In this podcast, Nurse Alice Benjamin, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, FNP-C, combines no-nonsense advice with thought-provoking interviews featuring top health experts, celebrity guests, and frontline nurses. As she worked her way up the nursing ladder from CNA to LPN to RN to BSN to MSN to Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, and Media Health Expert, Alice learned valuable lessons along her journey. She's been featured on Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Dr. Drew, CNN, HLN, TVOne, BBC, NBC, and many more. When Nurse Alice talks, she's teaching. If you listen you'll learn! Alice eloquently facilitates discussions in a way that only a nurse can. And, gives the best advice - from struggling as a nursing student with a young family to life beyond the bedside, all the taboo conversations in the break room, and reminiscing on those patients we’ll never forget. This podcast is presented by Nurse.org and made with love, for nurses by nurses.
You Want Me To Work When I'm Sick?! That's a HARD PASS! How to Set Work Boundaries.
In this episode Nurse Alice talks about a time when an employer crossed a work boundary and wanted her to work at home when she was out ill. Have you been in a similar situation? What did you do? Here are some tips on how you can set work boundaries with your employer.
Considering Plastic Surgery? 7 Tips To Prepare For a Cosmetic Procedure (with top-rated Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Richard Westreich)
Now that things have opened up since the pandemic, one area of healthcare that's booming, more than any other, is cosmetic surgery. Everyone wants that summer beach body and many are resorting to surgery to help them get there. And even if that's not you, it's important to remind patients that any surgery, even elective cosmetic surgery, carries risks.
In this episode, Nurse Alice speaks with Dr. Richard Westreich about 7 Cosmetic Surgery Tips everyone should know. He was voted by New York magazine as one of the top doctors in facial plastic surgery. He is an assistant professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and is on staff at Lenox Hill and Mount Sinai Hospitals. He is a faculty member and teacher at a fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai.
How Can We Prevent Hospital Shootings?
It's every nurse or healthcare worker's nightmare: shooting in the hospital. Sadly, violence against healthcare workers has been on the rise. You might feel helpless, if you do, that's normal. Just know- you're not alone, gun violence in hospitals can be prevented.
In this episode, Nurse Alice talks about,
Ways nurses can protect themselves from gun violence and workplace violenceHow to identify potentially violent patientsHow to prevent hospital shootingsWhat hospitals are doing to protect healthcare workers from violenceLegislation that is planned to prevent gun violenceAlice addresses the emerging gun violence in society today and the recent killing of four people at the Tulsa Medical Center by a disgruntled patient, who was also killed.
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How To Deal With a Half-Ass Shift Report
Have you ever come to work and got what seemed to be one of the worst reports ever? What do you do? How do you handle the situation so it's a meaningful experience for everyone involved? Do you give feedback to the off-going nurse about how to improve upon their practice?
The unsafest times for patients are during shift change, transfers and handoffs. Is that a surprise to anyone? This is the time when the baton is passed and important information can be missed and balls dropped. And when the report is crappy, it can delay treatment and interventions because the oncoming nurse is trying to get up to speed on what's happening with the patient.
In this episode Nurse Alice shares an example of a half-ass handoff report she got from a staff nurse and discovered the nurse didn't do much for the patient and didn't even understand how sick the patient was. It may seem uncomfortable if you're not used to having an open dialogue with peers but it's okay to hold our peers accountable and provide collegial feedback. Don't be the petty nurse who can't receive feedback. It's not about you, it's about the patient. Listen to how Nurse Alice handled this situation and turned it into a teachable moment.
Why Nursing Certification Matters (with Elizabeth Scruth)
While March 19 was Certified Nurses Day, being certified is relevant throughout the year. In 2020, the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) conducted a national survey that found 75% of adults thought it was important for all nurses to have a specialty board certification in a relevant field. But why is it important to nurses?
In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Elizabeth Scruth, the chair-elect of the AACN Certification Corporation to discuss the benefits of nursing certification and how to overcome common obstacles to becoming certified, and the importance of being a part of your professional nursing organization.
How Virtual Reality Will Change Nursing Education (with Ryan Ribeira CEO of SimX)
In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Ryan Ribeira, assistant professor at Stanford and CEO of SimX, an immersive VR medical training company. He explains,
- What's wrong with the way we train now.
- What prompted him to start SimX
- How virtual reality, augmented reality and XR are safe solutions to training and preparing future medical professionals
Every year nearly 80,000 nursing student applicants get turned away - not because they don't qualify but due to the shortage of nurse educators and training sites and resources. And for those that are in nursing school, it's often a hit or miss with getting the experience you're hoping to get during your clinical rotations. And what about advanced training? How can nurses learn advanced skills in an environment that doesn't put the patient at risk?
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Love nurse Alice
Nurse Alice’s podcasts are relatable, thought provoking and intriguing. As a nurse myself, I love the variety of guests she interviews on her podcast, and I appreciate hearing different perspectives about such a wide range of topics.
Nurse Vernell interview
I enjoyed listening to Nurse Vernell and Nurse Alice take us through the process. This interview was informative. I’d like to hear more about huddles
Love Nurse Alice!
I appreciate her sharing her perspective through her own experiences being a nurse. I am not in the medical field at all so I learn a lot from each episode! 👏🏽