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Stay and Play or Pack and Go? Talking Flight Nursing With Nicole

Stay and Play or Pack and Go? Talking Flight Nursing With Nicole

March 8, 2020

Would you give up your full-time position for an adventure in the Arctic?

How would you cope with 24 hours of sunlight?

Are you afraid of heights?

Welcome to flight nursing.

In this episode, Bre and Maija invite Nicole to be their first guest. Currently working as a director in a community based hospital, Nicole has a vibrant resume of nursing experiences. After giving up her full time position in the ICU, Nicole worked an adventurous contract position as a flight nurse in the Canadian Arctic. The ladies discuss her memories and challenges during this unique experience in the North. Have you thought about taking on a non-traditional nursing role in Northern Canada? Check out their discussion on Nicole’s experience to give more insight to a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Same Same But Different: Cultural Competence

Same Same But Different: Cultural Competence

February 25, 2020

Who’s under that hospital gown?

Where do you find a squatty potty?

How fluent are you in hand gestures?

 

In this episode, Bre and Maija add some thoughts on the discourse of cultural competence in healthcare. Living and working in a cultural melting pot of a city, they’ve learned a lot from their patients and colleagues. They also touch on their experiences with the corresponding curriculum and opportunities for change.

 

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Clinical Empathy: Pull Up A Chair

Clinical Empathy: Pull Up A Chair

January 27, 2020

How do you walk a mile in a patient’s shoes?

Can you learn how to empathize?

Is TikTok killing clinical empathy?

  

Let’s talk about our feelings - or actually, our patients’ feelings. After an episode exploring the factors influencing nurse well-being (from Episode 2), Bre and Maija want to better understand how their patients are feeling. They look at the definitions and applications of clinical empathy through their experiences and external resources. What tools can healthcare providers use to assess and increase their ability to feel with patients? As they search for a tool to measure one's emotional intelligence, they find empathy to be a self regulated, personal experience. From an organizational standpoint, what are the benefits of having employees who practice clinical empathy? Finally, the ladies return to their discussion on social media in the nursing world as they weigh in on the current social media trends that portray healthcare professionals as anything but professional and definitely not empathetic.

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Resources mentioned in this episode:

  

Alan Alda Good Communication 101- Mirroring and Jargon

Also check out the CBC podcast White Coat Black Art

Brené Brown on Empathy - "Rarely can a response make something better. What make's something better is a connection."

Advisory Board Empathy-Building Simulation Scenarios

 

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Level Up: Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

Level Up: Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

January 10, 2020

How are you and your workplace celebrating 2020: The Year of the Nurse and Midwife?

Are you ready to "level up" your practice?

Have you felt the stigma associated with the different nursing designations?

 

Happy New Year, everyone!

In the first episode of 2020, Bre and Maija kick off The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by announcing some of the upcoming nursing events locally and internationally. They also brainstorm ways to increase their nursing knowledge and engagement with the community through professional development and continuing education programs. In the second half of this episode, they look back at their own choices to continue their nursing careers and add to the discourse surrounding two of the nurse designations in Ontario - Registered Practical Nurse and Registered Nurse.

For more information about the content discussed in this episode, check out the links below.

 

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Helpful links for your nursing practice:

RPNAO online learning resources

RNAO Best Practice Guidelines and Online Courses

College of Nurses of Ontario RPNs and RNs: How to determine who provides patient care

2020 Nursing Events

-RNAO 95th AGM - Registration opens soon! 

 

-International Council of Nurses: 

2020 Taiwan International Nursing Conference  September 9-12, 2020 

11th ICN Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network Conference  Aug 30-Sept 2

Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

Johnson & Johnson Nursing Hackathon - 2020 Date TBD

2019 Hackathon

 

Medication Administration: Cheesy Analogies and Dumpster Diving

Medication Administration: Cheesy Analogies and Dumpster Diving

December 25, 2019

Have you ever accidentally given the wrong medication?

How does your workplace try to decrease errors?

Have you ever found medications at the bedside?

In our final episode of the year, Bre and Maija talk about medication administration, errors, and ways to improve practice. Many nurses fear the reporting of errors because of a punitive culture that could exist in the workplace but many employers have now adapted a systems approach that leads to quality improvement. We discuss why reporting errors is important, error prevention tools used to clarify orders, and techniques you can incorporate into your practice. Bre tests Maija on the rights of medication administration - how many and what they are after almost a decade from graduation. From the patient’s perspective, we see the importance of promoting autonomy and education about medications with your patients. In Ontario, the scope of practice for RNs will soon expand allowing prescribing abilities for some medications. We talk about what this means for our practice and how incorporating an indication on the prescriptions could increase patient safety. Our experience with new technologies used to administer medications at the bedside including automated dispensing machines and medication scanning. Finally, why you should never go through a garbage in a patient room.

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Nurse Well-being: From Eye Bras to Sliming Etiquette

Nurse Well-being: From Eye Bras to Sliming Etiquette

December 3, 2019

Do you function better in the day or at night?

What size is your eye bra?

Have you ever been “slimed” by a colleague? 

In this episode, Bre and Maija discuss how they balance work with personal life. Nurse life can be a challenge with shift work and long hours but they also find perks to being off the 9-5 grind. Creating a dialogue about the factors influencing the profession’s reportedly high turnover rate, they assess their experiences with the physical and emotional aspects of nursing. In the first half of the episode, we hear about topics such as scheduling, sleep hygiene, diet, and fitness. The second half of the episode digs deeper into the effects nursing and care giving can have on an individual’s mental health. Compassion fatigue and the different types of trauma one can be exposed to are discussed as outlined by Françoise Mathieu author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook. They finally touch on the power of meditation and mindfulness as a means of building resilience. 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Sleep Is Your Superpower Matt Walker TEDTalk

The Compassion Fatigue Workbook by Françoise Mathieu 

The Edge of Compassion | Françoise Mathieu | TEDxQueensU

 

Other Helpful Resources 

WeRPN - Self Care For Nurses -To support self-care for nurses, WeRPN has developed a series of self-care resources. These resources are focused on three domains: mental well-being, physical well-being and emotional well-being.

The Nurses’ Health Program (NHP) -a voluntary bilingual program for Ontario nurses. It is designed to encourage nurses to seek treatment for substance use and/or mental health disorders that may affect their ability to practice nursing safely. 

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Social Media

Social Media

November 6, 2019

Do you use social media for personal or professional use?

How tight are your privacy settings?

Have you ever had a patient send you a friend request?

These are some questions we discuss in this episode on social media. The constant evolution of online communities can make some nurses weary of participating on certain platforms. From protecting patient privacy to upholding the profession's image, social media can seem like a slippery slope with so many angles to consider. Where do we draw the line on how we express ourselves? Who makes the rules and where can we find guidance? We look at laws and standards that directly and indirectly regulate the use of social media and hear some examples of how issues might arise. 

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