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Ep222: What I Learned My First Year as a Nurse with Ashley Adkins RN

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One of my favorite nurses in the world is Ashley Adkins RN.  We’ve worked a lot together over the last two years via podcast episodes and more.

Ashley is a truly positive force in nursing and is doing so much good for the profession through her YouTube Channel.

Recently, she started working in the ICU and experienced her first code.

This is a scary moment for any new nurse.  I wanted to bring her on the podcast to talk about her experience while it was fresh in her mind.

Enjoy the episode and read the full transcript below.

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Literally, I remember the doctor is walking out of the room, taking his gloves off, and I looked up at the monitor, and the heart rate went from like 150, and all of a sudden, it was like 70.

Jon Haws:                            NRSNG Podcast. Episode number 222.

Welcome to the show today, guys. Today, I am talking with my good friend, Ashley Adkins, RN-BSN. Ashley and I have been talking and working together for nearly two years now. When she was still in nursing school is when we did our first podcast together, and Ashley runs an incredibly helpful, incredible resourceful YouTube channel. If you go to YouTube and search “Ashley Adkins, RN,” you can find all of her videos, so I invite you to go over there and subscribe.

I had a lot of fun in this conversation. We talked a lot about her journey in nursing, what led her to where she is, and her biggest tips and biggest advice for you as nursing students, but before we get started with that, I want to remind you guys again that you can get three days of access to NRSNG Academy for just $1. NRSNG Academy is our full complete suite of nursing education resources, including courses, videos, cheat sheets, class cards, and tons of other tools and apps to help you really understand and accomplish your goals of becoming an RN. This is really the apex of our tools that we are offering to you. You can get three days of access for just $1 if you go over to NRSNG.com/academy. That’s NRSNG.com/academy.

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah. I’m Ashley Adkins. I have a YouTube channel called “Ashley Adkins, RN” that I started. It’s actually almost two years ago. It’s … be two years in March, and I do lots of YouTube videos like personal videos on like stories maybe or like experiences that I had. I do a lot of advice videos for nursing students, new nurses, experienced nurses. Just a variety of things that I enjoy talking about and a lot of people enjoy listening apparently, so it’s been a fun hobby and also an outlet for me, and just have built a great community through my YouTube channel. Yeah, it’s a fun thing.

Jon Haws:                            Recently, you hit a milestone there. Do you want to talk about that?

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah. Recently, my channel reached over a million views. It’s actually funny because Nurse Bass who has been on the podcast, and a lot of people know him from YouTube. He actually messaged me the day I reached a million views, and he’s like, “Congrats.” I didn’t even realized it because I don’t actually really pay attention much to all of my views or subscribes, and so it was funny that he messaged me about it. Yeah, we reached over a million views which is just crazy to think that I’ve reached so, so many people. My videos have reached so many people and inspired so many people, and that’s really what it’s all about and what keeps me making them. It’s just that I love motivating people and inspiring people.

Jon Haws:                            I know recently you got a job in the ICU. Do you want to talk about how that worked out? I know a lot of people want to work at ICU, so how did that all come about?

Ashley Adkins:                   My first year of nursing, I worked primarily med-surg, and then I was relocating, and so I started the job search, and I was torn between … I like the ER. I like the ICU, so I ended up applying to both. The first interview I got was for the ICU. It was actually a web cam interview which was quite interesting, and fun, and a different experience.

Jon Haws:                            Didn’t you … Did you stream your interview or something, or is that …?

Ashley Adkins:                   I did. Yes. I actually have my live interview on my YouTube channel. I recorded just my face.

Jon Haws:                            That’s pretty cool.

Ashley Adkins:                   People can hear the core types of questions that were asked and my responses, but I got that interview for the ICU, and within the week, they contact me back and wanted to hire me. I was like, “Well, you know, I like the ICU. Let’s just jump right in, and let’s just do it,” and so I accepted that position and started about a month later after I relocated, and everything, and got settled.

Jon Haws:                            What kind of ICU? Is it medical? Is it general? What kind of floor is it?

Ashley Adkins:                   It’s a medical-surgical ICU.

