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NURSE UNBOUND: A nurse with the courage to unshackle her voice has the power to save her patient’s life, transform her career, and revolutionize her profession.

When you hear Rose’s (“Rosie’s”) voice, you might think she is not a formidable individual. You’d be dead wrong. Once an evidence clerk for the FBI and then a nurse and finally a patient advocate, Rosie shares her story of fighting for others’ rights by both problem solving and advocacy. Join RNegade Podcasters Antra and Karen as they explore the importance of finding your voice. Get a CE for listening to this episode via https://www.rnegade.pro
November 30, 2022
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NURSEBRAIN: A nurse brings an idea to fruition to revolutionize patient safety, the nursing profession, and his life as a nursepreneur.

Becoming a nurse is eye opening to the issues the current healthcare system faces. As a nurse you have a choice: live with it or change it. Samu Mhlambi embraced the latter. As a registered nurse, Samu discovered a way to help nurses perform their jobs more efficiently, effectively, and with less stress thus saving both patients’ lives and reducing nurse burnout. Please join RNegade’s hosts Antra and Karen through his journey of becoming a nursepreneur. Get a CE for listening to this episode via https://www.rnegade.pro
November 22, 2022
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FINDING DIAMONDS IN MANURE: How redefining stress can improve health, productivity, and human potential.

Being successful looks, sounds, and appears to be awesome! What many don’t see is the constant battles with stress that the individual faces which can cause personal turmoil and breakdowns. Luke Mathers, a former optometrist conglomerate owner turned coach, takes our hosts Antra and Karen through his journey of understanding how to overcome stress and how it can apply to everyone, especially those in the health profession.  Get a CE for listening to this episode via https://www.rnegade.pro
November 10, 2022
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COLORED BY CURIOSITY: Disrupting age old problems in healthcare

In this podcast, Karen and Antra sit down with Zach Smith, a nurse entrepreneur based out of Oregon. They run the gamut in this conversation, covering the early struggles that Zach encountered in his early career. This includes the fractured methods used to pathwork together a preceptorship, feeling like you’re not fitting in, the animosity you can be faced with when you dare to ask a physician a question, to ultimately finding his nursing niche in mental health. The conversation then dives into the pitfalls that exist in the current nursing school world. Nurses are woefully prepared for the real world, and the discussion touches on the high attrition rates seen in new nurses within the 2 years of them graduating school. They discuss the fact that nurses use so little of what they learn in school and the fact that institutions don’t connect nurses to enough of the real world of healthcare for them to be successful. Furthermore, the ambitious entrepreneur takes us through his work on a nurse-focused scheduling app that eventually was sold to a large enterprise, to his huge ambitions of changing the way that hospitals are accredited with a patient and staff focused approach. Get a CE for listening to this episode via https://www.rnegade.pro
November 2, 2022
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LIGHTING IN A BOTTLE – It Only Takes One Nurse with Focused Passion and a Refusal to Quit to Shatter Ceilings for the Entire Nursing Profession.

Nurses have tremendous power and influence, but so few have the conduit to release their potential to shape the way an institution supports them to care for and heal their patients. This is the problem that nurse Josiah Okeshola is solving. Join him and the podcast hosts, Antra and Karen, as they explore how Josiah is answering the question and providing a voice to all nurses in his home country of Nigeria and beyond. Get a CE for listening to this episode via https://www.rnegade.pro
October 24, 2022
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BREATHE YOUR WAY BACK HOME: How the experience of ‘burnout’ can be a catalyst to discovering your resilience, your purpose, and yourself.

OVERVIEW/COURSE DESCRIPTION:  What would it look like for a newly graduated nurse to start their job on day 1 who had training on self-awareness/mindfulness? That is the essential question Bryanna (“Bri”) asks and is the basis of her consulting company. Join RNegade Podcasters Antra and Karen as they explore the importance of self-care for nurses, by nurses.  WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE: all active nurses serving in hospital, medical, and patient care giving organizations.  COURSE OUTLINE:  Introductions/Get to know Brynanna The nursing journey Burn-out Seeking fulfillment from work (external) Revelation How can I take care of myself in this system right now? Ratio of Giving vs. Receiving Breathing Mindfulness Putting it all into action Filling a need to help nurses Entrepreneurship OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 1. state the importance of self-care and nurture 2. identify three strategies focusing on self-care   3. apply strategies of self-care to oneself to improve both personal and professional life Post-Lesson Activity options: TO RECEIVE YOUR CE: Please submit your responses to the activities either by typing or recording an audio response using HIRETALK. Responses will be reviewed and if approved, you will be awarded your CE.  Activity Questions: Bryanna grew up in a family of nurses who taught her that nursing results in job security and making an impact. Yet, she burnt out within six months of her first job. Did family, friends, or society encourage  you to enter nursing? Please share your story’s experience. “I created my entire life through the nursing role/lens to avoid showing up for myself.” Bryanna’s statement hit home for both Antra and Karen. Did it do so for you? Why or why not? Explain. What self-care strategy that Bryanna referenced resonates with you the most to try? How will you build it into your toolbox of self-care tools? Share your proposed steps. (Extra credit: after 1 week, come back and share your findings and results)! ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Bryanna (“Bry”) is an RN for 7 years, and a Board Certified Nurse Coach in private practice for 2 years. She spent the first 5 years of her career dodging burnout until she realized she had created her entire life around serving others. Knowing she couldn't sustain this personally or professionally she recommitted to herself. She got to the root of her self-sacrifice, took action on realistic self-care, and created relationships that were of equal give and take. Now, this is the work she is honored to support other Nurses in through 1:1 individualized coaching and the Braving Wellness breathwork and meditation community.  CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT The author/s whose name/s is/are listed immediately above report the following details of affiliation or involvement in an organization or entity with a financial or non-financial interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in this course: Braving Wellness breathwork and meditation community. ACCREDITATION STATEMENTS RNegade is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. RNegade is also an accredited CE provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.  Sources:       TOTAL CONTACT HOURS:       1.1  (0.75 listen to podcast, 0.25 activity, 0.1 evaluation) EXPIRATION DATE:  July 10, 2025
October 11, 2022
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See a need. Fill a need.

