99 episodes

Co-hosts Amie and Sara are experienced nurses, former co-workers, and friends. Together they tackle hot topics related to nursing and healthcare, with grit!

The Gritty Nurse Podcast Amie and Sara

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 65 Ratings

Co-hosts Amie and Sara are experienced nurses, former co-workers, and friends. Together they tackle hot topics related to nursing and healthcare, with grit!

    Fined, Bullied and Silenced over a Facebook Post? Carolyn Brost Strom's Story and Victory for Patient Safety and Patient Care

    Fined, Bullied and Silenced over a Facebook Post? Carolyn Brost Strom's Story and Victory for Patient Safety and Patient Care

    Nurses are nurses' worst enemies. Our job is to ensure that patient safety and patient outcomes are our primary concerns. But what happens when self-interest or pride, or greed takes over and patients care is not important? This is exactly what happened in Carolyn Brost Strom's Story. There was no professional misconduct, only a nurse who was brave enough to speak out to protect her family which extended to protecting other patients and families. 
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-nurse-carolyn-strom-wins-appeal-1.5752592

    • 34 min
    Hiding The Harm in Hospitals: Sounding the Alarm in Healthcare with Tracy Zambory- President of The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses

    Hiding The Harm in Hospitals: Sounding the Alarm in Healthcare with Tracy Zambory- President of The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses

    Could you imagine working in a climate where the government is not being transparent about how dire the healthcare crisis is? Or even worse, working in conditions that you know can cause patient harm and are NOT ALLOWED to speak up because of severe punishment? Yes- this is real. And it is happening right here in Canada, specifically in Saskatchewan. Nurses CAN NOT SPEAK OUT without fear or reprisal or intimidation from their employers--but Tracey Zambory and the Saskatchewan Nursing Union is bringing the fight to the government for patient safety and nursing rights!
    Tracy Zambory is a Registered Nurse (RN) and President of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN); the union representing Saskatchewan’s more than 11,000 Registered Nurses, Registered Psychiatric Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.
    As a nursing leader, Tracy strives to use her voice and influence to advance the principles of Truth and Reconciliation in health care, while facilitating crucial conversations around race and gender within the nursing profession. Under Tracy’s stewardship, SUN has instigated and lead critical dialogue on numerous health and social issues from Saskatchewan’s HIV, youth mental health, and overdose crises to the future of seniors’ care and access to rural health in the province.
    Tracy’s leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been a source of strength for nurses and frontline health workers facing extreme system demands, a touchstone for patients and families seeking advice in the face of the unknown, and a driver of government and health decision-maker accountability.
    Tracy represents her members as the current Vice President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) and as an Officer on the National Executive Board of the Canadian Federation of Nurses' Unions (CFNU).
    Tracy lives in her hometown of Stoughton, Saskatchewan with her husband, Sam, and their dog, Danga. She’s known in town for her community service, and her love of gardening and baking.

    • 37 min
    They Don't Give a F*ck About Nurses or They Would Protect Us: Nursing Homicides

    They Don't Give a F*ck About Nurses or They Would Protect Us: Nursing Homicides

    In this podcast episode, Amie & Sara discuss the deaths of two nurses that happened less than weeks apart. On Oct 18, 2022 June Onkundi, a wife, mother, and psychiatric nurse practitioner was stabbed to death by one of her patients, James Gomes, while at work. On Oct 20th, 2022, Jacqueline Pokuaa (social worker), 45, and Katie Flowers (nurse), 63, were shot and killed by Nestor Hernandez, 30, who was on parole following an aggravated assault conviction. 
    How does this continue to happen? Are nursing lives worth nothing? What is being done to stop this? Why aren't the hospitals doing more to protect healthcare staff? We are so angry and we all must call for stronger legislation and support to protect us from harm.
    https://people.com/crime/n-c-nurse-allegedly-stabbed-to-death-at-work-by-psychiatric-patient-called-dedicated-compassionate-kind/
    https://www.citizen.digital/news/american-man-charged-with-murdering-kenyan-nurse-june-onkundi-has-a-history-of-assaulting-women-n308036
    https://abc11.com/raleigh-woman-stabbed-to-death-durham-family-mourns-june-onkundi/12348627/
    https://www.wral.com/colleagues-come-together-to-honor-nurse-killed-in-durham/20541114/
    https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2022/10/26/what-we-know-about-the-nurse-case-worker-killed-in-the-dallas-hospital-shooting/
    https://www.nursingworld.org/news/news-releases/2022-news-releases/statement-on-the-methodist-dallas-medical-center-shooting/
    https://khn.org/morning-breakout/after-2-nurses-killed-in-dallas-hospital-worker-safety-again-in-spotlight/
    https://www.chiefhealthcareexecutive.com/view/after-dallas-hospital-shooting-nurses-call-for-greater-protection

