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. Ep5 Midwifery, Psych Mental Health and Vulnerability with Dr. Diane Solomon PhD, PMHNP-BC, CNM

Join in on this episode with Dr. Diane Solomon as she details her journey and unpacks everything in this gracious episode. Discussions include the ABCDE's of self-care; experiences on a Navajo reservation and earning trust amongst the tribe; the importance of the mother-daughter dyad; what life is really like as a midwife with long hours and often stressful moments; the impact of cultural diversity among blacks and indigenous people; cultural privilege and the importance of checking yourself; de-escalation techniques and the importance of being trauma-informed. Finally, a shout-out to Lyndsey Miller on Individual Care Values and Autonomy and why it is so important to network! Dr. Solomon originally received her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale, becoming a Certified Nurse-Midwife devoted to women’s empowerment and health. After two decades of practice, she returned to Oregon Health & Sciences University for her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner post-master’s certificate. Dr. Solomon also holds a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and a PhD in Nursing, the latter focused on healing family relationships in the context of aging. With a private psychiatric practice in Portland, she is honored to help clients heal and thrive, from trauma to joy. Dr. Solomon is also a health policy advocate, promoting the NP role and NP solution to primary and behavioral healthcare through systems-level change, engagement, action, and collaboration. She volunteers as adjunct faculty at OHSU, on the Boards of Oregon Nurses Association, Nurse Practitioners of Oregon, and the Oregon Wellness Program, and in other ways to enrich the lives and well-being of others. Follow her on Twitter: @DianeSolomonOR
March 2, 2021

S2 Ep4 Canadian Nursing, Long-Term Care and Vibrant Health with Daniela Acosta, RN, GNC (C), BScN, BSc

Find out why long-term care may be the best kept secret in nursing practice as the podcast's welcome's its first Canadian nurse- Daniela Acosta! Daniela discusses some differences between the United States and Canadian health care as well as what it is like working in long-term care. She is passionate about long term care as well as quality improvement and best practice implementation. Discussion points include building trust, talking to people, clinical skill challenges, team nursing staffing, care plans, burnout and a spiritual health advisor, and the 8 A's of Dementia. Finally, we go into her venture, Vibrant Nurse which aims to be a blend of nursing and leadership including sharing leadership skills for outcomes and how to achieve during the pandemic. Daniela Acosta RN, GNC (C), BScN, BSc, CEO of Vibrant Nurse. Daniela is a nursing practice leader in long-term care at one of the largest and most innovative long-term care facilities in the province of Ontario, Canada. Since graduating, with Dean’s honours, from the University of Toronto in 2012, she has dedicated her entire career to senior’s care as well as quality improvement and best practice implementation. Daniela is an advocate for highlighting the importance of registered nursing roles in long-term care and the importance of embracing leadership skills in nursing. This passion has since inspired her to create Vibrant Nurse, a social media community and online business (in their beginning stages) that support general nursing leadership and raise awareness of nursing opportunities in long-term care. Find her on instagram: @vibrantnurse or via her website:
February 23, 2021

S2 Ep3 Population Health and Implementation Science with Lori Merkel, PhD, MSPH, RN, CPHQ

We join Lori Merkel in a fact filled episode that takes us from a lego replica of Baby Yoda (yes, we know it's not really a baby), to her days beginning in psychology, first job as a high risk neonatal nurse and eventual job as a quality specialist. She then describes some very neat areas of nursing that are often unexplored including a job in Population Health Sciences. We explore many topics including health economics, care delivery models, health equity, implementation research and so much more. She even interviews myself at the end! Lori obtained her BA in Psychology, minor in Biology from Rutgers University then pursued her nursing degree (BSN) at Drexel University. She has obtained her Masters of Science in Public Health from Pennsylvania State University. Lori has held a certification in High Risk Neonatal Nursing and presently is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. She most recently has completed her PhD at Jefferson University in Population Health Sciences with a concentration in Healthcare Quality and Safety. In her current role, she is a nurse and population health analyst in an academic primary care network as well as an adjunct professor at Jefferson University.
February 16, 2021

S2 Ep2 Unique experiences and time in Uganda with Jenn Martin, CRNP, RN

In this laugh filled episode, I join Jenn Martin, CRNP as she details so much about nursing. Jenn and I worked together first during her time as a travel nurse and quickly bonded over so much. She shares her experiences, the highs and lows, of travel nursing and what it's like in different parts of the country. Jenn also has traveled to and helped educate those in Uganda, in an experience, as she describes, one of her most formative and shifting, in life and career. We unpack a lot during this episode and hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did!
February 9, 2021

