The Virtual Clinical Podcast

The Virtual Clinical Podcast

A weekly podcast supporting the student nurse and soon-to-be Registered Nurse with insights from members of the nursing community.

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S2. Ep11 Marketing Nursing and Addiction Treament with David Sanchez, RN

We join David Sanchez, RN in this very open and transformative episode. David details his beginnings as a nurse with detailing why he became a nurse, his eventual choice of pursuing an associates degree as that didn't seem to fit his mapped out career path. David had always wanted to help people and so, he started his first company, Life Transformation Recovery-a nonprofit addiction treatment center. David details his path of being a Christian, having friends and family addicted to heroin, cocaine and alcohol and helping those find religious identity and obtain sobriety. Clinically, David works as an ER nurse and now runs his second company, Digitalis Medical, a healthcare growth agency. This was born out of the need for individuals to find the recovery center in a very competitive business. David Sanchez is an ER nurse and the founder of 2 companies: Digitalis Medical, a growth agency that helps healthcare organizations be found everywhere online, and Life Transformation Recovery, a nonprofit addiction treatment center. You can learn more about his work and connect with him on LinkedIn.
May 7, 2021

S2. Ep10. Holistic Nursing with Denise Joswiak

A most wonderful episode with Denise Joswiak! We sit down and discuss all things health and wellness , as well as her journey to holistic nursing and becoming a certified aromatherapist. With her beginnings on why she became a nurse by starting out as a nurse assistant, her journey through nursing school and eventual first job. Denise and I go deep into the nurse as educator, and eventual need to have self-care as an imperative for her patients and her self. Denise dives into Holistic Nursing as a certification recognized by the ANA, Self-care as a crucial step for ourselves and our patients, integrative health and medicine as a part of patient care and the nurse as entrepreneur. This was such a fun and exciting session to record! Denise Joswiak is a board-certified holistic nurse and certified clinical aromatherapist. Throughout her nursing career, she studied holistic, integrative therapies and uses them daily. She created the aromatherapy program for the Allina Health System and published research on its effectiveness in the Journal of Nursing Administration and Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Denise enjoys teaching and empowering patients, families, nurses, and students. At Allina Health, Denise taught classes about self-care and integrative therapies, including Transformative Nurse Training, and sat on the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing Nursing Council. She served as the Integrative Health Clinical Site Lead for United Hospital and as co-facilitator of their Holistic Nursing Council. Denise is an author and international speaker, offering healthcare consultations, essential oil education, and an AHNA endorsed aromatherapy certification program through her company Essential Health. For the past four years, Denise served on the board of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and continues to act as their global representative. She authored the aromatherapy chapter in the 2020 edition of Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice. Denise volunteers on the American Holistic Nursing Association panel on essential oils for pain relief. She is honored to be a part of the jury reviewing programs that apply for the Gattefossé Foundation 2021 international prize for a healthcare-based aromatherapy program. In addition to a passion for holistic health, Denise loves to travel, enjoys canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and cherishes time with family and friends. Links:  [email protected]   Articles:   The effectiveness of nurse-delivered aromatherapy in an acute care setting    Development of a Health System-Based Nurse-Delivered Aromatherapy Program   Aromatherapy Chapter in Handbook: Dossey & Keegan's Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice: A Handbook for Practice 8th Edition
April 21, 2021

S2. Ep9. Bravery, Vulnerability and Friendship with Shelbi Smith, RN

Shelbi Smith is back in a very special episode. We catch up on life as a student nurse anesthetist and unpack everything 2020 threw in. Shelbi details the most special friendship she has ever had and the enduring nature of illness. We discuss the importance of friendships in a clinical unit, an untimely breast cancer diagnosis, and tell the tales of a very special friend, Kim. The podcast dedicates this episode to Kim Cornelius, RN- one of the most extraordinary individuals and nurses. The podcast would like to thank Shelbi for sharing their story in an effort to help even one person.
April 6, 2021

S2. Ep8 Nursing Innovation, Camp Nursing and DNP Implementation Work with Briana White, MSN, RN, CPN, CCRN-K, CNL

