Interview with Nurse Bre CEO of NurseBae (@nursebre_)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
When I was younger, I used social media as an escape from everyday life. I was bullied and never felt accepted by people I knew in person. I told myself if I make it big on social media, i want to show people confidence and how it is okay to be yourself. I am also plus size, so i wanted to be a role model to all plus size women that feel down and lack confidence. I wanted to show them that its okay to have rolls, stretch marks, natural, and to just be yourself. Later on in my journey, I joined Tiktok as well, and by just being myself and confident, I gained over 200,000 followers. I had multiple aspiring nurses telling me how they wanted to follow in my footsteps and I was able to offer a lot of advice to new nurses. Another big thing was that I wanted to show people that it is okay to have a career and also have a fun life. Many people would say how are you on social media like this and you’re a nurse. You shouldn’t do that because you have a important career. I would reiterate that my work life and my personal life are completely different and one does not negatively affect the other. I am a great nurse to my patients and would never let anything interfere with patient care. My life has been up and down but I don’t mind showing my followers the real me. In 2021, I started my business, Nurse Bae by Nurse Bre and so many people love ordering with me because I offer scrubs, custom made clothing, badge reels, and so much more. My business has spun off into many different directions and now I am beginning to offer 360 Photo Booth services.Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
The most interesting thing that has happened to me is that I went to Dubai this year for my birthday and I took one video walking across a parking lot in my birthday dress and I ended up with over 17 million views. That helped my confidence so much and allowed my platform to grow. So now with this platform, I promise to do right by all of my followers. And continue to give advice and give back to the community.
One major accomplishment was the African American rites of passage camp. The African American Rites of Passage camp at Wanderland is designed to address the cultural, and social needs of African American young men ages 14 – 19 years old. The day is crafted in a practical, primitive framework for the purpose of connecting these young men with each other, history, and the experience of African American men growing and being successful in western civilization. Last year we taught the young men the ways of survival through the realness of the outdoors and the practical nature of camping. It was a wild success. The young men cried tears of joy and continue to this day to stay connected and grow with one another.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
I would recommend them to stop looking at hurtful comments so much, I had to realize that I need good and bad feedback. It is what keeps me moving. Some people are going to “troll” but they are still giving us energy and obviously following for a reason. So keep going. Keep being you. Don’t ever let anyone stop your growth.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My mother has been a huge support with me on my journey with social media. I always show her my posts before anyone else. I love that she is always so non judgmental. My mom definitely encourages me with social media and was not upset about what i do on social media because she saw that it never negatively affected my real life journey. She enjoys telling people how her daughter is an influencer on social media.
Of course God has been a huge strong point and has allowed me to be so successful on social media. And I thank God first.
Last but not least my followers who have supported me from day one before I was even Nurse Bre. I love them and would not be here without them.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I have been able to give back to the community. Every year I help with Angel Tree to give gifts to families with parents who are incarcerated.
I give food out to the homeless in NYC
I shout out black owned small businesses and other small businesses and support them on a regular basis.
I educate future nurses on how to be limitless and to not allow individuals to tell you what you can or cannot do in life.
I offer advice to future nursings seeking an advanced degree
I frequently post about how much I love God and how seeking God has helped me along on my spiritual journey. So many people have been inspired to go back to church and remember to seek God always but especially in times of struggle and not seek other ways out.
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Confidence isn’t thinking you are better than anyone else, it is realizing you don’t have to compare to anyone else.
This quote truly embodies my mentality. I love being myself on social media and I do not aspire to be someone else but me. I focus on self love and if anything I want to watch everyone grow and be successful. How can our readers follow you on social media?
They can follow @nursebre_ on everything. Tiktok, instagram, and youtube
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
“My business Nurse Bae by Nurse Bre LLC. Instagram @nursebaebynursebre website nursebaebynursebresquare.com
Its my very own black owned business offering a scrub line for women and men, custom made clothing, 360 photo-booth, and more.
How I became a homeowner at 24 years old.
How I graduated magna cum laude with a double major (Nursing and Public health) In my undergraduate studies
And Master’s degree with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner
How i never allow social media to stop my progression in life and instead I allow it to keep me moving to the next level.