Ask Nurse Alice

Ask Nurse Alice

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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 Her nursing license was revoked by the Tennessee Board of Nursing in 2021 but seeks nursing license reinstatement.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

Nurse Casey’s Story: 85th Nurse To Ever Hold All Five Emergency Nursing Certifications (with Casey Green, BSN, RN, CCRN-CMC, CTRN, CFRN, CEN, TCRN, CPEN, CNRN, NRP)

In this episode of the Ask Nurse Alice podcast, host Alice Benjamin welcomes nurse Casey Green, BSN, RN, CCRN-CMC, CTRN, CFRN, CEN, TCRN, CPEN, CNRN, NRP. They discuss the importance of nursing certifications and emphasize how they can enhance a nurse's career, increase their knowledge and skills, and how they contribute to better patient outcomes. Casey shares her exceptional personal experience with having five emergency certifications from the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing. Tune in to learn more about the significance of nursing certifications and the opportunities they present for nurses. >>Read about Nurse Casey on! Jump ahead to listen:[00:04:00] Traditional nursing certificates.[00:08:59] Critical care and emergency nursing.[00:12:08] The good part about transport.[00:15:07] Obscure nursing certifications.[00:19:21] Questioning current nursing practices.[00:22:17] The benefits of certification.[00:28:09] Supporting people on their journey.[00:30:30] Failing certification tests and resilience.[00:33:57] Continuing professional development.[00:37:37] Givers of knowledge and support.[00:39:12] Staying current in nursing.
August 8, 2023

Hospice Nurse Hadley Helps Those Struggling With Death and Loss Through Best Selling Book and TikTok (with Hadley Vlahos of @nursehadley)

In this episode of the Ask Nurse Alice podcast, host Alice Benjamin welcomes hospice nurse Hadley Vlahos of @nursehadley as a guest. Hadley shares her experiences and insights as a hospice nurse, discussing the importance of providing compassionate end-of-life care and the challenges healthcare professionals face in these situations. Alice and Hadley also touch on the role of hospice nurses in supporting patients and their families, as well as the impact of social media in raising awareness about the death and dying process. Nurse Hadley highlights her book titled "The In-Between: Unforgettable Encounters During Life's Final Moments." It serves as a valuable resource for both healthcare professionals and the general public, aiming to initiate conversations about death. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of hospice care and the value it brings to both patients and healthcare providers.>>Read about Nurse Hadley on!Jump ahead to listen:[00:00:33] Dealing with death as a nurse. [00:04:20] Choosing the specialty of hospice. [00:09:32] Miraculous recoveries and unexplainable events. [00:11:04] Hallucinations and deceased loved ones. [00:17:03] Being prepared for death. [00:19:24] Failing as a hospice nurse. [00:22:44] Starting conversations around death. 
August 1, 2023

Prenuvo Full-Body MRI Scans and The Future of Preventative Care (with Prenuvo CEO Andrew Lacy)

In this episode of the Ask Nurse Alice podcast, host Alice Benjamin is joined by Andrew Lacy, founder & CEO of Prenuvo, a transformative healthcare company growing fast across North America. They discuss their experience using Prenuvo, a comprehensive whole body MRI scan and emphasize the differences of this specialized scan compared to traditional MRIs. They also highlight the challenges patients face in accessing timely imaging and stress the importance of early detection. Tune in to learn more about the Prenuvo full body MRI and its potential impact on healthcare.>>Read about Andrew Lacy and Prenuvo here!Jump ahead to listen:[00:01:09] Pernuvo full body imaging MRI. [00:03:29] Advanced health scanning technology. [00:09:42] Catching cancer at earlier stages. [00:12:30] Late-stage cancer diagnosis. [00:15:07] Preventive health programs and insurance. [00:19:00] Preventative care importance. [00:23:41] Advocating for your own health. [00:28:34] Making healthcare more accessible. [00:30:29] Accessing healthcare challenges before diagnosis. [00:33:04] $300 off promo code.
July 25, 2023

Firing Your Employer: Taking Control of Your Nursing Career

In this episode of the Ask Nurse Alice podcast, host Alice Benjamin shares her personal experience of firing her employer. She emphasizes the importance of recognizing when an employer is not the right fit, or if the environment does not support your growth & happiness and taking action to find a better opportunity.Nurse Alice discusses the process of getting a job in healthcare, from applying and interviewing to background checks and orientation. She highlights the importance of recognizing when it's necessary to take control of your own career and make the decision to leave a job, providing tips and advice for navigating this process. Overall, the episode underscores the significance of prioritizing personal growth, happiness, and well-being in the workplace. It encourages nurses to evaluate their employers with the same scrutiny that employers evaluate them and to proactively seek a work environment where they can thrive and find happiness.>>Read more about Nurse Alice's advice on firing your employer on nurse.orgJump to Listen Ahead:[00:02:38] The probationary period. [00:05:09] Onboarding red flags. [00:09:06] Challenging work environment. [00:12:47] Firing an employer during probation. [00:15:47] Why did you decide to leave? [00:18:13] Exhausting communication for problem-solving. [00:21:04] Questions for HR and obligations. [00:25:12] Always have a plan B. [00:26:41] Evaluating employers with scrutiny. 
July 18, 2023

Nurse Blake’s Story: From Bedside Nurse to Self-Made Entrepreneur, Comedian, Advocate and Influencer

In this episode of Ask Nurse Alice, host Alice Benjamin reconnects with Nurse Blake, a nurse and content creator known internationally for his work as a comedian, health advocate, keynote speaker, and best-selling author. The two discuss Nurse Blake's journey and his various roles in healthcare, as well as his advocacy for mental health awareness and self-care for healthcare professionals. The episode offers insight and inspiration for nurses and healthcare workers looking to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others. Nurse Blake also shares information regarding his upcoming comedy tour, Shock Advised, premiering July 25, 2023.>>Read about Nurse Blake and his journey here! Jump to Listen Ahead:[00:01:31] Nurse Blake's amazing journey.[00:04:15] Nurse burnout and panic attacks.[00:06:45] Relatability in Nurse Blake's content.[00:09:20] Teaching kids through humor.[00:12:18] Nursing advocacy and conferences.[00:17:36] Nurse Blake's upcoming tour.[00:25:49] Alternative career paths for nurses.[00:28:36] Comfortable shoes.
July 11, 2023

Nurse Entrepreneur Creates Resources to Help Nursing Students Succeed (with Kristine Tuttle, Nurse In The Making)

In this episode of the Ask Nurse Alice podcast, host Alice Benjamin speaks with Kristine Tuttle, a registered nurse and founder of Nurse In The Making, about her journey into nursing and nursing education. She shares valuable insights and advice for nursing students and those interested in pursuing a career in nursing. She also recommends her work for practicing nurses who may benefit from self-review.>>Read about Nurse Kristine and her journey here!Jump to Listen Ahead:  [00:00:19] Nursing students and education. [00:03:50] Different ways to become a nurse. [00:06:15] Nursing school struggles. [00:09:55] Struggling nurses & effective studying.[00:12:46] Nursing study guides and flashcards. [00:17:29] Challenges for nursing students. [00:18:34] Comparison in nursing school. [00:22:56] Positive feedback for study materials. [00:24:29] Starting a nursing business. [00:28:08] Memory techniques for learning.
July 4, 2023

Meet the FIRST Nurse To Be Hired To Work For (with Travis Moore aka “The Indeed Nurse”)

Dr. Travis Moore, also known as the Indeed Nurse, is the first nurse to be hired by Indeed. His role involves helping people find jobs in the healthcare industry through innovative thinking and market analysis. Dr. Moore's background in nursing has influenced his approach to this work, as he seeks to challenge the status quo and push boundaries. With a doctorate in nursing and health innovation, he has expertise in nursing administration, team development, quality management, and process improvement. Having traveled to other countries, Dr. Moore has a global perspective on the impact of nurses in healthcare. The episode emphasizes that nurses possess transferable skills that can be applied to various industries and roles beyond traditional bedside nursing. The guest speaker, the first nurse hired by Indeed, discusses her role in collaborating with different teams, including product development, marketing, sales, and incubator teams, to drive product innovation and disrupt the industry from within. She highlights the importance of nurses in healthcare innovation and leadership and encourages nurses to think innovatively and explore new positions in healthcare. Indeed is presented as a partner for nurses in finding and comparing different career opportunities and delivering impactful work in the healthcare industry.>>Read about Dr. Travis Moore and his role as the Indeed Nurse here! Jump to Listen Ahead:   [00:00:35] Indeed employs nurses. [05:31] Indeed, the job site. [00:08:06] Healthcare job market trends. [00:09:47] Nursing skills are transferable. [00:12:59] Post-COVID job opportunities. [00:16:58] Job scams and warnings. [00:19:17] Nursing job requirements and qualifications. [00:23:11] Job offer evaluation. [00:26:00] Scheduling and PTO for nurses. [00:29:34] Career assistance tools by Indeed. [00:33:12] Resume building software. [00:37:14] Pausing your Indeed account. [00:42:23] Health care being reinvented. [00:44:19] Nurses as innovators.
June 27, 2023

Nurse Invents Bras and Underwear For Healthcare Workers (with Virginia Lynn Peterson, SWOOP Founder)

In this episode of the Ask Nurse Alice podcast, invites Virginia Lynn Peterson, founder of Swoop, a company that creates underwear and bras for medical care workers, to discuss the importance of comfortable undergarments for healthcare professionals. They discuss how uncomfortable undergarments can affect the quality of care provided and the benefits of wearing undergarments designed for healthcare workers.Listen Ahead to These Key Moments! [00:01:11] Why we need comfortable undergarments for nurses. [00:07:19] Growing an Alaskan lingerie business for healthcare workers [00:16:58] The importance of pursuing passions outside nursing. [00:17:43] How to balance being a nurse entrepreneur and have a work-life balance. [00:21:51] How to delegate and ask for help [00:28:28] How to support Swoop bras for nurses >>Read about Virginia Lynn Peterson here!
June 20, 2023

How To Care For Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking Victims as a Nurse

Leah Helmbrecht a Forensic Nurse and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (FNE/SANE) talks with Nurse Alice to discuss the importance of sexual assault reporting, examination, and how to identify and how victims of human trafficking as a nurse.>>Read about how to care for sexual assault and human trafficking victims as a nurse here!Connect With Leah on social media: Instagram: offtheclocknurse TikTok: offtheclocknurse FB: Off The Clock Nurse Travels Other Resources:  Register for the Walking Wise webinar: Academy of Forensic Nursing: 20% off membership until July. Use code: SPRING23 Colorado SANE/SAFE program: International Association of Forensic Nurses:
June 13, 2023

Nurse Tech Entrepreneurs Launch Online Marketplace For Nurses (With Anthony Scarpone-Lambert and Jennifferre Mancillas, Adni)

In this episode, Nurse Alice welcomes special guests Anthony Scarpone-Lambert and Jennifferre Mancillas, the co-founders of Adni, an online marketplace for healthcare workers that recently partnered with Over 70% of the businesses within the marketplace are founded and owned by NURSES!  Both Anthony and Jennifferre highlight the versatility of a nursing degree and how nurses can excel in various fields, including technology and entrepreneurship. They discuss their motivation behind starting Adni and how they embraced innovation to create solutions for healthcare workers. Nurse Alice acknowledges their accomplishments in the innovation space, including recognition from prestigious organizations like Johnson & Johnson. Throughout the conversation, Nurse Alice and her guests emphasize the importance of problem-solving and creativity in nursing. They touch on the intersection of nursing and entrepreneurship, showcasing how the skills learned in nursing school can translate to entrepreneurial success. By breaking down preconceived notions and empowering nurses to think outside the box, Anthony and Jennifferr are paving the way for nurse-led innovation in healthcare. Tune in to the Ask Nurse Alice podcast to gain valuable insights from nursing leaders and healthcare entrepreneurs like Anthony and Jennifferre. Discover how their journeys and experiences can inspire and guide aspiring nursepreneurs. Join Nurse Alice as she explores the exciting world of nursing and healthcare in each engaging episode. Shop the Adni marketplace here! >>Read about nurse entrepreneurs Anthony Scarpone-Lambert and Jennifferre Mancillas here!
June 6, 2023

