My Best Tips for Pregnant Nurses

My Best Tips for Pregnant Nurses from a new mom and med-surg RN.

During my pregnancy, I worked up until the very last minute. Literally. My water broke at 38 weeks, 6 days while in a patient’s room! The shift before my water broke, I was performing CPR in order to save a patient’s life! It was exhausting, both mentally and physically, but I feel like I had a healthier pregnancy because I continued to work. Of course, it’s always best to consult with your doctor before following any advice because each and every pregnancy is unique!

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1 – Rest on your days off. Pregnancy makes you so exhausted and nursing is a physically demanding job. Don’t worry about a clean house and get some extra rest! I used my days off to lay around the house, and once at 37 weeks, spent the evening floating in the lazy river at a nearby water park! Seriously, your body needs to recover from working long hours with the extra weight of your baby, placenta, and all those fluids that keep your little one healthy in utero. If you’re determined to work until the end of your pregnancy, take advantage of those glorious off days to rest and relax!

2 – Don’t wait to get maternity scrubs. When I was pregnant I put off buying maternity scrubs because I felt they were an unnecessary expense until I was popping out of my regular scrub tops. So instead, I waddled around the hospital with my bump busting at the seams of my scrubs. When I made the switch to maternity scrubs, I was so much more comfortable! It even made doing my job easier. The expense of maternity scrubs was definitely worth the extra space for my growing belly. I felt like I could bend, breathe, and stretch so much better in my new scrubs. I really loved this maternity scrub set. The bow around the top of the bump was so cute to accentuate my changing belly! I also bought an extra pair of scrub pants so that I always had comfortable pants clean for work. Trust me on this, the sooner you switch, the more comfortable you’ll feel. Maternity pants are the best!

3 – Wear compression socks! My feet and legs would ache after a 12 hour shift! I remember getting in the car after working all night and feeling like my toes were throbbing. At the end of my pregnancy, my feet also became very swollen. Compression socks made a huge difference with the swelling and gave my tired feet some relief after long shifts. My sweet husband bought me these compression socks as a Mother’s Day present. They are a little expensive, but I plan on wearing them when I return to work after maternity leave to prevent varicose veins and protect my feet, so I think they’re worth it!

4 – Tell a coworker you trust. Before you feel like the time is right to formally announce your pregnancy to your supervisor or manager, consider telling a trusted coworker. That way if there is an emergency, someone is aware of your situation. One of the charge nurses that I work with realized I was pregnant even before I had told my parents! I was a little self conscious that she had found out so early in our pregnancy, especially because she found out when I became really nauseous at the nurse’s station. Looking back though, I’m glad she knew so early. If I had become injured or ill while at work, someone knew that I was carrying our baby and would be able to advocate for me if I was in a position where I couldn’t advocate for myself.

5 – Ask for help. Nursing can be a physically demanding job! Nurses who aren’t pregnant should ask for help lifting and moving patients, but you should be especially careful to request help with heavy lifting while you’re pregnant. You definitely don’t want to injure yourself or put your baby at harm.

6 – Bring extra snacks. I was so hungry throughout my pregnancy! It always seemed like I would be especially hungry in the middle of the night while documenting my patient assessments. There is always the temptation of splurging on something from the vending machine, but those salty snacks aren’t great for pregnancy because of the risks of high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. I highly recommend bringing a variety and an abundance of foods from home. This will save you money and be much healthier for your pregnancy.

7 – Avoid contagious illnesses and avoid administering unsafe drugs. This one is a little harder, but some patient illnesses aren’t safe for pregnant moms to care for. Shingles is a big one, as well as patients who are receiving radiation treatment. Some drugs are unsafe for pregnant women to handle, so be careful around those as well. I know Coumadin is one drug to be cautious with, as well as chemotherapy drugs. Like always, talk with your doctor about their specific concerns, what to avoid, and your pregnancy.

8 – Stay in close touch with your doctor. My doctor knew I was a nurse and the demands that my body was going through at work during our pregnancy. Her and her staff were phenomenal about answering my questions and addressing my concerns, especially at the end of our pregnancy.

Congratulations and good luck, Nurse Mama! Take care of yourself while you’re taking care of others!

Just before my very last shift, 38 weeks, 6 days.
What advice would you share with pregnant nurses?

