My name is Emily Cheng (also known as “ExploRN_EmCheng” via Instagram). 

I am a cardiovascular intensive care travel nurse. I was born and raised in New York, but now I'm currently on assignment and living the California dream! I went to nursing school at State University of New York, Stony Brook University and swam collegiality as well.

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💕 Life in C O L O R 💕
In this beautiful life we have, we can choose to live a mundane, monochrome life, or a life full of color! Reflecting on how to contribute to the world at large, bringing positive energy and spreading it is something we can all do to make life a more enjoyable place for everyone. Energy is contagious, so let’s be conscious of what kind of energy we’re spreading 💞 Hoping you all a kicka** week with lots of positivity!

“I wanted to be a travel nurse since my last year in nursing school when I learned that there was an opportunity in nursing that combined traveling and nursing - two of my passions in one, a dream come true!”

Happy #FriYAY old friends and new!
For my new friends, thanks for joining me on my journey and welcome! Today’s an awesome day not only because it’s a Friday🎉, BUT ALSO because I just dropped a new intro/welcome YouTube video!

In this video I will be covering:
🎥: Lil’ bit bout me 🙋🏻‍♀️
🎥: Why did I start a YouTube channel?!?
🎥: What to expect from my channel
🎥: Where does “ExploRN EmCheng” come from? (Pronounced like “explorin’”)

Link in the bio - like, comment, and subscribe! Looking forward to you getting to know me, beautiful peeps! 😊

Hoping you all a boss day AND tell me something about yourself in the comments below! 👇🏼


Young, wild, and free; the best way to be ⛰👯‍♀️ #sorrymom

“Nursing is such a unique healthcare pathway because we get the privilege to know patients the best since we spend the most time with them. The rapport and trust developed over hours, days, and sometimes months is something I never take for granted. They are trusting us with life’s most precious gift: their health. I value this fulfilling career, despite the stressful environments and occasional heart-wrenching experiences.

It’s always worth it because the great days always outweigh the bad days and to be able to make a difference in patient’s and their family members’ lives every day is a beautiful thing.”

Flexin’ FriYAYs! 💪🏼
My relationship with fitness has always been a working relationship. To people who know me, most think I’m a super active/athletic person. And compared to the average person, I am, but just like anyone else, I fall off the wagon over and over again.

Since I moved out to Cali to start this travel nursing journey I’ve been rededicating myself to fitness, health, and wellness. As a healthcare provider teaching patients about the importance of exercise, a balanced diet, and stress management, I believe in leading by example. It’d be hypocritical to preach one thing and live another. Don’t get me wrong, I have days when I skip the gym and eat pizza, but I try to live a balanced life. Putting others in front of ourselves is what comes natural to us working in healthcare, but self care is so important in being able to take care of others.

So what’re you doing for YOU today? Is it a cycling class, solo hike, grilled chicken with mixed veggies, slice of pizza, 5 minutes of meditation, or Netflix&chillin’? Listen to what your body needs! #TGIF y’all!

📸: @nimitpatelstudios

“I work in different hospitals and or states every few months where there’s a nursing shortage. It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to live and explore a new place and save lives!”

My favorite organ has always been the heart, ever since I lost my swim coach in high school to a heart attack. My coach was a father figure in my life, and the first person I had ever lost. He's one of the many reasons I decided to pursue a career in nursing.

Having experienced death and sickness in my loved ones many times, I took those sour and heartbreaking experiences and turned it into my motivation and inspiration to be the best nurse I can be. I use my ability to relate with patients and their family members to provide all-inclusive and holistic care because a patient is so much more than just a disease.


“Self-love is the foundation of your inner home and gratitude is the windows that let the sun in and brightens up everything that is already there.”
- Cornelia Grimsmo