The Handoff

The Handoff

Dive into the most pressing topics in nursing, from burnout and mental health to diversity in nursing to the latest clinical innovations.

Leading Healthcare Teams with Data and Heart

In this season finale of The Handoff, Dr. Joni Watson sits down with Dr. Michael Jones, a regional director at Common Spirit Health and a leader in clinical informatics. With a rich background in nursing and health administration, Dr. Jones shares his strategies for managing change, building resilient teams, and leveraging data to improve patient outcomes. From preventing burnout in a 24/7 healthcare environment to mastering stakeholder engagement, Dr. Jones provides invaluable insights into the future of healthcare leadership. Listen in for a compelling discussion on the dynamic intersection of nursing, technology, and business.
May 22, 2024

Creative Nurse Workforce Development Strategies

Dr. Joni Watson welcomes Johnna Smith, the Chief Nurse Executive at Southern Illinois Healthcare St. Joseph Memorial Hospital. With a deep commitment to patient-centered care and operational excellence, Johnna has been a transformative leader in the healthcare sector. The discussion delves into how her organization fosters a culture of innovation, particularly through the lens of nursing and healthcare workforce stabilization. Johnna shares her strategies for engaging and developing the workforce through creative and inclusive idea generation and multidisciplinary teamwork. This episode provides a comprehensive look at practical approaches to workforce challenges, leadership in nursing, and fostering a collaborative and supportive work environment.
May 15, 2024

Creating a Strong Culture of Patient Safety

Dr. Joni Watson speaks with Ann Louise Puopolo, a venerated safety professional and former VP of enterprise patient safety at CVS Health. Anne Louise shares her extensive experience in patient safety, emphasizing the symbiotic relationship between quality healthcare outcomes and patient safety. She explores the crucial roles of data analysis, risk management, and creating a culture of transparency and accountability. Insights into medical malpractice and the importance of peer support programs are discussed, alongside strategies for engaging front-line staff in workflow design. Anne Louise also addresses the ongoing challenges in healthcare, such as workplace violence and the imperative of supporting healthcare workers.
May 8, 2024

Building More Inclusive Care Environments

Dr. Joni Watson has a profound conversation with Dr. Maurice "Mo" Brownlee, a board-certified HIV specialist and innovative leader in healthcare. Dr. Brownlee shares his transformative approach to healthcare through his development of the Wellness Homes of Chicago, which reimagines patient care environments as comforting, home-like spaces. His model emphasizes the importance of comfort and familiarity, removing traditional clinical barriers to make patients feel at ease and welcomed. He explains his commitment to equity in healthcare, providing equal treatment regardless of a patient’s financial or social status, and extending this inclusive philosophy to his staff as well. Dr. Brownlee’s work is driven by his personal experiences with healthcare disparities and his desire to create an inclusive environment where every patient and staff member feels valued and cared for. This episode explores how personal experiences can inspire profound professional changes that impact community health and wellbeing.
May 1, 2024

Reimagining Nursing Leadership Strategy

Dr. Joni Watson speaks with Dr. Brooke Baldwin, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive at Oregon Health and Science University Health Care. They explore Brooke’s leadership journey and her strategic vision for nursing, emphasizing professional growth, workforce challenges, and the development of guiding principles for the future. They go deep on Brooke's efforts to address complex healthcare dynamics and her commitment to fostering a resilient and thriving nursing community in various care settings.  
April 24, 2024

Redesigning Workflows by Empowering Nurse Voices

Dr. Joni Watson goes deep into the heart of healthcare transformation through the lens of workforce strategy and the redesign of care delivery models. Our guests, Cheryl Denison and Tracy Breece, two nurse informaticists from Mercy Health, share their pioneering journey in leveraging cutting-edge technology and innovative data-driven solutions to enhance nursing workflows and patient care. The discussion revolves around Project ANEW project and its impact on Mercy Health's care delivery model, providing valuable insights into the challenges and triumphs of integrating clinical acumen with technological advancements. Cheryl and Tracy's personal experiences and perspectives shed light on the importance of strategic workforce planning and technological innovation in transforming health care delivery.
April 17, 2024

Crafting Healthcare Culture Change through Storytelling

Joni speaks with Sonna Harding, Chief Nursing Officer for HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital. With nearly 25 years of nursing leadership, Dr. Harding shares her journey from an ambitious high school student to a distinguished CNO, emphasizing the power of vulnerability, empathy, and storytelling in shaping patient experiences and healthcare culture. Through her personal stories, including a life-changing event involving her husband, Dr. Harding illustrates how narrative can bridge the gap between healthcare professionals and the communities they serve, ultimately fostering a culture of connection, understanding, and compassionate care. This episode is a testament to the transformative potential of leadership that combines strength with softness, and action with listening, offering invaluable lessons for healthcare professionals at all levels.
April 10, 2024

AI Integration Considerations for Nurse Leaders

Dr. Joni Watson speaks with Dr. Michael P. Carey, Jr., an expert at the nexus of nursing, health services research, and artificial intelligence (AI), to discuss the transformative impact of AI on healthcare and nursing practice. Dr. Carey shares insights on overcoming ethical challenges, the necessity for interdisciplinary collaboration, and the crucial role of education in preparing nurses for an AI-enhanced healthcare environment. This episode unveils the potential of AI to advance health equity and improve patient outcomes, highlighting the pivotal role nurse leaders play in guiding the seamless integration of AI technologies into healthcare.  
April 3, 2024
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The Handoff

Presented by Trusted Health, The Handoff is a podcast that dives into the most pressing topics in nursing, from burnout and mental health to diversity in nursing to the latest clinical innovations. Each episode features discussions that will help nurses and nurse leaders do their jobs better, whether that’s at the bedside, managing a unit or an entire health system. Tune in each week to hear host Doctor Nurse Dan Weberg, an author, provocateur, and the Head of Clinical Innovation at Trusted Health go deep with guests you won’t hear anywhere else.


Dr. Danielle Bowie

Dr. Danielle Bowie

Dr. Danielle ‘Dani’ Bowie is the Chief Nursing Officer at Trusted Health, the career marketplace for healthcare professionals. In her role at Trusted, she helps health systems transform their nursing workforce programs to achieve greater efficiency and flexibility and to empower the frontline nurse and manager. Dani’s career has spanned various roles, from bedside nurse to hospital administrator to enterprise executive positions. Her true passion is in health system workforce management and staffing, an interest that was first kindled at Yale nursing school, where she built a predictive nurse scheduling model as part of her doctorate research. Before joining Trusted, Dani was the System Vice President of Nursing Workforce Development for Bon Secours Mercy Health. In that role, she was responsible for developing and executing the health system’s strategic nursing workforce plan, focused on recruitment, retention, professional growth and the re-design of staffing and scheduling models for 14,000 nurses across seven states. Before joining BSMH, Dani led an enterprise staffing and scheduling technology project at Legacy Health, converting 126 nursing units and 5,000 end-users to new staffing and scheduling technology, achieving improved nurse engagement and reduced premium nursing labor spend. Dani obtained her BSN from the University of Portland as a Providence Scholar, her MSN from Vanderbilt University and her doctorate from Yale.

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