Empowered Nurses, Transformational Change, and a Seat at the Table

The Nurse Keith Show

Empowered Nurses, Transformational Change, and a Seat at the Table

March 8, 2024

Empowered Nurses, Transformational Change, and a Seat at the Table

On episode 464 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews nurse and author Jennifer Thietz, MSN, RN regarding how nurses can be empowered to claim a seat at the table and bring about transformational change in healthcare. Ms. Thietz believes that nurses have the intelligence and insight to take part in meaningful conversations that could alter the course of 21st-century healthcare. After all, as the saying goes, if you don’t have a seat at the table, you’ll probably end up on the menu — and who would want that?

Jennifer Thietz (nee Marais) is a master-trained nurse and author. She immigrated to California in 2003, where she worked in acute care settings for eighteen years, most of those at the bedside. She has a wealth of experience regarding the changing face of healthcare in the USA and the current needs of nurses.

In 2016, Jennifer published a book for cancer patients under her maiden name, Jenny Marais, which won multiple awards. In 2023, her chapter “Tribe of Angels: Lessons Learned from Nurses on Resilience during the COVID Pandemic” was part of an anthology that achieved Amazon’s International best-seller status. Jennifer is deeply concerned about the healthcare crisis, particularly the fate of nurses suffering from compassion fatigue and burnout. Jennifer’s book focuses on self-care and a nurse’s movement for transformational change.

Her new nurse model addresses nurses’ working needs and empowers them to lead the conversation on transforming healthcare.

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Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, professional podcaster, published author, award-winning blogger, inspiring keynote speaker, and successful nurse entrepreneur. Connect with Nurse Keith at, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Nurse Keith lives in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico with his lovely fiancée, Shada McKenzie, a highly gifted traditional astrologer and reader of the tarot. You can find Shada at The Circle and the Dot.

The Nurse Keith Show is a proud member of The Health Podcast Network, one of the largest and fastest-growing collections of authoritative, high-quality podcasts taking on the tough topics in health and care with empathy, expertise, and a commitment to excellence. The podcast is adroitly produced by Rob Johnston of 520R Podcasting, and Mark Capispisan is our stalwart social media ringmaster and newsletter wrangler.

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