OVERVIEW/COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Record keeping is a key component of healthcare. How many times have you - either as a caregiver or patient - filled out a form only to realize that it is not shared with the patient's or your providers? What about the family history or contributions to the patient’s record? This was Jean Ross’ essential question and as a result, she created a company that solves that problem. Join RNegade podcast hosts Karen and Antra as they learn from Jean how her journey as a nurse led her to become a nursepreneur.  WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE: nurses interested in becoming entrepreneurs.Nurses looking to become change agents in healthcare.  COURSE OUTLINE:  Introductions/Get to know Jean Critical Care Nursing and its impact Becoming a nurse advocate for nurses From nursing to entrepreneurship What is Primary Record? Why did Jean start it? Primary Record’s features Next steps OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 1. become professionally self-reliant and start a business, side-hustle or gig 2. implement the engineering process to create, test, and enhance a product 3. reflect on their position in healthcare and how they can solve problems as entrepreneurs Post-Lesson Activity options: TO RECEIVE YOUR CE: Please submit your responses to the activities either by typing or recording an audio response using HIRETALK. Responses will be reviewed and if approved, you will be awarded your CE.  ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Jean Ross is a nurse who has spent 20 years working in healthcare. From patient financial services to human resources to critical care, Jean took her healthcare experience to start a local care coordination company for older adults in 2016. From that experience, Jean learned two important things: The next level of patient advocacy will be around health information and nurses are significantly underrepresented in innovation and entrepreneurship. Being a person who puts her money where her mouth is, Jean teamed up with her neighbor to found a technology product, Primary Record, to disrupt the notebooks and binders she saw families using in the ICU and at home. Her biggest ask of any nurse is to please stay in healthcare doing something with that experience and knowledge you own. It is valuable. You are valuable. And, if you are thinking of leaving nursing to become a real estate agent, call Jean. CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT The author/s whose name/s is/are listed immediately above certify that they have NO affiliations with or involvement in any organization or entity with any financial interest (such as honoraria; educational grants; participation in speakers’ bureaus; membership, employment, consultancies, stock ownership, or other equity interest; and expert testimony or patent-licensing arrangements), or non-financial interest (such as personal or professional relationships, affiliations, knowledge or beliefs) in the subject matter or materials discussed in this course. ACCREDITATION STATEMENTS RNegade is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. RNegade is also an accredited CE provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.  Sources: 1 - 2 - TOTAL CONTACT HOURS: 1.4 (1.05 listen to podcast, 0.25 activity, 0.1 evaluation) EXPIRATION DATE: July 10, 2025
October 6, 2022
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IMPACTOVATION: When your profession’s pool won’t accommodate your splash, dig an ocean that will.

OVERVIEW/COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Do you have imposter syndrome? You know, when you think you don’t belong and you’re faking it? Well that’s great for it means you’re ready to buck the system. Meet Cassie Choi who was born an iconoclast. She entered nursing to make an impact and became a CEO and co-founder of a tech company in healthcare that focuses on the most important factor of healthcare: the relationship with the patient. Please join RNegade podcasters Antra and Karen as they learn about Cassie’s journey and the innovation and change she brings to the healthcare industry.  WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE: Nurses interested in becoming entrepreneurs. Nurses looking to become leaders at their institution or organization. Individuals interested in starting their own technology business for healthcare. COURSE OUTLINE:  I. Introductions/Get to know Cassie II. “The American healthcare system is too big and f***** up.” (Cassie’s experience as a nurse) A. Inequitable care B. Hospitals as pivotal roles in the community C. How do I empower people who don’t have basic access to healthcare? III. Stepping out of the box A. Learning to code B. Nurse as medical consultant for tech companies C. 1st Company: Forward D. 2nd Company: Pair Team How it all started Description of services provided Philosophy of technology and patient care It’s all about the relationship OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 1. become professionally self-reliant and start a business, side-hustle or gig 2. identify core skills to that are necessary for technology focused healthcare companies 3. reflect on their position in their workplace with regard to having imposter syndrome SOURCES: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK550959/ TO RECEIVE YOUR CE: Click on the Episode Website Link, or go to www.RNegade.pro, to become a registered user and answer the activity questions under the title of this podcast. Please submit your responses to the activities either by typing or recording an audio response using HIRETALK. Responses will be reviewed and if approved, you will be awarded your CE.  ACTIVITY QUESTIONS: Cassie’s experience at a prestigious New York hospital was an awakening for her that she was an imposter. Have you felt this way at work? Do you feel this way now? Please share in detail.   Cassie’s journey takes us on an adventure of startups and entrepreneurship all the while focusing on her core value of caring for others. Do you feel you could stop what you are doing now and take a similar step? Why or why not? Technology is great… when it works. What is an advancement in technology you would like to see that would help make a bigger impact in patient care? ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Cassie Choi, RN, is the co-founder and COO of Pair Team, a San Francisco-based tech-enabled care team and operations infrastructure for America’s safety-net primary care clinics. Her experience in clinical design, operational management and product strategy fuel Pair Team’s vision and presence in digital health. She offers a unique blend of medical and business acumen and a passion for healthcare innovation. Cassie started her career in nursing as a critical care nurse in multiple acute care settings. It was there she saw gaps in American healthcare and was determined to find a solution. Cassie’s profession evolved into clinical operations and technology development. Her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for social and economic disparities led her to partner with former Forward colleague Neil Batlivala to co-found Pair Team in 2019.  She is a California Board of Nursing Registered Nurse and holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northeastern University. ACCREDITATION STATEMENTS: RNegade is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing TOTAL CONTACT HOURS:    1.0 (0.65 listen to podcast, 0.25 activity, 0.1 evaluation) EXPIRATION DATE: July 10, 2025
September 15, 2022
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ALL BOATS RISE: The Contageous Blessings of Trauma Informed Care, from Practitioner to Patient

