Nurse Hero ShirtThere’s only one week remaining before the Elsevier Nurse Validator Superhero nomination period closes. Don’t lose this opportunity to honor an amazing nurse around you. Get to nominating!

And, the first five people to leave a comment on the original post about the nurse you are nominating for the award win a free Nurse Hero t-shirt (sizes Small through Large available).

What makes your nominee so amazing?


CongratsCongrats to Anna, who won scrubs from simply by commenting on the recent giveaway article. Congrats to you, Anna! I hope this starts off your week with a bang. Enjoy!


Spoiled Thanks to Dansko

by Nursetopia on May 10, 2014

20140428-203946.jpgBig congrats to Natalie L. for winning the recent  Dansko Nurses Week giveaway on Nursetopia. No doubt Natalie is now forever spoiled as a Dansko nurse. Enjoy the rest of your Nurses Week, Natalie. Your Dansko Professional Scatter Floral shoes will sweep you away soon!


“I love those shoes!”

“Hey, did you get new shoes? Super cute!”

“Ohhh, I love Dansko shoes!”

20140428-203946.jpgYou better get accustomed to these kind of questions and unsolicited comments because it’s going to happen. It just is. That’s exactly what happened when I wore the new Dansko Professional Scattered Floral in clinic last week. Black patent leather with bright-stroked, iridescent flowers. Fun!

Want to have the same kind of Dansko fun? In honor of Nurses Week, they’re giving away the same Professional to one lucky Nursetopia reader. All you have to do is leave a comment below detailing how you’re planning to celebrate Nurses Week (ahem, which is May 6-12), and you might be strolling in colors, comfort, and compliments soon! The commenting winner will be randomly selected Thursday evening (8 PM Central), May 8th, and announced on Nursetopia Friday, May 9th. Thanks, Dansko!

So, tell me; how are you celebrating the most awesome of weeks – Nurses Week?

Disclosure: I received a pair of Dansko shoes for review. Comments here are my own. Can you tell I love Dansko?



Dansko is at it again…recognizing and celebrating the most fabulous group of healthcare professionals – nurses, of course! Okay, I might be a tad biased. Maybe. But you can’t deny that Dansko loves, loves, loves nurses! And who’s to blame them? No one here!

Dansko is giving away a pair of their amazing shoes and a fabulous Nurses Week lunch to you and nine of your closest nurse friends. That is, if you’re one of the five randomly selected winners. That means you have to enter, though, by April 28th. Simply tell them why you celebrate Nurses Week, and you’re in the drawing! How easy is that? And oh my goodness…what nurse friend wouldn’t offer to help with your next admit/discharge/enema/[insert your least-favorite nursing care piece here] when he or she realizes you’re treating him/her to new Dansko shoes and lunch?! Oh yeah; you’ll be that nurse during Nurses Week.

So, get after it; enter the Dansko Nurses Week Giveaway, and start the celebration early! Thanks, Dansko, for always celebrating Nurses! 


The seasons are changing, and you know what that means, don’t you? Fall shoes and boots!

Dansko just launched its fall shoe collection. Oh, you didn’t know Dankso makes more than fabulous Professional clogs for work? Uh, yeah, they do! With three new casual collections, Dankso shoes are perfect for after-work style, too. Dansko really does have a shoe for every activity, and the Ventura, Monaco, and Havana collections are the perfect lines to choose from for whatever fills your evenings and weekends:

o   The Ventura Collection has simple adornments and burnished full grain leather highlighting superior, classic craftsmanship.

o   The Monaco Collection has the same ride and construction of the Stapled Clog, but with a more tapered silhouette and pronounced heel profile.

o   The Havana Collection features hand antiqued full grain leathers with studded and cutout details; this collection blends old world charm with a gritty urban vibe.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 9.03.16 PMI have the Tilda shoes from the Ventura collection. I absolutely adore them, mainly because they double between work and fun. I can easily pair them with business pants for a meeting with healthcare leaders or with one of my favorite fall maxi skirts for a family dinner out or with jeans for a movie date night with My Love. They look great, and they have all the comfort of Dansko shoes.

To celebrate nurses’ off-shift shoe love and the new fall collection, Dankso is giving away a pair of shoes from the Ventura, Monaco, or Havana collection to one lucky Nursetopia reader! Pearl, from the Monaco line, and Faith, from the Havana line, are not available for the giveaway, but there are eight…eightother styles from the Dankso fall collection to choose from if you win! To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment about which shoe you’d like to have and why. The winner will be selected via on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 7:00 PM Central Time.

So, which Dansko fall collection shoes are you eyeing?

