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Guardians of Sleep

A technology revolution occurred in the NUHQ with the purchase of a new mic. The Blue Yeti isn't a sponsor, but boy was Adrianne excited to brag about it this week.

This episode is all about the most (debatably) precious commodity in the hospital...sleep. How do we destroy it and how do we protect it? Listen in for some tips on how to assess and improve the noise and sleep disruptions on your unit and in your patients' rooms. 

After you listen, hit the comments with your best Sleep Guardian tips, or tell us what disruptions you wish you could fix, but don't know how.

 

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Hospitality for Traveling Nurses

Adrianne has some thoughts on how a staff nurse should treat a float or a traveling nurse - very specific thoughts. She shares some opinions of how we as staff nurses should be treating our travelers and floating nurses from the moment they arrive on the unit. A basic level of friendliness, professionalism and a crash course of the unit is minimum, folks. We end with the question posed: Is being friendly a responsibility of all nurses? Is refusing to do so adding to the bully culture of our industry? Share your thoughts and opinions. 

 

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Keeping Your Cool Walking into a Sh!tshow Shift

Adrianne is back with her second solo-episode to bring you her top 5 tips for walking into a shift that can only be described as a shitshow. You know the ones we mean, where you're behind before you clock in, the call lights are non-stop and you may never get to pee again. 

What are your secrets? Adrianne wants to hear your tips for keeping Zen when you know the 12-hours ahead of you are going to test your patience, endurance and sanity.

 

 

 

A Peek at Quality Improvement

This week, MRC is keeping it short and simple since Adrianne is flying solo on the mic. She's going to do her best to give you a peek into the Quality Improvement Project she's just started working on, and attempt to give you some helpful hints she's only recently figured out. Join in the conversation - are you new to the world of QI or is this old hat for you?

 

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Malpractice, Ebola and Picketing, Oh MY!

This week, Adrianne and Andrew give their two cents on nurses carrying malpractice insurance, crossing picket lines to go to work, Andrew admits he'd jet at the first sign of a storm with a human name, and Adrianne describes the creative, yet disgusting off-label uses for a Yankauer. 

All this and more, as these two nurses attempt to string their stream of conscious thought into a cohesive work of podcast art.

 

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Chatting with an ICU/SWOT nurse, Anna: Pt. 2

Adrianne is back with part 2 of her chat with Anna, an ICU and SWOT (Service Without Territory) nurse. In this episode, they talk about being a nurse and a new mom, handling death in the ICU, pregnant nurses and isolated patients, how to spot a seasoned nurse, and more. If you missed part 1, go back and catch up, we'll be right here waiting for you...

 

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Nurses, Tattoos, Smoking & IV Fluid Shortage

Adrianne and Andrew are talking tattoos, marijuana, IV fluid shortages and body waxing in the first episode of 2018! Season 2 is guaranteed to be interesting and hilarious as MRC digs deeper into the minds of nurses. Join your favorite long-winded nurses for more stories, anecdotes and food for thought.

 

 

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Things We Love About Nursing Vol. 1

Adrianne wakes Andrew up from a deep sleep to make a list of things we love about our profession...you know, normal stuff.

We bet you won't guess some of the things on our list. No, this time we don't include spontaneous vacation time or patients that can clean their own behinds, but we think our selections rank at the top. This is just the first part of many as we attempt to balance out all the complaining we did in our 'Pet Peeves' episodes.

What are your favorite things about nursing? We'd love to hear your comments and stories.

 

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Fan Mail Pt. 2: Nursing Forums, Getting "Unstuck" and Talking to Bosses

Weeee'reeee back with part 2, answering a list of listener questions, but for the second half, we'll be doing things more rapid-fire style. Well, rapid-fire for us, which still makes for a long episode.

We talk about how to get "unstuck" from a job, how to deal with bosses of all kinds, and much more.

We also want to thank allnurses.com for being such a great resource for nurses at all points on the career path. We talk about our real-life involvement with the site and dream of having some postings of our own someday.

Go check it out - fall down the nursing rabbit hole with us.....from CNAs, to students to RNs to advanced degree nurses, they're all there talking things over.

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Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing: Theory and Application
By Bessie L. Marquis RN CNAA MSN, Carol J. Huston MSN MPA DPA

Fan Mail Pt. 1: Confidence (or lack of), hospital beds, languages, and pulmonary toileting

Hey guys, we got fan mail! Tabitha reached out with a few topics she wanted to hear us talk about, and we sure as hell did. Two hours worth! You get one hour this week and one hour next week, so don't go anywhere.

Also, we recorded this episode on the fly while Andrew was travelling - he was awesome enough to go to the big box store and buy a headset at 5am so we could do this. That's dedication.

