What’s Beeping? A Nursing Podcast
Egg Securing: Reproductive Health with Alyssa Atkins

Egg Securing: Reproductive Health with Alyssa Atkins

March 9, 2021

In this episode, Bre and Maija discuss being proactive about reproductive health. Knowing baseline fertility status is a key part of planning for the future so you aren’t reacting to unknown hurdles (PCOS, endometriosis) later in life when people with ovaries might want to start having children. They are joined by Alyssa Atkins, CEO and founder of Lilia, an egg freezing concierge. Alyssa shares her experience of securing her eggs and how it led her to founding a women’s health company to help others better navigate the often long and challenging process.

Not knowing if you want to have kids, but knowing you want to have the option later can take the weight off your shoulders and open the door for accomplishing your life and career goals now. For Alyssa, it was the best way to ensure reproductive equity. Egg securement is becoming more common with some employers even offering packages in their benefit plans.

It’s time to take control of our present AND future lives by getting a better understanding of what is happening with our ovaries and seeking out the information important for us to know our options. Egg securing isn’t going to be for everyone, but the information we need to make decisions about our own reproductive health should be available for all.

 

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Millennial Caregiver: Nurse Edition

Millennial Caregiver: Nurse Edition

January 27, 2021

How many nurses also assume the role of caregiver to a close friend or family member?

Does anyone else also feel this unexplainable guilt?

What does it mean to be an essential caregiver in longterm care during a pandemic?

 

In this episode, Maija shares her story of being a caregiver and a nurse at the same time. She recalls the challenges and lasting memories of an unchartered diagnosis and prognosis with her mother while navigating the healthcare system. Bre and Maija also discuss the issues surrounding long term care homes within Ontario that have been amplified during the current pandemic — staffing, application process and stigma. Caregivers are essential members of the healthcare team but what happens when nurses also care for family members? Let’s open the conversation about this under represented role.

 

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Caregiver Resources Mentioned

 

The 2nd annual Spotlight on Caregivers Report 

Care Counts Stats Canada 2018 document 

Working Daughter Podcast 

Young Caregiver’s Association 

 

Nurses Not Nursing: De-Stress With Us

Nurses Not Nursing: De-Stress With Us

January 6, 2021

What's the top Toronto neighbourhood for Degrassi cast sightings?

Is night shift making your period out of whack?

How many times should a politician make a cheesecake and share it on social media?

 

It's finally 2021 and Bre and Maija are ready for some non-nursing chats. Just a bit of a ramble to help escape nurselife for an hour and maybe get to know us a little better.

 

Happy New Year!

 

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Mentorship: Feeding Minds with Kevin Romanchik

Mentorship: Feeding Minds with Kevin Romanchik

December 17, 2020

What makes a great mentor? 

Who is influencing the next generation of nurses? 

Can you teach critical thinking? 

Today we chat with Kevin Romanchik - an ER and Critical Care nurse from University of Michigan Hospital who has dedicated time during his career as a nursing mentor, guest lecturer and program advisor for the University of Michigan Nursing School. If you’ve been thinking of mentorship or are currently working with a student or a new grad nurse, we've got you covered. We talk about all things preceptorship and reasons why it’s so important to take on leadership roles within our profession.  

Nurses shouldn't eat their young - they should feed them.  

 

Check out Kevin on twitter and instagram

 

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Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Nurses with the Canadian Nurses Foundation

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Nurses with the Canadian Nurses Foundation

November 23, 2020

When will nurses be recognized for their contributions to their community? 

December 3rd!

 

Join Bre and Maija as they talk with Christine Rieck Buckley, RN and CEO of the Canadian Nurses Foundation. In this episode, they discuss the different resources and supports that are in place and being developed by the CNF as a means to encourage nurses to take a seat at the table and be involved in major healthcare decisions in Canada.  

 

This year’s annual gala has gone virtual as the CNF 2020 Nightingale MaskerAide. The event will be hosted by Traci Melchor and will feature performances by chart-topping Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder and more. Proceeds will go to supporting nurses and the foundation including the Canadian Nurses Foundation COVID-19 Fund. The World Health Organization has designated 2020 The Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honour of the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Find more information on the event here. Follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using #CNFMaskerAide. 

