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Are you a nurse curious about the experiences of other nurses? As a Peds/NICU nurse for 36 years, I have only known this specialty, but I am intrigued by the roles of nurse researchers, nurse educators, and nurse entrepreneurs. Through conversations with nurses from various specialties, my aim is to offer you valuable insights into their lives. Additionally, we will delve into important topics such as bullying and burnout that affect the nursing profession.

The Conversing Nurse podcast Michelle Harris

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Are you a nurse curious about the experiences of other nurses? As a Peds/NICU nurse for 36 years, I have only known this specialty, but I am intrigued by the roles of nurse researchers, nurse educators, and nurse entrepreneurs. Through conversations with nurses from various specialties, my aim is to offer you valuable insights into their lives. Additionally, we will delve into important topics such as bullying and burnout that affect the nursing profession.

    PICC Nurse, Kristin Hansen

    PICC Nurse, Kristin Hansen

    Kristin Hansen is an enthusiastic, energetic, and highly skilled PICC nurse. However, she admits that it wasn't always easy for her to transition from starting IVs on premature babies in the NICU to placing PICC lines on adults. But with practice and persistence, she learned everything about this interesting nursing specialty and we are so lucky she is sharing her knowledge with us. Kristin explained the criteria for becoming a PICC candidate, the technologies used, the teamwork required, professional organizations, and much more. If you have decent IV skills, can work independently, and have an affinity for bright, shiny objects, PICC nursing could be for you. And if your hospital doesn’t have a PICC team, step up and start one! In the five-minute snippet: well, you’ll just have to hear this one for yourself. For Kristin's bio, visit my website (link below)
    Instagram
    Professional Organizations:
    Certified PICC Ultrasound Inserter
    Vascular Access Certification (VA-BC)
    Vascular Access Society
    Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN)
    Association for Vascular Access (AVA)
    Infusion Nurse Society
    Kristin's go-to for teaching:
    The IV Guy Instagram


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    Email: theconversingnursepodcast@gmail.com
    Thank you and I'll see you soon!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Nurse and Finance Coach, April Waddell

    Nurse and Finance Coach, April Waddell

    This week I had an informative and fun conversation about money with my guest, nurse, and finance coach, April Waddell. Yes, you heard me right, I said fun. Talking about money can create anxiety in some and I’m no different but April’s positive and hopeful spirit helped me keep calm and carry on.
    After retiring from her work as a Pediatric ICU nurse, April founded Nurse Money Date, a financial coaching business and you’ll love hearing the reason behind the name. I never considered seeking out a fellow nurse for financial advice but this may have been a mistake because April helps nurses feel comfortable with money through leveraging their experience in nursing and by using language they understand: the nursing process. And this is genius.
    April’s goal is to uplift nurses financially so they can stay in the profession they love and feel in control of the work they do. In the five-minute snippet: it’s a 1970s disco flashback.
    LinkedIn
    April's website
    April's Instagram
    April's Facebook
    Money Personality Quiz



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    Website: https://theconversingnursepodcast.com
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    Email: theconversingnursepodcast@gmail.com
    Thank you and I'll see you soon!

    • 51 min
    Trauma ICU Nurse and Travel Host, Myra Gamble

    Trauma ICU Nurse and Travel Host, Myra Gamble

    Myra Gamble is so chill and laid-back, it’s hard to believe she’s a Trauma ICU nurse. She’s also done emergency room nursing, hospice, home health, cath lab, interventional radiology, and telemetry. And I imagine that such a wide range of experience has only made her a better ICU nurse.
    As I listened to her recount stories from the COVID ICU, I remembered the toll it took on so many healthcare professionals. I loved hearing how she organizes her day (she may have a touch of OCD), and how it's vital in a busy ICU to have appropriate ratios and break nurses.
    We talked about what it means to be part of a tribe and for Myra, the deep connections she has with her coworkers have certainly enriched her life.
    She’s now enriching others’  lives through her business, Travel with a Tribe, LLC. Myra helps travelers find joy in experiencing new places, cultures, people, and food, don’t forget the food. She makes it so easy, all you have to do is show up and what could be more alluring to busy medical professionals than to have everything done for you? Maybe more PTO? Yeah, more PTO. Myra’s philosophy is life is too short to not use your PTO so get off the couch, get on a plane, and see the world! 
    In the five-minute snippet: Food, don’t forget the food! For Myra's bio, visit my website (link below).
    Traveling with Myra IG
    TravelJoy website
    Travel with a Tribe Facebook
    Myra Gamble LinkedIn
    Email
    Contact The Conversing Nurse podcast
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    Check out my guests' book recommendations! https://bookshop.org/shop/theconversingnursepodcast
    Email: theconversingnursepodcast@gmail.com
    Thank you and I'll see you soon!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Nurse and Real Estate Investing Consultant, Lynn John