Jon Haws:                            How many beds?

Ashley Adkins:                   There are 24 beds in our ICU.

Jon Haws:                            Wow.

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah, and there’s a CVICU and a neuro trauma ICU as well.

Jon Haws:                            You’re seeing a lot of decay? What other things do you see in there?

Ashley Adkins:                   Tons of things. Decays, CHF exacerbation. A lot of ARDS, respiratory failure. A lot of people that had GI bleeds or needed extensive surgeries, and just …

Jon Haws:                            You guys have all the surgical patients too?

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah, yeah.

Jon Haws:                            Okay, that’s cool.

Ashley Adkins:                   I really like it because I did med-surg before, so I had a little taste of all of these things, but to see them on like a multi-system, multi-organ level is just … It’s fascinating, and I love it. It like increased the intensity about 10 times now that I’m in the ICU.

Jon Haws:                            How do you feel about liver patients?

Ashley Adkins:                   They have just a beautiful smell.

Jon Haws:                            Yes, you’ll never forget the smell.

Ashley Adkins:                   No.

Jon Haws:                            That’s cool. Yeah. The neuro ICU I worked on, we … because we had the three ICUs going too, but it also served as like the overflow for surgical or medical, and so it got a lot of those CHS … CHF exacerbations, and the liver patients tended to go to us because they didn’t want them, so we got a lot of those.

Speaker 3:                           Code blue. Room 305.

Jon Haws:                            About a week ago, you uploaded a video called “My First Code.”

Ashley Adkins:                   I was about, I think, seven weeks into my orientation. I was still on orientation, and as terrible as a person this makes me sound, I was just anxiously awaiting a code.

Jon Haws:                            Yeah, for sure.

Ashley Adkins:                   I think I wanted that experience while on orientation, while I had that nurse that was dedicated towards helping me learn and everything. I didn’t want to be off orientation and like, “Oh my goodness, someone’s coding.”

Jon Haws:                            Right.

Ashley Adkins:                   My first code, it actually wasn’t my patient. It is actually a different nurse’s patient, and they called it on the overhead. I went down, and it was … I want to say quite … I don’t want use the word “shocking,” but not like how you picture in the movies like they show it all like …

Jon Haws:                            It’s not Grey’s Anatomy when it gets real. Yeah.

Ashley Adkins:                   Exactly, exactly. It was organized chaos. There was a lot of people there, but it was messy. It was very bloody, messy, and I just didn’t … I didn’t anticipate that. They don’t show that in the movies. It’s always like this perfectly little clean … The bed is nice and made.

Jon Haws:                            “Clear.” Yeah.

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah. For that first code, I observed a lot, but I also helped push meds, and both intensivists actually showed up, and I was standing right in the middle of them, so I got to bounce off ideas or things off of them and listen to like their reasoning and rationale behind things. They would say, “Give this,” or, “Give this med,” and I would be like, “So, why are we giving that?” or, “What’s your rationale?” unless I knew why we’re giving like Epi. I know why we’re giving Epi.

Yeah. It was a sad situation and because the patient ended up not making it, but it was a good experience to see how everyone just came together for this patient to do everything. The family was in the room which I think was … Obviously, it’s very hard for them, but I think they could see that we literally were doing everything that we could. Since then, I’ve had quite a few more codes, and I’ve had actually my own patient code a couple weeks ago which was another interesting experience.

Jon Haws:                            Do you remember like the diagnosis of this first patient, or was it you just showed up and started going?

Ashley Adkins:                   I just showed up and started going, so I don’t even remember why there are anything like that. I was just an extra set of hands.

Jon Haws:                            Yeah, so lots of things we could talk about with codes because I … Like first of all, I think codes, and RRTs with column, and different things like that are the areas that you learn the most because when medicine is working how it’s supposed to work, it’s by the book. It’s perfect, but when something goes wrong, you’ll have to think on your feet, and you’ll have to really dig in to the rationales behind that, be like, “What’s the right drug we give at this moment, or what do we need to do here?” How can you fix things quickly?

