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The Real Entrepreneurs of Healthcare: Nurse Influencers to Follow in 2021


Every season, the staff at Scrubs Magazine looks at nurse influencers in the medical field, from nurses to doctors and more. 

We compile our list carefully, focusing on many who bring the best in nurse education, not only in their given profession, but how they might help others in day-to-day life.

May we present to you, Scrubs Magazine’s Entrepreneurs of Healthcare: Nurse influencers to follow in 2021:

Sara Well, ICU Nurse

Sara Well is the type of nurse you come across once in a while, so it’s fitting that she heads up our “Who to Follow” list. She is a hustler and is passionate about every aspect of healthcare, and we’re convinced she doesn’t sleep (does any Nurse!?). Sara co-founded the social media platform DropStat, an on-the-go app that gets urgent shift covers filled. The algorithm is so impressive, it saves up to 2 hours of “trying to find cover” – those vital hours are pumped back into patient care. Well is also responsible for Nurses Back to Health, an organization that offers free counseling and coaching for nurses suffering from burnout. As fierce advocates for mental health issues, Scrubs Magazine couldn’t be more supportive.

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As it turns out. That cheesey admission essay that you wrote to get into nursing/medical/RT/social work/CNA school? The one where you talked about loving medicine & wanting to help people? That one. You probably thought that you were writing it as an emotional bribe to gain admission to your program. A few months ago you probably would have laughed at how clueless you sounded in that essay, when you didn't know anything about the mounting challenges of bedside practice. . But actually, now would be a good time to go back & re-read it. Because everything about it was accurate. It's the drive to your commitment, the reason that against all odds, you never left. . You could have left when the patients were difficult. You could have left when you felt micromanaged in your work. You could have left when you felt underappreciated. You could have left when you felt burnt out. You could have left when the emotional toll of consistently facing people's toughest tragedies & losses felt like too much. You could have left when there was a pandemic spreading like wildfire & you didn't feel like you had the proper protective equipment to ensure your own safety. . But you stayed. And you raised your voice to make it better, some of you risking administrative consequences. . You never stopped serving & you never stopped advocating. I hope you realize how amazing you are. I hope you appreciate your commitment to yourself & to your patients. I hope you realize that your work is holy, & that you are God's right hand in all of this; healing with compassion & empathy. So if in these coming- very challenging weeks you look around at the current demands of our work, & are ever amazed at the recklessness of your commitment in light of what's being asked of you… it's probably in that admission essay. What was in your essay? What drove you here? #scrubs from @cherokeeuniforms #nursing #supportnurses #getmeppe #covıd19 @air_murse @nurse.monica17 @vogueandjung @nurse.liya

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Crystal G, MSN, CRNA, APRN

As a certified CRNA, Crystal G. is making anesthesiology cool again, as if it ever went out of style. She’s known as a talented care provider, mother, and published author. Her book The Super CRNA shows children how exciting and empowering this field can be, especially for young people of color. She’s also a self-described “debt-slayer” as she helps empower nurses to better manage their finances and plan for the future. She’s full of helpful information for those looking to get rid of their student debt, buy their first home, or save for retirement.

Renée Rodriguez M.D.

If practicing medicine is taking a toll on your body and your health, you’re not alone. Dr. Rodriguez specializes in helping physicians and providers take care of themselves. She’s an all-around fitness leader on social media with an Instagram account to prove it. You’ll see her talking about her latest diet regimen and workout plan – with the body to prove it. At work, she’s a pediatric surgeon who loves taking care of kids’ hearts. She even started a podcast with her husband, who’s also a surgeon, called “Reconciling Medicine” about navigating the highs and lows of nursing and nursing education.

Andrea Dalzell

She’s known as the “Seated Nurse” on her Instagram account, where she regularly talks about her experiences in the profession as a person with disabilities. As a make-up lover and established “throne queen,” Dalzell is living her best life, even if it’s in the seated position. She’s become a fierce advocate for the disabled community in recent years, talking about the challenges of owning and using a wheelchair and feeling overlooked or underestimated at work. However, she overcomes every obstacle with faith and determination.

