Getting to Know the MOllennial Nurse

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Is it me or have black women been on the rise lately? From getting a promotion on her job, to quitting her 9-5 to pursue entrepreneurship, raising beautiful and educated black kings and queens, starting blogs, taking over Youtube... I mean seriously, we are doing the damn thing and I'd like to take this moment and this platform to applaud all of my beautiful black queens who make it happen everyday for not only themselves, but for their families. You all are the backbone of the world and I am so proud of the work that you're doing! I especially want to give credit where credit is due, to all of my BLACK NURSES! Women AND men! There was a time where black medical professionals was uncommon and unseen, it was a laughing stock to even hear that a person of color was smart enough to make it to that educational level; but look at us now. Black men and women are taking over the STEM programs and I am LOVING it! So congratulations to you all, and my encouragement to you is to continue to hold on. The semester is almost over, don't give up now!

Hi, I’m Nurse Mollennial – A Millennial Nurse named Monique born and raised in Long Island, NY. I started my nursing career as an LPN graduating from VEEB in 2015, before going on to become a Registered Nurse. I attended Nassau Community College and obtained my ASN in 2018. I am enrolled in an RN-BSN program and am scheduled to start in January 2020. beautiful black queens who make it happen everyday for not only themselves but for their families. You all are the backbone of the world and I am so proud of the work that you're doing! I especially want to give credit where credit is due, to all of my BLACK NURSES! Women AND men! There was a time where black medical professionals were uncommon and unseen, it was a laughing stock to even hear that a person of color was smart enough to make it to that educational level but look at us now. Black men and women are taking over the STEM programs and I am LOVING it! So congratulations to you all, and my encouragement to you is to continue to hold on. The semester is almost over, don't give up now!


What better way to continue to honor and show appreciation to people of color who are doing the damn thing than to salute one beauty queen who gets up everyday and makes it happen for her and her son. Here's my exclusive interview with Monique Patterson, CEO of MOllennial Nurse LLC and Fresh Flower Companionship LLC:

Q: So tell the readers a little bit about yourself. Who is the “Nurse MOllennial?’

A:

Hi, I’m Nurse Mollennial – A Millennial Nurse named Monique born and raised in Long Island, NY. I started my nursing career as an LPN graduating from VEEB in 2015, before going on to become a Registered Nurse. I attended Nassau Community College and obtained my ASN in 2018. I am enrolled in a RN-BSN program and am scheduled to start January 2020.

Millennial Nurse was originally started last November as just a personal blog. Whether it was aspiring healthcare workers, nursing students, new grads, etc., I wanted to use the blog as a platform to inspire and motivate millennials in medicine. In a “nurses eat their young” world I felt that this was very important. I also wanted to use the platform to educate my community on health issues that affect us as minorities. As I started to build my brand I decided to start my business “Millennial Nurse”. I found myself, as well as my peers always using/buying coffee mugs, journals, badge reels, etc. We are always looking for ones with cute, catchy saying and I thought- why not create my own. I am a millennial so I know that I can relate and create accessories for my peers. Just like that, Millennial Nurse, LLC was born. Oddly enough, I didn’t start my business to quit my 9-5. I have a true passion for nursing so I can't see myself not doing it. However, at some point in the near future, I do hope to work part-time(fingers crossed) but for right now I am still currently employed. .  

Q: How did you decide between completing your ASN before your BSN?

A:

In regards to choosing between ASN and BSN, I would say it definitely a personal choice. I received a lot of negative (unwanted might I add) opinions about going for my ASN instead of BSN. For me it was about timing. I knew that I wanted to move out of state soon and I did not want to spend any longer length of time that was not needed in NY. Also, I wanted to finish schooling quickly and get into the field- plus I knew that I could always complete a RN-BSN program online which was much more of my speed (something about the classroom setting exhausts me !!) Although, I am totally happy with my decision, I wouldn’t be completely honest if I didn’t say that sometimes I wish that I would have gotten my BSN because of the pay grade that you are automatically in (even as a new grad) vs just having your ASN. 

Q: What is the MOllennial Nurse? What was the driving factor that made you want to go into business for yourself?

