About Nacole

Hello, I'm Nacole Riccaboni and thank you for taking the time to visit my little world. I'm a registered nurse (RN & APRN) here in sunny Orlando, Florida. I'm a Florida native (Kissimmee, K-Town!) and nursing has always been a dream of mine. After many late nights of studying in 2011, I received my degree in Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) and passed my state nursing boards. What a long journey! I don't care what they say, nursing school was the hardest thing I've academically completed. Like most new graduates, I didn't get the position I wanted initially. I originally wanted to work in the acute care setting, the intensive care units specifically. But due to my lack of experience, I had to work my way up to the intensive care environment. I ended up working on a progressive care unit (PCU) as a graduate nurse and I loved it. I learned nursing foundations at a slower pace and was able to perfect my craft without the pressures of the intensive care setting. After a year of doing progressive care nursing, I felt I was mentally prepared to work in an intensive care unit (ICU). I applied to an intensive care unit, and I got the job. Even with the foundations of progressive care, I wasn't prepared for what followed. From mechanical ventilators to bedside procedures - I was overwhelmed! And by overwhelmed, I mean I was crying in the bathroom at work on a few occasions. It was an entirely different ball game. Luckily, I didn't give up, and I got into a groove after six months.

There I was, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and wondering what was next in my nursing career. I was always fond of the nurse practitioner role in healthcare. I felt this role was suited to my personality. I could provide plans of care and still interact with my patients but, on a more diagnostic level instead of traditional nursing bedside care. So there I was, stuck between finding a family-focused program and an acute-care-focused program. Luckily, I found a program that offered both options at the University of South Alabama. I graduated in May 2018 and I've obtained my Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (AGACNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (FNP-BC) as well. I love nursing, and my passion for helping others hasn't changed. I created this blog to provide nursing students and nursing professionals with simple and fast resources. In my opinion, nurses are similar to independent contractors. We set up and assemble our own resources, based on our current floors and patient populations. I understand how stressful nursing can be and what resources will help students and current professionals.

Do you want to chat, vent your frustrations or need some school advice? Message me at nacole@nursenacole.com. I'm always around, reading up on stuff. I feel people can never stop learning and evolving. Life is about experiences. In the end, this is a personal blog (my little world) that includes tools for helping the nursing community, both emotionally and technically. I'm not always right, but I'm always honest. Take what little pearls of wisdom you can and run with them. Only you can determine what your patients need and what resources will help you. I wish you the best of luck in your nursing journey. Oh, and all the credentials are on the right. Each year, I try to learn something new, and that usually equates to some type of certification. I love critical care and cardiology. My husband, William, suffered a heart attack and subsequently needed a quadruple coronary artery bypass graft (4x CABG). This experience changed our lives and inspired my passion for critical care nursing. All three of my sons, Rocco, Lucca and Nicco, all have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I'm by no means an expert in ASD, but you might see me mention it from time to time. I love my husband and sons very much. They are often seen in my Instagram Stories. Check us out and laugh with us at www.instagram.com/nursenacole.

I love learning and I now get to share my passion for nursing with others. That's pretty much it. We are officially best friends now. So if you love nursing, look around, have fun and welcome to my little world. If you don't love nursing, look around, and something might bring the passion back into your life. Either way, welcome and I hope my blog provides you with the guidance you are seeking.

I offer a variety of services including:

  • Social Media & Blog Consulting
  • Conference Attendance & Coverage  
  • Nursing Speaking Engagements & Events 
  • Freelance Writing & Sponsored Blog Posts
  • Nursing Product Reviews (Apparel/Resources)
  • Media Interviews & Business Inquiries 
  • Answers General Inquiries / Questions

Updated: September 10, 2023