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Dan DiMonte: The Kitchen Table Sessions @ NUHQ: Pt. 3

Dan DiMonte: The Kitchen Table Sessions @ NUHQ: Pt. 3

This is the third installment In the longest three-part special ever. Adrianne and Dan finish their drinks and this conversation that, in real time, was almost 4 hours long. We’ve distilled it down as much as we can with any talk we have…not much.

Calling Patients Wrong Names, Relationships with Management, and Report Styles

Calling Patients Wrong Names, Relationships with Management, and Report Styles

In this conversation between Adrianne and old pal Andrew Craig they topic-hop, as usual. They discuss the horrors of calling a patient by the wrong name, more comparisons between day and night shift (since Andrew has officially been working days), relationships with management, and personal preferences in getting and giving report. If you've been paying attention, you will also know that they talk about a hundred other little things along the way.  

Chatting with an ICU/SWOT nurse, Anna: Part 1 of 2

Adrianne has a late night chat with Anna, an ICU and SWOT (Service Without Territory) nurse. In  Part 1, they talk about finding the courage to speak up on your patient's behalf, SBAR and anxiety talking to docs, being a pregnant nurse, and nurse-led rounds in the surgical ICU.

Listen to the first half of the conversation and then come back next week to hear the riveting conclusion. In the meantime go leave MRC a review on your podcast platform. Thanks guys!

 

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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. 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.

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Night Shift Brain Fog

"But you only work three days a week...."

A phrase that infuriates any nurse, but especially night shifters, whose shifts start on one day and end on another.

Andrew and Adrianne are both caught in The Fog as they record this episode about The Fog itself, series of intoxication-like symptoms that occur after working several nights in a row. They also go on a tangent about hourly rounding and bed alarms, and Andrew confesses his lack of trust in a certain group of people.

What are you like after several shifts in a row? Do you get caught in The Fog? What do you do to make it better? Comment and let us know.

 

 

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Nursing, Music and Dan

In this episode, Adrianne chats with Dan DiMonte, who is both a nurse and a musician living in the temperate paradise of San Diego, CA. They delve into the ways music and nursing complement each other, how Dan almost lost his mind alone in the woods, the perils of dangerous hospitals, and the exciting details of Dan's upcoming Fall 2017 tour.

 

The intro and outro song is "Under the Sun (With River Glen)" from Dan's new album The Best of the Midwest Variety Hour. You can find his stuff all over the place:

Keep up with Dan at  http://www.dandimonte.com

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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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Nursing Pet Peeves Vol. 2

The wait is over!!

After episode 04's unintentional cliffhanger, you get to hear some more of our ever-growing list of pet peeves that only nurses understand.

We present you with episode 05: Nursing Pet Peeves Volume 2. We suspect this might turn into a series because we're so damn good at coming up with new things to add to our list.

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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.