TITLE:  ALL BOATS RISE: The Pervasive Blessings of Trauma Informed Care from Practitioner to Patient OVERVIEW/COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Triumphing over adversity. We hear, see, and read about doing so in many self-help books and inspirational Ted talks. But how many of us really know how? How many of us can teach others how to be resilient? This is where Dr. Amy King, Child Psychologist extraordinaire comes in. She has devoted her life’s mission to educating healthcare professionals on how to provide mini resiliency actions to their patients. From an ecological approach, Dr. King teaches us how to triumph over adversity and breaks down the mystery behind it.  COURSE OUTLINE: Introductions/Get to know Dr. King Adverse Childhood Experience Study (ACEs). Background Takeaways What causes long term adversity? How to provide effective resilience against adversity via Trauma Informed Interventions What is Resilience based interventions Examples What is SSNR When a Healthcare provider has suffered long term adversity/trauma Reframing the standard question Changing victimhood to resilience based adversity How to access trauma informed care for healthcare providers OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 1. Understand and identify adverse childhood experiences 2. Apply at least two examples of resilience based interventions 3. Access and provide resources for resilience based interventions to their patients Post-Lesson Activity options: TO RECEIVE YOUR CE: Please post your completed activity either on the Course Comment Section below or in your own social media channel. If you choose the latter, please tag us @rnegade.pro. In the CE Activity section leave a link to your post. The post can be audio, video, or text. We will review, comment and approve your submission for your CE.  Activity Questions: Intergenerational Trauma is more common than we think. Why is it that there is this stigma toward understanding trauma?  Dr. King reframes the question healthcare workers should ask themselves when treating patients from “What is wrong with this patient?” to “What happened to this person and how can I help?” Think back to a patient you had who presented long term trauma. By reframing the question, would you have treated that patient differently? Explain.  Would you be interested in spearheading adversity based training in your place of employment? How would you go about doing it? ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Amy King is a licensed psychologist with a private practice and provides training, consultation, and education. Among her specialties is working with parents and professionals to help create resilient children and thriving families, guiding them to heal their stress and trauma through connected relationships. Her experience includes serving as a statewide trainer for the Oregon Department of Human Services and subject matter expert to promote child wellness in pediatric settings on behalf of the Children's Health Alliance. Her current work is promoting resilience within pediatric medical homes and school systems through partnership and collaboration. When she’s not working to promote family resilience, you can find her with her family on their small hobby farm in Newberg, Oregon.
July 13, 2022
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What's Your Frequency? – The Miracle of Frequency Specific Microcurrents in the Treatment of Chronic Everything

OVERVIEW/COURSE DESCRIPTION This podcast course introduces listeners to Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) for the treatment of an extensive and diverse number of acute and chronic conditions. Our instructor left us with the sentiment that we so often experience: “WHY DOESN’T EVERYBODY KNOW ABOUT THIS??” In 1996 Dr. Carol McMakin began treating individuals with fibromyalgia, myofacial, and other complex pain issues with frequencies resurrected from a list created in the 1920s. Her first published paper in 1998 was a case report of 150 patients with myofacial trigger points, a condition once thought “incurable,’ that achieved 100% relief with FSM treatment. She has since published numerous papers on FSM treatment for various pain and inflammatory conditions, which are also discussed in this podcast course. McMakin reviews the basic principles of the scientific method and evidenced-based research, the discoveries made possible due to her simultaneous work as a clinician and research professional, and how ‘leading with curiosity’ led to the discoveries and advancements that she made in patient treatment. COURSE OUTLINE I. Introductions/Get to know Dr. Carol McMakin II. The biochemical way - drugs and receptors III. The machine and the frequency ‘treasure map.’ IV. Introduction to treating pain with frequency V. Review of the scientific method & evidence-based research VI. Curiosity, connections, and curing the “incurable” Case studies Pain Inflammation (cytokines) VII. How FSM works - stimulating cell receptors VIII. More illustration through case studies IX. Vagus nerve applications for the immune system Limbic system & psych applications X. Other “happy accidents” Asthma Brain injury XI.  Other treatments that utilize frequency PMF Rife XII. FSM is teachable and reproducable XIII. How to work with Dr. McMakin & Contact Objectives: Learn the scientific principles of evidence-based research. Learn how to be both clinical and research professionals Learn how the power of curiosity allows for new approaches and understanding to treating patients About the Instructor: Carolyn McMakin, MA, DC is the clinical director of the Fibromyalgia and Myofascial  Pain Clinic of Portland, Oregon. She developed Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM)  in 1995 and began teaching FSM courses in 1997. In addition to maintaining a part time clinical practice, she teaches seminars on the use of FSM in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, the UK, Europe, Taiwan and the Middle East. She has lectured at the National Institutes of Health and at international medical conferences on the subjects of fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia-associated with cervical spine trauma and on differential diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, pain syndromes and sports injuries. Her peer-reviewed publications include the FSM induced changes in inflammatory cytokines and substance P seen with FSM treatment of fibromyalgia associated with spine trauma, treatment of pain in the head, neck and face, and low back caused by myofascial trigger points, delayed onset muscle soreness, shingles and neuropathic pain. She consults with various NFL and MLB teams on the use of Frequency Specific Microcurrent in the treatment of sports injuries. She published her textbook Frequency Specific Microcurrent in Pain Management in 2010, and “The Resonance Effect” in 2017 which describes how FSM was developed and provides case reports and frequency protocols for the visceral uses of FSM.
April 12, 2022
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CURING CANCER ONE WRINKLE AT-A-TIME: A Professor Emeritus ‘Lab Rat’ Riffs on the Root Causes of Dis-Ease in Health, Science, and Humanity

COURSE DESCRIPTION Join RNegade podcasters as they explore the wonders of science and laboratory work with Professor Dr. Varani. This course will focus on distinguishing science from technology, the transformation over the past 50 years on how science is understood and misunderstood. In addition, Dr. Varani will share his research that currently works on at the University of Michigan and how his findings will help healthcare professionals care for their patients when it comes to gut and overall health. OUTCOMES Understand the current state of science research from the corporate, government, and citizen lenses Distinguish between science and technology and the importance of distinguishing Explore the tissues of the colon and relationship between chronic inflammation and overall health of the other organ systems Understand how Dr. Varani’s current research reveals new information about health, nutrition, and making healthy choices OUTLINE I.   Introduction/About “Uncle Jimmy”      A. From Med School to Pharma to getting rats ‘high’      B. The Golden Age of Science      C. 50 years later, professor Emeritus, and still in love with the job II.  The current state of “science”      A. Decoupling of science and technology      B. The influence of politics      C. The dictates of grant money III. Dr. Varani’s current research on the gut, supplements, and inflammation ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Dr. Varani is an internationally recognized expert in human cell and organ culture, particularly models of skin. He has worked with a variety of biotechnology and large pharmaceutical companies, including Johnson and Johnson, Genentech, and Amgen. Utilizing in vitro and in vivo models he has supported retinoid, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and anti-cancer drug research. Dr. Varani’s research focuses on the processes of skin homeostasis, aging, atrophy, and fibrotic skin disease. His studies examine regulation of fibroblast proliferation, signaling pathways controlling growth, extracellular matrix production, elaboration of matrix metalloproteinases, and their inhibitors. His group utilizes chemically-induced skin irritation to understand mechanisms of inflammatory skin disease such as psoriasis, drug-induced injury, and Rosacea. Dr. Varani has developed human colon organ models to understand the process of growth and differentiation in this tissue. These studies have implications for colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Varani received his undergraduate degree from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota and his Ph.D. at the University of North Dakota in 1974. After Post-Doctoral work at the University of Connecticut, he came to the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor in 1980. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1985 and became a Full Professor in 1991. Currently, Dr. Varani serves as professor emeritus at The University of Michigan.
March 18, 2022
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O.T. LITERACY: How nurses can leverage the essential role of occupational therapy for better patient outcomes.

