Ask Nurse Alice

Ask Nurse Alice

The podcast where all things health and wellness take center stage

Its more than just a period… PERIOD!

This episode tackles the taboo of menstrual health. Through real-life stories, Alice highlights conditions like endometriosis and uterine fibroids, shedding light on their debilitating effects and the importance of a timely diagnosis. With a blend of medical expertise and personal experience, Alice advocates for open conversation and support for menstrual health in our communities and workplaces. Tune in to empower yourself and start the conversation on menstrual health. Episode Highlights: [00:01:30] - Addressing the silence around menstrual challenges [00:05:45] - Raising awareness and debunking myths about menstrual cycles [00:10:20] - Providing resources and accommodations at work [00:15:10] - Encouragement to seek support from healthcare providers [00:17:45] - Conclusion and a call to action for listeners Contact us at [email protected] Feedback or questions? We love hearing from you. Share your thoughts on social media or in the comments!
April 29, 2024

The Skinny on Weight Loss Injectables: A Deep Dive into Benefits, Risks, and Legal Battles

Dive into the Ask Nurse Alice podcast on weight loss injectables. Discover benefits, side effects, and a holistic view on weight management. We tackle patient education, healthcare responsibilities, and the need for transparency in the pharmaceutical industry. Join us for a critical look at medication roles in health and happiness. Episode Highlights: 00:00:00 - Introduction to Weight Loss Injectables  00:07:39 - Importance of Nutrition in Weight Management  00:29:40 - Time Constraints in Follow-up Appointments  00:31:16 - Understanding Side Effects and Responsibilities  00:35:25 - Research on Blood Pressure Control and Patient Role  00:37:53 - Post-Marketing Surveillance and Drug Labeling Updates  00:39:14 - Promoting Health Literacy for Patient Understanding Engage With Us: LinkedIn YouTube Twitter Facebook Feedback or questions? We love hearing from you. Share your thoughts on social media or in the comments!
April 9, 2024

RaDonda Vaught Seeks Nursing License Reinstatement

In this episode, Nurse Alice revisits the case of Redonda Vaught, who was convicted of gross negligence in a medication error that resulted in the death of a patient. Her nursing license was revoked by the Tennessee Board of Nursing in 2021 but seeks nursing license reinstatement. Nurse Alice discusses the importance of medication safety systems and the devastating impact of such errors on patients and their families. She emphasizes the need for exploration and investigation to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.Jump ahead to listen:[00:00:31] Medication error and patient death. [00:04:23] Nursing license reinstatement. [00:10:46] Patient death and consequences. [00:13:37] Breach of standard procedures. [00:17:13] Public trust in healthcare. [00:22:29] The board of registered nursing. [00:24:19] Nursing license and public protection. [00:27:30] Revoking nursing license discussion. 
September 26, 2023

Counterfeit Pill Usage in The U.S. is Crisis

In this episode of the Ask Nurse Alice podcast, host Alice Benjamin discusses the alarming increase in drug overdose deaths in the United States. With over 105,000 deaths reported in 2022 alone, the issue of counterfeit pill use is becoming a major concern. Alice highlights that these deaths are often a result of drugs being abused and sold illegally on the black market, such as opioids and benzodiazepines. She stresses the importance of distinguishing these fake prescription pills from legitimate medications used for conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. It is crucial to address this issue and take action to prevent further harm.Jump ahead to listen:[00:03:48] Counterfeit drugs and their dangers. [00:10:06] Fake medications and leftovers. [00:11:16] Medication abuse and misuse. [00:14:48] Prescription medication and addiction. [00:19:13] Substance use and managing pain. [00:21:44] Higher drug overdose death rate. [00:26:45] How to protect from counterfeit pills. [00:33:23] Prescribing intranasal Narcan. [00:36:14] Helping people manage pain.
September 19, 2023

16-Year-Old Graduates Nursing School with BSN Degree

In this episode of the Ask Nurse Alice podcast, host Alice Benjamin discusses the story of Eliana Tinnenbaum, a 16-year-old who recently graduated from Arizona State University's accelerated nursing program. Alice shares how this achievement sparked controversy and divided opinions among people. While some praised Eliana's academic prowess, others questioned the appropriateness of someone so young entering the nursing profession. Alice explores the different perspectives surrounding this milestone and emphasizes the importance of congratulating individuals for their achievements, regardless of their age.Jump ahead to listen:[00:00:27] Controversy over young nursing graduate. [00:04:38] Young nurse's eligibility dilemma. [00:08:19] Adolescents as nurses. [00:11:23] Licensing and age requirements. [00:15:11] Emotional challenges for young nurses. [00:19:13] Job demands and adolescent maturity. [00:21:40] Incorporating adolescents into healthcare. [00:25:19] Younger nurses and professional growth. [00:29:48] Impact of 16-year-old nurses. 
September 12, 2023

