21 episodes

Hear Nurse Blake like never before in this raw and unfiltered podcast about nursing, both on and off the clock. With 2.5 million social media followers, Nurse Blake injects fun into the nursing profession with his viral videos and high-energy skits. The Nurse Blake Podcast takes on topics you want to hear about from relationship advice and foley catheter insertion to safe staffing ratios and the gay blood ban. The podcast features Blake’s husband Brett as his co-host. Brett brings his perspective of a non-healthcare worker and his experience being married to a nurse. New episodes weekly!

The Nurse Blake Podcast Nurse Blake

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 373 Ratings

Hear Nurse Blake like never before in this raw and unfiltered podcast about nursing, both on and off the clock. With 2.5 million social media followers, Nurse Blake injects fun into the nursing profession with his viral videos and high-energy skits. The Nurse Blake Podcast takes on topics you want to hear about from relationship advice and foley catheter insertion to safe staffing ratios and the gay blood ban. The podcast features Blake’s husband Brett as his co-host. Brett brings his perspective of a non-healthcare worker and his experience being married to a nurse. New episodes weekly!

    #20 - Best and Worst Parts About Nursing

    #20 - Best and Worst Parts About Nursing

    Before I get started, I wanted to address the loss of Nurse Ebi last week. He was the creator of @nurselifern on Instagram, host of the Nurse Speak podcast, and overall an incredible nurse and advocate. You will be missed!

    We made it to 20 episodes! I’m smiling through the pain from my dentist appointment, which I get into to start the episode. Then I talk about my favorite thing this week, which is Buzz Balls! No it’s not a toy- it’s an adult beverage in the shape of a ball! Please drink responsibly. #HotNurseSummer I’ve also added 9 new shows to my PTO Comedy Tour! Get your tickets before they’re gone.

    This week, I am discussing the best and worst parts of nursing. I start with the best parts of nursing, like the ability to care for others, job security, diverse opportunities, and more! There are so many reasons why nursing is a great career choice. Of course, there are some negatives. I go through some of the worst parts- including working overtime, exposure to germs and viruses, and high stress environments. To me, the pros outweigh the cons, but don’t jump into the profession because it pays well. Choose nursing if it’s right for you!

    I also quiz Brett with some basic nursing questions since he’s “basically” a nurse now. Then, I do my first installment of my new “Dear Blake” segment, where I answer questions you all submitted! To close out we read shoutouts submitted on my website nurseblake.com/podcast.

    Each week we will take on a new nursing topic and bring up questions and stories submitted by our listeners.

    Tickets for my comedy tour are on sale now! https:/nurseblake.com/

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    Thanks for listening!

    • 51 min
    #19 - Nurse Pay, Let’s Talk Money

    #19 - Nurse Pay, Let’s Talk Money

    Another week, another new podcast episode! I’m talking all about what nurses get paid in different states. To start the episode, I’m talking about my “Category Is…” series I’ve been doing in my stories. The hydration stations are getting out of control, and the bugs and animals freaked me out! I also have a special announcement in regards to my tour coming soon, so be sure to follow me on social media for updates.
    Then I go through the highest RN salaries by state, and the lowest. I’m also comparing the pay to the living wage in those states. Some states may surprise you with their ranking! In the spirit of covering different states, we play the easiest state trivia quiz ever. Spoiler- I may have struggled with a question or two.
    I also dive into different nursing specialties where you can earn the big bucks! Keep in mind, nursing student debt is no joke. It’s all about doing your research and finding the right path for you. To close out we read shoutouts submitted on my website nurseblake.com/podcast. Each week we will take on a new nursing topic and bring up questions and stories submitted by our listeners.
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    Thanks for listening!

    • 47 min
    #18 - Medical TV Shows

    #18 - Medical TV Shows

    How realistic are medical TV shows? If you work in healthcare, you know some shows totally get it wrong! This week is all about medical tv shows and my perspective as a nurse.

    To start, I’m sharing my favorite thing this week- the MealTime app! It’s helping me use more seasonings than salt and pepper. Unfortunately my first meal didn’t go over so well with Brett’s stomach. Then, I dive into some of the most popular medical tv shows over the years. I’m sharing which nursing show I think is a total flop, and I’m quizzing my husband on the accuracy of popular shows based on the responses from doctors and nurses.

    I go in depth on Nurse Jackie and the reactions from real healthcare workers. Some people think the show negatively impacted the public perception of nurses. Did the show portray nurses in a bad light? Does the general public’s opinion on nurses really matter? I’m being candid about my thoughts.

    Shoutout to Nurse Bokhee for being featured in all 17 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy! This was a really fun episode and I hope you all enjoy it.

    To close out we read shoutouts submitted on my website nurseblake.com/podcast. Each week we will take on a new nursing topic and bring up questions and stories submitted by our listeners.

    I’M GOING ON TOUR! TICKETS ON SALE NOW  https://www.nurseblake.com/

    Become a member of NurseCon, the ultimate nursing organization! https://www.nursecon.com/

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    Thanks for listening!

    Referenced articles:

    https://nursingeducation.org/25-best-tv-shows/

    https://www.insider.com/experts-reveal-the-least-and-most-accurate-medical-shows-2019-12

    http://ojin.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/Columns/Ethics/Nurse-Jackie.html

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    #17 - Nurses Support Their Young

    #17 - Nurses Support Their Young

    This week is all about nurses eating their young, and why instead nurses should SUPPORT their young.