I think you can learn so much in those instances, so what I would always do both when I was precepting, and a student, and when I would precept students and stuff is any time anything was going down like we’d run to the area, so I could get them in there, and I’d push the way through, and I’d say, “Just go do compressions if you can. Do anything else. Do compressions, and just like be …” because anybody can do compressions. Just be in the room and be around it so you can start getting comfortable with those, and I think it helps you keep your … I don’t know, keep your wits when things start going bad. You know what I mean?

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah, yeah. You got to have that exposure so you don’t freak out, and I think the most important thing to remember is that you’re not alone. When someone codes, and you’re the only one in the room, and you yell, “Code blue,” you’re going to get a ton of people in there really quick.

Jon Haws:                            Pretty quick. Yeah.

Ashley Adkins:                   As long as you know what you should do immediately when someone is coding and doesn’t have a pulse, you start compressions, and you just do compressions until more people show up and more things start happening. It’s not like you’re going to be the only one ever running a code. You’re going to have a ton of people in there with a ton of knowledge that can help you.

Jon Haws:                            Yeah. Codes are … Maybe I’ll feel bad for saying this too, but for our hospital too with three ICUs and stuff, codes were almost like the social setting for ICU nurses. It’s like where you get to see your old ICU buddies and like, “How’s things going down here?”

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Jon Haws:                            Definitely devastating for the patients, and I don’t ever want to act like we want codes to happen, but like you said, like almost anxiously waiting like on edge. When those things happen, you’re ready, you’re prepared, and it’s a test of your knowledge.

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah, a test of your knowledge, and also, you get to really see how well you function as a unit like the teamwork. You got your respiratory therapist. The CNA comes in and helps out with compressions. You’ve got nurses in there that are … just have so much knowledge, and you really get to see how your team comes together, and that’s really like what … I don’t know. It gives me a good feeling inside when it’s like, “Yeah, we really work well together. We did this. We helped save this person.” I go home and feel like I actually made a difference.

Jon Haws:                            Let’s talk holidays in the hospital. How was Thanksgiving? How’s Christmas and everything? How is it? How is it going in the hospital with holidays?

Ashley Adkins:                   Good. I actually … I was very lucky. I had Thanksgiving off, and I not only had Thanksgiving off, I had that Wednesday through Sunday off.

Jon Haws:                            Wow.

Ashley Adkins:                   I managed to somehow work that one, and so I was actually out of town, but I heard over Thanksgiving that a lot of nurses actually ended up getting called off because they just … They were slower, but I will be working this Christmas, and I will be working New Year’s, and I’m actually … I’m excited. I know you’ve talked about this too. You just feel different when you work the holidays like it’s just a different vibe. It’s a little bit quieter. There’s not as many management people and all the …

Jon Haws:                            Stuff.

Ashley Adkins:                   All the extra stuff. Yeah, exactly, and you can just really focus on your job and your patients’ care. I don’t mind working holidays. One, you get the extra pay. I don’t have kids yet. I’m married, but my husband is gone, deployed right now, so I don’t mind working the holiday because I would rather people that have a bunch of kids get to spend that time at home with their families.

Jon Haws:                            Sure.

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah, it will be exciting.

Jon Haws:                            It is neat because a lot of the hospitals like they’re preparing during the week leading up to Christmas or Thanksgiving, and they’re sending everybody they can home and decreasing their admissions. Then, there’s just things like patients help conditions cooperate a little better on holidays.

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah. Uh-huh (affirmative).

Jon Haws:                            I don’t know why, but things are nice like you have a minute. You can talk to your patients, and there’s less people there, and it’s pretty well staffed and stuff, so yeah, I do appreciate. I actually found recently a Christmas card that a patient’s husband have given to me on my first Christmas in the hospital, and that was really sweet because he would … He sat in the room. His wife had just had a stroke, and he sat in the corner. They brought like their own recliner or something. I don’t know. I remember him having like a rocking chair or something in the corner. He would just sit there all night and write Christmas cards to anybody that walked in the room.

What are the three biggest things that you think you’ve learned this year as a nurse reflecting back throughout the year?