    • 36 min
    Haunted Hospitals: A re-release of our own scariest stories

    Haunted Hospitals: A re-release of our own scariest stories

    Have you seen our Haunted Hospitals Episode yet? This creepy podcast that we released in Oct 2020 is now on a TV show!! Amie & Sara are both featured Season 4 of Haunted Hospitals premieres within our Creep Week programming event on Wednesday, October 12 at 10pm ET/PT. Links attached!
    Our podcast episode gets into Halloween spirit by discussing personal encounters with the paranormal! Spooky stories that happened in the hospital and at home. Listen to this one curled up in the comfort of your bed or couch :)
    Sara talks about a spooky encounter on nights at the hospital and another as a student living off campus, and Amie explains a creepy story from her childhood home, and a haunted room at the hospital.  
    The Gritty Nurses discuss favourite horror movies and what makes them scary- listen if you dare!
    S04 E01 · Terror in the Sanitorium, The Break Room, Do Not Enter  (Amie Archibald-Varley Story)
    Oct 15, 2022
     
    A young medical assistant starting a new job in a former TB hospital discovers she's not alone in the building. A rookie nurse goes through an initiation when she's assigned to take her break in a room rumoured to be haunted. A procedural nurse recounts her experiences with a hostile entity within the walls of an old hospital.
     
    https://www.sky.com/watch/title/series/35fadbd9-d5fb-42c8-bb13-15d49af2240d/haunted-hospitals-35fadbd9-d5fb-42c8-bb13-15d49af2240d/episodes/season-4/episode-1
    https://www.tandetv.com/shows/haunted-hospitals/
     
    S04 E05 · Connection, Ghost Interrupted, Terror in the Tunnel (Sara Fung Story)
     
    Nov 9, 2022
    New
    A nurse assistant observes uncanny coincidences that emerge in connection with a long term care resident. A teenager at a psychiatric facility detects spirits in an abandoned building. While transporting a baby a nurse senses a disturbing presence.
     
    Creep Week: https://creepweek.tandetv.com/?utm_source=press_release&utm_medium=press_release&utm_campaign=creep_week

    • 42 min
    Pregnancy and Infant Loss & Perinatal Mental Health: When it's more than the Blues

    Pregnancy and Infant Loss & Perinatal Mental Health: When it's more than the Blues

    October is pregnancy & infant loss awareness month. Thousands of families are devastated each year by the death of their baby. But the grief of these families and the value of their babies’ lives are very rarely acknowledged.  In this episode, Amie and Sara discuss Perinatal Mood Disorder and Pregnancy loss. We also discuss how we coped with loss in our professional and personal experiences and signs and symptoms of perinatal mood disorders. It's ok to not be ok. Mental health matters.
    https://pailnetwork.sunnybrook.ca/about-us/awareness/pregnancy-and-infant-loss-awareness-day/
    https://starlegacyfoundation.org/awareness-month/

    • 35 min
    Nurses and the Supernatural: Fact, Fiction or Fun?

    Nurses and the Supernatural: Fact, Fiction or Fun?

    It's OCTOBERWEEN! Your Gritty Nurses are at it again! In this light hearted episode, we discuss nursing/ healthcare ghost stories? Are they real? Are they fake? Is it just fun? We also have a para-skeptical guest, Jordan Varley, joining us to give us his take on our experiences. We also discuss our experineces recording Haunted Hospitals, Season 4 premieres October 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on T+E. Creep Week programming starts Oct 10- 15th! See the Creep Week hub here for more info. 
    Amie's Episode: Haunted Hospitals, Season 4, Episode 1 (The world premiere episode of Season 4 on October 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT) Story #2
    Haunted Hospitals, Season 4, Episode 5 (this episode will air on Wednesday, November 9 at 10pm ET/PT) Last story in the series. 

    • 46 min

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Nursing Representation

Thank you both for your frank discussion about nursing and the nursing crisis. Nursing needs more people like you who are out there speaking on behalf of the profession; saying the things that others are shying away from exposing such as the truth about nursing wages (which cap at the 8 yr mark), the truth about the “retention bonus” which wasn’t $5000 as the Gov is claiming it to be. Your voices are real and meaningful. Keep the discussion going. Thanks!

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THANK YOU

Thank you for advocating to us nurses and encouraging the rest of us to start/continue to advocate for the nursing profession. You ladies are absolutely inspirational! You take on the tough discussions that we are all thinking and bringing them forward for the rest of the world to hear!

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Awesome and topical

Spot on conversations about topics that matter! This is not just for people who work in healthcare.

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