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
-Psalm 139:14


An Open Letter to My Little Brother

An Open Letter to My Little Brother

Little Brother,

Your very existence sparked every creative intuition and energy I have ever had. You are the reason I love to spin stories, beginning with the legend of your birth: “My Brother, The Alien” (New York Times Best Seller in my head!) And once, I took a photography class and you were the subject of my portfolio. In a way, you’ve always been my subject. I have watched you grow and push boundaries to new limits. You have given me approximately one hundred mild heart attacks as I’ve watched the dare devil in you rise to the surface. You are my biggest opponent when it comes to wrestling in the kitchen floor, but my best ally when it comes to our friendship.


Brother, to the untrained eye you are as solemn as a grave site. But I know better. Over the years, you have induced some of my biggest fits of laughter – and then you tease my laugh. Your sense of humor is unique and special. You challenge me to stop and slow down because I am constantly racing. You have always had more wisdom than I know what to do with. Your life has shown me about Jesus more than I ever could have imagined a younger brother could teach an older sister. I am often amazed by the truth you speak and left wondering how one heart can have so much instinctive goodness.

Growing up, I loved having a brother, but often wished that you were older than me. So many of my friends had older brother that were as protective as guard dogs. Then, one day, without warning, you became the protective older brother, despite me being five years your senior. You guarded my heart and refused to let anyone take advantage of it. Little Brother, it was my job to protect you! But you took the role seriously, and still do to this day. I can never thank you enough for being my personal security guard.


Little Brother, I wish I could bottle up this time of your life and place it on a shelf, because it is so fragile. This newness of adulthood is exciting and filled with adventure. The novelty of being a “grown up” has not yet been doused with the cynicism of this hateful world. I wish you could live in this realm forever. But because that is not realistic, I pray you dream wider than your arms can stretch. I pray that you will grab any boundaries that are set by this world and shove them out of the way. My desire for your life is for you to do more than change the world; take bits and pieces of this Earth and leave your mark on them. Then show the rest of the inhabitants of this planet what they’re missing out on. I know what you’re capable of, even if you do not. Don’t be afraid to fall. I’ll catch you every time.

Bub, I gave you your first black eye, and you didn’t even cry. I am so proud to be the big sister of a tough as nails adventurer. Brother, you are a fearless leader. Nothing scares you! And while my instincts to be your “second mother” are so strong that I want to suppress your courageous nature, I would never dream of it. This internal boldness is so much a part of you I could never imagine you being any less brave. I pray that this daring innate quality you possess lasts a lifetime and follows you into each and every opportunity you stumble across. You are the son of ministry, of courage, of kindness, and of exploration. Brother, take this world by storm. Leave no stone unturned.


You are the boy man (I’m still coming to terms with the fact my little brother is now grown!) with a big heart, and a bigger imagination that no one has quite mastered yet. I pray you are the captain of a ship with a quest to show the world the capabilities of the anonymous. I hope you’ll let me be first mate.

“Let brotherly love continue.” – Hebrews 13:1


All my love, and then some,
Cassie, RN

Things My Pap Taught Me

I’ve been truly blessed to grow up in tight knit family. As long as I’ve lived, I’ve always had a close relationship with my grandparents. I genuinely believe they are some of the best people to ever grace this Earth. I’ve learned a lot from my Pap over the years, but I wanted to share some of my favorite lessons.

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1- Generous Tipping. My pap knows a hard worker when he sees one. He recognizes individuals who work tirelessly to better their situations. I love going out to eat with my Pap because of the respect he shows to the staff. He tips generously, with a glad heart. Rather than leave the cash on the table, my Pap takes the extra effort to shake the hand of the employee and thank them for a job well done. A true gentleman.

2- How to speak to The Lord. Since I was a little girl, I have always modeled my own prayer after how my Pap prays. I’ve watched him respectfully remove his hat before bowing his head to talk to God. I’ve heard my Pap speak to Jesus as often as I’ve heard him speak to his friends. Pap is always thankful, and in every prayer asks the Father for forgiveness where we’ve failed Him, because we fail Him daily. I find myself often praying in the same way.

3- Never be without a Bible. My Pap worked in the deep mines for the greatest part of my childhood. He recently told me about how he always carried a New Testament Bible into the mines with him. Imagine what a testimony that would carry. Pap was always prepared if a man decided to follow Jesus while deep in the ground. At our Pinning Ceremony, each graduate received a small New Testament Bible, donated by The Gideons. My Pap encouraged me to include it with my other supplies and ensure it goes with me as I care for patients.

