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.
MENTAL HEALTH & BURNOUT IN NURSING: tips for taking care of yourself
As a nurse, you are your number one patient. Your mental health matters. You have to make yourself a priority. Now more than ever it's important to focus on your mental health. Alice opens up about her own struggles with mental health and burnout. She provides resources, guidance, and advocacy for nurses who are not feeling like their usual selves.
I QUIT MY JOB AS A NURSE PRACTITIONER: here's the reason why
Nurse Alice reveals the reasons why she quit her job as a Family Nurse Practitioner. After working her way up the nursing ladder from CNA to LPN to RN to BSN to MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Alice was ready to get her FNP. Was becoming a nurse practitioner worth it? Does she regret it?
When she started her Nurse Practitioner journey she had so many personal and professional reasons as to why this would be a good idea. But was it really? Find out in this episode.
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HOW TO MASTER THE BEDSIDE SHIFT REPORT: best practices for an effective nursing handoff
Giving an effective bedside shift report sets the tone for the shift. Nurses might struggle with nursing handoff - maybe they don't know exactly what to say or how to properly communicate everything that needs to be said, where to conduct shift reports, or how to best give the report. In this episode, Alice shares her best advice for giving a shift report that will set up the incoming nurse for success. And, ultimately give the highest level of patient care.
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DISAPPOINTMENT HURTS: how to turn painful situations into opportunities for growth
Nurse Alice opens up about a relationship that ended and the strategies she used to work through the overwhelming emotions to learn and grow from that experience. We've all experienced disappointment in life and it always hurts - here are 5 ways to deal with disappointment.
WHAT NURSES CAN DO ABOUT MISINFORMATION ONLINE: dealing with conspiracy theories on social media
Nurse Alice answers a listener's question regarding a registered nurse from his home town who was spreading misinformation about COVID vaccines on Facebook. The listener reported the nurse to the board of nursing and now the nurse is retaliating against this listener.
Conspiracy theories and misinformation about the pandemic and vaccines are all over the internet. If you're a nurse, you've likely come across patients who believe the conspiracy theories. It's a difficult topic to navigate and in this episode, Alice gives her best advice about addressing conspiracy theories and misinformation.
DEATH IS A REALITY FOR NURSES: how to cope with death
Death is a reality for nurses, but coping with it can be difficult. In this episode, Nurse Alice shares her own personal experience with the death of a loved one and how she used that experience to help other patients and their families.
For more advice on coping with death, read the nurse.org article "I'm a Nurse and I Grieve - Coping With Death" https://nurse.org/articles/nurses-coping-with-death/
Not afraid to speak the hard truths
I love how honest she is about the realities of healthcare and nursing. As a fellow NP, listening to her latest podcast made me feel at peace just knowing that I’m not alone in my feelings about working in healthcare. I’m appreciate her view on different topics and how willing she is to share her knowledge with the world.
I loved this episode. Alice went over her burnout and was honest about her experience as an NP.
Just in time! I needed that! 🥰
Just finished my second day off of orientation, to say I was disappointed in myself was an understatement! But, with education, grace and a little humor the podcasts “disappointment hurts” and “bedside shift report” we’re just what I needed. Both of these help me learn, and think realistically. Thank you Nurse Alice!