A podcast supporting the student nurse and soon-to-be Registered Nurse with insights from members of the nursing community. Hosted by Nicole Sunderland a registered nurse, inspired by students, this podcast combines Q&A, mentorship and storytelling to support you on your journey.
Nurse Education with Brianna Blackburn
In this episode, we hear from Brianna Blackburn who details her start in the nursing profession, the important value of civic engagement and a first role on a medical-surgical unit. Brianna continues her journey with us to academic nursing as a faculty member and shares her experiences with a volunteer trip to South Africa.
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Fill Up Your Cup Project with Emily Mazurak MPH, BSN, RN, CCRN
We join Emily Mazurak in this episode for all things Fill Up Your Cup Project. Emily describes her start in nursing in Pediatrics as a Trauma Fellow, who eventually became a travel nurse. During this time, she experienced burnout and decreased joy. She discussed how self-identification of the 8 symptoms of burnout are imperative for healing. We discuss her newest venture, the Fill Up Your Cup project which uses mentorship, a book club and other tactics to help nurses. Hear from how the project was born, why the project might be a great fit for you and more!
Travel Nursing and Overcoming PTSD with Anne-Helen Ydstie, BSN, RN
In this episode, we hear from Anne-Helen Ydstie. Anne-Helen started out her career as a nurse in a Level 2.5 Special Care Nursery in Chicago, Il. She then moved to Pittsburgh and transitioned to adults in neuroscience before embarking on her journey as a travel nurse. Throughout the pandemic, she developed PTSD and shares her journey of recovery and ways in which she hopes others might find resolve.
Part 2: Poetic Expressions in Nursing: Sharing the Caring Susan J Farese, MSN, RN
In the 2nd part of this episode, we continue our conversation and hear live poetry! More about Susan's accomplishments.
Susan J. (Felice) Farese, MSN, RN, (Veteran), a native of NJ, is owner/president of SJF Communications PR in San Diego, CA. Ms. Farese has diversified experience in health care/communications, including military and civilian nursing practice, management, education/training, research and consulting. SJF Communications provides Public Relations, Marketing, Social Media, Websites, Writing, Filmmaking, Mentoring and Photography. Clients include theatres, musicians, filmmakers, authors and businesses. Susan is the author of the book “Poetic Expressions in Nursing: Sharing the Caring” (1993 and 2021) and has written poetry and articles on a variety of topics. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, American Legion Post 43, Veterans in Media & Entertainment, San Diego Writers Ink, and the San Diego Press Club.
PRAISE FOR Poetic Expressions in Nursing: Sharing the Caring:
“Susan Farese's "Poetic Expressions in Nursing" is a heartfelt expression of the emotional generosity demonstrated by healthcare workers everywhere. It also gives us a much-needed peek into the multi-dimensional character of all those who are drawn to the noble nursing profession.” -Joan Brady, Author
The true heart of the caregiver “What an amazing insight into the mind and life of the nurse. That woman or man who goes that extra mile to help those who are scared, ill, and worried. I don't think that there is an area of nursing that this book doesn't address, and I highly recommend this book to those in the medical field especially their loved ones. I especially liked "Nurse", "The Code", and "Night Shift". I could especially relate to each of those poems. Well done Susan Farese! Thank you for exposing this intimate side of nursing. A must read!”-Tommy Anderson-Author/Screenwriter 5 Star Amazon Review
The Human Condition in Poetry! “Susan's poetry reflects the most personal moments anyone of us can have when faced with our own health issues, let alone imminent mortality. She touches the heart with "Matters of His Heart" in more ways than one and shares the deep sense of foreboding that a heart attack brings on in both the patient and the family. In "My Friend" the elderly patient evokes a sweet, tender friendship with the nurse who cares for her. My favorite is "Ann's Zest Ends", as she deftly guides us through the stages of Alzheimer's. A wonderful collection of poetic stories we can all relate to on some level!” -Sue-5 Star Amazon Review
Perfect uplifting gift for nurses everywhere “Initially written during the HIV/AIDS epidemic, this poignant and delightful volume, updated with new material, is even more relevant now, one year into the COVID 19 pandemic. Aptly mixing medical lingo with encouragement, understanding and heartfelt tributes for our caregivers, Susan J. Farese captures the art, science, and mystery of the nursing profession. The poem "Caregiver," encouraging nurses to take time to care for themselves, belongs taped to nurses' break room fridges all over America. I will send this book to my niece, a nursing student, for the poems "A Formula for Success" and "Abbreviation Lane." "Nurses Unite!" is the poem that will resonate with my sister-in-law, an overworked hospital pharmacist. I recommend this collection of poetry as a touching gift for anyone who is a nurse, knows a nurse, or will one day be in need for nursing.” - Amazon Customer-5 Star Amazon Review
Reliving my nursing career “Loved the poems. Having been in nursing for over 40 years, so many spoke to me. I, as the author so well wrote about, remember specific patients, talking nurse to nurse in “our” language when a family member was hospitalized, in addition to the feelings, smells, sounds, language and monitors in our profession. The poems are truly a reflection about nursing and to those not in nursing an insight into who we are.” Eileen
Part 1: Poetic Expressions in Nursing: Sharing the Caring Susan J Farese, MSN, RN
In part 1, we meet Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN, a San Diego and Poet/RN/Veteran and PR Professional who recently published the 2nd edition of (my 1993 book) Poetic Expressions in Nursing: Sharing the Caring in 2021. We learn about her beginnings and where she developed the creative nature for writing. The book is not only for nurses but for those who care about and support them (especially with this pandemic).
"Nursing is an incredibly enriching yet stressful profession and besides being a science, it is truly an art. This second edition of Poetic Expressions in Nursing: Sharing the Caring is dedicated to all nurses - past, present, and future. It is a celebration of nursing and a tribute to nurses, especially during this unexpected, unprecedented pandemic. Covid-19 took its toll on nurses during 2020 and hopefully the impact of stress and burnout will be lessened with time and the arts. Poetry can be a therapeutic and cathartic tool for nurses and other caring professions to deal with the angst, stressors or joys that accompany the profession." - Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN
You can purchase the book here: https://books2read.com/poeticexpressionsinnursing
Nurse Burnout with Athol Hann
We join our first Australian nurse, Athol Hann, in his quest to prevent nurse burnout. Athol is a nurse innovator and entrepreneur who built the app Fwards and more recently, Burnout No More courses. Athol has held a variety of rolls in nursing and describes what his experience was like with burnout. As this can occur to many nurses and nurse students, a hightened awareness for burnout is important to learn about from all perspectives.
More about Fwards:
Burnout No More: https://www.fwards.com/#burn-out-no-more
Hi Nicole! I love your podcast and I told my nursing students about it too! I love that you have people from different areas of nursing. It has helped me gain a new perspective on many areas of nursing. I love how Daniella said “nursing tasks don’t define what nursing is”. There is so much more to nursing!
Fun and Interesting!
This podcast has a unique atmosphere where nurses get to share their story and their experiences. It brings light to so many different areas of nursing and it is bridging the gap between licensed practitioners and students training to become one. What a great way for students to hear real life stories and to get a glimpse of what it might be like some day for them! And what a fun way for the nurses to give back and build up the next generation!
A delightful telling of personal mishaps, opinions and adventure. One has lessons to learn from, opinions to disagree or agree with, and story’s to just entertain. Either way with listening, like the goal in healthcare; no harm done.