PICU Registered Nurse Laura Dykins, BSN, was one of 60 athletes from the West Region to qualify to compete in the 2014 CrossFit Regionals.
Patients in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit need a strong nurse behind them and their care to help on their journey to recovery. And the patients in Renown’s Wilbur D. May Pediatric ICU have that strength in a very real way.
Registered Nurse Laura Dykins, BSN, was one of 60 competitors in the West Region made up of five states to qualify for the 2014 CrossFit Regionals. After taking part in the CrossFit Open, competing with 6,000 other women world-wide, Laura finished in the top-60 in her region to quality for the Regionals.
“I had seen the CrossFit games on TV. They are such incredible athletes and also very well balanced – normally they are business owners or professionals,” she explains. “I looked up to them and thought I could do that. It was also an escape from nursing school to go to the gym, workout hard and practice different skills. It allowed me to give my attention to something rather than studying.”
A competitive swimmer all throughout high school, Laura has always led an active lifestyle whether it’s swimming, hiking or anything outdoors. After high school, she participated in boot camp classes at the gym to keep motivated and compete against others.
Laura and her husband, Iain, were approached by a friend to come try a CrossFit workout and from there, she was hooked.
“Our friend put us through a killer workout and my husband was like, ‘This is so much fun, and we could totally do this.’ As a result he got certified and started our own CrossFit gym,” she says.
The main thing Laura loves about CrossFit is the camaraderie and keeping it competitive but also the variety of the workouts and how challenging it is.
Laura finished her one-year residency with Renown in July and will continue working in the PICU. While working as a registered nurse full time has required her to adjust her CrossFit schedule, she prides herself in sharing and encouraging her patients to take part in a healthy lifestyle.
“Anytime we have school-age kids, I ask them what they like to do,” she says. “Whether it’s expressing themselves artistically or if they are into sports, I’m always saying ‘Let’s go outside, let’s go to the Healing Garden or let’s do some laps around the floor.’ Anything that will get them away from TV and video games and get them moving.”