S2 Ep 1 Compassionate Care and Adult ADHD with Kirsten Peterson, BSN, RN

In this episode, Kirsten Peterson joins the podcast to discuss her journey. From following her passion for Tennis to attend Wheaton College (Illinois) and studying Sociology with a minor in Spanish, to a passion in criminology, Kirsten found her path to become a nurse as well as the perfect program within Eastern University. Kirsten has lived and worked in various places including Austin, TX, Hershey, PA, Chicago, IL and Boston, MA. She currently works as a hospice nurse in the community of the western suburbs of Chicago for Seasons Hospice. Before coming to hospice she worked in a Neuro ICU at Central Dupage hospital in Winfield IL, and previous to that worked as a trauma med-surg nurse at Penn State Medical Center. Her first job was spinal cord injury unit at St. Davids Rehab Hospital in downtown Austin, Texas. We discuss everything from these beginnings, to following your spiritual calling and finding faith in nursing as well as exploring different paths and finding your purpose in nursing. Most importantly, we discuss what it is like having Adult ADHD and working as a nurse. Discussions of tactics to handle ADHD, what anxiety is like for two different people and the commonalities that exist. Finally, we go in detail of what compassionate care means and how to deliver it. This is a great conversation for any nurse that sees patients at the various stages of life.
February 2, 2021

S1 Ep12 Nurse Anesthesia 101 with Ryan Statton, Hilary Martino and Dan Martino- CRNA's.

Today's chat is with Nurse Anesthesia 101 Founders, Ryan Statton, Dan and Hilary Martino. In this episode, we chat about everything Nursing anesthesia has to offer! Starting from each nurses beginnings and their respective first degrees, why the each pursued nursing, their first jobs and how long each stayed within their respective job role before going into nurse anesthesia. They discuss really important hot topics such as their experiences with school selection, the importance of clinical choices, what the nursing school interview is like and how to prepare as well as what is needed to help stand out for nurse anesthesia school. Finally, we discuss where to find Nurse Anesthesia 101 and how to join! Facebook Nurse Anesthesia 101 Page: Facebook Nurse Anesthesia 101 Group: About Ryan Ryan obtained his Master’s in Anesthesiology from Barry University and began practice as a CRNA in 2015. Ryan is one of the most sought-after preceptors in his anesthesia group due to his knowledge base, critical care intuition, communication skills, and passion to educate. On any given shift, Ryan is educating nurse anesthesia students from both AdventHealth University and Florida State University. The opportunity to develop a supportive platform, which caters to nurses and nursing students, fits seamlessly into Ryan’s strengths as an educator and mentor. Ryan regularly offers job shadowing to both ICU nurses and nursing students. Watching ICU nurses that have shadowed him reach their full potential as CRNAs was the defining impetus that led to the development of Nurse Anesthesia 101. The opportunities that exist within the Nurse Anesthesia 101 platform offer tangible benefits to Ryan’s clients. His ability to impart clarity is a vital component of his leadership expertise. Prior to pursuing a degree in nursing, Ryan studied engineering at Virginia Tech, and designed specifications and marketing for a publicly traded IT business. Ryan’s interest in nurse anesthesia was the reason he made the pivotal career move into nursing. Having grown up in a family of nurses and healthcare professionals, Ryan learned of the CRNA profession and made this vital decision before taking his first pre-requisite nursing class. When Ryan is not in the operating room, you might find him boating, fishing, hiking, or camping with his wife Sam and their six children. He also loves traveling with Sam, teaching his children how to DIY, and hosting special events with friends and family. About Dan: Dan is an experienced nurse anesthetist, entrepreneur and integral to the success of Nurse Anesthesia 101. His passions include elevating and transforming the nurse anesthesia profession through a multitude of entrepreneurial endeavors. After a decade in the operating room he feels compelled to support qualified students and nurses in their pursuit of the coveted nurse anesthesia title. Shaped by thousands of hours precepting students in every speciality CRNAs practice within, Dan knows what truly is required for nurses to find success in anesthesia. His previous marketing and public relations career allows him to identify audience desires and apply Nurse Anesthesia 101’s mission to their professional goals. Connecting with nursing students and nurses passionately seeking higher education in the anesthesia arena drives Dan’s pursuit of continuing a family-instilled value of helping others. Dan holds a MSN in Nurse Anesthesia from the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences and a BS in Public Relations from the University of Florida. Outside of the operating room he can usually be found adventuring with his wife Hilary, coaching their sons' baseball team, relentlessly growing business endeavors with Ryan and exploring the beautiful waterways of Florida on his boat “Rapid Sequence.”
August 28, 2020

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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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