4- To speak kind words. I have never in my life heard my Pap speak an ill word toward anyone. I’ve never heard him judge another person as long as I’ve lived. Through his example, I’ve been shown the importance of kindness. My pap is a goodhearted man, but he is also as stubborn as the day is long.
5- How to deal with disappointment. As a preschooler, my Pap took me to breakfast at Hardees every single day without fail. And every single day, I ordered French Toast Sticks. Until one day, the lady behind the counter tells me they no longer sell French Toast Sticks. My heart broke that day. I just know my eyes welled up with tears. But my Pap encouraged me to see this disappointment as an opportunity to try something new. “Try something else instead.”, he said. And I did.


What lessons are cherished in your family? How do these lessons apply to your life?

“But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;” Psalm 103:17


Cassie, RN

An Open Letter to My Little Sister

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When you were born, mom and dad handed me the best gift they could have ever given me: a sister, a lifelong friend, a second closet somehow equipped with clothes that seem better than mine. They let me choose your name and with the name I gave you, I believe you were also given every ounce of spunk and spitfire you could hold. The Good Lord knew I would protect you, but that you would be needed to protect my heart.

Little sister, I have watched you grow, attended every single birthday party, and tucked my secrets in your listening ears behind braided pigtails. I know your heart better than almost anyone in this world and I still don’t completely understand it. Maybe I never will, and maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be. But I’ve seen your heart love and I can’t wait to see all the souls it will love in your lifetime. Your heart is special, sis, it loves those who are misunderstood, those who can’t love back, and those that need it the most. I envy the depths of love that your heart radiates, but I’ve also seen tears flow from your bright eyes because of others’ hurt it allows you to feel. My prayer for you is that this rare and unique love is never wasted on anything that doesn’t love you back with as much unbridled sparkle as you give to others.

Sis, you have goals that are incredibly selfless and inspiring. I can’t wait to watch you serve this world even more than you already have. My friend, you are capable of doing whatever you put your mind to, and then some! So dream a little bigger, darlin’. When you think you’ve dreamed all you can muster, go just a little further. Push the boundaries of your imagination a little more, just outside your comfort zone, because that’s where the magic happens, I know, because I’ve seen you there before. You are courageous, never forget that. 

Sister, you are so beautiful. You are the girl that walks in a room and people smile. You carry all the grace of every beautiful woman that came before us. You have the same cheekbones as our great grandmother and the glimmer in your eye the instant before you sass someone matches hers too.  My friend, I’ve seen you at every awkward stage of your life: braces, bad haircuts, and our “Mary-Kate & Ashley” years, and you were as beautiful then as you are now. I promise. Your beauty comes from a place within you that is so good and so pure hearted that it cannot be ignored. Sister, you are beautiful. Promise me you will never, ever let anyone make you feel otherwise.

I am so proud to be your big sister and you are truly everything I want to be in a person. Because I’m the older one, everyone expected you to look up to me, but it’s me who looks up to you. I’m so thankful to have your hand to hold as long as I live and the love between us and before us to get us through anything this life could ever throw our way. You are forever my play mate, best friend through eternity and Sissies always.
“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”
-Song of Songs 4:7
All my love and then some,

9 Tips for Married Students

I canceled our Honeymoon for Nursing School.

I was accepted into my Nursing Program in the middle of my engagement to Drew. At the time, we had an amazing Honeymoon planned to Virginia Beach (where we met as babies!) and Colonial Williamsburg, where we would spend the week. However, when I got that acceptance letter, listing the date of our orientation as 3 days after our Wedding, I knew our incredible Honeymoon would have to go on the back burner to school. And Drew was not only okay with that, but 100% supportive of that decision.

Marriage sometimes means give and take, and Drew is familiar with the demands of school because he is a student, too. My husband will earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy this August. As long as we’ve been married, we’ve both been students. The two biggest roles in my life, are that of Wife and Nursing Student. It’s definitely challenging, but in the end, I know it will be in our benefit. And I wouldn’t change being married young for anything in this world. I know there are many other young married couples in the same situation that Drew and I are in, so I wanted to share some of my advice for how we make it work. These tips aren’t exclusive to just married couples, but also work for anyone that’s in a relationship and a student at the same time.