COURSE DESCRIPTION Occupational Therapy is such an enigma that it is woefully underutilized, or engaged as an postscript to discharge rather than a necessary component of inpatient treatment. This podcast course serves to turn the enigma of the OT role into an essential solution for nurses to engage in the patient’s team, early-on, to prevent intercept debilitation secondary to hospital stays, and to enhance and accelerate rehabilitation post discharge. An inspiring complement to the education provided about the OT role is the instructor’s story of how she made a business and career from her unique solutions to the challenges of integrating Occupational Therapy within the current healthcare system. OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this course participants will be able to: Recognize 'the gap' in the healthcare communication system Explain how understanding and proactively utilizing all role's in the patient's team (aka team building/leading) can prevent further debilitation to the patient List the steps to become a healthcare entrepreneur Discuss the concept and process of motivational interviewing OUTLINE I.   Introductions/Get to know Nicole Nohner      A. Expertise, experience      B. Seeing a problem, becoming a solution II.   “The Gap” in the patient healthcare continuum      A. Addressing risk of debilitation early to prevent poor outcomes/readmission      B. Opportunities for evaluation: admission, in-patient, discharge, follow-up III.   Cutting her teeth Where Nicole learned to love OT, and developed her unique perspective      A. Forensics, Psych, Home Health and Skilled Nursing facilities      B. Exercise as medicine IV.   Preventing debilitation from admission through post-discharge      A. Taking an individualized approach to planning treatment      B. Anticipating challenges V.   How nurses can proactively utilize the OT role to improve patient outcomes & prevent readmission VI.  Bridging “The Gap:” Starting a business to become the solution      A. Establishing a mobile outpatient OT practice      B. Learning curves: social media marketing, insurance      C. Recognizing opportunities for growth VII.   Wins: examples of patients who didn’t fall through ‘The Gap’ because Nicole was there VIII.  Using an individualized approach      A. Proactive observation of the life and environment      B. Motivational Interviewing      C. Understanding and honoring a patient’s personal definition of success IX.   Finding your ‘Niche’ as an entreprenure X.   Contact Nicole Nohner ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Nicole Nohner is an Occupational Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Certified Fall Prevention Specialist and Entrepreneur. She earned a BS in Exercise Science from Gonzaga University and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Washington University. As a student she traveled with athletes on the Junior Paralympics Team and lead a weekly recreational group for adults with developmental disabilities. Hand N Hand Home Rehab, her mobile Occupational Therapy Practice, is where her passion for communication, teamwork, functional exercise & meaningful activities results in her patients' ability to improve their lives and achieve their goals.
March 18, 2022
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ACHIEVE-ABLE: Ableism awareness from a nurse who discovered that human potential doesn’t care how you move

COURSE DESCRIPTION This podcast course is a humbling, horrifying, enlightening, and inspiring experience, as you’re invited to see the world through the eyes of Ryann Mason, A.K.A. “Chronically_Ry,” of Instagram fame. Humbling - when we learned that our assumption that as healthcare professionals we ‘had a clue’ about the experience of persons with disabilities was not only lacking, but totally ignorant and ableist. Awakening - of how the ignorance of society, and medical professionals specifically, has contributed to the challenges that people with disabilities face. Enlightening - as our instructor gently and comprehensively remedies our ignorance with stories & metaphors from her own experience. Ryan’s simple guidance informs understanding and empathy to shift participants’ thinking and behavior toward individuals with disabilities to effect big change. Inspiring - Ryan Kress’s story is universally inspiring - one human who used adversity as compost to germinate purpose, service, and a life well-lived. OBJECTIVES Learn how disabilities do not prevent achieving one’s goal and how to advocate for oneself Learn more about abelism in both the general and healthcare community Learn how to identify disabled individuals OUTLINE I. Introductions/Get to know Ryan II. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome About EDS Personal Timeline III. The Reckoning (Title, not verb) IV. Conquering Hills: literal and metaphorical V. The Ableism of Ignorance The general public - The [email protected] people say when I’m buying tomatoes. Healthcare providers - “Yes, I can stand. No, I’m not faking.” Patients - “Thank you for your concern. Hold still while I wipe your butt.” VI. First Person Language VII. Mobility Aids - (Can’t believe I have to say this but…) things that help people move, and prevent them from falling-down, improve their quality-of-life. VIII. Stories: The world-altering implications of an RN who goes places with wheels ER Story - man with sepsis Instagram Overload Educating-out ableism in healthcare IX. Contact ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Ryann Mason is a 29 year old disability advocate, registered nurse, proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, adaptive athlete, public speaker, sexuality educator, and self-proclaimed loudmouth southern belle. Ryann was born with a rare genetic collagen disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). Ryann created an Instagram account, “Chronically Ry,” to share her experience with EDS, and it exploded overnight. She continues to leverage this and other social media platforms to educate and inspire younger EDS patients and others with disabilities by sharing her story as a woman with a physically disability working as a nurse in healthcare. In addition to social media platforms, Ryann’s voice of advocacy for disability has been featured in Forbes magazine (twice,) multiple news stations, papers, and magazines. Ryann is a published model, adaptive athlete in wheelchair basketball, OCR, weightlifting, and an avid karaoke performer when the mood strikes. When she isn’t working the nightshift on the postpartum unit at her local level one trauma center, or running Chronically Ry, Ryann can be found at home with her girlfriend, para athlete Ryen Reed, and their 10 year old chihuahua, Oliver. Ryann could have let everything she’s been through bring her life to a screeching halt, but instead she continues to share her story to encourage and inform others about the needs and experiences of so many disabled humans all over the world.
March 18, 2022
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BURNING THE BOATS: Overcoming the Fear of Failing Your Way to Success

