Sanford native Blake Lynch is the creator of a wildly popular, hilarious, and inspiring advocacy platform for nurses and their patients.
Blake Lynch, popularly known as Nurse Blake, has rallied a global fanbase and online community of more than 650,000 Facebook followers, 294,000 Instagram fans, and 28,000 YouTube subscribers – and he’s built that enormous audience in only a year-and-a-half.
Blake made his debut in 2017 with a tongue-in-cheek YouTube video poking fun at the romper fashion trend.
“Healthcare is changing... so should the scrubs,” the infomercial-style video explains as Blake comically models a handmade onesie uniform for nurses. “The latest fashion trend is The Scrub Romper. The healthcare onesie is finally here!”
His parody took off like wildfire. It went viral on the Web and earned Blake heaps of local and national news attention.
“The responses from the video were so positive,” says Blake, who grew up in Sanford and now lives in Seattle, Washington. “I realized that I might be on to something. People were saying that after coming off of a long, hard shift or finishing an exam, the video just cracked them up. It’s so good when we can support one another and laugh through the tough days.”
Very quickly, Nurse Blake’s platform matured into a lot more than just funny videos. His content covers everything from comedic impressions of nursing student meltdowns and nurses on first dates to serious tips about how to choose a nursing school and inspirational interviews with nursing professionals. Nurse Blake has become the go-to online resource for comic relief, education, and inspiration for nursing students, staff nurses, and friends and family of those in the profession.
Whether you’re in the field or have a loved one or friend in the trenches, it’s common knowledge that nursing is both extremely tough and extremely rewarding. Through his compelling videos, inspirational speaking engagements, and advocacy work, Nurse Blake is on a mission to raise the curtain on the joys and challenges of nursing and inspire others to use their voice.
“Nursing is the number-one most trusted profession,” says Blake, who, like many nurses, has faced challenges in the hospital environment like burnout and a lack of support. “I’m here to encourage nurses to use their voice to make positive change.”
Blake, who is a product of Seminole County Public Schools, has always wanted to become a nurse. His father worked the night shift as a respiratory therapist for more than 25 years and would often share his tales after a long day.
While attending nursing school at the University of Central Florida, Blake formed Banned4Life, a movement to end an outdated FDA blood donor policy that banned gay men from donating blood.
“I had a friend in college with sickle cell anemia who would miss weeks of school at a time to get life-saving blood transfusions,” remembers Blake. “I wanted to help, but when I went to donate blood, I was turned away. I realized that if I don’t do something about this policy, then who will?”
Blake hosted blood drives, collected petition signatures, and took his cause to the FDA. After two years of fighting, Banned4Life convinced the FDA to lift the lifetime ban.
That experience was Blake’s first foray into advocacy work. His most recent campaign, called Nurses Support Their Young, has been adopted by hospitals and nursing schools to change the cycle of veteran nurses bullying rookies in the workplace – a troubling trend in the profession.
“I want to make sure I am doing good for the profession and for the patients,” says Blake. “If nurses mentor and motivate each other, everyone wins.”
Blake also works at a Level I trauma facility in Seattle while managing speaking engagements around the country.
“My husband is a huge support in helping me film videos and manage Nurse Blake content in general,” says Blake. “It takes someone special to be a nurse and someone special to be a partner to a nurse!”
Blake is making strides both in supporting the nursing community and putting smiles on people’s faces. He is proud to say that, in 2018, he was able to give $4,000 in scholarships to nurses and nursing students.
“I don’t know where Nurse Blake is going to be five years from now, but I know I want to give back to the community in every way I know how,” Blake says. “My goal every single day is to inspire.”
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