Putting your best foot forward
When I started nursing school we got all the information about our uniforms. It was a happy day, and I couldn’t wait to get into my first all-white uniform (oh, if only I knew then!).
Then there were the shoes. I had to have all white tennis shoes, with no mesh, all solid. I remember making a trip to Sport Chalet with my mom so we could find the right pair for my wide-ish feet so that I would be able to last all those hours on the floor walking back and forth. We found the right pair, and even the sales clerk told us, “Oh yes, a lot of nurses buy these shoes for work.”
Flash forward 2 1/2 years later and I’ve been wearing them to work. No more all-white requirement, but they are my “nursing shoes.” It’s been a good few years, and those shoes have carried me through it all. But now when I get halfway through my day, my feet are burning, begging me to take them off! I couldn’t keep going much longer. I think those shoes have seen their final days, though I think I will probably always keep them for sentimental value (at least for a year or so).
I got new shoes for Christmas! And while returns and tracking down the right pair took about a month, I am finally donning my new kicks to work! They’re Reebok EasyTones, and while I don’t feel that anything is being toned at all (or any more than usual after a day’s work), I LOVE them for their squishy soles and lightweight feeling! I came home last night with my feet happy, I could have kept them on a few more hours! It was a weekend of three in a row, and after nearly three years, I figured out what it means to have happy feet!
Nurses: What kind of shoes keep your feet happy??
I'm a brand new, full-fledged, fresh-out-of-school RN! And better yet, I landed the job of my dreams working with children. I love what I do, and while everyday on the job is a new (and sometimes scary) experience, I'm taking it all in - absorbing everything I can about this amazing profession we all fell in love with.
By Ani Burr, RN