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Do you also have ideas on how systems and processes at your work can be done better? What do you do with those ideas? Allen Plunkett shares exactly what you can do with them. His experience as an entrepreneur beginning at 18 years old to now running his own IT recruiting firm, helped him design a methodology, a philosophy, a winning strategy to be successful, including learning from failures. Join Allen, Antra, and Karen as they explore how these skills are vital to being a success - be it a nurse, an entrepreneur, a partner, or a member of society. Your voice matters! OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 1. become professionally self-reliant and start a business, side-hustle or gig 2. identify core skills/superpowers that you want to take with you to your next promotion or job 3. find their voice and speak up to ask what they want from their workplace COURSE OUTLINE: I.   Introductions/Get to know Allen II.  “I can do that better.”  - how to turn that thought into action      A. Fear      B. Self-reliant      C. What is a life-style business?      D. How does one rewire your mind to say you can do “it” (system, process, business) better?      E. Surround yourself with people who support you      F. “I love what I do” III.  Nurses - why do they make awesome independent contractors?      A. They will always have work      B. Nurses as entrepreneurs      C. Nurses who have ideas but don’t want to leave their environment IV.  How COVID is rewiring the work place ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Allen started his career in retail, working for grocery stores and then PetSmart until getting into the staffing world in 1998. After working for one recruiting firm until 2002, he struck out with a friend to launch Phoenix Staff. Allen and his wife love the fact that they have a stellar team of people working towards a common goal – employing good people in good jobs. Outside of work, they are fortunate to be surrounded by a great extended family in Florida and California. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, Allen is dedicated to his team and to helping identify ways to help people grow their careers and find a place where they can love what they do and where they do it.
March 18, 2022
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DEFINING FINE: The Essential 1st Step In Patient Treatment

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The experience and education that can be provided by the patient population is an unhailed source of invaluable education for continuing professional development - not only for nurses, but for all healthcare professionals. Lianne Saffer’s story illustrates that precisely, and presently, as facilitators Antra Boyd and Karen DiMarco were changed as professionals and humans by the end of this podcast course. Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33, she was given one course of treatment and told that she was going to be “fine.” She didn't know then that their definition of “fine” was worlds apart from her own, and how conventional medicine’s algorithmic treatment of her diagnosis, rather than an individualized approach, would devastate her vitality and her life. When Lianne woke up to the dissonance between ‘their fine and hers,’ she took back the reins of her treatment course, and ownership of her healthcare. She did her own research, found her voice, authored an outcome that she could accept, then became a champion for others to do the same. OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course participants will be able to: Recognize the importance of a establishing a patient's personal definition of "fine" in their treatment plan. Explain how a patient's "fully-informed decision" contributes to the quality of their treatment.  Discuss how healthcare providers' humility & empathy contribute to a collaborative, quality patient experience. COURSE OUTLINE: I.    Introductions II.   Jumping-in to the deep-end: Lianne’s Story      A. The Urgency Train: I’m 33, I’m going to die      B. Their “fine”: Chop things off, chemo III.  But wait, there’s alternatives?      A. Research IV.  Finding her voice      A. Bringing the research, making your case      B. Defining your treatment Vs. getting sucked-into theirs V.  Obstacles      A. Resistant caregivers      B. Finances - insurance only pays for the ‘algorithms’ VI. It wasn’t over      A. Toxic breast reconstruction      B. Autoimmune issues - Hashimotos, SIBO, etc VII. Please Don’t Send Me Flowers      A. It’s more helpful to know it sucks      B. Let me blow my nose with your pink ribbon VIII. Having good boundaries is the best prevention IX. What does it mean to “own your health?” X.  Everybody's right. Partially XI. Regrets and ‘would haves.’ XII. Coaching and contact ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Lianne Saffer often describes her life as: “An endless quest to feel it all.” She is a wife, mother, writer, fitness instructor, hair stylist, life coach, author, and advocate for helping people live ‘a loud and authentic life.’ From divorce, to coming out, to cancer, in her book: Please, Don't Send Me Flowers, Lianne shares how she gained resilience, wisdom, and trust for herself, through the painful discovery even healthcare professionals don’t always know what’s best for you. Lianne believes that we should all get a little louder, and use our voices to help create true empathy and understanding. She believes in raising strong women, and telling the truth about hard situations by opening conversations that society has closed, and asking questions about things we were taught not to. Her mission is to reach and empower as many people as possible with her writing, coaching, and speaking events.
March 18, 2022
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“I NEEDED A ME, SO I BECAME ONE”: How to Solve Problems and Fill Gaps in Healthcare by Becoming the Solution

COURSE OVERVIEW To introduce Nancy Ruffner as a “social worker” is akin to introduce Wolfgang Puck as a “chef.” Never accepting the limitations of the situation or system that was in to deliver the quality of care that she was capable of providing her patients or clients, she became adept at following the breadcrumbs of her common-sense to become the solution. This course will remind the learner of: their own essential common-sense, and how to listen to it; the importance of using your voice, and the nuance of knowing when it’s ok to save it for the right time; and how to critically-think about, and follow, the breadcrumbs of “begets” (i.e. an elderly patient develops a neurological problem, and that ‘begets’ another service, and a power-of-attorney, and that ‘begets’...) OBJECTIVES Learn how to effect change in your own work environment Learn how advocacy can come in different forms (e.g., speaking, coaching, educating) Learn how to coach effectively through relying on your past experiences to prevent the squelching of one’s voice. “I needed a me, so I became one.” OUTLINE I. Introductions/Get to know Nancy II. Professional Background Social Work Working with Corporate & Private EAPs Personal Experience advocating for aging parents III. Burning-out: the cognitive dissonance of being beholden to a system moving too slow IV. Starting a business: becoming the solution for yourself and how you want to serve V. Know when to hold ‘em: wheels need cogs too, it’s ok to be a cog VI. Business evolution Patient Advocacy Patient Advocate coach and incubator VII. Learning skills on-the-job Technical Speaking “Begets” VIII. Stories “Begets” Teaching families to advocate for themselves ‘Kitchen Table’ Advocacy IX. Importance of Assembling a Team X.  Contact ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Nancy Ruffner is a Board Certified Patient Advocate and owner of NAVIGATE NC. Nancy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW) from Western Carolina University and a Graduate Certificate in Counselor Education (GCCE) from NC State University. The growing field of Professional Patient Advocacy is young, and Nancy was among the first in the nation to earn the BCPA (Board Certified Patient Advocate) credential. Nancy founded NAVIGATE NC, an advocacy company whose services help families to meet the challenges that normally come with aging or with chronic conditions. Since 2013 the company has emerged as a fast-growing agency with a goal of becoming a market leader for patient advocacy services in the Southeast. Nancy Ruffner speaks regionally to groups on topics involving aging, living with chronic conditions, planning, and navigating within a complex healthcare system. She has designed and taught gerontology coursework at the community college level that served to usher talented people into the senior care industry. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at both Duke and NC State University's OLLI programs (Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes), teaching a course that she designed called “A Consumer’s Guide To Healthcare Advocacy”. Nancy enjoys provoking thought and helping folks to create and implement a plan. Her antennae are always up with respect to advocacy for clients, ways to educate and create awareness, and the chance to provide real solutions.
March 18, 2022
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ALPHABET SWAMP: Understanding Medical Paradigms and the Advantage of Experiential Learning to Overcome the Limitations of Conventional Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Illness