How Raquel Perez Became The Chief Nursing Officer of Gales Shoes

Today I'm interviewing nurse Raquel Perez, Chief Nursing Officer of Gales Shoes. Raquel shares her journey from a high school nursing volunteer to a Chief Nursing Officer. Her story exemplifies the vast possibilities within the nursing profession. Nursing is not just a career; it's a calling that requires resilience, empathy and a commitment to lifelong growth. Raquel's journey serves as an inspiration to nurses and healthcare professionals, encouraging them to embrace change, seek new opportunities, and make a positive impact in their chosen field.>>Shop Gales Shoes here >>Read about Gales Chief Nursing Officer Raquel Perez here!
May 30, 2023

The Critical Role of Rapid Response Nurses (with Sarah Lorenzini)

Joining Nurse Alice this week is Sarah Lorenzini, host of the Rapid Response RN podcast and a rapid response nurse and educator, she will shed light on the critical role played by rapid response nurses. In the ever-changing landscape of healthcare, there are moments when patients' conditions deteriorate rapidly, demanding immediate attention and intervention. Nurse Alice sets the stage by highlighting these critical moments and the traditional approach of calling the charge nurse and waiting for physician orders, which could lead to potential delays in care. However, she reveals that things have changed with the emergence of rapid response teams and nurses who are readily available to provide timely interventions.Our guest, Sarah Lorenzini, draws from her nearly two decades of nursing experience to share her personal stories. She recounts her journey into nursing, driven by her passion for helping others. Sarah recalls a formative experience during high school where she witnessed the compassionate care provided by nurses in hospitals. This experience solidified her decision to pursue nursing and make a difference in patients' lives.The podcast delves into the evolution of rapid-response nursing and the transformation of nursing practice over time. Sarah shares her experiences as a rapid response nurse, highlighting the advancements that have empowered bedside nurses with additional resources. The availability of rapid-response nurses ensures that patients receive timely interventions, bridging the gap between identifying deteriorating conditions and initiating appropriate care.In this episode of Ask Nurse Alice, Sarah Lorenzini's insights shine a light on the crucial role of rapid response nurses in today's healthcare landscape. These dedicated professionals bring their expertise, critical thinking skills, and rapid intervention abilities to the bedside, contributing to improved patient care and outcomes. As the healthcare field continues to evolve, it is essential to recognize and appreciate the vital contributions of rapid response nurses in saving lives and enhancing the quality of care provided to patients in critical situations. Tune in and join us on this enlightening journey into the world of rapid-response nursing.>>Read about rapid response nursing here!
May 23, 2023

ER vs Floor Nurses: Understanding Complex Dynamics (with Annie Fulton of Up My Nursing Game)

In this episode of the podcast, host Alice (an ER and ICU nurse) dives into the ER nurse and  Floor Nurse relationship. It’s a classic feud and, if you’re a nurse, you have likely participated in that feud. Alice introduces a special guest, Annie Fulton, a registered nurse with extensive experience in various specialties. Annie is also the host of the Up My Nursing Game podcast. Alice and Annie aim to address this issue head-on and find resolutions through open dialogue. The untold dynamics between emergency room (ER) and floor nurses in healthcare are complicated. This episode uncovers the reasons behind the animosity while highlighting the importance of fostering understanding and collaboration between the two specialties. Gain insights into the lack of perspective, misconceptions, and stereotypes that contribute to the divide. Learn how empathy, improved communication, and collaboration can bridge the gap and enhance patient care. Join Nurse Alice and Annie in their mission to promote understanding and unity among nurses for the benefit of their patients.>>Read about the complex dynamics between ER vs Floor Nurses here!
May 16, 2023

Nurse Who Won $20K on Let’s Make a Deal Talks About the Once in a Lifetime Experience

Let’s Make a Deal game show hosted by Wayne Brady aired their "Hooray For Nurses" episode on May 8, 2023 - ALL contestants were nurses! was pleased to donate a $20,000 prize to one of the lucky contestants. Nurse Tiffany Stewart won the Mega Money Monday prize! In an interview with Nurse Alice, Tiffany Stewart, a labor and delivery nurse and winner of the $20,000 cash prize, shares her experience competing on the show while dressed up in an outrageous costume. Stewart discusses her nursing journey, her passion for women's health, and her excitement about being on the show with other amazing nurses. Nurse Alice and Stewart also discuss the benefits of choosing a career in nursing, including the many opportunities available to nurses in different fields.>>Read about nurse Tiffany Stewart's experience on Let's Make A Deal here!
May 9, 2023

Interview with Spencer Jones, Nurse Innovator of The Year Award Recipient

In this episode, we dive into the inspiring story of Spencer Jones, a nurse innovator who was recently voted by thousands of nurses as's Nurse Innovator of the Year. Spencer is a nurse entrepreneur and the inventor of SafeBreak Vascular, a patented breakaway device for IV catheters that reduces IV complications and preserves IV catheters. His second vascular access invention called BVAD is a dual-lumen peripheral IV catheter that provides patients a pain-free blood sampling solution to eliminate painful needlesticks and finger pricks. Spencer is currently the Chief Technology Officer and VP of Sales at Lapovations, a laparoscopic medical device company.  During the interview, Jones discusses his background in nursing, his experience working in various healthcare settings, and the challenges he faced while developing his innovative product. He also shares his insights on the importance of collaboration and teamwork in healthcare, as well as the role of technology in improving patient outcomes. Throughout the episode, Jones's passion for nursing and dedication to improving healthcare shines through, and listeners are sure to come away inspired and motivated to make a difference in their own communities. Whether you are a healthcare professional or simply interested in learning more about innovation in healthcare, this episode is a must-listen.>>Read about nurse entrepreneur Spencer Jones here!
May 1, 2023

Could You Get Better at Providing Culturally Competent Care To Patients? Probably. (interview with Dr. Raj Sundar, Host of The Healthcare For Humans Podcast)

As a nurse and healthcare provider, how well do you think you take culturally diverse patients? Outside of task-oriented things? In this episode, Nurse Alice speaks with Dr. Raj Sundar, physician and podcast Host of the Healthcare for Humans Podcast about how we can better understand, connect and service our patients of different cultures.The duo encourages you to ask yourself the following questions, - How else do you measure the quality of care that you provide? - How often do you consider social determinants of your patient’s health when providing care? - How often do you consider historical, cultural, language, or religious factors and race in the care you provide? If you included those things in your metrics for “good care” – how would you score yourself now?  In this episode, Nurse Alice speaks with Dr. Raj Sundar, physician and podcast Host of Healthcare for Humans Podcast about how we can better understand, connect and service our patients of different cultures.>>Read about Dr. Raj Sundar here!
April 25, 2023

Interview With Jonathan Llamas, Nurse ICON Award Recipient 2023

In this episode, Nurse Alice has the pleasure of interviewing Jonathan Llamas, a nurse practitioner and recipient of the prestigious Nurse Icon Award for 2023. Jonathan shares his inspiring journey of becoming a nurse, the challenges he faced along the way, and his work as a nurse. He also talks about his thoughts on the future of nursing and offers advice for aspiring nurses. Jonathan discusses the following points in this episode,  Jonathan's journey of becoming a nurse and the challenges he faced The impact of his work as a nurse on his patients' lives Jonathan's thoughts on the future of nursing and the changes he hopes to see in the profession The importance of empathy, compassion, and communication in nursing Jonathan's involvement in community service and advocacy Advice for aspiring nurses and the qualities that make a good nurse Jonathan Llamas' interview provides valuable insights into the challenges and rewards of a career in nursing and the impact that nurses can make in the lives of their patients. It is an inspiring conversation for anyone interested in nursing or healthcare. >>Read about the Nurse ICON Awards and all the nominees here!
April 11, 2023

How To Get Into Politics as A Nurse (with Kimberly Gordon of Healing Politics)

Are you tired of nursing practice and policy being dictated by non-nurses? And I mean, without nursing input or not enough input from nurses? How can we, as nurses, make our voices heard and become drivers on important issues that impact us and the work we do? While rallying together and voting is important, the truth is we also need nurses to run for office and be strategically placed in leadership positions and in politics to drive the agenda and propositions. But I didn't get that type of training in nursing school, so how do you prepare for that? In this episode, Nurse Alice speaks with Kimberly Gordon, co-founder of Healing Politics, an educational, non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)3 organization. They are on a mission to inspire, motivate, recruit, & train nurses & midwives to run for elected office up & down the ballot while building a culture of civic engagement within the professions.
March 29, 2023

6 Tips To Manage Anger at Work as a Nurse

You walk into work and hit the floor running. It's one big emergency after another. You can't catch a break and it feels like nothing is going right. You're PISSED!  But who are you mad at? And what for? And did you take it out on anyone? You may not realize it, but you just may be displacing anger towards others and things that aren't the cause of your frustrations. As professionals who work in high acuity situations and with different personalities, it's key that we learn to identify when we're upset or angry, why, and how to deal with it in a healthy way, so our patients, the care we provide, and our own mental & physical health aren't negatively impacted. In this episode, Nurse Alice shares six tips on how to identify when you're feeling frustration or anger, how to identify the cause, and how to manage (prevent) displaced anger.
March 21, 2023

Giving Medical Advice To Family and Friends – should you do it?

How many times has a friend or family member asked you as a nurse to provide your opinion on a skin rash or ask advice about a medical condition or medication? While the caregiver in you is usually happy to be of assistance because you've done tons of patient education at work, what about when you're NOT at work? Did you know that could possibly ruin a good family or friendly relationship by causing unnecessary worry or giving erroneous advice that could lead to missed care or a lawsuit, especially if it's deemed that you're operating out of your scope of practice?   In this episode Nurse Alice offers advice on how to juggle being a helpful and well intended off duty nurse and friend/family to someone who is asking for medical advice so you avoid any personal and professional trouble. 
March 7, 2023

Hard Lessons I’ve Learned as a Nurse News Reporter – advice

Becoming a long-time TV medical contributor as a nurse wasn’t easy. In fact, I learned a lot of hard lessons along the way that I’m so eager to share and wish someone had told me.With the growing number of news stories about nurses recently, it appears that more and more negative stories are emerging. As the largest segment of the healthcare workforce and with the power of social media, nurses have the power to educate, empower, do damage control, and change the narrative. With sound bites and clickbait, and the desire to be the first to report on a topic - without doing thorough research, talking to participants, fact-checking, and presenting a well-rounded objective story - the possibility of getting the story wrong is very possible and can be damaging to the nurse and the nursing profession. In this episode Nurse Alice talks about the nurse's growing role in the media and shares some tips on how nurses can protect themselves, the credibility of the profession, and educate their viewership. She also provides different story angles that people can use to help tell the same story from different lenses and to be well-rounded in educating the public, meeting the interest of different segments of the public, and prolonging the story's longevity of interest. 
February 28, 2023

How to tell the charge nurse my assignment sucks

Have you ever gone to work and your patient assignment was straight bananas so you had every intention of walking up to the charge nurse to give them a piece of your mind? In this episode Nurse Alice addresses Beth's question by first advising her that you can't just tell the charge nurse that they suck but instead provides her some insight into the charge nurse role and provides tips for what nurses should do when their assignment seems overwhelming. 
February 14, 2023

How To Prepare For Bad Weather as a Nurse

When inclement weather and natural disasters occur, hospitals and other healthcare facilities are expected to remain operating. And we all know without nurses, hospitals would not be able to keep their doors open. So what do you as a nurse do during inclement weather? When is it safe and not safe to travel to/from work? And how does it impact your schedule? In this episode Nurse Alice responds to a caller and explains inclement weather, where that policy should be, and some fundamental things you should know before, after, and during the weather crisis so you are prepared, can be decisive, and stay informed. 
January 31, 2023

Should you work as a CNA before going to nursing school?