Ashley Adkins:                   I think one of them that I realized, especially while working at the ICU, is that you can’t be everywhere all the time. If you’re in one room, and your patient is really sick [in your tech training 00:13:16] drips, and the pump goes off in your next room, and you know that it could be your Levophed that’s almost run dry, and you … Sometimes, you just have … You have to learn when to ask for help, and that’s the biggest thing is you got to learn when you need to call in for help, and that’s something that I’ve learned is that as much as … It’d be nice if there’s three of me to do my job. Sometimes, we just do the best we can in the situation that we’re in, so that’s one of them.

Learning what your resources are too is another thing is like medications like, “Where can I go up and look for IV compatibility?” and making sure that you’re educated on the medicines that you’re giving, especially in the ICU. I know med-surg, it’s important too, but a lot of the times, you’re giving pills in med-surg. In the ICU, you’re giving things that if you mess up on one extra CC, that can be a bad day.

Jon Haws:                            Absolutely.

Ashley Adkins:                   Then, I guess the next thing I’ve learned Is just to … and you learn this in nursing school, but it’s just really reiterated, especially in the ICU, is to … Even though you’re in a … sometimes, in a fast-paced situation is to take a step back, and breathe, and make sure that you’re checking all your steps, and making sure everything is what it should be, right medication, right patient because you really could make a big mistake if you accidentally did that. Sometimes, you’re just so busy, and sometimes, you have two patients that have the same diagnosis, and they’re getting the same treatment and the same labs, and you want to make sure that you’re doing everything on that right patient, so that’s another thing that I’ve always known, but it’s just been reiterated I guess if that makes sense in the ICU.

Jon Haws:                            Definitely. To talk about that for a second because I stress that a lot as staying calm and … because you’ll do so much more good for your patient if you take one deep breath and think about things before you just start screaming and yelling.

Ashley Adkins:                   Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Jon Haws:                            The only thing I can really think to share a story that is the first time I saw a VTEC on a monitor. I flipped out. I just started running around, flipping out, “Help. I need …” and my preceptor walks over, and I’m like, “What’s wrong with her?” He’s like, “Do they have a pulse?” I was like, “Yeah, let me check.” Sure enough, they have a pulse. I can think of those nurses that just stayed calm, and I can think of the others that just … The littlest thing like spilled milk. They would just lose it over, and it’s like …

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah.

Jon Haws:                            When things hit the fan and stuff, it’s like … It’s hard to keep them calm, and then keep the family calm, and keep the patient calm. There was just too many people to try to keep calm, so I don’t even know how to teach that necessarily, but …

Ashley Adkins:                   No, and I think it’s just something … I guess for some people, it may never come, but something that comes with time. I think the biggest thing in the ICU for me like starting out was learning what my next step is like, “Okay. I can recognize VTEC on the monitor. Now what?”

Jon Haws:                            Now what?

Ashley Adkins:                   You know?

Jon Haws:                            Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Ashley Adkins:                   You may be able to rationalize through that when you’re just sitting there, talking to you precept, or thinking about it, or reading about it, but then when it actually happens, is your knowledge going to be there? I had a situation, like I said, a few weeks ago. I had my first patient code, and a little background of the situation was they came up from the ER, struggling to breathe on BiPAP, a nonworking IV, which is always fun.

Jon Haws:                            Yay, here’s your patient, by the way. Yeah.

Ashley Adkins:                   Yes. I called the doctor. We intubated right away once we got a working line, and literally, I remember the doctor is walking out of the room, taking his gloves off, and I looked up at the monitor, and the heart rate went from like 150, and all of a sudden, it was like 70, 50, so I checked the pulse. I can only imagine there was no pulse, so there wasn’t.

Jon Haws:                            Yeah.

Ashley Adkins:                   I called the code, and I remember the doctor just turned around and walked back, but through that whole code and everything. Afterwards, I was debriefing with some of the nurses and the doctor about what happened, and I was … I said, “Actually, I feel …” I want to say impressed, but I’m proud of myself because you always wonder … You have all this knowledge, but is it going to be there in a situation? Are you going to recognize it when something does go wrong? I felt like I recognized it, and I initiated the correct steps, and we got the whole team in there, and coded, and all, whatnot. Yeah, it’s one of those things that you have all this knowledge, and you just wonder, “In the right time, is it going to come to your head?”

