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  • 00:31

    Nursing Quality of Care Guidelines

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    In this week’s iNurse Episode we are discussing: Quality of care guidelines, featuring Nurse Reezena Malaska. You may remember Reezena as one of our guest speakers from our iNurse episode:Reducing Nurse Fatigue. If you haven’t had the chance to tune in, you can find it on our website at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/inurseradio

    Nurse Reezena’s passion and enthusiasm for the field of healthcare has led her to become a Registered Nurse, achieve a Master’s of Science in Nursing, and became certified as a Critical Care Registered Nurse. In addition to practicing nursing, she also dedicates her time to teach and inspire Nurse Students as an adjunct professor at Notre Dame College and Cuyahoga Community College.

    Today we will discuss Quality of Care Guidelines, which has become a popular discussion amongst medical professionals, and it is a topic that the American Nurses Association has addressed – hoping to improve patient safety by promoting quality in nursing care and nurses' work lives.

  • Klarque Garrison of "Survive 365"

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    Mr. 365, D. Klarque Garrison, host of the blog, Survive 365, and the blog talk radio show, Survive 365: The Conversation of Survive 365 discusses his book, How to Survive the Next 365 | Your Lifeline to a Better Life.

  • 00:34

    Golden Independence: A Caregiver's Guide to Health and Safety with Paula Gibeson

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    Today we will be speaking with Geriatric Nurse Specialist and author Paula Gibeson, who has extensive experience in the field of Gerontology. One of her goals as an author, is to provide information about proper care-giving for seniors. Nurse Gibeson's book titled: Golden Independence, A Caregiver's Practical Guide to Health and Safety for Individuals During Their Golden Years, gives essential techniques to help seniors stay safe while at the same time, maintaining their independence. Her audience typically ranges from 20 years old – 50 years old, or as she refers to them as, the “sandwich generation.”

  • Empowering Nurses through Career Coaching

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    Today we have the pleasure of speaking with Nurse Emma Soy. Nurse Soy has her Bachelors of Science in nursing as well as her Master’s degree. As a graduate of North Park University and Liberty University, she carries 25 years of experience as a nurse. She began her career working in pediatrics and then began to expand her knowledge with various positions in the nursing field. After being exposed to different experiences, she became an advocate for patient care initiatives. She used her passion to provide top quality patient care and motivation to help fellow nurses develop more skills, Emma then began to focus on becoming a nursing career coach.  Although she was able to observe her patient’s health status improve, she gained much appreciation getting the opportunity to witness her fellow nurses improve on their clinical knowledge as well as develop better techniques so that they could become better nurses.

  • 00:31

    Reducing Nurse Fatigue

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    According to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic. For the average adult, the required amount of sleep is 8 hours. A recent study revealed that 1/3 of adults tend to sleep less than 6 hours. In 2009, nearly 17.5% of adults between the ages 18 – 45 admitted to nodding off while driving to and from work. Research also suggests that lack of sleep can result in a lower quality of life for a person. In addition, these sleep deprived individuals tend to experience illness more frequently than people who get the required amount of sleep. People who continuously lack proper sleep are also more likely to experience an inability to concentrate on tasks throughout the day. These people may experience a more difficult time with their memory or the interactions that they experience, which result in more confusion than someone getting the required amount of rest. Today we will be discussing: Reducing Nurse Fatigue with Nurse Reezena H. Malaska, RN, MSN, and CCRN.

  • 00:32

    Healthcare Reform and Policy - How does it affect nurses?

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    Nurses are an inextricable part of healthcare in the United States, but what does Healthcare reform have to give back? In this episode of iNurse Radio, our host Anthony Figliola sits down with Dean Emeritus of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch to discuss how healthcare reform and policy affects nurses.

    Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., RN

    Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., RN, Emeritus Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, is known for launching the first accelerated BSN program. The accelerated baccalaureate nursing program is now part of the curriculum at hundreds of nursing schools nationwide. She is the second-longest sitting dean of any US nursing school. Dr. Conway-Welch was also recognized in the Top 25 Women in Healthcare List for 2009, which also included Past-President of the American Medical Association Nancy Nielsen and Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

    Her current research interests include Nursing Education & Administration, Healthcare Reform and Disaster Management. In the past Dr. Conway-Welch has served on various panels and committees including the National Institute of Health, the Institute of Medicine and the Global Knowledge Exchange Network.

  • 00:31

    Why Everyone Should Have a Patient Advocate

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    Patient Advocacy is an important area of specialization concerned with a patient’s knowledge regarding the use of health plans, insurance, understanding medication that has been prescribed to you as well as your diagnosis and treatment. With the Institute of Medicine reporting that anywhere between 44,000 and 98,000 hospital patients die every year due to medical mistakes, it is increasingly vital that patients have someone to help guide them.