In this episode Nurse Alice shares her advice on why working as a CNA before nursing school (or your first nursing job) can be to your advantage. Not only will it look great on your application but it will prime and prepare you for what to expect in clinical and give you tons of insight into the profession you'll be joining. Read the article: 3 Reasons To Become a CNA Before Nurse
January 23, 2023

How To Say NO To Picking Up Extra Shifts

Have you ever been asked to pick up an extra shift at work? And even though many of us already have a set schedule - we still pick up, and for a variety of reasons. But what happens when the requests are happening more often and you really don't want to work but feel bad about saying no? Do you feel guilty or pressured to still say yes? And if you do pick up the shift, do you negotiate the deal to make it sweeter for you? In this episode Nurse Alice explains why you may feel bad about saying no to an extra shift request, reminds you that picking up an extra shift won't solve the nursing shortage, and provides you with some tips on what you can do or say the next time you're asked to work extra.
January 16, 2023

What To Do When There’s Not a Nurse To Relieve You At The End of Your Shift

Imagine working a long and hard shift with no breaks or lunch relief and just when it's report time you learn that there's no nurse coming to relieve you. In this episode Nurse Alice shares a recent personal experience of having to stay over past the end of her shift until someone could take her patients. Did she have to stay? If she didn't, would that have been patient abandonment? Tune in to learn more about what constitutes patient abandonment and what options you may have if ever in this situation.
January 10, 2023

“I’m changing nursing specialties from TELE to ICU and am feeling nervous, what advice do you have” (Listener Question)

Imagine being an experienced nurse and being comfortable in a particular specialty and then one day making a decision to pivot into a different one. It can be scary and exciting at the same time because you're not a new nurse but you are new to a specialty. How can you best prepare for the transition? In this episode Nurse Alice answers a caller's question by offering tips on how she can successfully transition from working in telemetry to ICU. Nurse Alice provides insights and shares observations from the critical care new to the specialty transitional program she used to lead. 
December 13, 2022

“I was passed up TWICE for a job promotion on my unit – should I leave?” (Listener Question)

At one point in time, almost every nurse has toyed with the idea of climbing the traditional nursing career ladder of one-day becoming a charge nurse,  unit manager, or nurse director - even if we didn't fully pursue it. Many don't for a variety of reasons but for those that do, the truth is many will try but only a few are chosen. So what would you do if you were trying to advance but were passed up for job promotions in your unit? Would you leave? In this episode Nurse Alice answers a caller's question about getting passed up twice for promotion on her unit. She also shares her personal experience with getting passed up for a manager position and provides some tips for others who are looking to climb the career ladder where they work and what to do if they don't get the job.  
December 6, 2022

Chronic migraines almost cost me my job as a nurse so I used medical leave to help

As nurses our job is to take care of other people but what happens when we're the ones that don't feel well? Or perhaps your child, parent, or significant other is sick - who takes care of them when you're supposed to be at work? For many of us this is infrequent and episodic so we're able to manage short-term issues but what if the condition is chronic or becoming more frequent in nature and you're having to call out sick from work more often? Is there anything you can do to protect your job? In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with a nurse who shares her personal experience of how she was able to save her job and reputation as a good nurse after discovering intermittent medical leave to help her manage her chronic migraine flare-ups which sometimes resulted in unexpected, late and frequent sick calls to work which would have normally resulted in the disciplinary process and ultimate termination. 
November 29, 2022

“My spouse cries before work, she’s a new ICU nurse…what advice do you have?”(Listener Question)

Have you ever felt nervous, sick, tired, or cried on your way to work? Whether a new nurse or a seasoned professional, you may be trying to cope with anxious feelings and thoughts before (or after) your shift.  Many nurses struggle with fears around rejection, inadequacy, making mistakes, and job dissatisfaction, which can manifest into physical symptoms. In this episode Nurse Alice responds to a caller's question as to why his wife cries on her way to work every night as she leaves for her new night ICU job. She explains pre/post-shift anxiety, what can cause it, and tips on how to combat it. 
November 22, 2022

“I’m experiencing alarm fatigue as a nurse…what advice do you have?” (Listener Question)

Every patient is your patient when it comes to answering call lights. And while the call light system is needed to help us care for patients, it can sometimes feel like it's being overused or not used properly and disrupt us while we're in the middle of patient care... and that's frustrating. So where's the call light for the nurse when this happens? In this episode Nurse Alice talks about how the call light system was intended to use, the different types of call light devices, and provides tips on how you may be able to reduce the number of call lights you get from your patient and on your unit.
November 15, 2022

“ER Charge Nurse Who Called 911” – Kelsay Irby Tells Story of What Really Happened That Night

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the podcast guest and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Kelsay Irby is the ER Charge Nurse who made national headlines for calling 911 desperate for help with unsafe staffing at St. Michael Medical Center. Here’s her first-hand story of what really happened on the night of October 8, 2022.  By now you've likely heard of the ER charge nurse who called 911 at St. Michael Medical Center in Washington when her staff was overwhelmed with patients and was concerned about their safety. The news sensationalized the story as she really called the non-emergent line. But nevertheless, it was indeed a staffing emergency impacting patient safety. However, in recent news, the hospital's president challenged her story and claimed she didn't follow protocol. In this episode Nurse Alice talks with Kelsay Irby, the ER charge nurse herself, and gets the first account of what happened that night. Kelsay Irby wrote a full article telling her story, read the article here. 
November 8, 2022

Nurses Fight off Strangler – How To Deal With Aggressive Patients

In the most proverbial way, nurses are always fighting for our patients but recently some nurses did literally just that. Recently a man was arrested for assaulting infants at Odessa Regional Medical Hospital in Texas. Fortunately, the nurses there were able to separate the babies from the aggressor’s choking death grip. Selfless yes, but dangerous to themselves? Yes!  Most ERs staff are required to have training for the management of aggressive patients but shouldn’t all nurses? Is calling a code grey or code silver enough? In this episode, Nurse Alice shares examples of patient aggression and tips on identifying potential problems early on and how to best handle yourself to keep you and your patients safe.  Read the full article here
November 7, 2022

Charge Nurse Calls 911, Desperate For Help in Understaffed ER

What do you do when the emergency is in the emergency room? A Charge Nurse in the ER of St. Michael Medical Center in Washington called 911 when she determined she and her team were unsafely staffed for the over 45 patients in their rooms and waiting areas. It was her plea for help.  Many applauded her but many worried for her job. In this episode Nurse Alice talks about what it's like working in the ER AND being short-staffed, what is ESI and EMTALA, what The Whistle Blower Act is, and how we can protect ourselves and our patients from unsafe conditions without feeling like our jobs are in jeopardy and speculate on why the interim ER Director is no longer there. It's time nurses level up to understand how nursing fits into the larger scheme of the business and politics of healthcare. 
October 23, 2022

Nurses, Take Your SICK DAYS (and stop feeling guilty about it!)

Have you ever felt guilty about calling in sick to work? So much so that you went to work anyways when you didn’t feel well, or perhaps you procrastinated calling in until the very last minute? Now ask yourself why? In this episode Nurse Alice shares a recent experience about feeling guilty for calling in sick to a new assignment and how it made her feel. But more importantly, she shares how even seasoned nurses can fall victim to “sick call guilt.”  She explains what it is and why we have it, but more importantly how to not let it rule your life.Read the article here
October 18, 2022

All About Nephrology Nursing

Did you know that Sept 11-17th was Nephrology Nurses Week? In appreciation of all our nephrology nurses, Nurse Alice speaks with ANNA president-elect Jennifer Payton to discuss nephrology nursing as a specialty, what it takes to become a nephrology nurse, and different career opportunities for nephrology nurses.
October 6, 2022

Nurses Can Be Sued For Following Doctors Orders, NC Court Rules

A recent decision by the NC Supreme Court overturning a 1932 precedent that once protected nurses from liability now has many nurses worried that they can be sued for following doctor's orders as several news outlets have reported. If following doctors' orders is part of everyday practice how concerned should nurses be? In this episode Nurse Alice discusses the court case that prompted the NC Supreme Court to overturn a 1932 precedent; explains the precedent that was overturned; gives a brief history lesson on the evolution of nursing licensure in North Carolina (spoiler alert - it didn’t happen til 1965); and discuss how this impacts you as a nurse in 2022 while sharing some of her own personal experiences with nurses following doctor's orders that resulted in harm. Read the full article and court documents here 
September 12, 2022

Nurse Who Uses A Wheelchair Shares Her Inspirational Story (with Andrea Dalzell, The Seated Nurse)

Getting through nursing school and passing the NCLEX is already hard on its own. Now imagine doing it with a disability and experiencing discrimination every step of the way from nursing faculty, clinical sites, and potential employers. More than 1 billion people in the world openly have disabilities, and still, so many more don't publicly acknowledge them.  In this episode Nurse Alice talks with Andrea Dalzell aka The Seated Nurse, a registered nurse, healthcare advocate, disability rights influencer, speaker, and most importantly, a survivor. Andrea candidly shares some of the many obstacles she encountered in nursing school, how she got through them, and the 76 interviews she had after graduation before her first clinical position as a registered nurse and wheelchair user. Fast forward to today, Andrea is still on a mission and is now the founder of an organization, The Seated Position, focused on helping those with disabilities have access to education and courses to enter the professional workspace. Read the article here 
September 6, 2022

6 Tips for Dealing With a Patient’s Difficult Family Members

Even when you put your best foot forward and do everything you can to take the best care of patients, every once in a while (or more often) you may encounter difficult family members who don't think you're doing enough or who are rude, verbally abusive and unrealistically demanding with you. So what do you do in those situations?  In this episode Nurse Alice shares some of her own personal experiences and 6 tips for how you can deal with difficult patient family members. Read the full article here:
August 23, 2022

What Nurses Need To Know About Monkeypox – Symptoms, Risk, Prevention, Treatment

New York, California, and Illinois have declared State Public Health Emergencies in light of growing cases of Monkeypox. In this episode Nurse Alice talks about Monkeypox. What is it? How and why is it spreading? And what nurses need to know. ***Since the original recording the Federal government has issued a national public health emergency for Monkeypox.Read the full article here 
August 16, 2022

DOJ Sues Idaho Over Abortion Law

While many of us are aware that the U.S. Supreme Court has officially reversed Roe v. Wade declaring that there is no longer any constitutional right to abortion, did you know that in response to that the federal government established a Reproductive rights task force through the Department of Justice to oversee state abortions laws to ensure they do not violate any federal laws.  In this episode Nurse Alice talks about the DOJ's Reproductive Rights task force put into place to oversee state abortion laws and their first legal action against the state of Idaho whose abortion law is set to go into effect on Aug. 25 and imposes a near-total ban on abortion.  The DOJ alleges the Idaho abortion law violates the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) in situations where an abortion is necessary to stabilize treatment for an emergency medical condition. 
August 9, 2022

3 Things To Think About Before Comparing Your Nursing Career To Others

Have you ever compared yourself or your situation to someone else's? While most people recommend not doing so because comparison can steal your joy, Nurse Alice shares the upside of comparison and helps you identify when it's okay to do it and when doing so becomes unhealthy. Read the article on here
August 2, 2022

How To Stay Focused When You’re Having a Personal Crisis (opening up about my divorce)

Have you ever had to be at work or school while experiencing a personal crisis at home? If you're like most people, you have and it was extremely challenging so don't feel like you're alone.   Nurse Alice shares how she got through work in the ICU and graduate school after discovering her husband was cheating and had an extramarital child which ultimately resulted in their divorce. She was devastated and had a mental breakdown which prompted her to take some time off but eventually, she had to return to work and school.  Nurse Alice shares 5 tips that helped her refocus professionally while dealing with ongoing personal problems
July 26, 2022

How To Land TV Gigs as a Nurse – when to know it’s time to pursue your “passion project’ full-time

Nurse Alice is a medical correspondent for NBC and has also been featured on many national TV shows like Good Morning America, The Doctors, Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew,  and others. Follow your passion they say but will it sustain you until your passion job does? Here are some things you should consider before you jump ship at your current job to chase your dream.  In this episode Nurse Alice shares her career lessons learned and walks you through how she followed her passion as she transitioned from direct patient care to TV as a medical correspondent.
July 19, 2022

Dating a Coworker – Is it Ever OK?