Jon Haws:                            Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Ashley Adkins:                   [Crosstalk 00:18:02]. For me, in that situation, it did, which I’m thankful for. I’m sure there’s going to be situations in the future where I don’t know or I do know, but it’s not coming to my mind, and just staying calm, and knowing what your next step is.

Jon Haws:                            I think the best way to explain it is like as like a nurse and any nurse, and maybe especially in situations like ICU, or ED, or trauma type situations, you have to do two things at once that aren’t really compatible. You have to be walking a line of tremendous anxiety, anticipation, and everything. At the same time, you have to stay massively calm like you have to be really calm, but you also have to be like towing the line of anxiety.

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah.

Jon Haws:                            Like waiting for that next thing to happen, but for right now, everything is cool.

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah. You have to anticipate it to know what you’re going to do. Even though things are all fine and dandy, you got to anticipate, “Okay. Well, if my patient’s heart rate suddenly jumps up to 170, what’s my next step?”

Jon Haws:                            Mm-hmm (affirmative). Exactly. Are you night shift or day shift?

Ashley Adkins:                   I’m day shift.

Jon Haws:                            Nice. All right.

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah.

Jon Haws:                            I wanted to ask you another question. This is a more difficult question too, but …

Ashley Adkins:                   Bring it.

Jon Haws:                            We’re really … We’re grilling you today. I wanted to ask, what … Like now that you’ve been out of school for a little while. You’ve had a couple jobs in a couple different settings. If you could turn back the clock two years, two and a half years, maybe three, four years when you’re going into your freshmen year of college as a nurse, what would you sit down and tell your freshmen self?

Ashley Adkins:                   It’s going to be okay. No, that’s a great question. I think I would tell myself to really just take things day by day. When you start off nursing school, you’re so anxious just to get through it, get through it, get through it, but telling myself, “Take it day by day and really soak in all the knowledge that you learned.” Nursing school doesn’t prepare you for being a nurse. To a certain extent, yes, but you really learn most of your things when you actually become a nurse, but don’t take the things you learn in that nursing school lightly because those are really the basic foundations of nursing and those big safety markers for keeping your patients safe.

If I could look back and tell my young little freshman self that it would just be … Take it day by day, and don’t be so anxious just to be done. Of course, you’re excited to get through nursing school and move on to what you’ve been working for, but don’t let that slide with the things that you’re learning throughout nursing school.

Jon Haws:                            Absolutely. What do you study now? Like what are you doing to continue learning and things like that?

Ashley Adkins:                   Right now, one of my biggest focuses is I’m really trying to become well-versed in all of the ICU medications and drips, but of course, there’s a bunch of other things as well, but that’s one of the main … my main focus.

Jon Haws:                            No. Yeah, your focus. Yeah.

Ashley Adkins:                   Every shift, I try to look up one of the medications and really become well-educated in it. That way, when you’re in a situation where let’s say they say you need to go or hang Levophed, you’re not like, “Oh, what do I need to start this out? What can [crosstalk 00:21:13]?”

Jon Haws:                            Yeah. What’s the starting dose? Mm-hmm (affirmative). Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Ashley Adkins:                   “Is this weight-based or non-weight-based?” Obviously, that comes over time with just experiencing everything, but I would say the ICU drips. The things that I haven’t seen. Pathophys of course is another big thing that you’re always learning, but I feel like I … Doing med-surg, I got a little taste of all the pathophys, and now, it’s just on a grander scheme of things.

Jon Haws:                            Mm-hmm (affirmative), when things get a little bit worse. Yeah.

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah. Things get a little worse and involve a lot more systems, and organs, and everything. Yeah, definitely. I see meds are one of the things that every shift, I’m looking up. Learning the compatibilities of all of them is another huge thing because you’ve got so many medications running at one time.