    In this episode of iNurse Radio, our host Jeff Allen chats with Ava Sammarco, LPN, regarding the importance of patient advocacy, how patients can avoid succumbing to the problems in our healthcare system and the questions you should be asking as a patient to ensure you receive above standard medical care.

    Ava Sammarco, LPN

    Ava Sammarco is a Licensed Practical Nurse at Park Creek, a residential care center located in Park Creek, Buffalo.

    With more than 35 years in the field Ava is an expert in geriatric and acute care as well as patient advocacy, one of her favorite topics! She is also the host of a radio show called "Nurses Notes" and television show entitled "Health Focus".

  • 00:31

    The Basics on Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing

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    In the acute care field- wound, ostomy, and continence nursing play an increasingly significant role. Providing both short and long-term support to patients in a clinical and outpatient setting, WOC nurses use best practice guidelines to not only treat patients, but also prevent such conditions as pressure ulcers.

    In this weeks iNurse Radio episode learn about Wound, Ostomy and Continence nursing as a complex specialty that administers acute and rehabilitative care for patients suffering from gastrointestinal disorders, abdominal stomas, continence disorders and/or fistulas.

    Our host Kathryn Zox sits down with Roxanne Elling, a Certified Wound and Ostomy Care Nurse to talk about WOC nursing and certification, acute care facilities and how to make a difference in patients lives at home.


    Roxanne Elling, RN, BA, BSN, CWOCN

    Roxanne Elling, RN, BA, BSN, CWOCN, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1992, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Adelphi University in 2000. She joined Good Samaritan Medical Center in 2012 as the Wound Care Specialist for the facility. Prior to that she served on a Medical Surgical Unit at St. Francis Hospital. She transitioned to an urban setting with The Visiting Nurse Service of New York working in the nursing field and in various management positions. 

  • 00:34

    The American Nurse Project with Carolyn Jones

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    In this episode of iNurse Radio we speak with our guest, Carolyn Jones, photographer and filmmaker, currently working on a fascinating project called the American Nurse Project.

    A little background on Carolyn, she is an award winning filmmaker with a majority of her focus on documentaries. In addition to her video productions, Carolyn has also published books and magazines which covers some intriguing topics in today’s world. If you are interested on learning more about Carolyn’s work or want to attend one of her lectures, you can visit her personal website at www.carolynjones.com.

    One of Carolyn’s work that caught our attention was the American Nurse Project. This documentary is focused on recognizing and capturing “ordinary” Nurses and how they make such a powerful impact on our society. Carolyn seeks to discover information and experiences they have, that many people will never encounter in their own lives.

    For more information visit http://americannurseproject.com/

  • 00:27

    Surviving Stevens-Johnson Syndrome - Katie Niemeyer

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    Katie is the owner and inventor of the Handana® wrist sweatband, and also a survivor of the Stevens-Johnson Syndrome- an inflammatory disorder that can be triggered by certain prescription medication. Inflammation of the skin can become so harmful that a person with SJS can actually develop 3rd degree burns externally while causing internal damage as well. In fact, Katie’s experience was so critical that she spent approximately 3 weeks in the Burn Unit at a hospital from her reaction.

    Well, thankfully Katie recovered from her reaction and began to pursue an idea for a wristband that would benefit those with SJS as well as many athletes. Being a marathon runner herself, Katie was always practicing and training for various marathons. While running, her eyes were constantly irritated from the burning sensation whenever sweat would drip into her eyes. For a fairly common occurrence, Katie was determined to find a better solution to help create something better than your typical cotton sweatband.    

    Today we will be speaking with Katie about her motivation behind the Handana® and how she was able to pursue her idea, and turn it into a successful reality. We hope that this gives fellow nurses advice for pursuing any inventions or ideas that they may have.

    To learn more or order your own Handana® you can visit the Handana® website by clicking here

    Also visit the Steven-Johnson Foundation website for more information about SJS

  • 00:30

    The Role of Nurses in Healthcare Technology with Edward Stern

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    In this day and age, healthcare and technology are synonymous. It is not enough anymore for health care professionals to simply know their trade, they must also learn the technology that has shaped their trade in countless ways; from software programs to medical equipment and devices. In this week's episode of iNurse Radio, we sit down with Edward Stern, a seasoned registered nurse to talk about healthcare and technology and more specifically the role of nurses in healthcare technology.

    Edward Stern has nearly three decades of experience in public speaking and business process development. He is a Registered Nurse with a wide ranging knowledge of clinical informatics as well as training. He is a Former Board member for CARING: An International Nursing Informatics Organization as well as Former President of the Emergency Nurses Association.