Danielle LeVeck: The Angel Behind Nurse Abnormalities

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About Our Guest

Danielle LeVeck is a nurse and she's the master behind her insanely engaging Instagram channel (@nurseabnormalities). On average, each of her post receives more than 100 comments within the first 24 hours.

As a nurse, Danielle started her career in cardiac critical care. She then transitioned to cardiac surgical critical care, ICU travel nursing, and medical-surgical ICU patients.

A few years ago, she decided to share stories about these “nurse abnormalities” because every day, she is "in awe of how brilliant, instrumental, and extraordinary nurses are to healthcare. Becoming a nurse positively transformed my outlook on life and I hope to give back to the profession throughout her career."

Why did we choose Danielle? 

Danielle's energy and authenticity are contagious, which I noticed within 30 seconds of recording my conversation with her on Skype. What you see is what you get. Danielle brings her full self to every interaction and situation. There's no holding back. She's the type of interviewers we love having on the show. 

Started in 2018, Feisworld began to narrow in on topics that listeners love and request the most. Therefore we decided to cover stories related to transitions and help you navigate through the messes and challenges in life: 

  • Have fun at work
  • Build your tribe
  • Reflections & transitions 
  • Idea that spread 
  • Live your art 
  • Pay forward 

As a podcast guest, Danielle scored big time in the first two categories. She loves what she does and she knows precisely how to build a tribe, the right way.

It doesn't matter what type of brand you are marketing for - a shoe company, a podcast, your own personal channel, Danielle teaches us how to connect with ourselves first before reaching out to others.  

Between the quirky pictures, celebrity videos, funny selfies, laughs with coworkers at the hospitals, no wonder why nurses and others like myself are simply obsesses with her content. 

One of my favorite articles from her is called "To a new nurse - you'll be OK" which has been shared for more than 22,000 times

"You are not a saint, you are not a nun, you are not a sex symbol, you do not work for free, and this may not have been your calling, but there is a reason you are a nurse, conscious or unconscious. This is a club of mostly wounded healers – it takes someone who has experienced brokenness, to know how to heal brokenness. You probably do not come from a seamless background. Maybe your parents are broken, or your relationship is broken, or you have cared for a suffering friend, or been a victim of racism, sexism, or any kind of hate in this world. This is why you know how to interpret, anticipate, and heal pain, because you have experienced it. This is why you know how to love deeper and hope more than the average person. This is why you are so, uniquely, special, and this is why you will be okay."

Show Notes

  • [06:00] Why did you decide to start writing and posting your stories to the world?
  • [10:00] Where are you located and what brought you there? 
  • [11:00] Did you have anyatime in your life where you felt scared, alone or vulnerable? Can you take us back to that time?
  • [16:00] One of your most popular articles on your website is to new nurses. What triggered you to write it?
  • [20:00] You opened yourself a lot writing this post. What were some of the reactions from the audience? How do you choose the tone and voice for articles on your blog?
  • [22:00] Nurses can make a life vs death difference and have a huge impact on the families of the patients. What’s your experience with that?
  • [25:00] Do people read your blog while seeking someone to relate to?

Part 2

  • [30:00] What does your creative process look like? How do you decide what to post and when?
  • [37:00] What are some of the strengths vs. struggles you had when using Instagram?
  • [38:00] You mentioned that you use your evening/night posts as a self-journaling process. At what time do you work on those posts and how?
  • [41:00] Fei and Danielle discussing about brainstorming and the creative process, tools and resources.
  • [44:00] Do you see what you are doing to potentially turn into a business?
  • [51:00] Can you share some thoughts about palliative care?
  • [56:00] How can people connect or reach out to you?

 

Favorite Quotes

[07:00] Since I became a nurse, I wake up every day, so much more thankful for what I have and living life to the fullest.

[17:00] No matter what kind of nurse you are, at the core, most of us are the same, and we are really good at helping people. We are the same, we’ve been through pain and struggles and that’s how we help heal our patients. But at the same time we have to take care of ourselves. If we are just trying to heal to fill ourselves at the same, it’s not going to help. It’s going to hurt us.

[33:00] I’m very vulnerable. The stuff that I say I think a lot of people would never tell anyone. I think that’s why people talk to me and it’s always been that way.

[42:00] I know nurses really well. I relate all of my content to nurses, and I am also very open. I think that that has something to do with it too. Over the years, I got to know myself much better than I used too. There’s always things to learn but I really am the most comfortable with myself at this point in my life and I think that’s reflective in what I post.

[53:00] In general I like to explain palliative care as a team that comes in and finds out what the patient wants, talks to the family, talks to all of the doctors on the team, and brings everyone together to meet the needs of the patients. And truly find out what the patient wants.