikki is that she is a nurse at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. I hope to never need her services as she works in the surgical, urology, and burn unit, but if I did, I know with 100% certainty my girls would be under the best care possible.

So without further ado, let’s hear from Nikki. Please join me in saying “three cheers” to her and all the other nurses in our area. Y’all are truly real-life superheroes! We’ve even got an exclusive coupon code for nurses to score 10% off their next order. Simply enter code NURSE at checkout to redeem.

How long have you been a nurse?

I have been a nurse for 7.5 years at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

What is your favorite thing about being a nurse?

My favorite thing about being a nurse is being able to help kids and their families during some of the scariest and most trying times of their lives. I’ve been in their place as a parent with a child in the hospital and it was the nurses at Children’s that helped me learn how to care for my own children and become a nurse. It’s also great being able to see the progress that the kids make from when they come in feeling their worst to seeing them going home after we’ve helped them get better enough to leave the hospital.

What’s the hardest thing about being a nurse?

That’s a tough one. I’d have to say it’s the stressors of the job. It’s mentally, physically, and emotionally stressful. Some days you leave feeling like you were on your game and were an A+ nurse. Then there are other times that you leave feeling like a crappy nurse, questioning everything that happened during your shift.  

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am married, have two boys and a dog.  I love to go on vacation, especially on cruises and to Disney. I really like to bake and most of my family thinks I should own a bakery (editor’s note: I’d agree except the medical world needs her as a nurse, too) but I think I’ll just stick to nursing. During the summer I love going to Brewer games, going up north with friends, indulging in the food at State Fair and enjoying the warm weather. 

*There were so many Nikkis in my life at one point that I had to number them. I think I got up to five in my daily circles.