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Leveraging Nurse Volunteers to Combat Vaccine Misinformation
In this episode, we speak with Garrett Chan. He’s the nurse leader behind HealthImpact, which is a California-based organization that has driven workforce development innovations within nursing. Over the course of the pandemic, HealthImpact has been behind two major initiatives to help promote vaccine confidence: VaxForce and Trust a Nurse, Ask a Nurse. VaxForce was launched to recruit skilled volunteers who could perform vaccinations, while the Trust a Nurse, Ask a Nurse program relies on volunteer nurses to field vaccination questions from community members.
Garrett Chan is the President and CEO of HealthImpact, and also an associate adjunct professor at the University of California San Francisco. Previously, he served as Director for the Center for Education and Professional Development, and Director of Advanced Practice at Stanford Healthcare.
And check out our previous related episode with Lizett Leandro. She’s worked as a consultant for the Trust a Nurse, Ask a Nurse program.
Trust a Nurse, Ask a Nurse: Building Vaccine Confidence Through Telehealth
As part of our Special Report series, we shift our focus from nursing burnout to an innovative nurse-based initiative to build vaccine confidence in California.
In this episode, we speak to Lizett Leandro about her work as a consultant for the Trust A Nurse, Ask A Nurse program, a telehealth platform created by HealthImpact. The program relies on volunteer nurses to field vaccination questions from community members. Lizett helped create the initiative’s informational template and shares her experience with this type of public health outreach.
Lizett Leandro is the Director of Clinical Services and Quality for a senior living non-profit in Southern California and a Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Consultant at HealthImpact. She oversees nursing education policy and procedures and quality improvement for skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities.
Burnout at a Systems-Level
As part of our Special Report series, we continue with our coverage of different nursing views on the impact of burnout and how to address it.
In this episode, we hear from Dr. Dewi Brown-DeVeaux about burnout at a systems-level and how it influences vaccine confidence at this point in the pandemic. Dr. Brown-DeVeaux shares her perspective on what she thinks are the major causes of burnout in the healthcare space and what we can do to address it.
Dr. Dewi Brown-DeVeaux is the Director of Nursing Services for Interventional Radiology/Infusion/Family Group Practice at a major academic Medical Center in New York City.
Burnout or Burndown? How to Support Health Professionals
In this episode, we hear from Dr. Ali Tayyeb, a registered nurse and Assistant Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Tayyeb is also a United States Navy veteran who specialized in combat trauma and is host of the podcast, RN Mentor.
When discussing his views on the impact of burnout, Dr. Tayyeb uses the word “burndown” instead. Dr. Tayyeb explains that the term "burnout" implies that healthcare professionals instigate through their personal actions, whereas the term “burndown” focuses on systemic issues embedded in the healthcare field.
Cultivating Support, Resilience and Retention for the Health Professions
Continuing our Special Report series with COVID-19 pandemic coverage, we speak with Dr. Paula Milone-Nuzzo about the current workforce crisis in health care. Discussing the continued need to reframe training and education for health professions, we explore potential solutions that could help cultivate more support, resilience and retention.
Dr. Paula Milone-Nuzzo is currently a professor and President of MGH Institute of Health Professions, a graduate school started by Massachusetts General Hospital. Leading an extensive career in academia, her research interest includes workforce development, careers in health care and care for the elderly.
Navigating Vaccination Efforts: Lessons Learned and New Challenges
As part of our special COVID-19 pandemic coverage, we are continuing with a Special Report series that can be helpful to nurses and the communities they serve.
In this episode, we hear from Carl Hinson and Maria Saldiva. They share their latest insights, lessons learned, and current approaches to navigating vaccination efforts in Texas and Hawai’i.
Carl Hinson is the Director of Workforce Development for Hawai‘i Pacific Health. The organization leads mobile vaccination efforts across Hawai’i by recruiting high school students to vaccinate community members and converting motor coach buses into mobile vaccine clinics.
Maria Saldiva is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health San Antonio School of Nursing and a Family Nurse Practitioner at the university’s Wellness 360 Clinic. She is also a member of the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium’s Vaccine Confidence Advisory Committee. Maria shares issues that she and her colleagues are facing at this point in the pandemic, like determining when positive COVID-19 patients can return to work or school.
Very meticulously researched and reported podcasts - fascinating conversations with nurses in many different fields. Gets into the nitty gritty of the real issues facing nurses and the health care system more broadly.
Thorough. Compelling. Detailed.
Great content revealing the realities, texture, color, range, and value of nursing’s contribution to our healthcare systems. The honesty in these stories and information make clear the complexities of caring for people and families who have an unimaginably wide range of conditions to treat and manage. It is overwhelming and impressive all the ways nursing can improve our overall health and just crazy this huge collection of talent isn’t influencing policy and practice. More nurses in system leadership roles and working at the top of their license makes wildly good sense!
So interesting! Subjects worth learning about!
The topics covered in the first few episodes (sexual assault nurse examiners, support for breastfeeding mothers, the fight for full-practice authority for NPs, and pediatric home care for medically-complex children) are important windows into parts of our healthcare system that are not often discussed. They also happen to be realms in which the (often laborious) work of nurses is absolutely key. Props to this series for informing listeners about these important issues and for pronouncing “Ephrata” correctly! 😜