The internet has opened many new doors to education, networking, and community building for nurses around the world. Sites like The Gypsy Nurse, BluePipes, and many others provide nurses with a platform to connect and learn in new ways.
In the world of social media, a community of nurse influencers has developed in recent years. These RNs give their fellow nurses encouragement, inspiration, and tips on how to live their best “#NurseLife.”
Today’s GIFTED Spotlight shines on Chelsea Wynder, a GIFTED RN who has built an expansive nursing lifestyle brand as The Fabuleux Nurse.
Read on to learn about Chelsea’s journey as an RN with a mission to educate and inspire nurses everywhere.
A Lifelong Caretaker
Born in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Chelsea Wynder became familiar with the responsibilities of a caretaker at an early age.
Chelsea struggled with severe asthma throughout her childhood, causing her to be hospitalized on a regular basis. Her mother has multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system that can cause pain and permanent nerve damage. It was Chelsea’s grandmother, a registered nurse, who cared for her mother as her illness progressed.
Despite the difficult circumstances, Chelsea remembers the caretakers of her childhood fondly.
“I remember the nurses that showed me compassion and actually cared, and the way that my grandmother took care of my mother,” she said. “Those experiences got me interested in nursing when I was very young.”
“My friends say that I’m the only person they know who wanted to be a nurse in the second grade and stuck with it,” Chelsea added with a laugh.
In high school, Chelsea was chosen to go to the National Youth Leadership Forum of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She says the experience “sealed the deal.”
Chelsea’s Travel RN Journey Begins
After graduating from Northwestern State University, Chelsea began her nursing career in Shreveport, Louisiana. After spending two years learning the ropes as a staff nurse, Chelsea embarked on her travel nursing journey.
“I started travel nursing to find a better work-life balance,” said Chelsea. ”The demands of staff nursing were stressful for me as a new nurse, and I wanted to try something different.”
In Chelsea’s words, her travel nursing experience has been “so far so good.” She believes that the unique demands of the role – adaptability, learning on-the-fly, and being comfortable with change – have made her a better nurse.
“I try to bring a positive attitude and an open mind to each new assignment,” she said. “Travel nursing has made me much more confident, patient, and willing to take on new challenges.”
So far, she has remained in Louisiana, taking assignments in Metairie, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette. This arrangement has given Chelsea the freedom to pursue an exciting career without sacrificing the people and projects in her life.
The work-life balance of Chelsea’s travel nursing career, coupled with her personal history and a strong drive to inspire others, formed the perfect breeding ground for The Fabuleux Nurse, her nursing lifestyle brand.
The Fabuleux Nurse
Despite having a bright and bubbly personality as an adult, Chelsea recalls being an extremely shy child.
“Growing up, I was super shy,” Chelsea explained. “My family encouraged me to post YouTube videos to become more comfortable.”
Chelsea started posting videos advocating for self-care, along with beauty and cosmetics tips. She fell in love with the process and began expanding her online presence. She built a website and became very active on social media platforms, sharing her experiences as a travel nurse with friends and followers.
Eventually, The Fabuleux Nurse was born, named to honor her Louisiana roots.
Chelsea described her brand as a “balance between beauty and nursing.”
“My goal is to show nurses that you can have your cake and eat it, too,” she said. “It’s possible to enjoy a great nursing career and still have financial freedom, a healthy work-life balance, and practice self-care.”
A Fabuleux Nurse Gives Back
The Fabuleaux Nurse is enough work to keep anyone busy, but Chelsea didn’t stop there.
In 2018, Chelsea created Fabuleux Nurses, Inc., collaborative network of nurses and healthcare professionals that supports aspiring nurses through community outreach events and mentoring.
Fabuleux Nurses, Inc. provides scholarships and wraparound support services for hard-working nursing students in need of financial aid.
The Ideal Nurse
To achieve excellence, one must strive for an ideal. And every time GIFTED speaks to an exceptional nurse, we try to learn about the ideals that inspire them.
When we asked Chelsea to “define the qualities of an ideal nurse,” her answer paralleled the excellent responses of the other nurses we’ve featured in the GIFTED Spotlight.
“Someone who is compassionate, who is nurturing, and is the person who will be there when a patient feels they have no one else,” Chelsea said. “That’s what I had when I was sick, and what I needed…and that’s what my mom needed, too.”
Chelsea Wynder Is a GIFTED Nurse
We’re thrilled that Chelsea Wynder is part of the GIFTED family, and we look forward to her future as an all-star travel nurse!
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