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Amplify Nursing Season 6: Episode 05: Taofiki Gafar-Schaner

Today on Amplify Nursing, we talk with Taofiki Gafar-Schaner, co-founder of Frontier Health & Resources. During his experience as a bedside RN, Taofiki observed many opportunities for patient care improvement, which inspired him to launch a business focused on creating innovative healthcare products. With their SafeSeizure pads product, Frontier Health & Resources won the 2020 American Nurses Association Innovation Award, as well as the 2019 and 2020 Nightingale Innovation Awards. Taofiki talks with us about how he became interested in nursing, the importance of drawing inspiration from bedside care, and how he navigated manufacturing and funding challenges in his journey to develop a new healthcare product.
December 1, 2022

Amplify Nursing Season 6: Episode 04: April N. Kapu

Today on Amplify Nursing, we talk with Dr. April Kapu, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Kapu currently serves as the Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, where she also teaches as a professor in the DNP program. Through her 30 years of experience in health care and nearly two decades of work as an acute care nurse practitioner, Dr. Kapu has become widely renowned as an expert in advanced practice leadership and the development of health system advanced practice infrastructure. Dr. Kapu talks with us about how full practice authority for nurse practitioners increases access to care, utilizing technology to provide better education and care, and the importance of collaboration between nurses in advocating for the profession as a whole.
November 17, 2022

Amplify Nursing Season 6: Episode 03: Julia Votto, Casey Cheng

Today on Amplify Nursing, we talk with Julia Votto and Casey Cheng. Julia is a student in the Integrated Product Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania and Casey, a recent graduate from Penn Nursing’s BSN program. Julia and Casey were part of a recent collaboration between Penn’s Nursing and Design Schools, where they participated in a workflow-improvement project at Penn Medicine’s ED Pavilion using the human-centered design and design thinking skills learned in their respective programs.  In this episode, Julia and Casey talk with us about their experiences in healthcare innovation, how they became part of the ED Pavilion collaboration, and how they were able to implement the Design Thinking process throughout the project to co-create with ED staff and clinicians to construct an impactful solution. 
October 27, 2022

Amplify Nursing Season 6: Episode 02: Mike Avery, Neil Ray, Jacqueline Taylor

Today on Amplify Nursing, we talk with Mike Avery, Dr. Neil Ray, and Jackie Taylor. Mike is a lecturer at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Mike has worked extensively at the intersection of design, architecture, and healthcare. Neil is a physician and Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Penn Medicine, with backgrounds in bioengineering, design thinking, and healthcare innovation. Jackie is an MSN-prepared nurse working at Penn Medicine Pavilion’s Emergency Department, as well as a current PhD student. The three of them recently worked together on an ED workflow-improvement project at Penn Medicine’s Pavilion Hospital, which was a joint collaboration between Penn Nursing, the Penn School of Design, and Penn Medicine. Mike, Neil, and Jackie talk with us about how their interests in healthcare innovation led them to the Pavilion ED Project, the benefits of co-creation between students from different backgrounds, how design thinking and human-centered design can spark improvements in healthcare, and the challenges they faced as they attempted to integrate new processes in the emergency department.
October 13, 2022

Amplify Nursing Season 6: Episode 01: Kupiri Ackerman-Barger

Today on Amplify Nursing, we talk with Dr. Piri Ackerman-Barger, associate dean of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and associate clinical professor at the University of California Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. With a strong background in both nursing and education, Dr. Ackerman-Barger has worked extensively on the advancement of workforce diversity, education equity, and institutional sustainability throughout her career.            Dr. Ackerman-Barger talks with us about her pathway into nursing, the challenges of addressing diversity in healthcare, the impact of stereotype threat and microaggressions on learning outcomes, and the importance of promoting not only diversity but inclusion as well.
September 29, 2022

Amplify Nursing Special Episode: Twitter Spaces Event: Promoting Civic Engagement in Nursing

On this special live Twitter Spaces event, Amplify Nursing podcast hosts Marion Leary and Dr. Angela DiDonato as they talk with Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Batchelor about the critical need for nurses to be more civically engaged. There has never been a more critical time for nurses to be civically engaged because when nurses are engaged, we have safer, healthier, and more equitable communities. Follow us on Twitter at PennNursing and by using the hashtag: #PennNursingInnovation ​Alison Hernandez PhD, RN is a former 2019-2020 Health and Aging Policy Fellow turned hill staffer. You can listen to Dr. Hernandez’s Amplify Nursing podcast episode here. Melissa Batchelor PhD, RN FNP, FAAN is a scientist, author, and speaker. She was a 2018-2019 Health and Aging Policy Fellow, serving the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging. She hosts a weekly podcast called This is Getting Old: Moving Towards an Age-Friendly World.
September 1, 2022

Amplify Nursing

Amplify Nursing features nurses who are leading the way in science, policy and innovation. Our guests defy stereotypes, define practice, and disrupt convention. We highlight the breadth and depth of nursing influence on society by amplifying nurses who are pushing boundaries and breaking down barriers to build a new paradigm. Amplify Nursing is a Penn Nursing podcast supported by the Pinola Fund for Innovation in Nursing. Hosted by Marion Leary and Dr. Angelarosa DiDonato.
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Marion Leary, MSN MPH RN

Marion Leary, MSN MPH RN

Angelarosa DiDonato, DNP, CRNA

Angelarosa DiDonato, DNP, CRNA

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