  1. Set priorities. My life in order of priority is this: 1-God, 2-Drew, 3-School. If this weren’t the case, I would go insane! Your spouse should be your first priority, second only to The Lord. I’ve found that this strengthens our relationship both with one another AND with Christ. But when you’re both students, that means school comes next. This means that school comes before catching up on Grey’s Anatomy BUT after having dinner with my husband. This approach ensures that my schoolwork is done, but I also get the quality time I desire with Drew.
  2. Encourage one another. School is hard. Like really hard. In the year and a half of nursing school, I’ve cried before exams more than I’ve cried about anything else combined. Do you know who’s always there, being my cheerleader? My husband. And vice versa. if Drew is stressed, I’m there to listen and help him get things done. Just hearing “You’ve got this” as you walk out the door before a big test or getting that “Great Job!” text after revealing your grade is a huge encouragement. If your spouse just got a great grade on an assignment, be sure to tell them how proud you are of them. Words of affirmation go a long way, especially in stressful times during the semester
  3. Study together. It’s definitely not the most glamorous date nights, but they are essential to success when you’re married and in school. Some of my favorite evenings are spent with me on one end of the table, Drew on the other and textbooks and Pretzel in between us. It’s no fun studying, but the couple that studies together, stays together. If you’re gonna do something you hate, doing it with your best friend makes it a little more tolerable.
  4. Become friends with your spouse’s classmates. When you’re in school, you see your classmates more than you see anyone else, they become a family to you. So it’s important (and really fun) to become friend’s with your spouse’s classmates. Drew knows all of my classmates by name, knows what they’re doing this weekend, and wants the best for them. The same goes for me with Drew’s classmates. A lot of them call me Momma Cass and text me even before they text Drew. Classmates are extended family, and I love that Drew and I are each close to one another’s. I may be able to understand that Drew is busy in school, but I will never be able to empathize with him like his classmates that are doing the exact same thing as him. Knowing and loving the people that help support him makes my heart a little happier.
  5. Make a plan to accomplish responsibilities. When we got married, we knew that at least one of us would have to get a job in order to provide for ourselves. Because Drew is in a doctorate program, his level of work and expectations are greater than mine, so we made the decision together that I would work while we’re both in school. However, that doesn’t mean Drew gets out of responsibilities. Because I work, Drew does almost all of the cooking in our house. (He’s an amazing cook, so I’m totally fine with that!) He’s also really great about doing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen. Typically I’m in charge of laundry and straightening up the house. When we first got married, I had a really hard time relinquishing responsibilities around the house. However, I learned that life was easier for the both of us when we split up chores and errands. Having a plan makes life smoother for both of us. Teamwork makes the dream work!
  6. Be patient with one another. Understanding is so essential to a relationship. Sometimes with school and work, life can get stressful and that means we can get grumpy. In those moments, when I’m fussy and hateful, Drew is so patient with me and is slow to fire back. When Drew is stressed with school and becomes overwhelmed, I try to be understanding rather than demanding. School requires so much from us, without the pressure of everything else going on. Being patient and kind toward your spouse in times of stress makes them feel loved, rather than like they have another thing to add to their to-do list.
  7. Have date nights. As regularly and frequently as possible. Drew and I typically do something each week, even if it’s just Chinese take out on the couch with Netflix. It’s essential to take time out of your schedule to focus on your relationship. I always feel recharged and reconnected after our date nights. If I have my nose in a book for too long, I forget to look up and appreciate the things I love most.
  8. Be flexible. If you’re a student, you know how quickly things can change. Due dates are often pushed up or moved back. An assignment you thought would take 30 minutes takes a couple hours. Your exam is the next morning and turns out you’re not as prepared as you thought you were. Yeah, we’ve all been there! When this happens to your spouse, be flexible! If you can help with a project, lend a hand. If your spouse loves to study with flashcards, quiz them! Help out a little extra around the house. If you had Date Night planned, reschedule for another day. Flexibility is key to making sure everything gets done, with as few hiccups as possible.
  9. Keep your eye on the prize! Juggling marriage, work, and school all at once is one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done! The only way I can keep up the motivation to accomplish everything is by remembering why I’m doing all of these things. I know that once this season of being married students is over, we’ll both have incredible careers that we’ll love. Although it may be hard now, it will pay off in the long run. You can’t look at the here and now and see the struggle, instead look to the future and see your goals accomplished.

At the end of the day, our marriage isn’t perfect, but Drew and I both work incredibly hard, both at school and in our relationship, to be the best we can be. If you give your best in everything you do, it will pay off in the end. This season of marriage while we’re both in school definitely isn’t easy, but I wouldn’t trade the late nights studying, Chinese and Netflix, and dinners with classmates for anything in this world.

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” -Ecclesiastes 9:10

What advice would you add to this list? Do you and your spouse study together?