Have you ever dated someone at work? According to some surveys, up to 58% of employees have engaged in a romantic relationship with a colleague. I've thought about it but I've seen it go terribly wrong for others and have decided to avoid it by all means necessary.
July 5, 2022

How I Went From CNA to LPN to ADN to BSN to MSN to Nurse Practitioner

So you want to become a nurse but don't know where to start? Maybe you're not sure of which route to take? Or, perhaps you started your journey but got stalled along the way?  Any of those things can be very frustrating, discouraging, and disappointing. But you can't give up. If you feel like you're stalled or stuck in your nursing journey and need some motivation to keep going - this episode is for you! Sometimes the best way to work through problems and challenges is to listen and learn from others who have overcome similar challenges and know the struggle. In this episode, Nurse Alice shares her journey of how she went from CNA to LPN to ADN to BSN to MSN to Nurse Practitioner, despite several bumps in the road.Read the full article here
June 29, 2022

You Want Me To Work When I’m Sick?! That’s a HARD PASS! How to Set Work Boundaries.

In this episode Nurse Alice talks about a time when an employer crossed a work boundary and wanted her to work at home when she was out ill. Have you been in a similar situation? What did you do? Here are some tips on how you can set work boundaries with your employer. 
June 21, 2022

Considering Plastic Surgery? 7 Tips To Prepare For a Cosmetic Procedure (with top-rated Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Richard Westreich)

Now that things have opened up since the pandemic, one area of healthcare that's booming, more than any other, is cosmetic surgery. Everyone wants that summer beach body and many are resorting to surgery to help them get there. And even if that's not you, it's important to remind patients that any surgery, even elective cosmetic surgery, carries risks. In this episode, Nurse Alice speaks with Dr. Richard Westreich about 7 Cosmetic Surgery Tips everyone should know. He was voted by New York magazine as one of the top doctors in facial plastic surgery. He is an assistant professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and is on staff at Lenox Hill and Mount Sinai Hospitals. He is a faculty member and teacher at a fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai. 
June 16, 2022

How Can We Prevent Hospital Shootings?

It's every nurse or healthcare worker's nightmare: shooting in the hospital. Sadly, violence against healthcare workers has been on the rise. You might feel helpless, if you do, that's normal. Just know- you're not alone, gun violence in hospitals can be prevented.In this episode, Nurse Alice talks about,  Ways nurses can protect themselves from gun violence and workplace violence How to identify potentially violent patients How to prevent hospital shootings What hospitals are doing to protect healthcare workers from violence Legislation that is planned to prevent gun violence Alice addresses the emerging gun violence in society today and the recent killing of four people at the Tulsa Medical Center by a disgruntled patient, who was also killed.Read more nurse advice, news, and resources at
June 7, 2022

How To Deal With a Half-Ass Shift Report

Have you ever come to work and got what seemed to be one of the worst reports ever? What do you do? How do you handle the situation so it's a meaningful experience for everyone involved? Do you give feedback to the off-going nurse about how to improve upon their practice? The unsafest times for patients are during shift change, transfers and handoffs. Is that a surprise to anyone? This is the time when the baton is passed and important information can be missed and balls dropped. And when the report is crappy, it can delay treatment and interventions because the oncoming nurse is trying to get up to speed on what's happening with the patient. .In this episode Nurse Alice shares an example of a half-ass handoff report she got from a staff nurse and discovered the nurse didn't do much for the patient and didn't even understand how sick the patient was. It may seem uncomfortable if you're not used to having an open dialogue with peers but it's okay to hold our peers accountable and provide collegial feedback. Don't be the petty nurse who can't receive feedback. It's not about you, it's about the patient. Listen to how Nurse Alice handled this situation and turned it into a teachable moment. 
May 31, 2022

Why Nursing Certification Matters (with Elizabeth Scruth)

While March 19 was Certified Nurses Day, being certified is relevant throughout the year.  In 2020, the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) conducted a national survey that found 75% of adults thought it was important for all nurses to have a specialty board certification in a relevant field. But why is it important to nurses? In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Elizabeth Scruth, the chair-elect of the AACN Certification Corporation to discuss the benefits of nursing certification and how to overcome common obstacles to becoming certified, and the importance of being a part of your professional nursing organization. 
May 24, 2022

How Virtual Reality Will Change Nursing Education (with Ryan Ribeira CEO of SimX)

In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Ryan Ribeira, assistant professor at Stanford and CEO of SimX, an immersive VR medical training company. He explains,-  What's wrong with the way we train now. - What prompted him to start SimX- How virtual reality, augmented reality and XR are safe solutions to training and preparing future medical professionalsEvery year nearly 80,000 nursing student applicants get turned away - not because they don't qualify but due to the shortage of nurse educators and training sites and resources. And for those that are in nursing school, it's often a hit or miss with getting the experience you're hoping to get during your clinical rotations. And what about advanced training? How can nurses learn advanced skills in an environment that doesn't put the patient at risk?Learn more about nursing education, careers, and news at 
May 10, 2022

Living With an Autoimmune Disease As a Nurse: Amy’s Journey With Sarcoidosis

It's a chronic disease of unknown cause characterized by the enlargement of lymph nodes in many parts of the body and the widespread appearance of granulomas. If you're a nurse you're familiar with it but likely not enough to really explain it to your patient. And that's why we're talking about it now, April is Sarcoidosis awareness month. In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Amy Cobb, a long-time FNP, and wellness advocate working in primary care who is also a patient of chronic medical conditions not well understood, including Sarcoidosis and Psoriasis. Amy shares her journey as an NP, her frustrations as a patient, and discusses how being a patient has impacted her practice and how she deals with patients. Read more at
May 3, 2022

What’s the Difference between a Nurse Researcher vs Research Nurse (with Jonas Scholars Dr. Kelly Wierenga & Dr. Timiya Nolan)

There is a nursing shortage that we all know about. But did you ever think to realize that in addition to direct patient care, we also have an even more significant shortage of nursing in the world of academia and research? Did you know there's a distinct difference between being a Research Nurse and Nurse Researcher, also known as a Nurse Scientist?  In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Dr. Kelly Wierenga of Indiana University and Dr. Timiya Nolan of Ohio State University, both assistant college professors, Jonas Scholars and nurse scientists. They clarify what it means to be a Nurse Scientist; share their nursing journey from bedside to academia and research; discuss the importance of having more Nurse scientists; discuss how the Jonas Scholar Program supported their doctoral journeys and encourage other nurses to pursue the specialty.
April 26, 2022

Healthcare workers are human, just like everyone else – healing through storytelling (with Dr. Emily Silverman, “The Nocturnist”)

Many of us have been inspired to work in healthcare. You wanted to make a difference. You had so many ideas, so much ambition, so much passion then over the years of unanticipated trauma and drama, healthcare took its toll. You got burned out.  You've been spending more time with equipment and documentation than you have with the patient. You don't feel appreciated. You sometimes don't even like being a nurse anymore. You sometimes wonder if you made a mistake in your career choices. In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Dr. Emily Silverman, internal medicine physician and Volunteer Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF and the creator of The Nocturnists, a vibrant community of healthcare workers who are celebrating their humanity through storytelling.  By airing clinicians’ stories in a safe and generative public forum, The Nocturnists helps shatter the myths of the invincible healthcare provider and reveal the truth: that healthcare workers are human, just like everyone else, and that our humanity is our strength, not our weakness.
April 20, 2022

This is What It’s Like To Work as a Hospice Nurse (with Beth Cavenaugh, RN, BSN, CHPN)

So many times healthcare workers are focused on life-saving interventions for their patients. But what happens when the goals of care shift to providing comfort care only? What does that really mean? Do you clearly understand the difference between palliative care and hospice care? Do you know what a POLST is? This is a topic we don't talk enough about until we're in those situations.  In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Beth Cavenaugh, RN, BSN, CHPN who knows all too well what nurses are up against, not only during this overwhelming era but always. With over twenty-five years in internal medicine, short stay surgery, and hospice care, she understands firsthand that compassion in health care can sometimes be elusive. She shares her expertise in palliative care and hospice, as well as her new book, The Power and Pain of Nursing, which aims to arm both new and seasoned nurses with the tools necessary to care for themselves in the face of one of the most demanding professions in the world. 
April 19, 2022

What Your Poop Says About Your Health (Susan Wong, Collorectal Health Expert)

Have you ever had a poop and looked at it after you wiped? If not, you should! Our colorectal health is not something we should ignore. Why is it so taboo to know what healthy poop should look like? Why does it sometimes float and sometimes sink? What does it mean when it changes colors or consistency? How many times should we be going? Discover the power of pooping. In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Nurse Susan Wong, a nurse of over 40 years specializing in colorectal health. She is the host of Butt Talks TV and is affectionately dubbed the “The Rear Admiral” and the “Butt Whisperer.” She is also the author of  The Power of Pooping: A Cheeky Diet and Lifestyle Guide to End Constipation and Transform Your Health, a guide to living your best poop life. 
April 6, 2022

How To Deal With Working Mom Guilt As a Nurse: tips for parents to set boundaries and overcome it (with burnout expert, Diana Page MSN,RN, APRN)

After working tirelessly at the bedside caring for patients and working in high-stress conditions, many nurses have families they must return to and continue to care for. How can I as a nurse protect myself, my time, and energy so I can enjoy my life outside my shift? How does one successfully juggle the stressors and demands of work and still have the energy to take care of our family at home? In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Diana Page, an outpatient neurology nurse practitioner, burnout expert, and mentor helping exhausted nursing professionals have optimal work-life balance through mentorship, education, empowerment, and community. She founded Selfcare Catalyst LLC in 2020 and has helped dozens of nurses find fulfillment outside of work and clarity on their place in nursing.
April 4, 2022

What it’s Like To Be a Male Nurse and Why It’s a Great Career For Men (with Jake and Felino of The Murses Station Podcast)

Nursing is a great career choice due to the high demand for nurses, career stability and growth opportunities, well as a high average salary and work-life flexibility. It's also a profession that has historically been predominately female. And while that's changing - has it changed fast enough considering only 12% of nurses are male? What is it like being a male nurse? And why does it seem like many gravitate to certain specialties?  In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Jake Vizcarra and FelinoTaruc, hosts of The Murses Station where two murses talk about real nursing problems! They talk about their journeys as ICU travel nurses, what it's like to be a flight nurse, the male nurse experience, and how a bro fest day at work turned into their podcast show The Murses Station.
March 31, 2022

When does a dental issue become a medical emergency? (with Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Porchia James)

I know toothaches can sometimes feel like emergencies but are they? The mouth is a major entryway for bacteria and infection and is clearly essential for a patent airway. So how do we as nurses know which dental issues are emergencies that need to be handled right away and which ones can wait for the outpatient dental office? In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with  Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Porchia James who talks about acute oral and dental patient issues that require immediate attention that nurses shouldn't ignore. As well Dr. Porchia discusses how she balances ER consultations, her private practice, "About Face Oral & Facial Surgery", and being owner of PHRESH by Dr. Porchia, a luxury medical apparel line., wife and mother. 
March 28, 2022

Common Feet Problems For Nurses and How To Avoid The Pain (with Dr. Ebonie of TLC’s “My Feet Are Killing Me)

A day in the life of a nurse can involve long hours of standing, walking, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling heavy items from point A to point B, which can cause stress on our legs and feet. To avoid work-related health and feet problems, it's important that nurses take proper care of their feet. And while we're thinking about our own feet, let's not forget those of our patients. They may not come in for primary foot issues but the legs and feet can tell you a lot about your patient's health status. Do they hurt? Are they cold? Do they have numbness or tingling? Are they discolored? Are they swollen? Are the toenail beds pale, discolored, or thick? A patient's feet may give you important information you need to properly take care of your patient as a whole.  In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Dr. Ebonie is a licensed podiatrist aka foot and ankle surgeon behind the hit TLC television series “My Feet Are Killing Me.” She works with all types of foot and ankle ailments with a specialty in foot and ankle reconstruction and diabetic limb salvage.
March 24, 2022

Nurse Creates ‘Gig Worker’ App For Nurses To Book Shifts Directly With Facilities (Will Patterson, former ICU nurse, and CEO of CareRev)