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Traditional Medicine. Functional Medicine. Holistic Medicine. These terms fly around us on social media and the news all the time resulting in confusion, distrust, and a lack of ownership of one’s own health. Brandon Vermiere’s mission is to reverse that. In this RNegade podcast course Brendon takes us through the Odyssey of the the trials and tribulations led an autodicact passionate about science and biology to establish his own holistic company that is innovating lab diagnostic methods to revolutionize treatments for chronic illness. OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 1. understand the differences among traditional, functional, and holistic approaches to medicine 2. site case studies of holistic medicine approaches to use in other cases 3. appreciate and apply holistic approaches to treating patients COURSE OUTLINE: I.   Introductions/Get to know Brandon II.  “I had to go through hell to get here”      A. Triumphing over adversity      B. Self-motivation to learn      C. “Help me help you” III.  Explanation of Traditional vs Functional vs Holistic Medicine IV.  Brandon’s as a healthcare entrepreneur V.   How nurses look to holistic medicine approach to treat and advocate for their patients VI.  How Big Pharma bastardized medicine ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Brendan Vermeire (pronunciation: ‘Brehn-dehn Vur-meyer’) is a Mental and Metabolic Health Scientist & Researcher, Functional Medicine Educator, Writer,  and Speaker. He is a Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Master Nutrition Coach, Master  Personal Trainer, USAW Sports Performance Coach, and Crossfit Trainer. He began his career as a personal trainer and nutrition coach at the age of 18 after disappointingly being  medically discharged from the United States Navy Seal training pipeline due to an injury. After being  exposed to the power of functional lab testing in the start of his career, he began intensely pursuing that  as a career path which has led him to be widely regarded as one of the top leading experts in Metabolic  Health and Functional Education. He is the proud owner and founder of the Metabolic Solutions Institute for Functional Health and Fitness  Practitioners, and the Metabolic Solutions Research & Education Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation  dedicated to ‘changing the way the world views mental health’ through advancing the science of Mental  Health Dysfunction. He is also the creator of The Mental M.A.P.™, a cutting-edge Lab Panel for Mental Health. When he’s not educating doctors/practitioners/professionals, helping clients overcome their most  severe health struggles, or producing cutting edge scientific education, Brendan enjoys all things fitness  and is probably working out. He also enjoys anything in nature and any activities that expand his heart,  mind, and soul.
March 18, 2022
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FORMIDABLE: Navigating nursing with a moral compass for clarity, discernment, and the courage to be disliked.

COURSE DESCRIPTION Any nurse who works in an arena where the words: “CODE BLUE, ROOM BLAH… CODE BLUE, ROOM BLAH,” are as common as a missed lunch-break, will tell you that going back to the “A-B-Cs”: A - Airway, B - Breathing, C - Circulation, is an antidote to doubt and indecision. Amber Moore brings the same kind of simplicity and clarity to her ‘modus operandi’ as a clinical nurse, nurse manager and educator, by illustrating how to lead with a MORAL COMPASS. She shares how her own moral compass was refined by the wisdom and resilience gained from her life and career experiences. OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this course participants will be able to: Understand how to identify the specific area of nursing or healthcare you wish to pursue. Identify the challenges of being an OR Nurse Explain how to effect cultural change at your place of employment Understand how to utilize the experience gained in a nursing specialty to create a side-gig (ex: medical expert witness) OUTLINE I.   Introductions/Get to know Amber      A. Always an advocate      B. Personal background roots      C. Professional background      D. How personal & professional challenges became compost for the ‘formidable’ to grow II.   The car accident that created a nurse      A. Trauma      B. OR III.   Nurses’ challenge of getting your foot in the door they want IV.   Patient challenges of vetting the right surgeon V.    Things are getting better VI.   Nurses’ “implicit oath” of sworn protection of the patient, not the hierarchy V.    Practical advice to prevent the same mistake twice VII.  Creating a culture of reporting for improvement VIII.  Lessons as a medical expert witness IX.   How nurses are most vulnerable to blame      A. No secrets in Epic      B. Anecdotes of managing an OR moral compass X.    Contact ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR  Amber Moore, BSN, RN, CNOR has a meaty nursing resume. She’s a Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR,) and 20+ year veteran of all-things O.R: OR nurse, OR manager, and OR educator. In addition to her diverse roles in the OR specialty - and her other part-time, 168-hour/week job as a wife and mother - Amber is also a certified EPIC Trainer (noun and adjective forms of the word “EPIC” equally apply,) and Expert Witness. The consistency and progression of her experience in a singular nursing specialty for 2 decades is certainly impressive, but what makes Amber Moore exceptional – as a nurse, and a human – isn’t itemized on her resume, but it should be the subtitle to her name: “Lives and Works Through A Moral Compass.” Amber Moore’s superpower is discernment. She leads and teaches with a foundation of common sense, and embodies a clean-and-clear expression of truth in her professional and personal life.
March 18, 2022
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HELLO HARMONY: How One of Today’s Unconventional Nursing Leaders Discovered the True Definition of Success