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“Who would have thought! Every no that I faced would turn into, We need you! Applying to endless positions. Countless denials due to uncharted territory, comments like infection risk, incapable, and bias were hard messages to sallow. I always believed I had a place among the floor nurses. Even when I was told to move on to other facets of nursing. The bedside called me! These last few weeks have been a whirlwind. My knowledge and life experiences are proving to give me a leg up among the seasoned. I’m here doing the “impossible” during the “unprecedented”. I’m the Unwanted that became the a Necessity!” -Andrea Dalzell . #nurselife? #bedsidecapable #nyc #bronx #brooklyn #nursesofinstagram #scruboutfit #nursesrock #nycnurse #wheellifestories #sittingpretty #disabledandcute #wheelnewyorkers #inspire #theseatednurse #rollingrn #life #futurenp #highroller #ootd #cherokeeuniforms #katiedukexcherokeeuniforms #dukeitup

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The Nurse Power Network

Founded by Dr. Nicole Thomas, The Nurse Power Network is a community of nurses who want to take charge of their lives. From personal wellness to career advancement and financial success, the group brings together some of the most powerful and inspiring women in the industry. This is your chance to connect with and learn from other professionals. The group is mostly made up of female nurses, and the experience is tailored to those trying to balance work, family, student loans, self-care, and the pains of working 16-hour shifts. The network is designed to help empower nurses, so they can find success outside of the workplace and segue into more sustainable careers.

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COVID19 entered into our lives with a vengeance! It shut down many aspects of our daily lives & stopped plans for thousands of people including us over @thenursepowernetwork . However we can’t be called THE Nurse Power Network & not flex our power because our pivot game is strong!⁣ ⁣ So without further ado, we present to you the Nurse Power Brunch: Digital Experience! That’s right….. #NursePower is going digital!⁣ ⁣ Here is a snippet of how it works:⁣ ⁣ 1. Attendees can experience #NursePower digitally & safely from their computer by downloading the Nurse Power App powered by @socioevents ⁣ ⁣ 2. July 11th -12th attendees will have direct access to live digital workshops, fireside chats, panel discussions, health & wellness sessions, virtual happy hour with some of your brunch favorite cocktails demonstrations, virtual brunch with live cooking demonstrations of your favorite brunch dishes by our chef which will be inclusive of a brunch kit filled with goodies that will be shipped to you before the event, shopping in our digital vendor lounge, digital photo booth, & so much more.⁣ ⁣ 3. There are 2 or more sessions you want to attend on the schedule that are happening at the same time? No problem…. attendees will have access to the app to watch those sessions after they have ended via recording.⁣ ⁣ 4. Networking with like-minded individuals is about to be on 1,000 in our digital networking room while we have a D.J. Spinning the hottest records on the 1’s & 2’s.⁣ ⁣ And ohhhhh the digital experience line-up is EPIC. Just to give you a peak inside the all-star line up, attendees can expect to learn from healthcare industry leaders such as: @thekatieduke @givememoremonica @thestaceysantiago @the_debtfreenurse @newnurseacademy @realmeishaamia @iv_que @nurse.tami @noviceisthenewnurse just to name a few (the full line to be announced & it’s straight POWER). So join us for this once in a lifetime experience as we take #NursePower to a whole new level. Simply click the link in our bio to learn more & secure your Access NOW!⁣ ___________⁣ This event is powered by @thenursepowernetwork @realmeishaamia @nicolethomasinc & HUGE thank you to @dtrevents for making it happen!

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Tiffany E. Gibson MSN, NPD-BC, CPN, GHDL

Creator of the New Nurse Academy Tiffany Gibson wants to see nurses better their lives in all sorts of ways. She teaches emotional intelligence and professional development to help nurses unlock their full potential in and outside of work. As a consultant, registered nurse, and public speaker, she regularly discusses diversity in the workplace. She talks about how facilities and institutions can better attract and retain persons of color, so we can create a more equitable healthcare system for everyone.

