37 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 • 155 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.

    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
    You're Under Arrest!; A New Blunt Traumatic Arrest Protocol

    You're Under Arrest!; A New Blunt Traumatic Arrest Protocol

    Let's face it: treating arrest after a blunt trauma may very well be a daily experience in your practice, but the standard protocols for resuscitation can actually do as much harm as good.  Nyssa and Lisa talk to Dr. Amanda Humphries-Ventura about her approach to reviving a profusely bleeding and broken patient, so that nurses in both the ER and the pre-hospital environment can make simple but important changes in how they treat arrest when acute injuries raise the stakes.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Managers vs. Makers; The Battle of the Daily Schedule

    Managers vs. Makers; The Battle of the Daily Schedule

    Nyssa and Lisa review Paul Graham's classic productivity argument (link below!), and reframe it in the context of hospital employees, where the administration (a.k.a. managers) and the boots-on-the-ground medical personnel, specifically nurses (a.k.a. makers), are often at odds because of their wildly divergent schedules. So how is a 9-5, M-F management team supposed to train, meet with, evaluate, and develop an everything *but* 9-5, M-F nursing and hospital staff?

    • 46 min
    Neurodivergent Trauma, Part 2

    Neurodivergent Trauma, Part 2

    In the second half of this special episode, Britanny Smith shares her carefully cultivated "Toolkit" with The Q Word Podcast audience, explaining to Lisa and Nyssa how to assemble one to use in your practice when facing the complex interactions required when dealing with the neurodivergent population. 

    • 32 min
    Neurodivergent Trauma

    Neurodivergent Trauma

    Sponsored by the Georgia Region V Regional Trauma Advisory Committee (RTAC), Nyssa and Lisa talk with educator Brittany Smith about how to care for what can be considered the most special, at risk population of patient: the neurodivergent.  In this first part of our two-part series, learn how to recognize the signs of ASD, ADD, ODD, and other psychiatric disorders, especially in the pediatric population, and get tips on how to treat them without causing more distress.  

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

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. ❤️

sk2me ,

LOVE this show!

I found this podcast because I was interested in pursuing nursing, specifically ER. I started at the beginning and fell in love! I love the “Hey Lisa, Hey Nyssa” intro and I laugh and cry right along with them! A lot of it is stuff I don’t understand yet (having not even started school) but there’s so much good information that I’ve gotten out of it, from the poop chart 😂, to “it’s like pickles and onions,” to being bedside during a code, I love this podcast. Highly recommended. I’ve told all my friends about what I’m learning and the funny stories I hear as I listen! Keep it up, ladies!! So grateful to you!

ChelseyR- ,

Absolutely AMAZING

I love this podcast. Nyssa and Lisa are such a dynamic duo! I love Nyssa’s desire to love and serve the nursing profession, our patients, and the healthcare community as a whole! Definitely worth tuning in! ♥️

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