Have you ever wanted the ability to choose when and where you work and build your own flexible schedule? Maybe you have to work around a busy school or spouse schedule? Perhaps the babysitter isn't always available? Or maybe you work a full-time job and want to add a few shifts elsewhere? Or maybe you want to work when you feel like it and don't want to be bothered by a recruiter or administrative person asking for your availability weeks in advance and/or pressuring you to work on days that you were once available but on the day of, change your mind and don't want to work. Or the flip side of that is, the party plans changed and now you're available last minute. And most places ask for a minimum amount of shifts as a requirement that you don't want to commit to. What's the best way to work when this is you? In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Will Patterson, former ICU nurse, and CEO of CareRev, a marketplace platform that seamlessly connects healthcare facilities and local, flexible healthcare professionals. Hospitals, outpatient clinics, and skilled nursing facilities post open shifts. Qualified healthcare professionals discover and book shifts from the CareRev app. No staffing agencies. No travel contracts. No maximums or minimums. Will also shares his journey from ICU nurse to entrepreneur.
March 22, 2022

Medical Marijuana: How To Educate & Empower Patients (with Ashley Wynn-Grimes BSN, RN, Founder of Cannabis Nursing Solutions, LLC)

Medical marijuana has been a hot topic for several years. First legalized in California in 1996, now more than two-thirds of U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized it for medical treatments and more are considering bills to do the same.  Then in 2012 Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize it for recreational use, and in a similar fashion, while only 18 states currently approve it recreationally, other states are expected to do the same.  But sadly healthcare has not done a great job with educating our healthcare professionals with this changing policy. How many of us fully understand the benefits and risks of cannabis? How is it consumed? How is it dosed? How does it work? What are the side effects? When should it be added to the care plan? And even for our patients using it recreationally and even sometimes illegally - how do we educate people around usage to keep them safe? In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Ashley Wynn-Grimes BSN, RN is the Founder of Cannabis Nursing Solutions, LLC, Executive Director Of Cannabis Patient Advocacy Association. Wynn-Grimes, a registered nurse for more than 12 years,  is dedicated to empowering patients and nursing professionals to make informed medical cannabis care choices with impactful educational medical programs that also serve to promote diverse representation and medical equality in cannabis.
March 14, 2022

The State of Nursing report

If the past two years have taught the world anything, it's that nurses are not okay. Nurses are burned out, many leaving the profession and for several reasons including having to work short-staffed in stressful, demanding, and hazardous conditions while being underpaid, undervalued, and overworked often at the risk of their own physical and mental health being. So of course the nursing shortage (which in fact existed well before COVID) has now been exacerbated and accelerated. So now what???   In this episode Nurse Alice shares, some of the findings of the "This is the State of Nursing" Report by where nearly 1,500 nurses were surveyed to find out how they felt about the past year and to get the real reasons behind the nursing shortage. They were asked about the real issues they are facing every day during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Why did we do a survey? To capture qualitative and quantitative data to better understand the current state of the nursing workforce. If we want to resolve the nursing shortage, we need to fully understand the systemic and underlying issues and work with hospital leadership, nursing allies, and politicians to create solutions that address the issues plaguing the profession.
March 10, 2022

The Mastectomy Intimate Wear All Nurses Should Know About

More than 100,000 U.S. women undergo some form of mastectomy each year. It is typically performed to treat breast cancer, but, in some cases, it is performed to prevent the risk of breast cancer. But what about life after the mastectomy?  For some women after breast cancer and mastectomy, it can leave them feeling a void and having a desire to restore their natural-looking breasts. While this is sometimes possible with breast reconstructive surgery there are options and interim products that can help women feel whole, feminine, and confident again. In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Jasmine Jones, founder of Myya, the first direct to consumer, insurance-billable, and inclusive intimates/prosthetics brand for anyone post-mastectomy.  Inspired by her grandmother's battle with breast cancer and limited mastectomy care, Jasmine launched Myya during Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the goal to upend traditional healthcare’s approach to post-mastectomy care by adding a fresh perspective to an antiquated industry and breaking down stigmas around mastectomy care in the process.
March 8, 2022

How To Ace Your Nurse Job Interview (with Amanda Guarniere, “The Resume RX”)

The job-hunting process can be a tedious and daunting process especially when hundreds of other nurses are applying for the same position. After submitting your job application, it's usually a hurry up and wait game as hospitals and health care employers sift through hundreds of resumes. So how can you make your resume stand out and get recognized? And once you get the phone call from the recruiter to move forward with an interview - how can you best prepare yourself to ace the interview? Then once face to face with the hiring manager what are some of the things you should and shouldn't say during the interview? In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Amanda Guarniere,  an Ivy-league educated Nurse Practitioner and Career Mentor who helps nursing professionals find, land, and love their dream jobs. She is the founder of The Résumé Rx as well as The NP Society, a professional membership community that focuses on helping NPs thrive in the clinical setting and beyond, not to mention she is the host of the Nurse Becoming Podcast. 
March 3, 2022

How To Invest in Real Estate as a Nurse (with Mortgage Expert Ivan Simental)

Did you secure the bag during the pandemic? Maybe you took a pandemic travel nursing assignment?  Added a couple of extra shifts for OT/DT? Or maybe you cashed in on some bonus pay? Either way, you probably made a little (or a lot of) extra money. So what are you going to do with it? While paying off debt and treating yourself are some of the first few things that come to mind. Have you ever considered investing in real estate? In this episode Nurse Alice talks to mortgage loan officer Ivan Simental NMLS# 1762746 , host of The Mortgage Reports podcast, to discuss why it's a good idea for nurses to invest in real estate. Seriously, why pay rent to pay someone else's mortgage when you could buy a house? Or maybe you already own a home - have you ever considered a rental investment property so you gain monthly by renting your home out and build equity in your home that you can later cash out? Ivan also shares what nurses should know about the real estate market, what types of real estate options are available, and what you need to get buyers ready.
March 1, 2022

Why Nurses Stay in Toxic Workplaces (with Psychotherapist Michele Finnerman)

As healthcare providers and caregivers, we are often encouraging others to take care of their mental health and wellness,  but do we do enough of that for ourselves? Why do we not follow our own instructions? And why do some of us feel bad when we want to leave unhealthy situations? In this episode Nurse Alice talks to psychotherapist, Dr. Michele Finnernan, about common mental issues she's been seeing this past year with healthcare professionals including compassion fatigue and burnout. She also helps us understand why we feel guilty when we want to leave a toxic work environment, why we fear advocating for changes in our work environment and discusses how we can handle workplace violence.  
February 24, 2022

Top 3 Reasons Nurses Are Written Up: and what to expect during the corrective action process (with Vernell Davis)

No one goes to work planning to have a bad day but sometimes things happen - a traffic accident makes you late to work; you have a disagreement with a co-worker or you get busy and forget to complete a task. If this is an unusual occurrence and it didn't cause any harm to a patient then grace is typically provided however if this turns out to be more of a pattern for you then you definitely want to listen in.  In this episode Nurse Alice talks to nursing leader Vernell Davis about three common issues that can land a nurse in the corrective action process including time & attendance, communication issues, and behavioral standards. They also talk about what happens at each step of the corrective action process - everything from informal teachable moments to formal verbal warnings, written warnings, final warnings, suspensions, and possible termination.  
February 22, 2022

From Bedside RN To Nurse Talent Advocate at Incredible Health (with Molly Rindt)

In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Molly Rindt, RN and talent advocate at Incredible Health, a tech company that has changed the way nurses get hired by having hospitals apply to nurses. With the help of technology, Incredible health has flipped the hiring script to match nurses with what they're looking for with what the hospital is looking for and then hospitals apply to the nurse. In addition to that Incredible Health helps set up phone interviews, help with resume reviews, interview prep tips and serve as a mentor and guide during the entire process, all the way down to the offer stage. Are you a nurse who is tired, bored, or just frustrated with the traditional job search? Are you tired of filling out multiple job applications with different hospitals, clinics, travel & staffing agencies, and posting your resume online to only wait on what feels like forever to hear back?  You deserve to know your options and don't want to wait forever for a hospital to get to your application so perhaps Incredible Health can help you. 
February 17, 2022


While the fear of dying from Covid has been curbed by vaccines, masks, new treatments, and the most recent and prevalent strain, Omicron appearing to have more mild symptoms than previous strains, it doesn't exclude the fact that 10-20%% of those who survive any covid infection from developing Long Haul Covid. In this episode Nurse Alice speaks with Ashok Gupta, a Chronic Illness, Long Covid, and Neuroplasticity Expert in treating chronic illness through neuroplasticity principles.  He has been researching long covid from the beginning and answers all of our Long Covid questions. He talks about what Long Covid is (and isn't), what's happening in the body, and explains what Neuroplasticity treatment is and how it can help with treating it. 
February 15, 2022

Meet My Work Wife: why nurse coworkers have a special bond (that can’t be replaced)

When you're hungry, at work, they already know your food order. When you're talking, s/he can almost always finish your sentences. S/he can read your body language and facial expressions and know exactly what you're thinking without you having to say a word. And when something goes down at work, s/he is down for you like four flat tires.   If you're spending 40 hours or more each week at work with someone like this then this is likely your work wife/husband.  These are the people who get you through the day, who encourage you to give your best at your job, and who make you laugh during lunchtime chats. And work spouse relationships can go much deeper than a simple break-room friendship
February 3, 2022

Are Nurses The Worst Patients? Tips For Taking Care of a Nurse-Patient

It's one thing to be a nurse and knows the patient's experience but it's a whole different experience being the nurse who takes care of the patient who happens to be a nurse.  In this episode Nurse, Alice shares some of her own personal encounters as a patient wherein one situation she had to pull the "I am a nurse card" for the nurse to address her concerns to another instance when staff shortchanged her patient education assuming that because she's a nurse she was fully aware of everything happening during a time when was in so much discomfort she could barely focus.  Nurse Alice also addresses the myth that nurses are the worst patients. Are they really or are nurse patients perceived as such because they hold staff nurses accountable for all the things we know nurses are supposed to do but may not because they've cut some corners? Check out the tips she shares so you're not caught off guard the next time you take care of a nurse-patient. Read more at 
January 31, 2022 ICON Awards – ANNOUNCING THE 2021 WINNERS!, the largest website and community of nurses online, announced the winners of its annual Nurse ICON Awards which recognize the best products, entertainment, careers, influencers, and issues that were most important to nurses in 2021. The community nominated and voted for the winners.See the full list of finalists on
January 25, 2022

From Oncology Nurse To Breast Cancer Survivor – Natasha’s Story

 With one in eight women who will experience breast cancer in their lifetime, it's extremely important that we keep screening and early identification and treatment on the top of mind. As a woman, not only do I need to know for myself but also for my patients.  And so what happens when the nurse who cares for patients with breast cancer, gets breast cancer herself? Can we keep the same energy and positivity we give our patients? Hint - it's hard but this episode's guest, Natasha Rossi, a pediatric and oncology registered nurse did just that.  And not only did she beat her cancer, despite her personal ups and downs she has not let it stop her from going back to school to become a family nurse practitioner.  In this episode she and Nurse Alice talk about her accelerated 14-month nursing program building on her psychology degree; how she discovered her breast cancer; how she had to advocate for her own screening and treatment and what it felt like being a nurse, but feeling lost and frustrated as the patient.   
January 13, 2022

8 Tips To Deal With a “know-it-all” Coworker

Have you ever received a report from someone who so confidently acts like they know it all, but leaves out fundamental and critical elements in the report? Nurse Alice shares a recent experience of when she was picking up a patient from an ER to transport to an ICU at a different hospital and encountered a handoff report from a nurse whose "know-it all" attitude was rooted in her closed-off personality and failure to recognize how sick the patient really was. Tune in to hear her 8 tips for how to deal with a "know-it all" coworker. Get more great advice at
January 12, 2022

Do you really know your patient’s code status? Why you should verify it

In the world of healthcare, many times it's presumed that a patient's code status is full code especially in the absence of any medical documentation or family that says otherwise. Is that okay? Or should you seek this definitive information asap, especially when the patient has a high probability of deteriorating?  In this episode Nurse Alice shares a recent clinical experience when she discovered a DNR order from an assisted living center for a trauma patient she just received after being told in the handoff from the ER nurse that the patient is full code. If this were you, what would you do? In situations like this Nurse Alice recommends the nurse absolutely find out if the patient has a  POLST (Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment) and if not determine who is the medical decision-maker for the patient if they can't do so. Read more at
January 11, 2022

Are Shortened Isolation Times In The Best Interest of Public Safety or Staffing?