A:

Millennial Nurse was originally started last November as just a personal blog. Whether it was aspiring healthcare workers, nursing students, new grads, etc., I wanted to use the blog as a platform to inspire and motivate millennials in medicine. In a “nurses eat their young” world I felt that this was very important. I also wanted to use the platform to educate my community on health issues that affect us as minorities. As I started to build my brand I decided to start my business “Millennial Nurse”. I found myself, as well as my peers always using/buying coffee mugs, journals, badge reels, etc. We are always looking for ones with cute, catchy saying and I thought- why not create my own. I am a millennial so I know that I can relate and create accessories for my peers. Just like that, Millennial Nurse, LLC was born. Oddly enough, I didn’t start my business to quit my 9-5. I have a true passion for nursing so I cant see myself not doing it. However, at some point in the near future I do hope to work part time(fingers crossed) but for right now I am still currently employed. 

A normal day for me typically involves starting my day at 5:40 am so I can drop my son to school and make it to work by 7:30 am. During downtime at work (if I have any) I am checking emails, sending invoices to clients (I also have a homecare agency back home in NY), and managing my social media accounts. Once my work day is over, I rush to pick my son up from after school program and head home to help with homework. In between helping him with homework, I’m checking emails, social media accounts, following up on orders from my Etsy shop, or any other business-related matters. Might I add, at some point during this process I cook dinner. Around 8 pm is usually when I can relax and wind down until its bedtime. In my spare time, I try (emphasis on try) to relax! However, that’s not always the case because the minute I start to relax I start to guilt myself into thinking that I could be utilizing my time to do something else. Besides relaxing, I really enjoy spending time with my family, traveling (I need a vacay real soon), and catching up on my shows.

Q: In Nursing, we always promote routines, good habits, and self-care to stay on top of things So what does a typical day look like for you, and how do you unwind in your spare time? A:

A normal day for me typically involves starting my day at 5:40 am so I can drop my son to school and make it to work by 7:30am. During downtime at work (if I have any) I am checking emails, sending invoices to clients (I also have a homecare agency back home in NY), and managing my social media accounts. Once my work day is over, I rush to pick my son up from after school program and head home to help with homework. In between helping him with homework, I’m checking emails, social media accounts, following up on orders from my Etsy shop, or any other business related matters. Might I add, at some point during this process I cook dinner. Around 8pm is usually when I can relax and wind down until its bedtime. In my spare time, I try (emphasis on try) to relax! However, that’s not always the case because the minute I start to relax I start to guilt myself into thinking that I could be utilizing my time to do something else. Besides relaxing, I really enjoy spending time with my family, traveling (I need a vacay real soon), and catching up on my shows.

Q: This is such a cliche question, so I apologize in advance, but who has been your biggest inspiration throughout your journey. Why?

A:

My biggest inspiration thus far has been my family. The amount of support and words of encouragement I receive from them is truly a blessing. They all have played an important role in my journey as a nurse as well as a entrepreneur. Its no way I could thank them enough for all of the things they have done for me thus far. They are the reason why I am so passionate about inspiring and motivating others on whatever journey decide in life.

Q: As an ending thought, what advise would you give to those who are still in the process of beginning their nursing school journey or about to start their career as a new nurse? And for those who want to start a business while in school or graduating? A: For any nurses/nursing students who want to start an online business I would strongly encourage you to. If it is something that you are strongly passionate about I would say do it now! Do not let nothing get in your way- opinions of other, or most importantly yourself/self-doubt. Let’s be honest, it is hard work and if you are in nursing school it will be even twice as hard. However, it is doable.

The advice that I have for all the nursing students reading this is KEEP PUSHING. I know that this seems like THE hardest thing you have ever had to do in life, but trust me it is absolutely worth it. Always think about your “why”(why do you want this) and “how”(how bad do you want it) and that’s where you will find your motivation. It will require a lot of LONG days/nights and most of the time you will feel like you want to quit but TRUST ME- the end result is so rewarding.

In the words of the late Nipsey- “Dedication, hard work plus patience “ !! 


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