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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.
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".
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.
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.
Inventions are born from various circumstances. Some from necessity, some by accident and some just for fun! However, many inventors never take the next steps in manufacturing or marketing their products because of what they predict to be a lengthy process full of headaches and worst of all- a failure. It is important to remember that if inventors gave into their fear of failure, we would have missed out on products and methods that not only make our lives easier, but save lives in healthcare!
Today, we sit down with Sarah Mott, a Registered Nurse and inventor of the Lotus Stethoscope Holder. She also happens to be the founder of Nurse Born Products, a company that encourages other nurses to pursue their ideas and sell their products. Sarah guides nurses through the process and will share some of her tips for success with us today!
Follow Sarah on Twitter @NurseBorn
Psychiatric nurses play a vital role in catering to patients who are mentally ill and suffering from psychotic disorders, mood and anxiety disorders as well as patients with substance abuse and addiction problems.
Listen to this week's episode as our guest host Jeff Allen talks to Joel Ayapana for an in-depth look at Psychiatric Nursing. Joel also talks about his new book and radio show!
Joel Ayapana RN, BSN, BA
Joel Ayapana RN, BSN, BA is the author of The Book of Positive Light: Rememberance of the Heart, which recounts the meaning of positivity as a story that Joel shares in the hopes of providing mental clarity for readers. A pscyhiatric nurse with more than a decade of experience in the field, Joel's focus lies in the application of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy within the Group Therapy Setting. He will soon be hosting his own BBS Radio Talk Show entitled "Quantum Mindfulness"- a term that Joel has coined to define as "a state of awareness that can be utilized as the tools and the armor of resilience where the theoretical constructs and to where the most profound and amazing of findings discovered by researchers of Quantum Physics and Mechanics are integrated with Heart-Centered Consciousness and Awakened Mindfulness."
Joel is also a Veteran of the United States Air Force and has been a Registered Nurse in Cleveland, Ohio, delivering first rate care to mentally ill patients, victims of substance abuse and anxiety disorders as well as the homeless.
To purchase The Book of Positive Light: Remembrance of the Heart visit lulu.com/spotlight/JoelAyapana
Welcome to this week’s iNurse Radio episode where we discuss the link between Viruses and Breast Cancer featuring Dr. Kimberley Baltzell. In the United States, research has shown that 1 out of 8 women will experience invasive breast cancer at some point in their life. Although the diagnoses rate of breast cancer has been decreasing in recent years, more than 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with nearly 65,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
Dr. Baltzell is currently an assistant adjunct professor at the University of California, San Fransisco and Associate Director with the Global Health Science Masters Program. Her current research consists of overseeing 40 student projects throughout the world. These studies are designed to understand effective diagnoses and treatments for children in sub-Saharan Africa with limited resources. While focused on various student projects, Dr. Baltzell continues research on viruses associated with increased risk of breast cancer.
Find out more at globalhealthsciences.ucsf.edu and nursing.ucsf.edu
Leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle might sound easy, but when push comes to shove juggling your career and your personal life can be extremely difficult. A career in the healthcare profession can be especially challenging, and so preventing yourself from burning out is crucial.
In this episode our host Anthony Figliola sits down with Christine O'Grady, a Registered Nurse and mother, to discuss the challenges of juggling a career and running a family, while keeping up with the rigors of the medical profession.
Christine O'Grady, RN
Christine O'Grady has been a Registered Nurse for over 12 years whose focus has been critical care in the areas of neurology and cardiology. After having worked in some one of the highest pressured hospital systems in New York, Christine was recruited to join a major medical device company, to work in their Cardiac division assisting physicians in the implementation of cardiac devices.
Christine received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Stony Brook University, New York, one of the nation’s leading institutions for science and health research.
Military nursing requires more than a nursing degree and sympathy for those who are ill. It requires the ability to think quickly and react appropriately when faced with an emergency. Our guest host, Jeff Allen sits down with Lieutenant Nicole Cuthbertson, a Nurse Trauma Specialist to discuss how to become a Military Nurse, the benefits of being a Military Nurse, and how being in the military can help shape your career. They also talk about The Pink Swan Movement, a non-profit organization that Nicole founded to provide feminine hygiene products and educational materials to impoverished girls (ages 9-18) throughout the world.
Visit The Pink Swan Movement website for more information
Nicole Cuthbertson, RN, MSN
Nicole Cuthbertson, RN, MSN, BSN, currently maintains a position at the Naval Medical Center located in San Diego, California. Nicole has 7 years of experience in the nursing field; however, she also is on active duty as a US Navy nurse with specialization in trauma and emergency care. She speaks around the nation, as well as educating her colleagues, on her expertise.
In the United States, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women around the world and second leading cause of death after heart disease. Although men have a lower risk, an estimated 2,150 men are diagnosed every year. Risk factors for getting the disease can be genetic or environmental or both, however it is important to note that 60 to 70% of people with breast cancer have no connection to these risk factors at all and some with risk factors may never develop the cancer.
Today our host sits down with Nurse Practitioner, Patricia Moore, who co-authored the article Genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 alongside Dr. Cathy Kessenich and Kathryn Bacher.
Patricia Moore MSN ARNP
Patti is a Nurse Practitioner in Tampa Florida, practicing in Women's Health for the past 10 years. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tampa. Patti first became interested in Bracanalysis when she learned that 5% of the population carries the Brca 1& 2 Gene which predisposes a person up to a 44%risk for developing ovarian cancer and an 87% chance risk for developing breast cancer over a lifetime.
Since then Women’s Care Florida has tested hundreds of patients with strong family histories for the associated cancers, all of whom have been thankful to be able to stratify their risk and benefit from increased surveillance and management.
According to the, American Association of Colleges of Nurses, employment for Nurses will increase significantly over the next few years in comparison to most occupations.
Nursing is the nation's largest health care profession, totaling over 3.1 million RN's across the US. Regardless of the fields current status, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for RN's will grow faster than many other jobs through 2018.
Being a Nurse is a very rewarding profession that offers various job placement opportunities, but it takes hard work and perseverance. In 2011, a national study revealed that the acceptance rate for nursing schools across the country was approximately 39.5%. So to make sure you are included in that percentage, we are speaking with Dr. Kathleen Potempa, Dean and Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, for her expert advice to help the next generation of students seeking a career as a Nurse. Dr. Potempa has extensive experience within the medical profession including:
32 years’ experience as a scientist, educator, and administrator.
Several notable awards such as the Oregon Medical Research Foundation Mentor Award that she received in 2002, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Rush University in 2003 and being Named one of 2004’s Fifty Great Leaders of Oregon by Business magazine amongst others
Dr. Potempa has dedicated much research towards health within physically impaired populations in conjunction with her community-based research to improve health behavior.
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