Jon Haws:                            Mm-hmm (affirmative). Mm-hmm (affirmative). For sure, so where … What’s the plan with nursing now? What’s the five-year plan?

Ashley Adkins:                   Five-year plan? I …

Jon Haws:                            This is like a job interview, Ashley.

Ashley Adkins:                   I know, I know. I definitely want to go back to school to pursue my education, and I think I would go the nurse practitioner route. However, I just want to gain more experience in the nursing setting and figure out what I want to specialize in because right now, I just like so many things, and I really, really love the ICU, but I’ve also been only working the ICU for three months.

Jon Haws:                            Correct.

Ashley Adkins:                   Things could change, and I want to make sure that when I go back to school, I know for sure what I want to specialize in. Do I want to be in the hospital setting? Do I want to be like a family practice, nurse practitioner, or women’s health, or whatnot? I really want to gain more experience in the nursing setting. To be honest, I am super happy with being a nurse right now at this point in my life. I really love my job. I love the people I work with. I get a great sense of work satisfaction and life satisfaction by going to work. Of course, I want to continue to progress and move forward, but I also want to just soak in the moment if that makes sense.

Jon Haws:                            I love it. No, that’s awesome. I have a flaw of always looking for the next thing and almost like to a flaw like I’m always like, “What’s next? What’s next?” where I have a difficult time doing that, but I think that would … That advice and that outlook you have is much more healthy, and I think that’s great like just take a minute to just enjoy. Like you said like you’ve been an ICU nurse for three months like don’t worry. Don’t worry about the next thing yet, and just enjoy it, and enjoy everything that you’re going to be able to see and do. On that note, what … How do you stay off burnout and compassion fatigue? What are some things that you do, or do you consciously do anything or …?

Ashley Adkins:                   I think I just … When I’m at work, I’m at work. When I’m at home, I enjoy being at home. I have a lot of hobbies and things that I enjoy doing, so on my days off, I spend my time doing those, and I try not to … Occasionally, when I’m at home, I will look up something and like, “Oh, what was that medication again that I gave?” or, “Oh, I really …” I’ll be lying in bed at night. I’m like, “Hmm,” thinking about something. I’m like, “Let me look that up really quick,” and so I’m not going to deny and say that when I’m at home, I just totally don’t think of work, but I try to … When I’m at work, I’m at work. When I’m at home, I’m at home.

I enjoy doing … going hiking. I have two dogs. We enjoy going out to dog parks or cooking, keeping my house nice and tidy. I enjoy doing all those things, and so really, I don’t think I consciously do anything. I just try to have that healthy balance so to speak. Also, I enjoy … Personally, for myself, I enjoy working three days in a row, and then having four, five, six, whatever off [inaudible 00:25:03]. Right now, I’m in a … on day two of a six-day off stretch, so I personally like working groups, doing my couple days on and couple days off.

Everyone is different. Some people get more burnt out by doing that. Maybe over time, I won’t be able to do that, but that’s what works for me. I like going to work, and then I have a bunch of days off to decompress. It’s hard when I have like one on, one off, one on, one off because then you just don’t really … You just have one off.

Jon Haws:                            Yes.

Ashley Adkins:                   It’s like it doesn’t even count. You might as well just spend the night at the hospital if you’ll be there for the next morning.

Jon Haws:                            Exactly. No, that’s exactly how I felt too. It’s like I would tell my wife and my kids. I’m like, “So, I’m absent for the next three days. You won’t see me,” and then I’m going to be home for six days, eight days, whatever it was. Yeah, I love that. I love that so much about nursing as being able to really have the home time and have the work time. I never felt like a regular dad that’s like going to work every day. I was able to be home with the kids a lot, so I love it.

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah. Yeah. I joke around with them. I was talking to my mom about it. I’ll be like, “Oh, I’m off for the next six days,” and she’s like, “it must be nice.” “Well, that’s the [beautiful thing 00:26:06] is I work my butt off those three days.”

Jon Haws:                            Yes.