In this episode Nurse Alice breaks down the new and confusing shortened CDC Covid isolation and quarantine guidelines, its potential impact on the health and safety of nurses, and how it's giving the air of more concern for big business and staffing vs safety, and is fueling the real nursing shortage. What nurse wants to go back to work Covid positive while still not feeling well to have to take care of patients who don't feel well?Learn more at
January 10, 2022

Omicron Breakthrough Infections & How the COVID Pill May Help

More and more often we're hearing, "I'm fully vaccinated but tested positive for Covid." Nurse Alice talks about why the Omicron strain is so contagious, why this is happening, and hot off the press, the FDA  first-ever Emergency Use Authorized Covid Pill that can significantly reduce moderate to severe illness progression that results in hospitalizations and death. But here's the catch - just like Covid vaccines, they're new and carry an emergency use authorization, and are not preventative. So if someone had reservations about the vaccine, will they feel the same way about the Covid Pill? By the way, the Covid Pill is only for people who already have Covid, and not everyone who wants it will be eligible to take it. Learn more at
January 6, 2022

How Do the American Nurses Association & Board of Registered Nursing Work Together To Advance the Profession?

As a nurse how involved are you with your state nursing association? How involved are you with your state board of registered nursing? Do you know the difference between the two organizations, their roles, and how they work together to advance the nursing profession? And what is your role in working with both of them to make sure your nursing voice is heard? If more nurses aren't present at decision tables, do you know who's making decisions on our behalf? Dr. Marketa Houskova is the Executive Director of the American Nurses Association of California and a Registered Nurse joins Nurse Alice in this episode to talk about the role of ANA/C, the Board of Registered Nursing, and how nursing being more familiar with policy and politics is the only way to really advance the profession. 
January 3, 2022

I’m Not a Nurse, I’m a Nurse Practitioner: the difference between a RN and NP (with Dr. James Simmons)

As a nurse, if you heard a colleague say I'm not a nurse, I'm a nurse practitioner - would you be offended? Or are they justified in saying that to clearly identify their role and scope of practice with patients which is different from the registered nurse?  I know, it may sound like a betrayal because you can't be a nurse practitioner without being a nurse first but before you write them off as having a superiority complex, consider the fact that they do have advanced education, additional licensing and certifications, and a greater responsibility to directing the patient's care as the ordering healthcare provider.  Dr. James Simmons, an acute care nurse practitioner and hospitalist talks with Nurse Alice about the title animosity within our profession between RNs and APRNs because of title and scope. At the end of the day, we're all responsible for the patient, just in different ways.Read more at 
December 16, 2021

Hair and Health Problems: how illness manifests in our hair (with Dr. Khris Upshaw)

When was the last time you combed or washed your patient's hair? Is that part of your assessment? How often does a hair make the care plan?   A person's hair provides a lot of information about one's health and blood circulation. Hair also serves a variety of functions, including protection, sensory input, thermoregulation, and communication, for example, hair on the head protects the skull from the sun.  So what happens when a patient is experiencing hair loss or thinning because of their disease process or medical treatments? Shouldn't those symptoms also be managed especially when they start to negatively impact one's body image and mental health? Dr.Khris Upshaw is a Trichologist, cranial prosthesis specialist, scalp micro-pigmentation practitioner, and custom wig designer joins Nurse Alice to discuss how illness manifests in our hair, medical treatments that cause alopecia, and various options to manage the appearance of hair loss like scalp micro-pigmentation, and even how patients can qualify for a medical cranial prosthesis through insurance.Visit for more!
December 14, 2021

HOW TO MAKE OVER $100K AS A TRAVEL NURSE: with Sarah Gaines aka “The Six Figure Travel Nurse”

Through her platform and business, Sarah Gaines aka "The Six-Figure Travel Nurse" coaches RNs making the transition into travel nursing and provides them with tips and training to maximize their earnings, as well educates new travel nurses with all the practical information they need to succeed, from taxes to supplies to take with them on assignment. Read the article on
November 23, 2021

How Hued is Helping to Create Health Equity

We know that cultural diversity and health equity are very much issues that plague and negatively impact the quality of healthcare that so many people receive. In this episode, Kimberly Wilson, tech entrepreneur and creator of "Hued," an app that links black and Latinx patients with culturally competent doctors shares what she and her company are doing to fix it.  Birthed from her own frustrations as a black woman navigating healthcare and experiencing disproportionate care, Kimberly was inspired to use her own challenges with fibroids and so infused her knowledge, expertise, and work around social justice, media, and technology to create a health care engagement platform that initially matched patients of color with providers of color. Recognizing that was only a bandaid for the problem, Hued then expanded its mission to connect patients of color with culturally competent and informed healthcare providers, provide health literacy resources to providers, and help organizations transition to equity-based quality care.
November 17, 2021

SCRUBS, BUT MAKE IT FASHION: meet Dr. Neela, Founder of Jaanuu

Nurse Alice sat down to speak with Neela Sethi Young, M.D, 44, a wife, mother of two, and pediatrician and co-founder of Jaanuu Scrubs, which is the only physician-founded and led scrub brand in the healthcare apparel industry.Read the full article on
November 15, 2021

I GOT THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE: J&J Executive Responds To Nurse Alice’s Vaccine Questions

Nurse Alice spoke with Rick Nettles, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Janssen Infectious Vaccines underneath Johnson & Johnson on a recent episode of the Ask Nurse Alice podcast. Nurse Alice, who shared that she herself got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, went directly to the source and spoke with Dr. Nettles about how the vaccines work, his own experience, and what all nurses should know about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. Read the episode transcript here
November 2, 2021

Meet The First Nurse To Land a Spot on Forbes 30 Under 30 Healthcare: interview with Kristen Choi

Until 2021, Forbes had never named a nurse on their 30 under 30 healthcare list, until  Dr. Kristen Choi came along. Dr. Choi is a psychiatric nurse and health services researcher as well as an Assistant Professor of Nursing and public health at UCLA. Choi joined the Ask Nurse Alice podcast to discuss her background, future goals and her participation in the Pfizer clinical trial. 
October 19, 2021

YOU’RE EATING TOO MUCH SALT: FDA issues new sodium guidelines

The FDA hopes to reduce Americans' sodium intake by 12% over 2.5 years. They are asking restaurants to reduce the salt in their products.  In this episode Nurse Alice talks about why you're still probably eating too much salt, even if you consider yourself to be healthy and how to reduce your own sodium intake. 
October 19, 2021

If You Use A Wheelchair You CAN Be A Nurse, Like Me! (interview with Ryann Kress, BSN, RN)

Ryann Kress BSN, RN, has never let her wheelchair stop her from accomplishing her goals. She spent much of her adolescence in and out of emergency rooms and doctors' appointments managing her disability, Ehlers-Danlos SyndromeEhlers-Danlos Syndrome. When Ryann started her healthcare career as an EMT, and then a registered nurse, she was not using a wheelchair. Her life changed dramatically at age 26 when she had to start using a wheelchair. She persevered. Now, a registered nurse, pageant queen, and influencer who describes herself as a sex-positive, queer, Southern belle disability advocate. We were thrilled to chat with her about her nursing career and advocacy work.In this episode, Nurse Alice and Ryann dive deep into a conversation about disability, advocacy,  resilience, and achievement.  
October 5, 2021

FEELING STUCK? How to break free and live the life of your dreams

“I’m stuck in a job I hate,” “I want a better relationship with my spouse, but don't know where to start,”  “I’m frustrated because I'm stuck in such a boring routine." Can you relate? If the answer is yes, well, you're not the only one.There are times in life where we sometimes feel stuck. Whether you're feeling stuck in a job, stuck in a relationship, can't decide the next goal to pursue, family dynamics, or just feel like you're not living your true purpose. You don't have to feel stuck forever. In this episode Nurse, Alice explores what might cause you to feel stuck, times she's felt stuck, and what to do about it.
September 28, 2021

How To Deal With Regret: overcoming past mistakes and move on

Regret is powerful. It will consume you. It's destructive and can steal your happiness. Some regrets are smaller than others. Major mistakes as a healthcare provider can cause a lot of harm.  However, it's important to remember that mistakes are normal in life, and with those mistakes, regret happens. Life goes on. Still, it's important to learn ways to cope with regret, move past it, and be happy again. In this episode, Nurse Alice talks about mistakes and regret. Later, she discusses tips to cope with regret. Learn more at 
September 14, 2021


What do we do when our peers are touting information that is false or outdated? As a nurse, it's important to share the most accurate information with the public. Especially on your social media platforms. The public trusts nurses. Science and medicine are constantly changing. The least bit of misinformation can go a long way and cause a lot of harm. If you're a nurse and you're sharing information with the public it's important to make 100% sure that you are sharing the most accurate information. You should never go on a rant about something that you are not MOST familiar with. In this episode, Alice talks about dealing with misinformation and disinformation amount the nursing profession. 
September 14, 2021

OPENING UP ABOUT COMPASSION FATIGUE: it’s time to normalize these feelings

It's time to normalize nurse's feelings. As nurses, we are literally overwhelmed by helping others. Not that we don't enjoy helping our patients. We do. That's the reason we became nurses. However, the return on investment I don't feel is matching up. The time that we are investing of ourselves physically, emotionally, spiritually, our time, and our sacrifices to take care of others is daunting. We’re getting tired of having to exude so much compassion. These feelings have a name, it's called "compassion fatigue" and healthcare worker are experiencing it on a massive scale. In this episode, Nurse Alice dives into the issues that have amplified our feelings of compassion fatigue and what we can do to combat compassion fatigue. Visit for more!
September 7, 2021

THIS IS WHY I BECAME A CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST: how to know if a career as a CNS is right for you

Alice worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for many years and she really enjoyed the work that she did. A clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is a type of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) that's completed graduate-level education and clinical training. Like nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists specialize in specific patient populations; however, unlike NPs, they focus more on educating nurses and improving patient outcomes.In this episode, Alice discusses the specific role of the CNS, requirements, scope of practice, pros/cons, and why she chose to advance her education. Learn more about the CNS career path on  "How To Become a CNS"
September 7, 2021

ALL ABOUT NICU NURSING: why nurse Tori became a NICU nurse

In this episode, Nurse Tori of The Cellfie Podcast (@nurse.tori_)joins Nurse Alice to talk about her journey into nursing, why she chose to be a NICU nurse, and what she loves about her specialty. If you're considering a career as a NICU nurse or ever wondered "what do NICU nurses do?", this episode is a MUST listen! Check out's Career Guide "How To Become a NICU Nurse"
August 31, 2021

ADVICE FOR FLOATING AS A NEW NURSE: pros and cons of floating

Floating as a new nurse can feel intimidating. You were hired for a specific job and you are comfortable. But, there are definite benefits of floating. In this episode Nurse Alice discusses how floating can actually benefit your career and skills as a nurse. 
August 24, 2021

TIPS FOR NIGHT SHIFT NURSES: I’ve worked nights for years, here’s my best advice

When you work the night shift you have to adjust your life to meet the needs of your schedule. It's equally as important to learn to stand up for yourself. Here are Nurse Alice's best tips for working the night shift. Here's a peak at what I discuss in the podcast,  1. Not everything has to revolve around work. Let's normalize having a conversation with whoever does the schedule and say, I have an appointment I need to go to and I would really like to move my schedule to accommodate it. My health and wellness are important to me. 2. Don't commit to anything during the day because other people expect you to. My calendar is open during the day because I'm supposed to be asleep. A person who works the day shift wouldn't wake up at 3 am for a delivery. So if you worked a night shift, there's no reason you should wake up at 3 pm when you're expected to sleep. Visit for more nurse advice and news. 
August 17, 2021

