Chelsea Samms, (@allrealbeauty_), NICU RN

Chelsea Samms, (@allrealbeauty_), NICU RN

"...That's the worst feeling in the world. First of all, losing one of your senses, but then going to a doctor and they're telling you, "We don't know." It is the lowest moment of my life. It was sophomore year. I remember very vividly. I was taking anatomy and physiology and just very gradually, it started in one eye. It was just very blurry. It just got progressively worse and worse every day. I was like, "I don't know what's going on." I can still see out of my other eye.
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Then eventually, this eye got completely blurred out. I could see figures but I wouldn't be able to see the facial features on people's faces. I would be recognizing by voice who they were because eventually, it spread to my other eye and then that eye went completely blurred. I was walking around campus like I could see a curb was coming up or a car was coming but I couldn't tell you the make and model of the car. It got pretty bad to where I was just sitting in class recording the lectures, because I couldn't take notes. I couldn't see the keys on my keyboard. I couldn't send emails. It felt like impending doom, like I was being punished for something. It was so frustrating going from doctor to doctor. They were just like, "We've never seen this before. We don't know what this is." Chelsea Samms, NICU RN ❤️ 🎬 #RealCaregiversRealStories

“...Nurses week. For me, it gives me a chance to show appreciation to other nurses "I see you. I see you're working hard. I know what it's like, I appreciate you. My co-workers, I appreciate all of you guys." It's just like, "Let's bring light to what it is that we really do for people," because a lot of times, it's a thankless job. It's one of those jobs somebody's got to do it, and a lot of times you go to work, you do your job, you go home, you come back, and you do it again, another 12-hour shift, sometimes without a thank you. Sometimes you run into rude people.

It's important for nurses to feel that way, to feel like they matter. Because, in some work environments, it feels like they don't matter. It feels like they don't have a voice. It feels like they're just there going through the motions. Nurses Week is awesome, and I'm actually looking forward to it.” 

“I had this one mom first-day post C-section. The common thing with C- sections is constipation She's like, "Can you give me a laxative?" I'm like, "Okay." I was like, "What else can I do to make you comfortable?" She's like, "I don't know." She's still crying. She's like, "I'm just so overwhelmed, and this and that," and I was like, "Do you want a belly massage?" She's like, "Actually, that sounds nice." I was like, "All right. I'll be right back." I went, left the room, and I got some lotion and lavender oil. Lavender oil calms them down and stuff like that. It's very calming. I mix them together, made my own massage concoction. I sat, pulled up a chair next to her bed, and I rubbed her belly until she had to poop. 💩
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Later on that week, I come to work, and somebody at the front desk was like, "Chelsea, you have flowers delivered." I was like, "What?" And a handwritten note, thanking me for the belly rub, and the care that I gave to her. Going that extra mile doing stuff that most people won't normally do, sitting down with your patients eye level, that's what makes a good nurse.”

"My friends and family would describe me as-- My mom would call me a conqueror. I think a lot of my friends and family see me as the person that always does it right, or always gets what they want, but that's not always the case. With social media nowadays, people really just post what you want them to see. A lot of people see the glitz and glamour of my life and the happy things. but it's not without battle. I don't broadcast everyday that I've been blind. I don't broadcast the failures that I have made to get to this point."

Leah Ellis (@nurse.leah), Nursing Student

Leah Ellis (@nurse.leah), Nursing Student

Miki Rai (@mikirai), Nursing Student

Miki Rai (@mikirai), Nursing Student