    Nurse and Real Estate Investing Consultant, Lynn John

    My guest this week, Lynn John, is a smart, tenacious woman. Deciding in high school to become a nurse, Lynn was told that would never happen. Armed with a prove-them-wrong attitude, she forged on and obtained her Master's in nursing. But after several years of working under institutional abuse in the form of unsafe staffing and mandatory overtime, she realized she did not want to be boxed into a W-2 job until retirement. So she switched gears and started a real estate investment consulting business. And what she's accomplished in a few short years is no less than phenomenal. She now teaches fellow nurses how to create financial freedom through real estate investing. And no, she is not encouraging nurses to leave the profession. Nurses are coming to her because, like her, they love being nurses, but want more freedom over when, where, and how much they want to work. So, in a way, she's saving the nursing profession. In the five-minute snippet, does anyone have an EpiPen? For Lynn's bio, visit my website (link bio).
    Lynn's Instagram
    Boss Nurse Lynn website
    Contact The Conversing Nurse podcast
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    Website: https://theconversingnursepodcast.com
    Give me feedback! Leave me a review! https://theconversingnursepodcast.com/leave-me-a-review
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    Check out my guests' book recommendations! https://bookshop.org/shop/theconversingnursepodcast
    Email: theconversingnursepodcast@gmail.com
    Thank you and I'll see you soon!

    • 53 min
    Fertility Nurse, Cassidie Thomas

    Fertility Nurse, Cassidie Thomas

    Cassidie Thomas is a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. This week, I had a conversation with her about fertility nursing, which is a fascinating field that I knew little about until now.
    I learned that fertility nurses take care of a diverse group of patients, including couples who struggle with infertility, egg donors, individuals, surrogates, and cancer patients who want to preserve their eggs for future use. These patients often undergo hormone treatments and surgical procedures, and they are going through emotionally challenging times. Therefore, if you want to pursue a career in fertility nursing, you need to have a high level of emotional intelligence.
    I could hear Cassidie's enthusiasm as she spoke about the importance of building rapport and maintaining relationships with people who are facing major life changes.
    And speaking of major life changes, Cassidie herself is a few months away from becoming a  DNP-FNP! She pursued this goal so that as a school nurse consultant, she’ll be instrumental in educating school nurses on the mental health needs of students. In the five-minute snippet: Hot feet? She's got a remedy for that! For Cassidie's bio, visit my website (link below).
    American Society for Reproductive Medicine
    Nurse Certificate Course in Reproductive Medicine
    NASM Conference
    WIN Conference
    Cassidie's LinkedIn


    Contact The Conversing Nurse podcast
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theconversingnursepodcast/
    Website: https://theconversingnursepodcast.com
    Give me feedback! Leave me a review! https://theconversingnursepodcast.com/leave-me-a-review
    Would you like to be a guest on my podcast? Pitch me! https://theconversingnursepodcast.com/intake-form
    Check out my guests' book recommendations! https://bookshop.org/shop/theconversingnursepodcast
    Email: theconversingnursepodcast@gmail.com
    Thank you and I'll see you soon!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Registered Nurse First Assist, Bill Patty

    Registered Nurse First Assist, Bill Patty

    **This episode discusses suicide, depression, and addiction, which may be triggering topics for some. Reach out to a mental health professional if you are experiencing depression, addiction, or suicidal ideation**
    Mental Health Resouces for Healthcare Workers and First Responders:
    National Alliance on Mental Health
    (Nurse-Led):
    Debriefing the Front Lines
    Don't Clock Out

    If you like wild rides, you will love listening to my guest this week, a Registered Nurse, First Assist, and my little brother, Bill Patty.
    With 38 years of operating room experience, from a surgical tech to a circulating nurse and culminating as an RNFA, he paints a very clear picture of what the job entails. And as Bill says, 'church mice need not apply.'
    We talked about the schooling and experience you need for this advanced practice degree, the certifications, professional organizations, and the roles of all the OR players. I learned that the job is highly technical and physically demanding, but also extremely rewarding, and for Bill, the joy of his life.
    We had a candid discussion about his medical retirement from the OR and how the loss of his nurse identity catapulted him into the darkness of suicidal ideation and fueled his alcoholism.
    His answer to my question, 'What do people misunderstand about you?' made me rethink my judgment towards addicts.
    In the five-minute snippet: Customer service, what's that?
    For Bill's bio, visit my website (link below).
    Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses
    National Assistant at Surgery Certification
    Certified Nurse-Operating Room
    Contact The Conversing Nurse podcast
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    Website: https://theconversingnursepodcast.com
    Give me feedback! Leave me a review! https://theconversingnursepodcast.com/leave-me-a-review
    Would you like to be a guest on my podcast? Pitch me! https://theconversingnursepodcast.com/intake-form
    Check out my guests' book recommendations! https://bookshop.org/shop/theconversingnursepodcast
    Email: theconversingnursepodcast@gmail.com
    Thank you and I'll see you soon!

    • 1 hr 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

5 stars review :) ,

Great nurses and their amazing stories

Nice to hear this podcast!

Sarita Farns ,

So much to learn as a nursing student

This podcast has opened my eyes to so many possibilities as a nursing student. I enjoy the interviews of all of these nurses sharing their experiences in other fields, so many I have never even heard of. I enjoy listening on my walks after my studies. It motivates and pushes me to keep going with my studies.

Tara the Walking Deadlifter ,

A must for nurses!

Michelle is an empathetic and brilliant interviewer, not to mention a long career in nursing where she is very engaging with all her guests. As a nurse for over 20 years, I learn something new in each podcast!! Thank you Michelle for your wisdom and high lightening so much diversity in the field of nursing!

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