Blake Lynch’s social media stardom began with a scrub romper.
Lynch, a registered nurse from Orlando, Florida, donned a romper made from scrubs and danced around by his pool while his husband, Brett, filmed. They posted the video on social media for family and friends. The video quickly went viral.
Lynch, who goes by “Nurse Blake” on his TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube pages, has gained a following on social media with nearly 3 million followers across all platforms.
“I learned once you post something online you can’t take it down,” Lynch said. “I kind of just enjoyed making content based on my experiences. I thought my experiences were unique to me but I quickly realized — thanks to the comments — that pretty much every other nurse has similar experiences. So you feel like you’re not alone.”
Lynch will be taking his brand of comedy, making fun of the plights nursing students and nurses go through on a daily basis, to the Tarrytown Music Hall on Sept. 15 as part of his “PTO Comedy Tour.” His 2019 comedy tour was sold out.
“I think just giving nurses a night to be able to laugh is what I’m most looking forward to,” Lynch said. “I want them to be able to laugh about the things that make us mad and inspired us to continue to do what we love. We’ve been working underappreciated for a long time but that’s been under a microscope for the pandemic.”
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Lynch said to expect a mix of stand-up, skits, and never before seen videos on stage. On his previous tour, Lynch added, a group of 30 nurses made shirts for one of his performances and an entire nursing class came to another.
“It’s cool to see people and nurses from all around the world connecting with my content,” Lynch said. “It really brings people together, the things that (nurses) see and experience no one else really relates to use. Our family and friends don’t get it but the people we work do so it’s great to give them a unique night out to a comedy show. If anyone needs a night of comedy right now it’s nurses.”
A family in medical care
Working in the health care industry is a family affair for Lynch whose father has been a respiratory technician for 30 years.
“Everybody calls him ‘Respiratory Ray,'” Lynch said. “Health care people have stories, we’ve experienced it, we’ve lived it, we’ve smelled it. It was hard growing up with a dad who works night shifts.”
Being a registered nurse and comedian with a following has allowed Lynch to give back to the community he loves.
Lynch is a founding member of Nurses Support Their Young, a campaign hoping to change the stigma behind nursing.
“I always heard the phrase ‘nurses eat their young’ which highlights a toxic work environment,” Lynch said. “People need to understand nurses are short staffed or don’t have enough equipment. I think it’s because of that work environment. So I started the campaign hoping to change that and create a more positive environment.”
Lynch also created NurseCon, a platform to help nursing students as well as those already established in their nursing careers have all the things they need to keep their licenses and build a better career.
The platform provides free continuing nursing education, or CNE, certification courses, allows nurses to connect with other nurses and there are instructors to help along the way.
“I’ve been a nurse for 7 years and I’ve always wanted to support others,” Lynch said. “We’re nearing 5,000 community members and we only launched last week. It’s an online community of nurses and students from all around the world.”
For more information about Lynch’s upcoming performance at the Tarrytown Music Hall, visit tickets.tarrytownmusichall.org, and to learn more about Nurse Blake, go to nurseblake.com.
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