That said - be kind, the audio quality at times reflects the fact that we pulled this  'ish" together before the sun was up. Sorry for the pops and crackles, but like I've said before, this is real life, y'all.

Listen in as we talk about a million things like confidence (or lack of), hospital beds, languages, pulmonary toileting, and lots of stuff in between.

Come back next week for part 2!

 

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TravCon Pt. 2: Sick Nurses, Natural Talents and Knowing Boundaries

In the second part of this long, middle-of-the-night convo between Adrianne and Andrew, they pick up where they left off, addressing the cliff-hanger from episode 10. They also talk about nurses who are ill, finding natural talents and knowing boundaries. Adrianne may or may not have almost been struck by a train at some point during this recording.

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Back-to-School ProTips for Nursing Students

It's that time of year again!

Classes have already begun for most of us - only now it's less about back to school shopping for fun supplies - it's about hunkering down and preparing yourself for success.

Brad and Adrianne are here to give you their favorite ProTips for starting the semester on the right foot in both real and virtual classrooms. They also throw in some NCLEX tips for all our aspiring RNs.

Tangents are always a high probability as are some sentence embellishments that are NSFW AF. Join us, like, subscribe and share! We love to bring you content!

Happy Nursing, folks!

 

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Night Shift Breakfast: A Ritual

Most night shift nurses will tell you that post-night shift breakfast with their team is a cathartic, often-necessary experience - an opportunity to decompress, vent a little, and fill your empty belly before heading home. With the right crew, it can be the best part of the work week.

The Nursing Uncensored crew talks about what Nightshift Breakfast means to them and why it's such a right of passage for 3rd shifters. Adrianne explains to Andrew that "gravy was never sexy", there's talk of pop songs, snorting anti-lipemics (don't EVER do this), and then it all crashes to an end with a tale of Adrianne's first SICU float.

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We love you all.
Happy Nursing, folks.

 

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10 Tips for Successful Nursing Students: NU Quickie #1

Adrianne hopped on the mic in the middle of the night to bring you this Nursing Uncensored Quickie of her top 10 tips for making yourself a better nursing student. These aren't the only things that will keep you afloat as we head into another semester, but they are Adrianne's most helpful, off-the-beaten-path pointers.

Share your must-have study/life tips with us!
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Nurses and Social Media Caveats

On this episode of Nursing Uncensored, Adrianne and Brad share their opinions on everything from handling online friend requests from patients to representing the profession honorably by setting personal boundaries on the web.

Additionally, Adrianne recognizes that she is an insignificant speck in the universe and Brad recounts some dumb moves he's seen nurses make on social media.

 

Social Media for Nurses: Educating Practitioners and Patients in a Networked World
By Ramona Nelson PhD BC-RN FAAN ANEF, Irene Joos PhD RN, Debra Wolf PhD MSN BSN RN

New Nurses are Friends, Not Food

Being the new nurse on the unit is hard, even when you're not a new nurse. You can’t find the light switches or the butt cream and you’re not sure which doc to page….and on top of all that, other nurses are being cold as hell. What’s up with that?

Adrianne and Andrew discuss what it means when people say “nurses eat their young” and talk about why this happens, why it’s such a horrible idea, and what you can do about it from both sides of the dilemma.

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Helloooo, Nurses!

Nursing Uncensored is a podcast which launched in August of 2017. The show is intended to educate and entertain nurses, students and the public about the realities of living life as a bedside nurse. The show was originally created by Adrianne Behning, RN, with the help of her friends and fellow nurses Andrew Craig and Brad McLaughlin, who will pop in as co-hosts once in awhile. They hope to provide education, advocacy and laughter for nurses, students and allied health workers through the use of storytelling and experience-sharing. 

The show was originally called Med Room Chronicles: Nursing Uncensored because the medication room on many hospital units is an important space for the nursing staff. This locked room is not only the place where we gather our thoughts, prepare our patients' medications, and do the best to blow off any steam or frustrations to our co-workers before we put on a happy face and head back out to the busy unit. 

It's in this spirit we approached this podcast with a 'med room attitude'. We can say what we want with honesty and candor- and a few curse words - to allow ourselves to vent and keep moving forward as level-headed, competent professionals. 

Join us - with an open mind and know that most of this is going to be NSFW or general public settings - perhaps for coarse language, maybe tears, or perhaps for a description of some gross nursey stuff. 

While we are real nurses with an intention to provide helpful, reliable information, this is largely entertainment and editorial with learning opportunities mixed in. This podcast is not intended as medical advice, nor is it a legal guideline for nursing practice. Check with your state's Board of Nursing, employer policies and educational guidelines if you have questions about your practice.