My name is Blyss Splane and I am a certified operating room nurse and a freelance nurse writer. I am originally from Delaware, but moved to Georgia in 2017 with my husband and dog Charley. I am an avid reader with an ever-growing TBR (to-be-read) list. My Instagram feed is filled with bookstagrammers with different book recommendations. When I’m not listening to books on Audible, I’m busy listening to book podcasts.
I am a University of Delaware alumni with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. I have worked in several different hospital operating rooms and have met so many different people over the years. In 2019, I began working as an operating room travel nurse and have loved the chance to grow even more as a nurse.
Becoming a Writer
In 2020, I began writing articles for healthcare blogs as a freelance healthcare writer. I have always loved writing and had been looking for opportunities to write more often. I had been listening to a podcast called The Savvy Scribe Podcast, by nurse Janine Kelbach, about starting a profitable healthcare writing business. I had been listening to her podcasts about how to start writing, but had not taken steps towards actually writing or looking for writing jobs.
As an email subscriber to her website updates, I was given access to her posted job opportunities. There was an opportunity to write about the pros and cons of being a perioperative (OR) nurse. I felt jittery as I read through the brief details of what she needed in the article. I replied to the email that I was interested in writing, and then didn’t think of the email again. A few days later, I received a response from her asking to write the article with the full assignment details.
To say I was shocked is an absolute understatement. I went through a whole range of emotions from sheer excitement, disbelief, to what the heck did I just do? I had never written anything for money before, let alone for a business. I had written so many papers throughout nursing school, yet years later I had not written anything longer than a hand written journal entry.
After spending a few minutes jumping up and down in my head, I decided to go for it. What did I have to lose? If I wrote an article she didn’t like, all I had done was write a paper that may not be seen by anyone but her. My husband encouraged me as he usually does: with logical common sense. He said “Of all the things you could write about, being an OR nurse is definitely in your wheelhouse. Plus, you like to write for fun.”
My husband was referencing my tendency to journal. I enjoy writing and find it extremely therapeutic to write things down on paper. Seeing my thoughts on paper and organizing my thoughts allows me to process. My closest friends and my parents told me to go for it and were supportive of me branching out to a new project.
As they say, the rest is history! I have loved the opportunity to write about one of my passions, operating room nurses!
I would love to get to know you too! Leave your name and where you are from in the comments below!
Until next time,