41 episodes

Conversations about the tips, tricks, trends, and taboos of emergency nursing. A peek behind the hospital curtain at issues and ideas that seldom get discussed.

The Q Word Podcast The Q Word Podcast

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 164 Ratings

Conversations about the tips, tricks, trends, and taboos of emergency nursing. A peek behind the hospital curtain at issues and ideas that seldom get discussed.

    The Emotional PPE Project

    The Emotional PPE Project

    Patients rely on nurses to alleviate their suffering, but what can nurses do to protect themselves from the weight and stress of providing care for the sick and dying?  Nyssa and Lisa talk to Ariel Brown and AnnMarie Papa about The Emotional PPE Project, an initiative born out of the overwhelmingly increased burden placed on healthcare workers during the COVID crisis. This no cost, no insurance resource connects mental health professionals eager to help professional caregivers shield themselves from the harm face-masks and hand sanitizer can't prevent.  Nyssa made the call - and so can you!

    • 48 min
    The Nurse Honor Guard

    The Nurse Honor Guard

    The contribution a nurse makes to their community is heroic, and the Nurse Honor Guard was created to celebrate that contribution each time one of these heroes passes away.  Nyssa and Lisa speak with Julie Murray about this important and necessary program to pay tribute to fallen nurses, one that can be easily established in every city and town to honor the work these healthcare professionals do to make the world a better place.

    • 36 min
    Three Case Studies: The Q Word Podcast Storytime Hour

    Three Case Studies: The Q Word Podcast Storytime Hour

    Nurses can learn a lot from case studies but they run the risk of being pretty snoozey. Not these three stories! Check out these bizarre case studies and the ER lessons that we learn from them. Nyssa originally presented this lecture live, in front of an audience at the excellent Southeastern Seaboard Symposium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Enjoy "The Chef Without a Tongue", "Eleven Blue Men" and the "Pitcher Who Struck Out Murderer’s Row".

    • 52 min
    RSI = Resuscitative Sequence Intubation, or Resuscitate Before You Intubate!

    RSI = Resuscitative Sequence Intubation, or Resuscitate Before You Intubate!

    In the critically ill trauma patient, optimizing airway, breathing, and circulation is not always as easy as the ABCs.  In this episode, Nyssa and Lisa discuss resuscitative sequence intubation and how it differs from a crash intubation or a delayed sequence intubation. We also consider how to handle the special cases of TBI patients and the combative trauma patient. 

    • 23 min
    Truth, Justice, and a Better Supraglottic Airway

    Truth, Justice, and a Better Supraglottic Airway

    Supraglottic airways are getting more and more spotlight time.  Nyssa and Lisa discuss how, when you have a patient that comes in from the prehospital world with a SGA airway in place, the best practice is to leave it alone if it's working until you've addressed bigger issues.  Seems simple, right?  Let's find out why this paradigm shift is so important, and how to incorporate it into your practice.

    • 24 min
    All Ox Is Not Equal: The Limitations of Pulse Oximetry in Dark Skin Tones

    All Ox Is Not Equal: The Limitations of Pulse Oximetry in Dark Skin Tones

    In this special episode, recorded live at the FlightBridge ED FAST21 conference in Nashville in May, 2021 , Nyssa and Lisa reveal how and why one of the most ubiquitous tools used in every hospital and doctor's office may be inaccurate in up to 13% of the population, and what you can do to correct this serious and pervasive issue in your practice.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
164 Ratings

164 Ratings

Jan1246 ,

Love this podcast!

As a current nursing student, I love listening to Lisa and Nyssa on their podcast! They even sent me some goodies in the mail for me! I appreciate everything you both do and all that you have already taught me what it means yo be a nurse! Thank you!! I hope to be an ER nurse someday too and I love that you guys share the insight on what it takes!

Joeh61 ,

Incredible job! Content is on point

I listen to quite a few podcast and have to say that this one is really well done. Great content and flow, audio is great, and it is very relevant to topics that are faced as an ER nurse. Keep up the great work.

Racheeeeeeee ,

My favorite ER nurse podcast!

I love this podcast for a few reasons: 1) the content is absolutely relevant to my job. 2) the content is well thought-out and the banter is enjoyable to listen to. 3) Nyssa knows her stuff and Lisa is both intelligent and caring enough to be interested in the content matter and offer an impressive and compassionate *outside* perspective to our job. I find myself holding back on processing some of the things I see at work because some things are too hard for others to wrap their head around. This podcast gives me a therapeutic “it’s not just me!” feeling about the work I do. 😭 thank you Lisa and Nyssa. ❤️

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