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On the Pulse

On this podcast, we will take a deep dive into the experiences of frontline providers and researchers. We’ll explore their insights and invaluable stories of how health care works in today’s world – both locally and globally.

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Episode 9: Preparing Providers to Care for Veterans and their Families

It’s not uncommon for health care providers to feel that they lack the knowledge and training to provide adequate and culturally competent care to veterans and their family members. More veterans are also seeking health care in the civilian sector, and it’s critically important for clinicians to have the knowledge, skills, and resources to care for this unique population. In this episode, Drs. Rita D’Aoust and Alicia Gill Rossiter, co-editors of the new book Caring for Veterans and their Families: A Guide for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals, discuss how their book is helping to close the knowledge gap faced by clinicians and how education can continue to improve to meet the needs of those who serve in the Armed Forces. Podcast References and Resources Caring for Veterans and their Families: A Guide for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals Have You Ever Served? A Military Health History Pocket Card for Clinicians Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare VA Nursing Academy Partnerships   Continue the Conversation @RitaDAoust @agr_drltc @JHUNursing @TamarRodney
November 10, 2021

Episode 8: Can Nursing Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic?

According to Cynda Rushton, Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, the answer is yes. But the profession and the greater health care system must be ready to take some advised and intentional steps forward. This starts with acknowledging and assessing the wounds of the pandemic, and then developing solutions to better prepare health systems and clinicians with tools to meet the challenges in the future. On this episode, Dr. Rushton discusses the current state of nursing, the new report on preparing nurses to practice with resilience and integrity, and a message of hope for the future.  Podcast References and Resources: R³ – the Renewal, Resilience and Retention of Maryland Nurses Initiative Mind the Gap: Preparing Nurses to Practice with Resilience and Integrity American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials Continue the Conversation @CyndaEthx @JHUNursing @TamarRodney
October 21, 2021

Episode 7: Alzheimer’s Disease Among the Latinx Population

In the United States, Latinos are 1.5 times more likely than non-Latino whites to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Right now, the Latino population makes up the country’s youngest racial or ethnic group, and as this population ages, a dramatic increase in cases of Alzheimer’s disease could follow. What are health care professionals doing to prepare for this increase? What other factors might be contributing to their increased risk for the disease? And what can Latinos do to protect their brain health? In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Dr. Melissa Hladek and Jason Resendez join the show to discuss these questions and more. Hladek is assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, who is a researcher-clinician studying how stress, self-efficacy resilience, and sociocultural factors influence the biology of aging and chronic disease. She is president-elect for the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-DC Chapter and advisor for the Latinx Health Advisory Group at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Jason Resendez is executive director of the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Center for Brain Health Equity and chief of staff of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s. Jason has helped establish UsAgainstAlzheimer’s as a hub for driving brain health equity through public health strategies, community anchored research collaborations, and patient advocacy. In 2020, Resendez was recognized as one of America’s top 20 “Influencers in Aging” by PBS Next Avenue. Podcast References and Resources CDC's Healthy Aging Program MyBrainGuide National Association of Hispanic Nurses National Hispanic Heritage Month Continue the Conversation @melissa_hladek @jason_r_DC @JHUNursing @UsAgainstAlz @NbnaInc @NAHN_DC
September 21, 2021

Episode 6: Expert Advice (and Tips) for Returning to School and Work Amid Continued COVID-19 Pandemic

Many families and communities still have questions about what a return to work and school will look like this fall, and how they can help their kids and aging parents navigate the transition. Two experts join the show to discuss—Dr. Debbie Gross, a child psychiatric nurse, and Dr. Valerie Cotter, an expert in aging, dementia, and palliative care. Podcast References What to do when you worry too much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems With Anger COVID-19 Risks and Vaccine Information for Older Adults National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Maryland Department of Health Continue the Conversation @JHUNursing @ValCottervt Deborah Gross
September 15, 2021

Episode 5: Mental Health Lessons of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Psychiatric nurse practitioner Tamar Rodney, PHD, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, CNE, joins the show to uncover how mental health has been impacted because of COVID-19, and what lessons can be learned about mental health treatment and stigma. Dr. Rodney has worked in trauma and psychiatry. Her PhD research looked at biomarkers for PTSD in veterans with a traumatic brain injury. Her career goal is to change the way health care professionals approach diagnosis and treatment planning for individuals with mental health needs. Podcast References COVID-19 Pandemic and Mental Health Consequences: Systematic Review of the Current Evidence COVID-19-Related Mental Health Effects in the Workplace: A Narrative Review Continue the Conversation @JHUNursing @MonaShattell @TamarRodney On the Pulse Blog Facebook Live Podcasts
July 14, 2021

Episode 4: Understanding Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis used to be considered a childhood terminal disease, but with research and improved treatments, the future continues to get brighter for those with CF. This month, Assistant Professor Sarah Allgood joins the podcast to discuss cystic fibrosis causes, treatment, how people manage symptoms, and the future of CF care. Dr. Allgood is a researcher who focuses on the role of pain and other symptoms in clinical outcomes among individuals with cystic fibrosis. Her long-term research goals include the development of interventions to help manage symptoms, especially in those with advanced lung disease. Podcast References: The Association Between Pain and Clinical Outcomes in Adolescents With Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis in the Year 2020: A Disease With a New Face Descriptions of the Pain Experience in Adults and Adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Continue the Conversation @JHUNursing @MonaShattell Sarah Allgood On the Pulse Blog Facebook Live Podcasts
June 15, 2021

On The Pulse

On this podcast, we will take a deep dive into the experiences of frontline providers and researchers. We’ll explore their insights and invaluable stories of how health care works in today’s world – both locally and globally.

Each month, we will host guests who are experts in topics from climate change to pregnancy to palliative care. And we’ll hear some of their personal stories too – why they got into health care and what drives them each day.

Health care is complicated, and it’s always changing. But stories of resilience, helping people across the world, and developing ground breaking research is what nursing is all about. We can’t wait for you to join us!
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