Meet The Unit

Arielle

ER Manager, California

Why do you do what you do?

“My ‘why’ is so simple to me. There’s nothing more I love to do than to help and service others. Nursing is such a unique profession and such an honor. All I have ever wanted to do was help others, and as a nurse I can be a light to someone on even their darkest days. As ER Manager, I have the opportunity to ensure my staff feels appreciated, valued, and confident in their skills and abilities. I really could go on for ages! I truly feel like I was meant to be a nurse.”

Favorite Feature

“The code grip and no tie laces are my absolute favorite! I had to run through three inches of water while the sprinklers were going off to get to a patient and didn't even slide one time! My socks also didn't get a drop of water on them and I couldn't believe it. The fact that I can slide these babies on and off and never have to untie them or worry about my laces is just GOLD. GOLD I tell you!”

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Lauren

B.S., BSN, RN, California

Why did you join The BALA UNIT? 

“It’s a dream to connect with like minded and ambitious healthcare workers and be a part of a community together. Also, BALAs were my first and only pair of nursing shoes after my graduation, so it means so much to work with a brand I love from the beginning to end.”

My Favorite Feature of the BALA Twelves: 

“I love how my BALAs are so versatile and comfortable without having to compromise style. I can wear my nursing shoes to work, the gym, and use them as daily casuals. I love how my shoes don't scream, "NURSING SHOES" to the public. I also love how I don't have to worry if I spill anything on my shoes or have to walk in the rain because of its protective shield. My shoes protect me, provide comfort, and radiate style. BALAs are the only shoes that are able to encompass all these necessities into one product and I absolutely love it!”

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Jessica

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Oregon

What does lifestyle balance mean to you? 

“It's important to leave work at work. Never bring that stress home. Carve out time to spend with your family, doing family things like game night etc. Make time for your non-work friends to go to brunch, and talk about non-work things. Learn to say no to extra shifts (unless you need the money).. Don't put your health on the back burner.”

What is your favorite feature?

“Dealing with a patient's bodily fluids all day, it's impossible to not have something spill. I was taking care of a patient that had so many drains. I was also very determined to empty them all at once. While walking to the bathroom the graduated cylinder spilled & I got all the contents over the floor and of course my shoes. My patient said "I hope you have extra shoes, cause it looks like those are going in the trash." But I knew they weren't! All I had to do was wipe them with bleach wipes and they were good as new.”

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Audrey

Pediatrics, Washington State

What does lifestyle balance mean to you?

“Balance to me means being available for things outside of work! I can tell when my balance is off when I’m not emotionally available for my friends or family, and I start to take a situation at work home with me. When I feel like work is taking up too much of my mental space, I like to go for long walks or do something completely out of the norm to break my cycle of thinking.”

My favorite feature of the BALA Twelves:

“That they’re waterproof! I was hanging out with a kiddo doing my morning assessment and he knocked over his mom’s coffee and it splashed all over my scrubs and my shoes. MY scrubs were wet but my shoes were fine!”

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Danielle

Critical Care & Informatics, Oregon

What communities do you engage in outside of work? 

“It is my second year being Juneteenth program coordinator for Juneteenth Oregon. I work with about 30 young black girls throughout the year. Every other Saturday for the season of August to June we do workshops, resume building, financial planning, career days, outings to fun spots, and ultimately pageant training. As a black nurse it is also an opportunity to show these girls about a different avenue that is not conventional, black women in a white area. That their potential is endless.”

My favorite feature of the BALA Twelves: 

“What I love most about the BALA Twelves is how easy they are to put on. I love how they hug my feet and keep me moving effortlessly all shift.”

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Kristin

PICC/IV, Nebraska

Why did you join The BALA Unit? 

“I’m excited to be a part of something that could really impact nursing in a positive way. Nurses are really struggling right now and I’d love to help support them in more ways than working alongside each other. I want to help nurses remember why they chose this profession and hopefully together we can help make some bigger changes for nurses. I want to spread love and positivity. We all deserve that.”

My Favorite Feature of the BALA Twelves

“I love that my BALA Twelves are waterproof. I was training to place PICC lines and a decent amount of blood got on my Twelves. I was able to wipe them clean and they looked like new. I also had no idea that I got blood on my shoes until I was done. I was impressed!”

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