Our first ever nurse innovator, Briana White, joins the podcast! We talk about taking the road less traveled, home health, camp nursing, IP, big data, and more! Briana starts her journey as a clinical nurse and eventual charge nurse of a pediatric unit. She then transitioned to a clinical nurse educator role, to clinical nurse supervisor and now a role as a home health care manager. Briana even discusses a REALLY cool job as a camp nurse that has a bunch of perks and a lot of lessons learned. Most notably, Briana lends some key points from being a Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellow, ideation, why ideas and concepts matter and so much more! She is currently using her fellowship opportunity to implement her DNP project of innovative tools to improve communication and clinical outcomes! Briana White is a Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellow, A DNP student at the University of New Hampshire, adjunct nursing undergraduate and graduate faculty and a Home Health Care Manager with the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire – a member of Dartmouth Hitchcock Health. She has clinical experience from pediatrics to geriatrics, from inpatient, ambulatory, and most recently home care. She has worked as a clinical bedside nurse, a nurse educator, a nurse leader, and in her current role works to improve care of patients in the home setting through quality improvement, evidence-based practice and innovation. Her innovation work is focusing on creating a framework for introducing innovation in homecare settings through rapid review of key performance indicators, and her Doctoral work is focusing on implementing innovative tools to improve communication and clinical outcomes of patients in the homecare setting who have chronic conditions. She is passionate about sharing the various settings nurses work in not bound by hospital walls, working with the community to enhance care, and mentoring others interested in innovation.
March 30, 2021

S2. Ep7 Tele ICU Nursing with Candice Craig, BSN, RN, CCRN-E and Tracey Kopenhaver, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, NE-BC.

We join both Candice Craig and Tracey Kopenhaver, from a large telehealth organization to discuss the in's and out's of E-ICU nursing. We first deep dive in to both person's background and experience. Then go into learning what E-ICU nursing is, how it helps both the nurse and the organization, what helps and what hinders, how assessments are done, even some very neat tricks that E-ICU's can do! Learn about how effective communication is met, how and E-ICU affect staffing models and what an E-ICU staffing model looks like, myths from reality, caregiver fatigue, and where is tele-health going? Candice Craig is certified as a CCRN and has her Diploma from Schuylkill Health School of Nursing, her Bachelor's of Nursing from Penn State University and will soon have a combined Master's in Nurse Administration and Master's of Business Administration from Bloomsburg University. She has experience in neuroscience critical care, heart and vascular critical care, clinical coordination and an RN of an E-ICU. She currently serves as an Administrative Team Coordinator for a large telehealth unit. Tracey Kopenhaver is certified as a CCRN-K and NE-BC. She has both her Bachelor's and Master's of Nursing from Mansfield University. Tracey has experience in mixed critical care nursing, travel nursing, a cath lab, a team coordinator, clinical coordinator and educator of an E-ICU, nurse manager for a large tele-health system. She is currently an Operations Manager for a large E-ICU and CICU.
March 23, 2021

S2. Ep6 Travel Nursing During a Pandemic with Amanda Readinger, BSN, RN

In this episode, I'm joined by Amanda Readinger, a nurse who details her journey from bedside nurse to travel nurse. Beginning with a career in psych mental health, choosing to leave the bedside to find ways of paying off student debt, Amanda then decided to make travel nursing a full time job. We discuss all of the in's and out's of travel nursing including financing, health insurance, job security, and training. Amanda then left to go and travel to California to take a job working the COVID ICU's. The differences between report styles of COVID ICU patients and non-COVID ICU patients; the donning and doffing process; the teamwork of a COVID ICU unit; the mental exhaustion, stresses and challenges of working in two California major cities-Amanda details this journey of the red zone in Los Angeles. What a crisis team is and why not everyone would receive care if the pandemic grows out of proportion. Amanda graciously describes her feelings of what her experience was like and what burnout meant to her. Finally, Amanda discusses her next journey which is to be a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner! Amanda graduated from Wilkes University in 2013 with a bachelors in psychology. After working a couple years as a mental health technician, she realized she had an interest in nursing. She attended DeSales University’s accelerated BSN program and graduated in 2017. She went directly into ICU nursing and worked as a staff nurse for two years before going into travel nursing. She currently has been in PA, CA and CT while attending Walden University for her Masters to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner. When she isn’t proning patients and there isn’t a pandemic surrounding us, she enjoys Broadway shows, concerts, playing with her puppy and putting together LEGO sets with her fiancé, Stewart.
March 16, 2021

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A weekly podcast supporting the student nurse and soon-to-be Registered Nurse with insights from members of the nursing community.

The Virtual Clinical podcast is a new podcast to support the #studentnurse. Hosted by Nicole Sunderland a registered nurse, inspired by actual students, this podcast combines Q&A, mentorship and storytelling to support you on your journey.
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Nicole Sunderland

Nicole Sunderland

Nicole Sunderland is a nurse, international speaker, innovator, entrepreneur, essential oil expert and wellness advocate. BA in Philosophy from La Salle, BSN from West Chester, MSN from Gonzaga and two specialty certifications in stroke nursing and critical care nursing. Nicole has been involved in neuroscience since 2006 in various settings including traumatic brain injury rehab, step down neuroscience care and adult critical care.

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