Essentials for the Student Nurse!

January 16, 2017

Hello lovelies,

Imagine it. You've just woken up at 5AM, you get out of bed and sit at your dresser about to get ready for the 12.5 hour shift ahead of you. You're going to scrape your hair back, apply minimal make-up and put on your scrubs ready for what ever the day has to throw at you. Here's how I keep myself feeling human with the long shifts:

Hand cream
All that hand washing can really take its toll on your hands and they start to go dry, cracked and sore. No child wants me touching them with hands that feel as rough as a tree trunk so it's important to have a good hand cream to look after your hands when you're at work. My personal favourite are Neutrogena's hand cream (as pictures above) and Soap and Glory's hand cream which smells gorgeous.

Hair spray
A good hair spray is a must. The number one rule for uniform is that your hair must be tied up and it can't be allowed to touch the collar of your tunic. If your hair is anything like mine it can't be tamed, my old layers are too short to be captured in my buns and hair sticks out in all different directions. This is why I use got2b and a Elnett, they're super strong holding but don't leave your hair looking nasty.

So this is more for the winter... I bite my lip a lot when I'm concentrating and I tend to find that when the weather is cold the combination of both lip biting and the cold gets my lips into a real state. So I always keep a little pot of Vaseline to hand to make sure my lips are getting some much needed therapy.

Body spray
My job involves a lot of running around and bodily fluids (yuck!) which can all make you smell quite questionable. It's also not nice to lean over patients when you smell awful. So in my breaks I like to give myself a quick spritz with a good body spray. Although having said that, it has to be a subtle smelling spray so I don't overpower people. My favourites at the minute are Victoria's Secret 'Just Sayin' and 'Sleight what?' (pictured above).

Concealer is a life saver. There's nothing worse than going into work with black circles under your eyes which reveal how very little sleep you have had. Plus, the stress of the job can cause occasional break outs so it's safe to say I use a lot of the stuff. My favourite concealer at the moment is Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. It makes me look so much more wide awake until I get my first energy drink of the day!

Some of my favourite 'essentials' can be found below. Thank you for reading!

Neutrogena Hand Cream - Click here
Soap and  Glory Hand Food - Click here
Got2b Free Spray - Click here
Vaseline Lip  Therapy (Cocoa Butter) -  Click here
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Click here

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  1. Waking up that early must be so hard!! I don't think I could do it myself but my mums a nurse and she starts at 8AM normally for a 12 hour shift which is a long day to prepare for! I love the products your using and you can't really go wrong with hand cream! My mum swears by the Norwegian formula and says it's the best hand cream she's ever used for the job! xx

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

    1. I usually start at 7AM and I have to walk in because I don't have my car at university. They're very tiring shifts but I'm sure your mum will say they're worth it! Thank you for taking the time to read my post! xx

  2. Serious kudos to you, Nurses rock and work so incredibly hard! Concealer is my best friend too!!

    Musings & More

    1. Thank you! Can't go wrong with concealer.

  3. Such a long day, good on you girl! x

  4. I bite my lips when I am stressed too, but I have moved from Vaseline to the Nivea pots! It seems to help a lot :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. It's a really bad habit that I need to break!

  5. Love it. Please check out my new winter trend alert!

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