The Vital Role of Clinical Nurse Specialists: A Conversation with Dr. Mitzi Saunders

In this episode of the Ask Nurse Alice podcast, host Alice Benjamin welcomes Dr. Mitzi Saunders, the president of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Dr. Saunders, who has 34 years of nursing experience and is a professor and graduate nursing coordinator, discusses the role of the clinical nurse specialist and its importance in healthcare. The conversation highlights the need to educate people about the CNS role and emphasizes its significance in providing specialized care. Tune in to learn more about the valuable contributions of clinical nurse specialists in the field of nursing.Jump ahead to listen:[00:01:56] What is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS)? [00:09:24] Impacting the population. [00:14:27] The problem with CNS title. [00:18:43] Harmony in leadership teams. [00:21:46] Demonstrating value in healthcare. [00:24:30] Nurse retention and shortages. [00:28:23] Career satisfaction during COVID. [00:31:13] CNS role and education.
September 5, 2023

10 Things I Love (and Hate) About Working Remotely as a Nurse

In this episode of the Ask Nurse Alice podcast, Nurse Alice discusses her transition to working remotely as a family nurse practitioner. She discusses her extensive experience working in various healthcare settings and the challenges faced along the way. Despite her love for patient care, she needed a change and is thrilled to have found a remote opportunity. Working remotely offers numerous benefits for both mental and physical health. Nurse Alice highlights her favorite aspects, and although the positives surpass the negatives, she also candidly discusses the challenges associated with working remotely as a nurse. >>Read more on nurse.orgJump ahead to listen:[00:01:58] Remote nursing positions. [00:04:37] Flexible schedule. [00:07:12] Saving money working remotely. [00:10:34] Clothing advantages in healthcare. [00:14:39] Customizing my work environment. [00:18:50] Working remotely benefits mental health. [00:23:46] Working remotely pros and cons. [00:27:00] Changes in eating habits. [00:29:28] Lack of physical interaction. [00:33:15] Lack of separation from work. [00:37:41] The need to get out. 
August 22, 2023

I Saved A Life At The Airport – here’s what to do if you respond to an emergency while off-duty

In this episode of the Ask Nurse Alice podcast, Nurse Alice talks about a recent situation where she saved a life at the airport baggage claim. Nurse Alice discusses Good Samaritan laws and the challenges healthcare professionals face when providing care outside of their clinical setting. She shares a personal experience of rendering care while off duty and highlights the importance of understanding the legal protections and limitations when providing aid in emergencies. Tune in to learn more about the role of healthcare professionals in helping others and navigating legal responsibilities.>>Read more about Nurse Alice's lifesaving experience at the airport on nurse.orgJump ahead to listen:[00:01:30] Rendering care while off duty. [00:05:30] The Good Samaritan Law. [00:14:24] Assessing without proper equipment. [00:15:23] Head injury and bleeding. [00:19:36] Good Samaritan laws in different states. [00:26:36] In-flight medical emergencies. [00:30:25] Saving someone's life. 
August 15, 2023
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Ask Nurse Alice

This is THE podcast where all things health and wellness take center stage. Hosted by the seasoned and spirited Alice Benjamin, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, FNP-C, this show is more than just a nurse advice platform; it's a journey into the heart of healthcare with America's Favorite Nurse.

"Ask Nurse Alice" is where complex medical topics become clear and actionable. Each episode is a deep dive into the latest health trends, essential wellness tips, and life-changing advice, tailored to empower and uplift listeners.

Expect a mix of captivating interviews with healthcare experts, inspiring stories from frontline nurses, celebrity guests and candid discussions on the issues that matter most. Nurse Alice’s approachable manner and insightful commentary create a welcoming space where every listener feels seen and heard.

Whether you're navigating your health journey, seeking practical wellness advice, or simply looking for a dose of motivation, "Ask Nurse Alice" is your go-to podcast. Tune in to experience a unique combination of knowledge, empathy, and empowerment, all designed to help you take control of your health and live your best life.


Alice Benjamin

Alice Benjamin

Nurse Alice Benjamin, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, FNP-C, affectionately coined America's favorite nurse is an ER family nurse practitioner and health advocate who combines no-nonsense advice with thought-provoking interviews featuring top health experts, celebrity guests, and frontline nurses.

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