A Day in the Life of a Nurse Writer

Written by: Meg Lambrych, RN-BC

Critical Care: My First Dream

When I started nursing school almost six years ago, I thought I would enter critical care and eventually become a nurse anesthetist. My nursing journey has had many bumps, twists, and turns. Still, I finally know where I’m at is exactly where I’m meant to be: running my own freelance writing business. 

As a freelance nurse writer, I can educate and inspire my readers through multiple mediums for online publications, companies, brands, and individuals. Boredom is impossible, and my hours, income, and project list are dictated by me and me alone. 

As someone with hyperactive ADHD who always struggled to fit in and mask at work, the freedom that working from home at my own pace has given me has been the single biggest mental health treatment I’ve ever received. 

Join me as I walk you through my typical workday as a freelance nurse writer. 

A Typical Day as a Writer Working From Home

7:30 AM: I awake to the sound of two old pups whining. I roll out of bed and take care of business. We have three rambunctious dogs, two of which are seniors with many medications. I do their med pass (I’ve still got it!), feed them, and get everyone ready to start the day. I then enjoy my own breakfast and head up to my office.

9 AM: After taking my meds, my workday officially begins. I like to start every day with 30 minutes of administrative tasks, including a financial check-in, clearing my inbox, and responding to anything that needs my immediate attention. 

9:30 AM: Now, I transition to my client work. I’m usually booked, so I spend most of my work on blog posts, articles, or testimonials for my various clients. I never thought of myself as a creative person before I embarked on this journey, but after multiple cycles of overwhelm, I’ve learned that even scientific writing does indeed draw upon your creativity considerably. Because of that, I can only write for 4 to 6 hours a day, max. 

2 PM: Break time. While my three pups are the best research team a girl could ask for, they can only handle so much napping before they need exercise. And luckily for me, my ADHD brain does too. I take an hour and a half to walk them and then play fetch with my lab. 

My fidgeting, walking, and restlessness have been a friction point in every job I’ve ever had. 

Getting up, taking breaks, and exercising during my work day has been phenomenal for my continued creativity and focus. I’ve never been happier at work. 

2 to 5 PM ish: I finish writing for the day just in time for dinner. Unlike when I would come home from the hospital entirely emotionally dysregulated, switching from work back to a focus on the home is as easy as walking downstairs. 

My New Dream

My work as a nurse writer has saved me. It has provided me the income I wanted with much less stress and empowered me to become a business owner and gain countless skills I never dreamed possible. 

Freelance writing has opened my eyes to new paths and possibilities. I strongly recommend it for nurses looking for a new career or a part-time option outside of patient care. 

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2 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Nurse Writer”

  1. Thanks for sharing this Meg! I’ve always wondered what all is entailed in the role of nurse writer. Can you give an example of what kind of projects you are hired for? Like what kind of testimonials, blog posts, or articles are you hired to write and for what kind of clients?

  2. Hi Jo,

    Thank you for your question! I write for online magazines, health publications, and small businesses. My Byline can be found in Everday Health, The American Council on Exercise, Next Avenue, NurseJournal, BestColleges, and HealthNews. I’ve contributed to Nurse Fern, Gymbird, Goodbill, and Daylight Grow.

    I write blog posts/articles, case studies, white papers, and coaching testimonials for personal trainers, health coaches, and other solo service providers.

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