MANDATORY COVID VACCINES FOR NURSES: what it means for the future of healthcare

Alice admits that when the vaccine was first offered to her, she passed. She was hesitant. However, after doing a lot of research she ultimately decided to get the vaccine and so did her family. Fast forward several months, many hospitals are now making the COVID vaccines mandatory for healthcare workers. In this episode, Alice shares her thought on vaccine mandates and the future of nursing. Visit for news, career resources, education guides and more.
August 10, 2021

COPING WITH THE DEATH OF A COWORKER: workplace loss & grief

Anytime someone dies, other people’s lives are impacted. Most of the time, there is a direct impact on the people with whom they worked. Whether the deceased person worked in your unit or they were a more casual acquaintance,  someone they knew will struggle with the news.The relationships we develop through our work as nurses are special. Sometimes we are closer to our fellow nurses than we are to our own family.  However, we rarely take the time to think about the huge impact that the loss of a coworker can have on our lives.  We experience so much grief and loss in the nursing profession - and, it's always challenging. In this episode, Alice offers gentle advice on how to deal with the death of a coworker.
August 5, 2021

MENTAL HEALTH & BURNOUT IN NURSING: tips for taking care of yourself

As a nurse, you are your number one patient. Your mental health matters. You have to make yourself a priority. Now more than ever it's important to focus on your mental health. Alice opens up about her own struggles with mental health and burnout. She provides resources, guidance, and advocacy for nurses who are not feeling like their usual selves. 
August 3, 2021

I QUIT MY JOB AS A NURSE PRACTITIONER: here’s the reason why

Nurse Alice reveals the reasons why she quit her job as a Family Nurse Practitioner. After working her way up the nursing ladder from CNA to LPN to RN to BSN to MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Alice was ready to get her FNP. Was becoming a nurse practitioner worth it? Does she regret it? When she started her Nurse Practitioner journey she had so many personal and professional reasons as to why this would be a good idea. But was it really? Find out in this episode. Visit to read my latest article. 
July 27, 2021

HOW TO MASTER THE BEDSIDE SHIFT REPORT: best practices for an effective nursing handoff

Giving an effective bedside shift report sets the tone for the shift. Nurses might struggle with nursing handoff - maybe they don't know exactly what to say or how to properly communicate everything that needs to be said, where to conduct shift reports, or how to best give the report. In this episode, Alice shares her best advice for giving a shift report that will set up the incoming nurse for success. And, ultimately give the highest level of patient care.  *FIGS SCRUBS DISCOUNT:  Get 15% OFF your scrubs order at by using code NURSEALICE at checkout! 
July 20, 2021

DISAPPOINTMENT HURTS: how to turn painful situations into opportunities for growth

Nurse Alice opens up about a relationship that ended and the strategies she used to work through the overwhelming emotions to learn and grow from that experience. We've all experienced disappointment in life and it always hurts - here are 5 ways to deal with disappointment. 
July 14, 2021

WHAT NURSES CAN DO ABOUT MISINFORMATION ONLINE: dealing with conspiracy theories on social media

Nurse Alice answers a listener's question regarding a registered nurse from his home town who was spreading misinformation about COVID vaccines on Facebook. The listener reported the nurse to the board of nursing and now the nurse is retaliating against this listener. Conspiracy theories and misinformation about the pandemic and vaccines are all over the internet. If you're a nurse, you've likely come across patients who believe the conspiracy theories. It's a difficult topic to navigate and in this episode, Alice gives her best advice about addressing conspiracy theories and misinformation. 
July 7, 2021

DEATH IS A REALITY FOR NURSES: how to cope with death

Death is a reality for nurses, but coping with it can be difficult. In this episode, Nurse Alice shares her own personal experience with the death of a loved one and how she used that experience to help other patients and their families. For more advice on coping with death, read the article "I'm a Nurse and I Grieve - Coping With Death"
June 17, 2021

SHIFT WORKER SLEEP DISORDER: 10 tips to fight sleep deprivation as a nurse

No matter how old you are, what occupation you hold, or where you live in the world we can all agree that sleep is essential to functioning properly on a day-to-day basis. That being said, as a Registered Nurse (RN) getting a full amount of sleep can be hard due to the constant and rigorous schedules they must endure. This is especially true for those who work swing shifts, rotating shifts, or night shifts. Losing a minimal amount of sleep can cause changes in a person’s mood, energy level, and ability to handle stress. Shift Worker Sleep Disorder (SWSD) is a common disorder amongst nurses. It is known as a circadian sleep disorder that affects the body’s circadian rhythm and the function of the body clock that regulates time periods for sleep. In this podcast Nurse Alice opens up about a scary incident where she was very sleep-deprived and had a car accident. Later, she discusses advice for improving sleep quality as a sleep-deprived nurse. Read the full article here:
June 4, 2021

RACISM IN HEALTHCARE: opening up about my experience as a Black & Filipino nurse + ANA/CA has launched an anti-racism task force

Discussing racism in healthcare is an uncomfortable topic.  Alice teams up with the ANA/California to address racism in nursing and healthcare and identify tools we can use to help address the issues. The ANA/CA recently launched an anti-racism task force to address racism in nursing. Alice discloses her experience growing up as a Black and Filipino nurse whose father was the victim of a hate crime. She also discusses her personal experience working as a Black and Filipino nurse in the United States. 
May 24, 2021

DOING WHAT’S RIGHT CAN FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE, DO IT ANYWAYS: a pep talk to help you advocate for patients in the midst of challenges

"I will go up against anyone to protect my patient.  If I feel that something is unsafe for the patient I am not participating in it. Period." says Nurse Alice.Doing the right thing isn't always easy, it sometimes takes more work, you could ruffle a few feathers and could add time onto your shift. But, doing the right thing is always what's best for your patients. We are here to do what’s in the best interest of the patient. Not what’s the most comfortable for us.  If medical errors were allowed to be a cause of death in our national registry - It would be the 3rd largest cause of death. In this episode, Alice shares a personal story about an experience she recently had that was a "near miss" and could have been a medical error. Alice stood her ground and advocated for her patient. Even though the other nurses were visibly frustrated with her, Alice remained strong for her patient despite it all.  Talking about near misses is important and is not talked about enough. It's time to reframe how we think about not just doing what’s easiest but what’s best for the patient. The key is working collaboratively on behalf of the patient’s best interest. “Nurses, you should not feel bad for doing the right thing for your patient. We should not be afraid to communicate with providers. We should not be scared to ask for the things we know our patient needs. Never be afraid to express your patient's concerns. Just because you have a concern doesn’t mean that your other team members are “bad.”
May 24, 2021

HOW TO PAY OFF STUDENT LOANS FASTER: Nurse Aishah paid off $80K in 2 years and reveals tips to pay down debt

Aishah Williams, CNM, paid off $80K in two years. Now she’s on a mission to empower nurses to do the same. Aishah wears many hats: midwife, women’s health nurse practitioner, social media influencer, financial coach, and entrepreneur, but at the heart of everything she juggles is a passion for helping others. Nurse Alice chatted with Aishah on the Ask Nurse Alice podcast to learn more about her journey and financial advice for nurses in investing and how to go to nursing school for free. Read the full article here:
May 24, 2021

FINDING YOUR POWER AS A NEW NURSE: overcoming stress and anxiety during the first years of nursing (with Janell of Novice is The New Nurse)

“Nurses Eat Their Young” is an unspoken secret in the nursing profession. A culture of bullying, negativity, and stress torments the new-nursing community. Jannel of @noviceisthenewnurse is on a mission to empower new nurses and help them turn challenges into healing. She recently launched her book titled, “Lavender and Peppermint Tea” - a self-help book focused on journal prompts and activities to uplift novice nurses. Graduating from nursing school is one of the most exciting times in your life. You get to (finally) ditch those nursing school scrubs, don your official work badge, and head to work to care for patients on your own.  You’re excited and ready to tackle the world. And then, reality sets in. You may struggle with feeling lost as you transition from student to RN, deal with feelings of anxiety in your new role (Did you remember to waste that med properly? OMG did you forget to give 201A his pain meds?? Does the doctor you woke up at 3 AM hate you forever?!), and all-around stress as you navigate life at the bedside. And although you may be lucky enough to get a new nurse orientation at your facility, for many new nurses, a few weeks of shadowing is simply just not enough.  One fact is for certain: adjusting to life as a new nurse can be a challenge for many. And that’s where Jannel of @noviceisthenewnurse comes in. As the co-founder of Novice is the New Nurse, Jannel is on a mission to change the way that new nurses are supported–both personally and professionally and she’s got the tools to help make that happen. Jannel spoke with Nurse Alice on a recent episode of the Ask Nurse Alice podcast about her work with new nurses and how she is dedicating herself to building new nurse wellness and confidence. 
May 17, 2021

GROWTH IS UNCOMFORTABLE: A pep talk to help you get over your fears

Nurse Alice failed pathophysiology 3 times, but she didn't let that hold her back. Proof that even the most seasoned nurses have overcome stark challenges. From failing pathophysiology multiple times to juggling motherhood and marriage to taking the scenic route from CNA to LPN to RN to BSN to MSN to Clinical Nurse Specialist To Nurse Practitioner and Media Health Expert she overcame a lot. And, though growth was often uncomfortable, it was necessary to become the nurse she is today. In this episode, Alice opens up about her nursing struggles and la few secrets. 
May 3, 2021

NURSES NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE TRAUMA: opening up and sharing nurse stories from the frontlines

Nurse Alice tells her heartbreaking experience of working a COVID shift in a hard-hit community hospital. The experience still gives her chills to this day. Later, she interviews filmmaker and TedX Speaker Alec Fischer about his film project highlighting nurse's stories from the frontlines. Titled “Covid Confessions,” the series showcases raw personal stories from people in the most hard-hit professions, and the second episode focuses exclusively on nurses. Interviewees are notably emotional as they discuss PPE shortages and allocation, their frustrations with medicine, science, and mask-wearing being politicized, confronting patients’ mistrust in the medical community, managing rapidly changing policies and procedures within their units, and their deep love of helping others and what drives them to continue to face the pandemic head-on. Among others, we hear stories from:  Lindsey: a surgical nurse who arrived at work one day and was told her unit was now going to be a COVID-19 unit Patience: A DNP/Nursing Faculty member and single mom who was very afraid of contracting COVID and what it would mean for her children Shareef: a Cardiology nurse working with COVID patients, whose daughter is high risk Domenica: an Emergency Room nurse who is on her 12th of 13 straight shifts and is picking up extra shifts to help out To view the episode on nurses, please click here:  To view the series trailer please click here: 
April 28, 2021

This is How Zach Went From Nurse To Marketing Executive at Bala Shoes

BALA Nurse Shoes were designed cooperatively with footwear professionals and tens of thousands of real nurses, combining the best of RN-favorite clogs and running shoes to create an optimal shoe just for the needs of nurses. The cooperation between real nurses and the company is important to Zach Smith, Bala’s primary marketer and Head of Community because he’s a nurse himself. He sat down to talk with Nurse Alice about the importance of advocating for nurses, the value RNs can bring to the table in roles beyond the bedside and how his career has taken him from start-ups to success in the business world. Head over to to read the full article!
April 12, 2021

Ask Nurse Alice Introduction

Who is Nurse Alice? In this trailer, Alice gets real about her 23+ year nursing journey from CNA to CNS, Nurse Practitioner and Media Health Expert on TV. It wasn't easy, but it was worth it! 
April 2, 2021

How to Better Delegate as a Nurse

Stress is a main contributing factor driving nurses to leave the workforce. ANA/California member, Calah Hardin, BSN, PHN, RN, has found that RN delegation to Nursing Assistant Personnel (NAP) can greatly reduce nursing stress. This is why she has launched a pilot student to explore the underutilized resource. She is actively recruiting participants and has teamed up with the ANA/California to offer 1 free CEU. Delegation not only helps remedy stress, but leads to better patient outcomes and teamwork.
March 24, 2021