The Elijah-Alavi Foundation

Childhood food allergies can be a nightmare for parents and daycare providers. A slight mix-up could be fatal in some cases. The Elijah-Alavi Foundation was created in honor of Elijah in New York, who died after eating a grilled cheese sandwich at daycare. His death led to the passage of Elijah’s Law in that state, which ensures that providers and sitters have the skills and training to prevent allergic reactions in children. The group advocates for the passage of similar policies throughout the U.S., so parents don’t have to worry about these issues when leaving their children with other people.

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Thank you to @scrubsmag for all your support for our Forty Five 4/5 Campaign. This campaign means a great deal to our foundation and we are forever grateful to you all for always standing by us. @scrubsmag : Nothing could be scarier than dropping off your child at daycare only to never see them alive again. Such was the case with 3-year-old Elijah Silvera in New York City. After his mother dropped him off and entrusted him to someone else’s care, he was fed a grilled cheese sandwich despite having a known dairy allergy. He quickly went into anaphylaxis. The daycare sitter didn’t call 9-1-1 or inform his mother of the situation and Elijah died shortly thereafter. Today, Elijah’s father launches his 4/5 campaign, to help spread the initiative throughout the country. #elijahslaw #elijahsecho #campaign #foodallergies #foodallergy #kidswithfoodallergies

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Dr. Lauren Powell

Known as the “Culinary Doctor” online, Dr. Powell is a family practitioner who believes healthy eating and homemade meals can help curb the rate of severe illness across the country. She hosts online nursing cooking classes on social media and her website, where providers and patients can learn how to make delicious meals using low-cost everyday ingredients. She knows how busy this industry can be, but she wants American nurses to spend more time eating quality foods, so they can take care of their patients tomorrow.

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#prouddoctormoment . . . . I was doing a virtual visit with a patient the other day, and she started off by saying, “doc I wanted some bacon so bad this morning. I thought about you, and I knew I was going to be speaking with you soon and that you were going to ask me what I’ve been eating. So I said no, and I was so proud of myself for sticking with that decision. I was anxious, so I went for a walk, I feel much better.” . . . Of the things we can do for our patients, empowerment is the greatest. I tell my patients often, I don’t want you to be dependent on me. I want YOU to be in control of your health. Choosing what you put or don’t put in your body, is exercising that control over your health. Recognizing and acknowledging your feelings and doing something constructive with them, is exercising control over you health. I was so proud of her, not because she avoided pork, but because SHE recognized she had the power and control over her food…and she made a decision and stuck with it. She’s training those control muscles and I’m so proud to be along for the ride. . . . #notyouraveragedoctor #mochadocs #blackdocsrocks #blackdoctor #femalesinmedicine #femalesinSTEM #medicine #doctors #familymedicine #healthylifestyle

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Dr. Ali Haider MD, FACC

As a board-certified interventional cardiologist, Dr. Haider is all about educating the next generation of American nurses and their patients. His website is full of helpful books and resources that doctors and nurses can use to further their knowledge and careers. He’s not one to dole out medical advice online. He focuses on established, peer-reviewed studies that expand our knowledge of medicine. On his social media platform, he aggressively pushes back against misinformation, especially in the age of the coronavirus.