 

The Canadian Nurses Foundation (CNF) supports world-class Canadian health care by raising funds to advance nursing knowledge and research, and by recognizing professional merit in Canada’s nurses. By investing in nursing education, research and training today, we can be prepared to face the health care challenges of tomorrow. For more information on CNF’s initiatives including the organization’s current Foresight is 2020 campaign which explores 20 of the most significant issues impacting the future of Canadian health care, please visit https://cnf-fiic.ca/

 

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The Adventurous Nurse: How to Travel with @nurse.brennan

The Adventurous Nurse: How to Travel with @nurse.brennan

November 15, 2020

Are you looking for a change in your life and career?  

Have you been wondering what all this travel nursing buzz is about?  

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the red tape and checkboxes required before making a move to another country? 

We did too! We had no idea what the first steps were when it came to travel nursing outside of Canada. We’ve always wanted to explore other opportunities for our nursing careers but didn’t know where to start. 

Enter Brennan.  

Brennan Belliveau is an experienced pediatric Registered Nurse originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, now living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Brennan founded The Adventurous Nurse Blog to support nurses across the world in both the workplace and in their personal lives, and is dedicated to helping other international nurses achieve their dreams of working in the USA.

Join Brennan, Bre and Maija as they discuss the logistics of how to move to America from Canada in search of a nursing job and small talk about other Canadian favourites such as hockey, Nickelback, and Tim Hortons.   

Whether you're looking for a short term adventure or a lifelong career change, this episode will start the fire under your pants that you might just need to take the first step into travel nursing. For nurses everywhere in the world, check out Brennan's instagram for more resources on how to start your travel career!

 

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The Year of the Nurse: Expectation VS Reality

The Year of the Nurse: Expectation VS Reality

October 30, 2020

What's Beeping Season 2: The Second Wave is here!

How's quarantine life going?

In this episode, Bre and Maija revisit their 2020 goals to celebrate the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. The global pandemic cancelled their plans for professional development but also shed light on the nursing industry within the country. They talk about expectation vs reality while nursing during a pandemic - how nurses are perceived in the media, pandemic pay, the state of long term care homes and PPE shortage.

 

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Who’s Beeping 2: The Second Wave

Who’s Beeping 2: The Second Wave

October 30, 2020

Get to know Bre and Maija: Two Canadian nurses who went through nursing school, the NCLEX, and life in a global pandemic - together. Enjoy the trailer and stay tuned for the second wave of episodes of What's Beeping? A Nursing Podcast. 

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The Nurse Behind the Mask: Nursing Week 2020

The Nurse Behind the Mask: Nursing Week 2020

May 15, 2020

What is your origin story?

What is your lollipop moment?

If you could clear up one misconception about nursing, what would it be?

 

Happy Nursing Week 2020.

 

It's International Nursing Week, the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, and to top it off, we’re in the midst of a global healthcare crisis unlike any we have seen in our lifetime. Bre and Maija wanted to create a special episode for the nurses, to shine a spotlight on a few stories they’ve found throughout their careers. Not all superheroes wear capes - some wear scrubs. Trying to emphasize how little we know about someone upon first impression and even after working with them for 2, 5, or 10 years, the ladies dive into the origins of 4 different healthcare heroes.  Now, more than ever, we want to know - who’s behind the mask?

 

 

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The NCLEX World: How We Did And How We Did It

The NCLEX World: How We Did And How We Did It

May 4, 2020

How many questions did you get?

What topics should I study more than others?

You studied HOW many hours a week???

 

Welcome to The NCLEX world.

In this episode, Bre and Maija talk about their experiences taking the Canadian NCLEX. How they studied, how long they studied before exam day, what kind of gum they chewed while studying in hopes of jogging their memories through association…

More importantly, the ladies want to offer tips and reassurance because while the test is important, it’s not your defining moment as a nurse. You can write again. Not everyone gives their best performance under such stressful circumstances.

 

Resources mentioned in this episode but not at all affiliated with What’s Beeping:

UWorld - Online test bank with rationals for fees

Kaplan Nursing - Multiple resources online for fees

YouTube:

 RegisteredNurseRN

 Kaplan Nursing NCLEX® Prep (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDuXWFgl3vs )

 

Sidenote: These resources might not work for everyone and do not by any means replace your course content. They just helped us in our supplementary readings and study time. :)

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