I am a critical care nurse with a passion for travel, beauty, and of course, nursing. I strive for a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally, and taking on the challenges of everyday life with a positive outlook. I believe there is a lesson to be learned from everything in our lives, and began this blog as an outlet to express those lessons and the emotions that come along with them – in addition to creatively keep myself busy after a bad hiking accident in 2016.
I graduated with my BSN at 21 years old in San Diego, CA. I started as a new grad in the SICU and worked there for 4 years. It was here that I became extremely passionate about education and leadership. While in San Diego, I volunteered as a board member for the local AACN Chapter as marketing chair, and managed their social media accounts and website for 3 years. I then relocated to Phoenix for a change in scenery and to start life together with my fiancé! I worked in a very similar ICU as I did before, with patients of all kinds – medical, surgical, neuro, cardiac, and transplant. After 8 months, I wasn’t feeling challenged enough, and now work in a high-acuity CVICU on the nightshift.
Another one of my passions is MAKEUP, thus comes the name Lipstick & Lifesaving. In nursing school I worked for Benefit Cosmetics and freelanced at different Sephora locations. While I have stopped working for them, I still enjoy doing wedding and event makeup on the side.
One major goal of mine over the next couple of years is to TRAVEL as much as I can. My accident set me back quite a few trips I had planned, but I have a lot scheduled for the future 🙂 I have been to 16 countries and hit 4 continents so far.
I am so grateful to have connected with so many of you and appreciate you reading what I have to say. Your support of my blog means more than you know!
Lipstick & Lifesaving in the Media
“Meet Trailblazer Marissa Labate” – April 23, 2019, Voyage Phoenix Magazine
“#GirlBoss: redefining what a boss looks like” – March 12, 2019, Voyage Phoenix Magazine
“10 Instagram Accounts Every Travel Registered Nurse Should Follow” – February 14, 2018, Cirrus Medical Staffing
“Lipstick & Lifesaving” – October 20, 2017, Mission Times Courier
“Finding Healing Through Writing” – August 2, 2017, Sharp Health News