New Grad Orientation in The New Workforce with Tiffany Gibson

It’s a lot to enter the “real” world of nursing as a new RN, but Nurse Alice sat down with Tiffany Gibson, MSN, RN-BC, CPN, GDHL, clinical nurse educator, board-certified professional development specialist, healthcare diversity and inclusion specialist, CEO, and director of New Nurse Academy to chat about some of the challenges–and changes–new nurses can expect right now and in the future. From getting a job as a new grad to how to cope with all the challenges you'll face in the first year, they go over it all!  You can follow Gibson’s New Nurse Academy on Instagram at @newnurseacademy for more tips and resources for new nurses. And if there’s one takeaway that Gibson hopes readers will remember, it’s this message to all you new nurses applying for jobs or considering entering the workforce: “We need you.” 
March 22, 2021

The Bachelorette Contestant & Travel Nurse, Noah Erb

Travel nurse, Noah Erb, was a contestant on Season 16 of the Bachelorette. Nurse Alice recently interviewed Noah on her podcast Ask Nurse Alice. Noah spills the tea on all the Bachelorette details from how he was selected for the show to the heated arguments and why everyone hated him to Tayshia. 
March 21, 2021

Nurse Who Vaccinated President Joe Biden Says, “It Was An Honor” with Tabe Mase

Nurse Tabe Mase, FNP-C, MSN, MJ, CHC, COHN-S, sat down with Nurse Alice, to share her experience of vaccinating Joe Biden and her views on why nurses are so vital to leading and paving the way in the vaccination efforts against the novel coronavirus.
March 21, 2021

Stories From The Frontlines Only Nurses Will Understand with Kelita & Ivette

Nurse Alice interviewed two travel nurses who worked several travel contracts in the epicenters of COVID-19. Describing their unfiltered experiences and revealing the true heartbreak and triumph of the pandemic.Nurse Ivette: Nurse Alice turns a spotlight on Ivette, who happens to have a twin sister, who’s also a travel nurse, the duo teamed up early in the pandemic to take on COVID assignments. The 9-year ICU veteran noted that that time was “like nothing I’ve ever seen before.” After completing her travel assignment in New York, she returned to her home in Houston, TX, only to jump right back into that state being hit by the virus.  Despite her own fears about what she would be facing--and the vocalized fear and even tears from their mother--Ivette told Nurse Alice that traveling to work in NY “was a call we felt we had to answer.” And having her twin by her side, she said, “sealed the deal.” Kelita Raphael: Kelita works as an Med/Surg RN in New York and started in nursing at only the age of 16 working in an LPN program. Kelita notes that she’s also been a bit of a “clown” and a jokester in her unit and uses humor as a way to cope with some of the difficult aspects of nursing, so she was inspired to start creating her hilarious TikToks during the pandemic. “Instead of crying about what we're doing, maybe we should laugh about it instead,” she notes. Her videos--which she was initially terrified to send out in the world--were an immediate hit. And she notes that the videos are a great way to talk about the struggles, challenges and triumphs of the nursing profession.  “That’s the best part of making those TikToks,” Kelita explained. “It talks about the whole aspect of nursing--the good, the bad, and the ugly.”  Read the full article here:
March 21, 2021

ANA President, Ernest Grant, Encourages Nurses To Get Into Politics and Policy Change

Nurse Alice sat down with ANA’s President, Ernest Grant, Ph.D., RN, FAAN to discuss his own journey into the nursing field and how the organization can support nurses on the frontlines in very real ways. Dr. Grant explained that there is a myriad of ways that individual RNs can get involved through the ANA to make a difference and also find the vital support they need. For example, they can:Get involved in policy-making at a local and state level Run for office at the local, state, or national levelJoin a nursing boardJoin a professional organizationJoin a minority nursing organizationAdvocate, connect, or volunteer through the ANADr. Grant strongly urged nurses to consider joining a professional organization, explaining that without nurses lending their voices to the organizations that are making policies, it’s non-nurses who will be making decisions that affect real-life nurses.
March 20, 2021

Travel Nurses Earn $10K a WEEK To Work Crisis Jobs, But Was it Worth It? Find out With Nurse Julia and Everett

$10,000 per week, is a lot of money. And that's what travel nurses are making right now in the height of the pandemic. But, is the money worth the risk? Nurse Alice invited to travel nursing on this week's live stream of Nursing Now. She interviewed two experienced travel nurses about their experience working crisis contracts during the pandemic. And what to expect if you're considering jumping on board the travel nursing train to get paid what you're worth. Thanks to @thenursejulia and @the_paramurse for joining Alice! 
March 20, 2021

Dr. Fauci Says Nurses Are The “Heroes of The Outbreak” and Responds To Frontline Nurses

Alice Benjamin, sat down with Dr. Anthony Fauci, in an exclusive interview to address some of the most urgent questions currently being asked by the nursing community. Some of the questions Dr. Fauci answered during the interview include, “How do we as nurses reconcile our own fears and concerns with that of the science being presented to us, and then turn around and present as a united force to healthcare consumers to encourage them to take the vaccine?” “Pregnant women and children were excluded from the vaccine studies. Why?” “What other vaccines or treatments are in the works to combat COVID-19?”“What has been your biggest lesson from how COVID-19 has been handled in the U.S.?”“What advice would you provide to the millions of nurses in the US who continue to serve patients, families, and the general public on the frontlines during these trying times?”“What closing words do you have to the millions of nurses in the U.S. who continue to serve patients, families, and the general public tirelessly on the frontlines during these trying times?”
March 20, 2021

Nurse Entrepreneur Invents Underwear For Patients With Catheters and Leg Bags, Brian Mohika

Nurses have a unique point of view in healthcare and invent creative solutions for numerous problems. That's exactly what Nurse Brian Mohika did for patients with uncomfortable catheters when he invented underwear for men, women, and children who wear leg bags.
March 20, 2021

Nurse Midwife Aims To Train Nurses To Identify Human Trafficking Victims

Nurses play a key role in identifying and helping human trafficking victims. Dr. Pamela Glenn, CNM, MS has dedicated her life to advocating for victims of modern-day slavery. Now, she teaches other nurses to do the same.
March 20, 2021

Colon Cancer: Symptoms, Treatments, Risk Factors, Causes with Dr. Lynn O’Connor

So what is Colon Cancer and what do we need to know about it? Joining me for an informative discussion on the matter is Dr. Lynn O'Connor, Colorectal Surgery Specialist.Many of us will miss the beloved actor Chadwick Boseman. He was a rising star, a kind human, and an inspiration to our community. Let us also not allow his work to be in vain and empower ourselves to better understand the disease.
September 8, 2020

Quick, Healthy, Tasty Meals For Busy Nurses with Chef Jernard Wells of Cleo TV’s “New Soul Kitchen”

Food is an ultimate unifier and a necessity of life. However, when we indulge in some of our favorite foods, it can be problematic for our health. Chef Jernard Wells of Cleo TV's "New Soul Kitchen" and co-author of "Southern Modified" also known as the "Chef of Love" shares some of his easiest tips and food hacks to help us make healthier food choices without compromising taste or time in the kitchen. 
August 25, 2020

“This is How Suppressed Mental Trauma Affected My Entire Life” and How I Overcame It with Mike Hill host of “The Mike & Donny Show”

 In his  new book "Open Mic," long time Sports journalist and Fox Soul talk show host of “The Mike & Donny Show”, Mike Hill has now added “author” to his long list of accomplishments. In his memoir book he discusses how suppressed mental trauma affected his personal and professional life and anyone else he was close to.  In the book he’s transparent about his trials, tribulations and transformation to becoming whole and complete as a man. In the interview Mike also teases that he and his fiancé, Cynthia Bailey of “Housewives of Atlanta” who originally met on a dating show, now have a dating show in development to help others find love in unconventional ways. We also talk about emotional baggage; how to deal with it; how mental health impacts our physical health; and he even shares some relationship advice for the singles.
August 18, 2020

The Best Tips To Naturally Boost Your Immune System with Dr. Samm Pryce, Naturopathic Physician

 We all know about protecting our immune system by washing our hands, wearing a mask and social distancing but what about boosting it to help resist and fight off bacteria and viruses? In this episode Dr. Samm gives us tips on things we can eat and do to naturally boost our immune system to help ward off Covid-19. Dr. Samm Pryce is a licensed Naturopathic Physician who bridges alternative and conventional medicine using the best of science and empirical evidence to transform illness into wellness.  
August 11, 2020

“Complicated Relationships” and Why People Cheat – with Dr. Wendy Walsh, America’s Relationship Expert

 America's relationship expert, Dr. Wendy Walsh helps us to break down "Entanglements" aka situationships, side pieces, being the other person and relationships that are complex. But maybe they're not that complex? She challenges us to remove our morality for a second and get to WHY people participate in these types of relationships and what types of people are attracted to them.  To kick off the conversation we piggyback off of the love triangle of Will Smith, Jada Pinket and August Alsina; discuss the role each played and get to the emotions, hurt and impact behind the dog and pony show that was played out on social media.
August 4, 2020

Self-Care Beauty Tips For Nurses: Skin Routines and Acne Help with Dr. Candrice R. Heath, Triple Board-Certified Dermatologist

 Is it just me or is anyone else experiencing more acne and drier hands than usual? And let's not talk about stress and its impact on our skin and hair, or rather hair loss. Looks like stress not only affects acne and edges but it can also affect men's beards. So even if your beard is not connecting, don't worry because our special guest is.   Dr. Candrice R. Heath is a highly respected triple board-certified dermatologist. She is also board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Dermatology and is the founder of She is connecting the dots so we can better understand how Covid-19 and our protective measures may be related to particular skin issues. Either way, I'd rather be safe than sorry so don't worry because she's also leaving us with safe solutions and actionable items to better care for our skin. 
July 28, 2020

Why You Should Say “No” More Often and How To Do So With Grace – with Dr. Dawn Kamila Brown, Double-Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist

 Just when your schedule, money, and energy have been stretched to the ultimate max - you accept another meeting request thinking you can squeeze it in. Then five minutes later, reality sinks in and you're mad at yourself and maybe even the meeting requester all because YOU said yes. In this week's episode one of the nation’s most acclaimed ADHD experts, and double-board certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Dr. Dawn Kamilah Brown joins us to help us understand why.  Dr. Dawn teaches us (me included!) how to say YES to saying NO. She starts by breaking down our id, ego, and superego and even explains how Beyonce likely got it wrong in her song. Dr. Dawn also provides us with some concrete examples for how to protect our "TMS" - Time, Money, and Sanity,  and schools us as to what happens when we don't. 
July 21, 2020

Inside The NBA During COVID (with Dr. Brad Bellard, Double-Boarded Sports Medicine Physician Who Worked For The Dallas Mavericks)

 Covid-19 has been king not only in these hospital streets but also on these courts, cutting the NBA season short earlier this year. But here we are a few months later and the NBA has contrived a plan to bring basketball back.  But at what cost? Let's discuss the risks vs. rewards. This week's guest joining the conversation is Dr. Brad Bellard, a double-boarded Sports Medicine physician, former assistant team doctor for NBA Dallas Mavericks, and regular guest on weekly Dallas ESPN show, Inside Sports Medicine.     Dr. Brad helps us dissect the NBA's plan to resume basketball and their 113 page health and safety document. But is this realistic? Will teams follow protocol? What happens when players get sick as the NBA anticipates? What vital information is missing from the document? And what could this mean for a future NFL season?
July 14, 2020

Covid-19 Decoded

 It can be overwhelming trying to keep up with all the things Covid-19. There's so much information and conflicting information floating around about what to do, what not to do, why and what's happening next. Come get this tea with no co-pay as Nurse Alice cuts the confusion and gets straight to the point so you don't get the Rona.  Listen in to the signs and symptoms, whose asymptomatic, how to protect yourself, do temperature checks really work, what's anosmia and so much more. 
July 9, 2020

Situationships & Ghosting (with Margena Carter, LMFT)

Are you in a situation where you’re doing relationship things but without the official commitment? For some people that works but for others it’s far from relationship goals. But what’s probably worse than that is being ghosted. Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, Margena Carter joins us to help us manage our physical and mental health while setting the record straight on how to handle situationships and the do’s and don’t’s about ghosting and being ghosted.
April 5, 2020

About 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.