Ashley Adkins:                   Not that my mom doesn’t or other people don’t work their butts off at work, but you get your butt kicked. You work really, really hard, and it is really tiring. You get home after that third day, and you’re like, “Oh my gosh, thank God I don’t have to go back for six days.”

Jon Haws:                            Exactly.

Ashley Adkins:                   But then, you have six days, and by the sixth day, you’re like, “All right. I’m ready.” You’re going to go back to the hospital and there’s going to be mostly new patients or new things. That’s another thing I like is as nice as it is sometimes to have the same patient consistently, consistent for them, consistent for you, safer … I like the change, and that’s a great thing about the ICU is I know when I go back, I’m mostly likely going to have different patients, different things, and get to learn different things.

Jon Haws:                            Tell everybody where they can find you. I know you have an Instagram account that you’re pretty active on and your YouTube channel, of course. Where can people find you, connect with you? What do you want them to say to you when they come to say hi?

Ashley Adkins:                   I would say if you go to my YouTube channel, Ashley Adkins, RN, I have all of my social media linked below, so I have my Instagram account. I have my personal Instagram and in nursing. I’ve got Twitter and all that fun stuff. I would say Instagram is the thing I’m most active on, so if people are wanting to reach out to me, ask me questions, I’m more likely to respond on Instagram and YouTube. I do respond on YouTube as well. Those are the places I’m most active. I do get a lot of people emailing me questions and a lot of things, and it’s just … It’s very difficult when you have several, several, several questions a day, and a lot of the same questions asked every day as well. Usually, when I have that, I end up making a video on it.

Jon Haws:                            Just a video, right.

Ashley Adkins:                   Yeah. Yeah. Definitely, I would … Leave me a comment on one of my videos or my Instagram. Say you came from hearing the NRSNG Podcast. That way, I know where you found me from, and that’s … It’s a cool little community that we have that we can all be supportive of one another, especially in the nursing world, because we need that support.

Jon Haws:                            Yes, we do very much. I think you gave a lot of good advice, a lot of good tips. I think I’ve learned some things. I’ve learned to try to live more in the moment. I think that is really helpful, and I have to remind myself constantly that. What’s some last parting advice, last words, or anything you like to leave with everybody?

Ashley Adkins:                   Wherever you are in your nursing journey, whether you’re in high school, just wanting to be a nurse, or you’ve been a nurse for 10 years, is just continually learn, and grow, and progress. Take it day by day. Live in that moment and just continue to grow because you’re going to get there. If you work hard, you’re going to get there. I know you just posted on your NRSNG Instagram about how hard work can sometimes over … How was it?

Jon Haws:                            What’s the quote? Yeah, sorry.

Ashley Adkins:                   Something about how working hard can overcome talent or something like that. You can’t replace hard work.

Jon Haws:                            Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Ashley Adkins:                   Exactly. Yeah, exactly. Work hard no matter where you’re at in your nursing journey, and you’re going to get there.

Jon Haws:                            Guys, I want to remind you one more time to go over YouTube and search “Ashley Adkins, RN.” If you aren’t already subscribed to her YouTube channel, you really should subscribe. She’s got a lot of really, really helpful tips, and tools, and tricks, and everything for nursing students and nurses. I really just want to thank you guys. I want to thank you for being here today. I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to spend it with us, to spend it with me and Ashley.

You guys are really the heart and soul of everything that we do here at NRSNG, and we spend so much effort and so much time trying to provide you with this confidence and these tools that you need. I want you to listen to the suggestions given in this podcast to really apply them as you study, and as you apply for jobs, and as you work as a nurse. All right, guys. With that said, I want you to go out and be your best self today. Happy nursing.

Date Published - Dec 26, 2016
Date Modified - Dec 19, 2016

Jon Haws RN

Written by Jon Haws RN

Jon Haws RN began his nursing career at a Level I Trauma ICU in DFW working as a code team nurse, charge nurse, and preceptor. Frustrated with the nursing education process, Jon started NRSNG in 2014 with a desire to provide tools and confidence to nursing students around the globe. When he's not busting out content for NRSNG, Jon enjoys spending time with his two kids and wife.