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OK interns listen up. It's July. You are a newly anointed MD or DO. And you are probably in a new place. You may feel like a deer in headlights right now, but that is normal. A lot of the information you have learned up till now may seem jumbled and difficult to access as you try to figure out the lay of the land. But no doubt after a few weeks you will get into a flow, feel more comfortable, and be less anxious. . Now there are tons of great tips being floated around by my colleagues on social media, and hardly can a single post relay all the advice I can give. But here is just a few quick tips… . . 1️⃣Learn these words: "I dont' know". Stay humble. Despite what you have learned in med school, your true learning starts now. You probably know much less than you think. And that is OK. You are in training. This way you will ask many questions, be inquisitive, stay alert, double and triple check yourself. Bother your residents and attendings often – that's why they are there. . 2️⃣Set aside 1-2 hours a week to read. Jot down topics to review as you see patients. And not just the zebras, the bread and butter. Study physiology and Pharm. Master the common before chasing the rare ones. . 3️⃣Work on developing your bedside manner. A big hurdle I see these days is residents learning how to communicate with patients effectively. It's a skill to relay in laymen terms what's going on, and to develop a trusting relationship within short conversations. Find senior residents and attendings who are good at this, and learn from them. Ask your patients for feedback too. This skill is just as important as medical knowledge. . 4️⃣Finally, build good relationships with everyone around you in your team, from the PCA's and unit secretaries, to the techs and the nurses. Especially the nurses. In many cases they have been around for years, and have a wealth of knowledge. You will learn from each other. And you def want the nurses on YOUR side. They will more often than not have your back if you have theirs. . . Again, this is but a snippet of advice. Feel free to comment with a question. Maybe we'll do an IG live Q and A on this one of these days. . Good luck – you GOT THIS.

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Dr. Austin Chiang MD, MPH | GI Doctor

As Chief Med Social Media Officer for Jefferson Health, Dr. Chiang is here to curb the obesity epidemic. He’s an expert when it comes to endoscopic weight loss solutions. He tailors his approach to each patient to reduce their risk of diabetes and heart disease, both of which are considered risk factors for COVID-19. With a background in communications and social media, he’s using these digital channels to encourage his colleagues to do the same. Unlike some other online nursing schools and programs, he’s quick to point out economic and financial inequities that contribute to poor health outcomes.

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Attention seeking doctors? No…an attention-rewarding system.  After the Breitbart video by the now-censored group “America’s Frontline Doctors” went viral for all the wrong reasons, it got me thinking WHY this happens and what makes these doctors different from many here we know and respect.  The difference is those doctors are capitalizing on an opposing view to gain popularity at the expense of public health.   While that is one extreme, even the most legitimate of doctors capitalize on trends and buzzwords to get eyes on important topics. While some possess the appropriate expertise, others incorporate labels of “wellness” “holistic” and “natural” to draw viewership. In some ways, I often wonder if this may alienate people from other doctors who do not include these buzzwords… and could we be prepetuating a cycle? I can’t say I haven’t engaged in doing something along these lines…I mean, even this photo serves a purpose.  This is NOT a defense for the unsubstantiated claims about COVID cures and mask ineffectiveness by the Breitbart posse. But the idea intrigued me that we are compelled to play into a divide, even if for good.  #doctor #holistic #wellness #misinformation #publichealth

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Cedric “Jamie” Rutland M.D.

As a pulmonary/critical care MD, Cedric is the owner of West Coast Lung, an internal medicine, pulmonary & critical care center in Newport Beach, CA. As the face of his practice, he specializes in asthma, COPD, ILD, EBUS, navigational bronchoscopy, and the effects of vaping. However, the coronavirus pandemic has put his practice under the microscope. He’s been closely studying how the virus affects the lungs of severely ill patients, creating informative videos that are educating providers all over the world as we fight to put an end to this disease. He’s also a National Spokesman for the American Lung Association, becoming one of the most trusted pulmonologists in the country.