Disclosure: I received Dansko shoes to review. I love them! All comments are my own. 


And the Dansko Shoes Go To…

by Nursetopia on May 14, 2013

Winner2Congratulations to Courtney R. who won the recent Dansko Art Palette shoes giveaway!

Courtney was selected using, and her entry comment said, “I’ve always been curious about trying out Danskos, I just wear athletic/running shoes, but I would love to be able to try Danskos! :)

Seriously, this fellow nurse is in for one amazing treat because these shoes are ahhhmazing.

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Dansko Hearts Nurses [Giveaway]

by Nursetopia on May 1, 2013

I’m pretty much a Dansko fangirl. I love their shoes. I love their scrubs. They are perfect for nurses (and all healthcare professionals). And, in honor of nurses and our great work, Dankso is celebrating Nurses Week, which is May 6-12, in a big way.

Dansko_NursesWeekPromoFirst, Dansko is sponsoring an enter-to-win contest for anyone who visits a Dansko retailer during Nurses Week (5/6-5/12) and tries on Dansko apparel or footwear. Five lucky nurses will win a Dansko prize pack! You can find a retailer near you to jump in on the fun.

Second, Dansko has three new shoe styles – Professional Art Palette, Professional Flower Power, and Sedona Elise. I have the Professional Art Palette shoes, which are ah-mazing thanks to the ever-comfortable and trusty Professional style. The Art Palette design instantly brings a color-bomb to any scrub style, and the shoes have even changed the entire look of a casual outfit. Hooray for work shoes weeerking the off-shift!

Dankso Professional Art PaletteTo thank nurses, Dansko is giving a pair of the Professional Art Palette shoes to one fortunate Nursetopia reader. To gain entry to the giveaway, simply leave a comment now about how you celebrate Nurses Week. I’ll randomly select a winner on May 12, 2013, at 7 PM CST. Seriously, what a great Nurses Week gift; enter now!

Thanks, Dansko, for loving on nurses and helping us look great while doing it. You rock!


Disclosure: I received the Professional Art Palette shoes to review for this article. All comments and opinions are my own.


Hello, BooJee Beads Winner!

by Nursetopia on February 20, 2013

winnerCongrats to Dottie Nielsen! She won the BooJee Beads giveaway. Sounds like someone she loves might be getting a sweet (and stylish!) surprise. Hooray!   


Ah, the ever-present badge reel and lanyard. We wear them every single day in healthcare and business, yet we rarely pay attention to them. They’re often some boldly-branded things we picked up from an exhibit table at a conference four years ago. (I know I’m not the only one!!)

Thanks to BooJee Beads, a company co-founded by former pediatric nurse Lisa Harrington and corporate executive Kimberly Martinez, reels and lanyards (and more!) can make an impressionable fashion statement, too. Harrington and Martinez are both working mothers who continuously encourage women to follow their dreams – and look good while doing so. Be still my heart; that’s what I love to hear!

BooJee products provide striking, fashionable, and affordable ways to hold your work ID. They help you say goodbye to dull shoelace style lanyards and boring badge reels and hello to ID products that you actually want to wear! With more than 1,000 different styles of beaded lanyards, ribbon lanyards, retractable badge reel jewelry and accessories, there’s something to suit every style. With a 10-year track record, BooJee has sold more than one million individual lanyards.

100427-paris-fashion-lanyardI have the Paris Fashion Lanyard. It features three delicate silver chains hung with multi-faceted beads, has a breakaway safety clasp, and a removable lobster claw hook to hold the ID, keys, and more. Wait…did you get that last part? The lobster claw hook is removable! That’s right, it turns right into a piece of jewelry…because it is jewelry. I love that!

Nursetopia readers rejoice; BooJee Beads is giving us all 15% off their product until February 19, 2013, with code BJBNurse2513! Now, here’s your chance to win your own BooJee Bead product for yourself or for a friend or family member!

Giveaway details:

You can earn a maximum of three entries into the BooJee Beads giveaway:

1) Check out the lovely BooJee Beads products. Leave a comment about which BooJee Beads product you’d like to have and for whom. (Men, this is a perfect “just because” surprise gift for the working lady in your life!)

2) Like BooJee Beads on Facebook, and tell me you did so in your comment.

3) Follow BooJee Beads on Pinterest, and tell me you did so in your comment.

I will select one person via on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at 7 PM CST. I will contact the winner and share the winner’s email address (only the winner’s email address) with BooJee Beads so they can contact the winner to determine product preference and shipping info.

Hooray for functional beauty!

Disclosure: I received a BooJee Beads product to review and keep. The opinions here are my own.