LPN to DNP: the Story of Nurse Lo

LPN to DNP: the Story of Nurse Lo

This week Adrianne wakes her friend, night nurse and Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Lo from her slumber to bring you the dish on the DNP life. They cover a lot of ground including the trajectory of Lo's career from LPN straight through to DNP with no breaks. She also talks about what it's like to do it all as a mom. 

What's in My Nursing Work Bag?

What's in My Nursing Work Bag?

Well, folks, today we're digging through Adrianne's giant bag that she drags to her job as an intermediate pulmonary nurse. Unlike the very anti-climactic 'What's in My Pockets?" episode from a while back, this time she's got way more to dig through. You see, she's what you call an over-packer. Reserve your judgement as you listen and then go clean out your own bag, locker, car, or whatever. 

A Travel Nurse & Her Adventure Muppet: Pt 2

A Travel Nurse & Her Adventure Muppet: Pt 2

This week we dive back into Adrianne’s marathon call with her good friend and travel nurse Lindsay Dingbaum. Since they can get their gab on like pros, they covered a LOT of information like...

-The multifaceted nature of a nurse's emotions
-Advice for new travelers
-Narcotics and end-of-life-care: a nurse's discomfort
-Dealing with undesirable assignments
-Getting used to a new place as a traveler
-Designer scrubs (yes, they go there again)

...and a million other little things on their minds. 

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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Talking with a Medical Examiner Investigator Pt. 2

Talking with a Medical Examiner Investigator Pt. 2

I think part two of my talk with Dorothy is as profound as it is irreverent. Dorothy explains how people die as they lived and we ponder elements of 'a good death'. We absolutely must address the need for a morbid sense of humor in high-stress, high-trauma fields, as evidenced by almost every joke we crack. Then we dig deeper into her work as a medical examiner investigator and explore the classification system used to document death by the Medical Examiner.

Talking with a Medical Examiner Investigator Pt. 1

Talking with a Medical Examiner Investigator Pt. 1

In this episode, Adrianne is joined by nurse and medical examiner investigator, Dorothy. She's lived a very interesting nursing life so far and has such great perspective on being an advocate for all patients. Dorothy is going to tell us all about her days in the Operating Room, home hospice and how she goes about investigating the deaths of people all over her county. NSFW but, boy, is this interesting. Pt 1 of 2.

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.  

Dan DiMonte Returns Pt 2: Perks of Nurse Schedules, Oversaturation of Travelers and Special Connections with Patients.

After editing their 3+ hour cross-country conversation, we've got 45 more delightful minutes with MRC friend and travel nurse, Dan DiMonte. In the second part of this conversation, Adrianne and Dan discuss:

*the scheduling perks of working as a per diem nurse
*the oversaturation of travel nurses in some places
*Adrianne's thoughts on her first experience as a New Hire Preceptor
*how nursing is helping Dan chase his musical dreams
*special connections with patients

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Dan DiMonte Returns Pt 1: Pondering Medical TV Shows, Indwelling Catheter Alternatives, and Musical Interludes

Travel nurse Dan DiMonte returns for the longest recording in MRC history (don't worry, we've distilled it down to the best parts). Adrianne and Dan sit down for a morning chat and chai which turned into afternoon tea. In part 1, they discuss a wide range of topics including:
*the automation of nursing
*indwelling catheter alternatives
*Dan takes a terrible patient assignment
*the effects of Med TV shows on patient perceptions
*shitty trash cans
and Dan may have accidentally created the new talent portion of the show.

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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. 

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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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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. 

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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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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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