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Food Prep for Nurses ft. Brad McLaughlin

Food Prep for Nurses ft. Brad McLaughlin

Brad is back and we're talking about preparing food for a three-day-stretch of 12-hour shifts. We cover tips and tricks for food prep and preservation, how nurses show love with potlucks, and Brad's food-related side gig with Pampered Chef.

Dan DiMonte: The Kitchen Table Sessions @ NUHQ: Pt 2

Dan DiMonte: The Kitchen Table Sessions @ NUHQ: Pt 2

In this episode, we get back to my conversation with Dan DiMonte, travel-nurse-turned-per-diem-nurse, about loads of things. We topic-hop and touch on Dan's desire for roots, staffing ratios and union issues, premium healthcare, and poisoning the well during patient report.

A Travel Nurse & Her Adventure Muppet: Part 1

A Travel Nurse & Her Adventure Muppet: Part 1

This week you're dropping in on the conversation Adrianne had with her old pal Lindsay, a traveling nurse and cool human that she can literally talk to for hours and hours on end. They cover many topics in this episode including how Lindsay caught the travel bug, weighing the pros and cons of different contracts and locations, her adventure dog, licensing for travelers, and getting tricked into wiping butts of patients who really can do it themselves.

My First Patient Funeral

My First Patient Funeral

Adrianne takes a serious moment to reflect on her decision to attend the funeral of a patient. It is a first for her, despite her early-career decision not to ever attend such an event. 

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Designer Scrubs, Favorite tools, Poop, Drug Diversion, and more...

Andrew is back from his internet hiatus to join Adrianne for a discussion that is as all over the place as a confused patient in a low bed. They topic hop from designer scrubs and the social and professional implications, their favorite tools on the unit, plans for a poop-tastic future episode and the ever-serious topic of drug diversion by nurses. They also talk about a bunch of other miscellaneous things on their minds despite the internet cutting out a few times (yes, we're still DIY with WiFi). 

 

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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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Allison's Vertigo and Getting into Nursing School

While the process of getting accepted into a nursing program is enough to make your head spin, the vertigo in this episode is unrelated to the school acceptance letter. Join Adrianne as she meets up again with her friend, Allison, about getting accepted into her desired program. The whole time, Allison's room is spinning, so many thanks to her for putting up with this podcast nonsense again. 

Go back to hear her MRC debut in the episodes Adventures of a Proto-Nurse 1 & 2.

 

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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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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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Sexy Nurse Costumes, Sneeze Etiquette and Holidays in the Hospital

In this episode, Adrianne and Andrew glide through an amalgamation of topics including but not limited to:

*The inevitable waxing of Andrew's body at the hands of his new Facebook group, Traveler Talk
*The enormous commitment of content creation
*Sexy nurse Halloween costumes
*Snot-spray and sneeze etiquette
*Holidays in the hospital
*MRC Gratitude Check

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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