Course Description “If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's.” ― Joseph Campbell This podcast is like being in one of those movies that you watch until the end of the credits, hoping for surprise ‘bonus material,’ because you want the inspiration to live life more fully, and become the best version of yourself, to last a little longer. In this podcast course, participants will understand: the importance of developing their own definition of success - just because an idea is popular, doesn’t mean it’s true. dispel the common myths regarding pace, order, and limitations in achieving career goals. how the courage to change-course and follow ‘bread crumbs,’ when life presents challenge and/or opportunity, is essential to one’s evolution of happiness, human potential, and meaningful work. how honoring the vision of one’s ideal life, and every-day ‘non-negotiables,’ engenders clarity and confidence. About the Instructor  Chris Recinos, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, is the CEO and founder of Nurse Leader Network and podcast, which is dedicated to helping nurse leaders with tools, resources, and connections to revolutionize health care, while enhancing their lives outside of their occupation. In November 2020, Chris started the development of the texting bot app, “Hello Harmony,” to address adolescent mental health and suicide. Her former roles include Chief Nurse Executive for Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center; Deputy Nurse Executive for the Veterans Administration; and a variety of academic, nurse practitioner, and registered nurse positions. Objectives Learn how to care for yourself in order to effectively care for others. Learn how to create a set of negotiables, non-negotiables, and short and long term goals that relate to your work and personal life Learn how to become an entrepreneur and the power of “action” Outline I. Introductions/Get to know Chris        Growing up in Foster Homes Barbies to a baby - having a child at 14 The nurse that changed everything The oath - not for me, and never for my child The reunion - “I’m here because of you; I’m a nurse because of you.” II. Losing Harmony Unspeakable tragedy The baby that saved me The road to ‘success’ that bypassed the things you can’t replace Never again III.  Hello Harmony - Harnessing ‘the hustle’ First, the hustle to cope with loss Next, Harmony’s sis-inspired- ‘hackathon’ aims ‘the hustle’ in an unexpected direction Then, Grace leads ‘the hustle’ to bring healing, meaning, and saving of lives IV.  Design your time Whose ‘to do’ list are you checking-off? Setting Boundaries - What are your Non-Negotiables? Design your life - and ask if everything you do goes toward or away-from that vision V. Serving others through life lessons that’ve created an unconventional nursing leader Podcast Best Practices Coaching Leaders Serving Nurse Entrepreneurs VI. Practices to become a leader Get good in the job that you’re currently in Help others meet their goals The difference between you and those that don't do it is action (not degrees or talk) Take care of yourself VII. How nurses innovate when they’re unleashed, and allowed to love what they do again The escape room Dispelling sacred cows, question limitations Forge your own path VIII. Contact
March 18, 2022
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GREATER NATIONAL ADVOCATES: A Cascade of Horrific Events Birthed a Champion for Change

Bradley Schwartz takes us on a journey into the world of a devastating medical error that created in him “a firehose of passion” to make patient advocacy the standard of care in the US. Bradley is the founder of Greater National Advocates. In this episode of RNegade, we learn why he suffered a major medical error and what could have been done to prevent the “cascade of horrific events.” We also learn what propelled him to start Greater National Advocates and why it is so critical that patients have access to independent patient advocates. RNs get a CE for this course on RNegade.pro.  
October 3, 2021
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THE ANTIDOTE TO CONFLICT: Care LESS About What YOU Think

Rob Cook is a bad-ass gentleman. A softened, hardened veteran. A scholar of life. And the youngest-looking grandfather you’ve ever seen, despite the 4 lives he’s already lived - the wisdom he freely shares from any one of those lives will make you see the world in a different, better way. As nurses we’re taught to ‘leave your personal baggage at the door’ when you walk into the work environment as a contributing factor to being at your best for your patients or your coworkers who rely on you. We’re also taught, in “conflict resolution,” all sorts of tactics for dealing with challenging situations with patients and co-workers, terms like: Mind-set, Communication, Emotional intelligence, Stress management, Empathy, Impartiality, Negotiation, Active Listening, Impartiality, etc… Sometimes ‘leaving personal baggage at the door,’ and applying the tactics required for ‘conflict resolution,’ require ‘super-human’ feats of ‘not-taking-life personally.’ So what do you do if you are, in-fact, a human? In this interview, Rob shares from his personal experience to make you rethink everything you’ve been taught about de-escalation and ‘conflict resolution.’ It’s not about caring LESS about what others think about you, it’s about caring LESS about what YOU think about you. RNs get a CE for this course on RNegade.pro.  
October 3, 2021
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THE ONLY PERSON IN THE ROOM – A Naturopathic Approach Through The Landscape of Oncology

If there was such a thing as a B.A.H. (Bad Ass Human) certification, the school would be named after its first honorary recipient: Dr. Tina Kaczor ND, FABNO, (BAH). Through her maternal compassion for individuals living with cancer, her powerful examples of the logistical and financial injustice that her patients face, and her child-like optimism about scientific advancements in Oncology Care, Dr. Kaczor captivates, educates, and inspires as she discusses her unique expression of the role of the Naturopathic Oncologist. In this podcast course, Dr. Kaczor discusses how a Naturopathic Oncologist approaches and augments treatment for individuals living with cancer; contrasts Individualized Vs. Algorithmic Methodology to treatment; illustrates how the influence of a patient’s understanding/beliefs about their diagnosis and prognosis can affect outcomes; and reveals the latest scientific developments around the root causes of cancer… to name just a few key points. (FYI - Antra and Karen both cry in this one.) RNs get a CE for this course on RNegade.pro.    
October 3, 2021
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STRIVING FOR STILLNESS: How Hypervigilance for Symptoms and Success is Making Us Sick.

John El-Mokadem was highly driven in all aspects of his life – fitness, career, relationships,  etc., and believed his success in all these areas would be directly proportional to the amount of time he thought about, and worked-on, his goals. After a viral infection evolved into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (A.K.A ‘Myalgic Encephalomyelitis’,) John approached his illness with the same vigilant formula he had for success in life. After 7 years of struggling to regain his health, his vitality, his marriage, John followed the breadcrumbs laid by mentors that led him in a different direction - inward; and it was this change in direction that not only led to the recovery of all that he had lost, but also put him in the unlikely position to help countless others recover their own health. In this podcast interview, listeners will discover that the vigilance with which we approach illness, and life in general, is the very thing that can cause us to be sick. In this course you will hear John El-Mokadem talk about his experience and the research that he and partner Karen DiMarco conducted to prove the methodology for their own recoveries and others (published in the APA Journal: Spirituality in Clinical Practice). It offers nurses a whole new way to think about ‘The Foundation of Health;’ how what goes on in our heads has a profound effect on our biology, our immune system, and our body’s innate ability to achieve homeostasis and heal. RNs get a CE for this course on RNegade.pro.    
October 3, 2021
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WOUNDER WOMAN: Using Common Sense and Senses to Understand the Language of Wounds

Jennifer Bierhup is a “Wounder Woman”.  Early in her nursing career, Jennifer had a passion for helping clients with complicated wounds. Today, her mission is to save limbs through a comprehensive strategy she created to get the best outcomes. In this podcast, Jennifer talks about the many different aspects of wounds, wound care, and healing. It is a literal “wound care fest”, chalk full of information that will help all nurses, not just wound care nurses. Jennifer will talk about everything from assessment of wounds, to types of wounds, to treatments for wounds, plus, you do not want to miss the part about maggots. It’s fascinating! RNs get your CEs for this course and others at RNegade.pro.
October 3, 2021
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IT’S THAT SIMPLE – Parasites, Premises, and The Owner’s Manual to Being Human