    BRETT IS BACK! My favorite thing this week, besides recording with my husband again, is the Velocicoaster at Universal Orlando. The Florida rain was not going to stop me from getting on this ride. There were a lot of twists and turns, it was intense!

    Then, we read some stories submitted by listeners about bullying they’ve experienced in nursing. If you’re not getting the support you need in nursing school, find a different program. If you’re working in a toxic environment, find a different nursing job. There are supportive programs and nursing jobs out there, and you deserve to be treated fairly.

    It is a real problem, and it takes active effort to change the culture of bullying in nursing. I go over a study on nurse bullying called “Our Own Worst Enemies”, published in 2019. We go over the different bully archetypes presented in the article, and how we can counteract these behaviors.

    https://journals.lww.com/naqjournal/fulltext/2019/07000/our_own_worst_enemies__the_nurse_bullying_epidemic.12.aspx

    I also play “How Well Do You Know Me?” with my husband to test our knowledge of each other as a couple. We try our best not to bully each other along the way! To wrap up the nurse bullying conversation, I break down strategies you can use to address nurse bullying. Shoutout to the awesome and supportive leaders in nursing that help maintain a healthy work environment.

    To close out we read shoutouts submitted on my website nurseblake.com/podcast. Each week we will take on a new nursing topic and bring up questions and stories submitted by our listeners.

    I’M GOING ON TOUR! TICKETS ON SALE NOW  https:/nurseblake.com/

    Become a member of NurseCon, the ultimate nursing organization! https://www.nursecon.com/

    SUPPORT THE PODCAST BY SUBSCRIBING

    Thanks for listening!

    • 52 min
    #16 - Ask Me Anything

    #16 - Ask Me Anything

    This week, I’m solo on the podcast (Brett will be back next week!) and I’m answering questions submitted through my website and from Instagram. We’re talking about nursing school stress, work-life balance on the night shift, toxic work environments, and more! I'm getting REAL on this episode.

    To start the show I’m talking about my comedy show this Fall, because I’m just so excited!! If you haven’t already, get your tickets on my website. Let’s get some local hospital rivalries going... rep your hospital! My favorite thing this week is TikTok. Not even embarrassed!

    Then, I’m diving into all your questions and sharing my thoughts based on my own experiences. What made me want to pursue a career in nursing? Will anxiety affect your nursing practice? Tips for dealing with burnout? I’m covering it all.

    To close out we read shoutouts submitted on my website nurseblake.com/podcast. Each week we will take on a new nursing topic and bring up questions and stories submitted by our listeners.

    I’M GOING ON TOUR! TICKETS ON SALE NOW  https:/nurseblake.com/

    Become a member of NurseCon, the ultimate nursing organization! https://www.nursecon.com/

    SUPPORT THE PODCAST BY SUBSCRIBING

    Thanks for listening!

    • 50 min
    #15 - The Gay Blood Ban

    #15 - The Gay Blood Ban

    This week on the podcast, my husband Brett and I discuss our experience fighting the gay blood ban. Before we dive into that topic, we have to tell you all about sending off our puppies to training camp! We miss them so much.

    My favorite thing this week is sweet tea Mio! Drinking plain water wasn’t working for me...

    Then we talk about the first big project we started together- Banned4Life. We wanted to get the FDA to end the permanent gay blood donor ban. We didn’t want to boycott blood drives, so we raised awareness by getting eligible donors to donate on our behalf. Before we knew it, news stations were picking up the story, and we had a feature in Men's Health magazine!

    In December of 2015 the FDA ended the lifetime ban. Now, there is still a 3-month deferral period that requires donors to abstain from gay sexual encounters.

    So much progress has been made, but there’s still more work to be done. I’m working with One Blood (in partnership with LBGTQ+ centers) to get 2,000 gay and bisexual males to participate in the ADVANCE Study to present evidence to the FDA that even a 3-month deferral is unnecessary. Sign up at https://advancestudy.org/

    You have the power to create change in your community.

    Brett and I also read off some blood donor facts from redcrossblood.org you may not know!

    To close out we read shoutouts submitted on my website nurseblake.com/podcast. Each week we will take on a new nursing topic and bring up questions and stories submitted by our listeners.

    I’M GOING ON TOUR! TICKETS ON SALE NOW  https:/nurseblake.com/

    Become a member of NurseCon, the ultimate nursing organization! https://www.nursecon.com/

    SUPPORT THE PODCAST BY SUBSCRIBING

    Thanks for listening!

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
373 Ratings

373 Ratings

makaycat ,

Love!!

Love your podcast Blake!! I’m a fellow night shift travel RN in Ohio and love your stories. Can you please do an episode talking about when you worked at Disney and any cool stories you have when you worked there! I’m a huge DISnerd!!

kristenarrigotti ,

So fun to listen

Loved the last (medical shows) episode. I was also a fan of House. Wanted to point out that house was based on Sherlock Holmes. (Holmes and Watson, House and Wilson). Little fun fact. I was also a fan of the show Nurse Jackie. You’re right, you don’t hear of medical associations complaining about how doctor characters make the profession look but the ANA had issue with Nurse Jackie?!

Anyways, great episode and great podcast, love listening to you guys!

lou1075 ,

Thanks

Thank you, Blake.
I feel so much more connected to the profession.

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