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“Oh no! I had the virus and I don’t have antibodies. It’s a hoax.” Yeah. I’ve heard this one too. I covered B cells and antibodies in my last post. It’s time to go a little deeper. From the ages of newborn until about 14, there is an organ that develops then shrinks. This organ is the Thymus and is responsible for T cell development. T cells are another type of white blood cell whose job is to recognize pathogen, present pieces of said pathogen to B cells and others, and create receptors which recognize cells infected by the foreign organism. Yes. It’s a big job. To avoid recognizing self, they go through a selection process which takes place in the Thymus. There are many types of T cells but all of you have heard of CD4 (helper T cells) and CD8 (cytotoxic T cells). The CD is basically a receptor on the cell membrane. After a pathogen is located, cytokines secreted, and dendritic cells (a whole other story) are activated, T cells may be activated. They then evolve to help B cells recognize antigen (pieces of pathogen) and make antibodies (helper T cells) or become directly cytotoxic and kill pathogen and/or infected cell, DIRECTLY, CD8 cells. In SARS CoV 2 infection, it has been published T cell responses are directed against nsp3, nsp4, ORF3s, ORF7a, nsp12, ORF8 (all proteins located on or within SARS CoV 2). In other words, thinking that immunity is only based on one specific antibody created or on every antibody created still indicates a level of simplicity that does not exist. It’s like saying the ‘94 Bulls (who won 55 games, essentially identical record the previous year with the ?) were just as good as a Michael Jordan led team because their record was the same. You can’t say that. It requires a lot more thought. In conclusion, the antibody test to me, means precisely, not much about immunity as a whole. But sure I’ll order one for you. I mean, I ordered these off whites I didn’t need. ??‍♂️??‍♂️. #immunology #Tcells #Bcells #pulmonary #criticalcare #COVID #COVID19 #lungs #medicine #internalmedicine #love #privatehealth #health #orangecounty #california #RMRN #iowa #mademe #kansas ?cred @modunks @byeverythingpositive

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Nurse Monica, MS, FNP-BC

Nurse Monica wants to help nurses negotiate their dream jobs as they tap into unrealized opportunities in the workplace. She encourages her followers to speak up on the job, advocate for their rights, and work toward securing their financial future. She’s also the mother of three adorable triplets, which are all over her Instagram account, so she knows a thing or two about what it’s like to be a working parent. Look to her for career advice and other must-know tips for creating the ideal work-life balance.

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CHEERS!? It’s Friday! This pic was taken in February after over 8 hours of filming The Compensation Course. I was sweating, tired but so FULL. Champagne in my glass, all those involved had a TOAST to my vision finally coming to fruition!! There are some new faces around here and I’m WAY overdue for an introduction! Yes! The woman behind the girls you love! ? Maryland-native, Hampton U and Georgetown U Alumni ? Family NP working in Obstetrics and Gynecology, previously a Labor and Delivery Nurse ? Mommy to spontaneous (natural) triplets daughters- Bellamy, Kaden and Kennedy! Scroll back to earlier posts to read some of the story! First we thought we were pregnant with one, then we were told twins, then …. TRIPLETS. ? I’m the creator of The Compensation Course! It’s a guide for NP students and current NPs to learn the skills to negotiate the job of their dreams! From picking the right job to contract red flags – it’s a robust course that WILL prepare you to LEVEL UP. ? I used to be allergic to like everything, but grew out of most of my allergies. Thank God- because I lovvvvvve seafood (Maryland Blue Crabs & Shrimp are my fav) ? I’m a girl’s girl! God must have known that feeding into women is my life’s purpose because I went to an all-girls HS (Seton!), am an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, L&D RN and now working in an OBGYN practice. WOMEN WOMEN WOMEN! OH! And I have three daughters – so, yea. God knew! ? I’m a lover. I forgive easily and don’t hold grudges. It’s actually difficult for me to hold a grudge, let alone remember what someone did. I do however go off of how I feel when I’m around you. If it feels good – you’ll see a lot of me! If not? I’m loving you from over there➡️ ? I love being on the water, wine tasting, hanging with friends, harmonizing with family and spending time with my husband Ben. ? I’m def not a mommy expert and don’t try to be. My parenting style is pretty lax with a few exceptions and I’m learning everyday alongside my mom tribe! Ok – Don’t leave me hanging! Tell me something about yourself in the comments or drop your fav Friday emoji!??

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Amanda, NP

As a bonafide “Resume Expert,” Nurse Amanda is a fierce advocate for travel nursing. She knows that nurses have so many options at their disposal, even if it doesn’t always feel that way. If you want to unlock your dream job, you might want to brush up your resume first. The nursing and nursing management industry is extremely competitive these days, and Amanda focuses on helping nurses present themselves in a new light, so they can negotiate for better pay, shorter hours, and a more sustainable work environment. Check out her profile for resume tips, templates and more.

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