When you give Michael Neill the floor for 90 minutes, you never quite know what you’re going to get, but you know you’ll leave the conversation seeing the world differently. In this interview, our guest shares how his life transformed after hearing the words of Theosopher, Sydney Banks: “Every human is sitting in the middle of mental health, they just don’t know it.” Anyone who suffers from, lives with, or works with individuals with a mental illness,  might read those words and conclude that the source was just an out-of-touch old man with a tendency to minimize the mental suffering of millions. With his consummate use of metaphor, humor, and story-telling of personal and professional anectodes, Michael Neill illustrates the truth of those words, and will induce curiosity into the way any nurse looks at the conventional approach to mental health; and even how we think of stress, culture, & organization in our places of work. RNs get a CE for this course on RNegade.pro.    
October 3, 2021
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PLUGGING THE BUCKET: How Psychology Impacts Health & Healing

Karen DiMarco is described by friends and colleagues as: “a squirreling truth-bomber who blows up the boxes that most are still trying to think outside-of”. In this podcast-course you’ll understand why, as she “squirrels-through” a breadth of topics that all point to the depth of the profound impact that our psychology - especially the ‘premise’ through which we see the world - has on our health, happiness, and human potential. Karen’s personal story, case studies from her published research, and metaphors illustrate how our beliefs influence our thoughts and behaviors, how our thoughts and behaviors influence our biology, and how ‘plugging the bucket’ by changing how we see the world can have a dramatic effect on homeostasis and healing. RNs get a CE for this course on RNegade.pro.   
October 3, 2021
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THE ORPHAN DISEASE – Lymphedema & What to Do About Stagnant Pools of Goo.

We loved how our podcast guest, Tricia Mattimoe, called-out lymphedema as the “orphan disease.” We learned from her how this condition, which devastates the quality of life for so many, so often goes undiagnosed and untreated due to lack of information provided to patients, and lack of knowledge to adequately diagnose and treat from health care practitioners. In this riveting interview, Tricia Mattimoe, reveals the epic reason behind her passion for this condition; provides comprehensive instruction about its pathophysiology and treatment; and how the synergy of her passion, expertise, and advocacy has led to her unique entrepreneurial endeavor whose mission: “Your patient’s outcomes are our #1 priority” is improving the quality of life of those who suffer from lymphedema. RNs get a CE for this course on RNegade.pro.
October 3, 2021
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IT ONLY TAKES ONE: Transforming Organizations from the Inside-OUT

Some of this recording feels more like being in a movie than being on a course. Fiona Jacob takes us on an EPIC ride as she shares how finding peace in the face of death while being held hostage in Iraq as a young nurse; finding peace in the midst of being stabbed while protecting her best friend from an assailant; finding peace while managing a group of frightened nurses who had a 46% of dying if they were infected by the virus of the patients they were caring for; showed her not only where peace comes from, but that it’s source is also the birthplace of individual and organizational transformation. RNs get a CE for this course on RNegade.pro.    
October 3, 2021
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BLAZING THE TRAIL: The Emerging Role of RN Patient Advocacy

This educational program serves to enhance the knowledge of the Registered Nurse at a level above that required for licensure in a problem/solution framework. In this case, ‘the problem is that medical error is so frequent that it is the 3rd leading cause of preventable death in this country; and two fo the major contributing factors that are highlighted in the program are misdiagnosis and health illiteracy. On e of the critical solutions to the problem of medical error is the emerging specialty nursing role of the independent RN patient Advocate. The iRNPA role is demonstrated to be a solution to medical error but the instructor, Karen Mercereau, who is also the founder of the RN Patient Advocacy Program in partnership with The University of Arizona. She very powerfully illustrates, through the use of statistics, and overview of the RN Patient Advocacy Process, and presentation of case studies, how nurses who become independent RN Patient Advocates can be a powerful force for change, not only in preventing medical error, but improving patient safety, patient outcomes, and the United States healthcare system on the whole. RNs get a CE for this course on RNegade.pro.  
October 3, 2021
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CANCER, INTUITION, AND A DOG WITH A BONE: Having a Patient Advocate is a Non-negotiable when facing a new diagnosis.

In September of 2018 Antra Boyd [a veteran nurse and experienced professional RN Patient Advocate] RN, BSN, MSN was told she had a 8cm mass on her left ovary. In a matter of minutes she went from advocating for patients with complex medical diagnoses to being a patient herself. Things got FREAL very quick (if you are not yet schooled in the RNegade glossary of terms, FREAL = [email protected] + real). When the gynecologist/oncologist told her that her best option was to have a total robotic hysterectomy and that the surgery was scheduled to be in 3 weeks, Antra hopped on the ‘urgency train.’  She was a hot, blithering mess. When faced with a cancer diagnosis, that big ol’  C-word sends people into complete fear mode,  and not even this whiley veteran nurse was spared. Luckily, Antra had the where-with-all to gather her support team and ‘phone a friend.’ Karen DiMarco reminded her that the urgency train was a ride she DEFO did not want to be on for peace and clarity of mind, and that the three weeks until the proposed surgery was plenty of time to research the particulars regarding the recommended ‘STEP 1’ course of action (surgery). ‘STEP 2,’the possibility of chemotherapy and/or radiation, need-not yet bugger her brain until after STEP 1 was completed. During those 3 weeks, Antra was like the ‘dog with a bone’ she is for  her own clients,  and tracked down all the information she could find to make an informed decision. Along the way she made curiosity her superpower, and learned how to be engaged in her care simply by asking questions (lots of questions). THIS IS ESSENTIAL: in spite of the fact that we are conditioned to NOT doctors - but if we don’t engage and don’t question, we cannot be fully informed of ALL of  our options. We  can’t know what we don’t know unless we look… and ask. Cancer treatment in the US is big business so there is no incentive for allopathic doctors to suggest possible treatments outside of the conventional care toolbox: cut it out (surgery), poison it (chemotherapy, burn it (radiation.) Finally, even when Antra was armed with all the information she needed to make an informed decision, her decision about what to do came from the place of her own inner knowing. The medical team  is there to guide you, but not decide for you, and this clarity enabled Antra  to take control of her own course of action, and ultimately make the right decisions for her own health and healing. RNs get a CE for this course on RNegade.pro.  
October 1, 2021
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