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  • 00:29

    Emergency & Post-Surgery Pediatric Care and Prevention

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    On this episode of iNurse Radio we will be discussing Emergency and Post-Surgery Pediatric Care with Nurse Michelle Merry. Nurse Merry will be discussing preparation and procedure for Emergency Pediatric Care as well as safety tips for prevention.

  • 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

    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. 

  • 00:31

    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".

  • 00:34

    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.

  • 00:29

    Psychiatric Nursing - A Talk With Joel Ayapana

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    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





  • 00:30

    Nurse Born Products - Speaking with Inventor Sarah Mott, RN

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    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

  • 00:29

    Patients and Nurses: A Powerful Force

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    On this week's episode we discuss, Patients and Nurses: A Powerful Force an article that focuses on the Patient/Nurse relationship, and the quality of the partnership as well as how it has developed over time. This article specifically focuses on the similarities and differences between practices in the United Kingdom and the United States and suggests that we may expect further development between Nurse/Patient interaction to achieve competency, compassionate care, strategic development, and a further developed operation within doctor offices and emergency rooms.

    Roswyn Hakesley-Brown, MPhil, BA, RN, RM, RNT, Cert.Ed is a British nurse and former president of the Royal College of Nursing.She has published several articles and is Trustee to the Patients Association.