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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Dialysis Nursing with Alayna Laranjo, ADN, RN

In this episode, I join Alayna Laranjo who is a Dialysis Nurse and in Dialysis clinical care for 9 years. We talk about her upbringing as a fire fighter and upbringing in healthcare as an EMT, Medic and 911 Dispatcher. We talk all things from preparing for a mass casualty, teaching classes, and even receiving a call that lead to the birth of twins! We then move into how she became a Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician, as well as the importance of a longer orientation and continual learning environment. Moving into her career as a nurse became a passion for wanting to do more for the patients she was taking care of. We also detail the daily life of a dialysis nurse, what her 5am-2pm shift is like, and how important wellness is for nurses. Alayna  started out her career in the emergency medical services as an EMT for 6  years, a medic for 10 years and 911 dispatcher for 7 years. She even  taught EMT classes for 2 years. Alayna decided to change careers and  started out in a dialysis clinic that lead her to become a Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician. She eventually decided to attend nursing school and graduated with her Associates Degree in Nursing in 2012. She has been with the same dialysis company for 9 years and has a thorough passion for dialysis patients and dialysis nursing. Alayna is about to graduate with her BSN and will eventually pursue her Master’s in Nursing Leadership in the fall. In her personal time, she is a  softball umpire, triathlete, and raises her children in the town of Troy, NY. --- Support this podcast:
August 3, 2020

Nursing and Surviving Covid with Frank Stickler II, ASN, RN, CNRN, CCRN

I join Frank Stickler in this episode to talk all things nursing since his departure from Hershey, PA to colorful Colorado! We dive into his experiences working while attending school, what working night shift was like, some unique things about working at a Primary Stroke Center as opposed to a Comprehensive Stroke Center and some interesting times treating patients with toxicities! Moving along, is his current role in a Neuroscience Critical Care Unit, what is was like to have and survive Covid-19 and what is next for Frank! Frank started as a CNA in 2008 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, PA  while in high school. He worked full-time night shift as CNA at HMC  while going to nursing school. Frank was apart of the last graduating  class of Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences (now  Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences) and received his ASN in 2013.  He is only 4 weeks away from achieving his BSN from the University of  Texas. Frank has worked in Neuroscience for several years with  experience in Neuro/Stroke/Tox/Medicine and Neurocritical Care. He is  currently a Neuroscience Critical Care RN at the University of Colorado  Hospital where he serves as a charge nurse, preceptor, recourse RN,  educator and nerd for anything neuro. Frank is also a personal colleague  of mine who has survived COVID-19. He currently lives in Centennial,  Colorado with his partner, Mike, dog and 2 cats. --- Support this podcast:
July 13, 2020

Neuroimmunology Nurse Practitioner with Ashley Kundravi, MSN, CRNP

Ashley Kundravi joins me in this episode to discuss her experience on what it was like to become a family nurse practitioner. We detail her beginnings as a Biology major and eventual 2nd degree student at the University of Delaware, to her first job in a community hospital and what challenges those brought, what applying to nurse practitioner school was like for Ashley, the challenges of nurse practitioner school including finding preceptors, a new and exciting gig in a neuroimmunology clinic that primarily treats patients with multiple sclerosis. This very informative episode discusses everything from school to new medications that patients are taking and why multiple sclerosis is a tricky disease. She offers tips for patients on supplements and hits on the importance of decreasing  stress in your life. This is a wonderful episode for the student nurse and the patient alike. Ashley  in a CRNP with Hershey Medical Center’s neuroimmunology division. She  graduated from university of Delaware with her BA in biology in 2010,  and her BSN in 2012. She complete her MSN at Millersville University in  2017. When not at work, Ashley enjoys knitting and spending time with  her pets. --- Support this podcast:
June 26, 2020

Post Stroke with Lauren Landis, ASN, RN

This is a very special episode! I sit down with Lauren Landis to discuss her career and most importantly, how she was a nurse on the same unit that her dad received stroke care. We talk about Lauren's unique background, safe staffing ratios and what her first job was like and spend a majority of time discussing her father, whom suffered a stroke. This case is presented as a case study with knowledge about risk factors, how important an a1c is, what a large vessel stroke means, what neurointerventional care entails and so, so, much more. Lauren describes her experience as a nurse going through tough choices, with appreciation of her prior coworkers and how it is okay to change an environment to better one's own mental health to better care for patients. Lauren's bravery to share this story is not one to pass along-it is a must listen! Lauren is a 2016 graduate of Penn State Mont Alto. She began her career on a Med-Surg Neuro unit before stepping into the world of critical care. Her  current area of work is in surgical/trauma intensive care, though she  will always have a place in her heart for Neurocritical care patients. She received the Daisy Award in 2017 and a token of recognition by Gift of Life Donor Program for the nursing care of an organ donor in 2019. When  Lauren isn’t donning/doffing PPE, doing Q1hr neuro checks, or replacing  electrolytes, you can find her cooking new recipes, napping away the nightshift hangover, or playing video games with her fiancé, Joshua. --- Support this podcast:
June 19, 2020

Finding Purpose with an Open Heart with Anne Calhoun BS, BSN, RN

We dig DEEP on this episode with Anne Calhoun. Join in with this episode as we discuss how Anne started her career as a nurse, from failing organic chemistry four times, her adventures as a paramedic to her beginnings as a nurse in a neonatal ICU. We discuss so many important things such as:  Being able to find your strengths within ICU nursing Why each of us packs an emotional backpack and why that is not the best method of releasing stress Why the simple things for patient care matter Why practicing self-forgiveness matters Getting to know the human in each person Three special methods of helping to reduce stress including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Why practicing with an open heart is such an important piece as a nurse  About Anne: Anne graduated from nursing school in 2002 as a 2nd degree student because her organic chemistry grades weren't good enough to get into Med school (seriously).  She moved to nursing after 5 years as a paramedic, and took a job in the Neonatal ICU.  She spent 12 years at the bedside, and 3 years as a Nurse Educator in that unit until she left the hospital to work as a holistic educator full time from home. Anne is passionate about caring for people with a wide open heart.  She loves helping people to trust their intuition and learn about the root causes of their symptoms. Anne lives in Michigan with her husband and 3 kids. --- Support this podcast:
June 12, 2020

From Diploma to Coordinator and Everything In Between with Morgan Boyer MPH, RN, NVRN-BC, CNRN, SCRN, CTC

Enjoy this laugh filled and jam packed episode with Morgan Boyer. We discuss her start in the science world with a passion and goal of benchmark laboratory science that spanned a dairy farm and chicken farm with quality assurance roles, to an eventual move into a diploma nursing program at Reading Hospital. We detail some of the differences between working in different organizations such as a rehabilitation hospital, community hospital and Magnet/comprehensive stroke, level 1 trauma center. Morgan tells stories and shares her experiences in both a neuroscience unit as well as Interventional Radiology including what to look out for in your co-workers and why a team aspect is so important. We then transition into telehealth and telestroke as well as hospital finances, the difference between a for-profit and not for-profit hospital, where telehealth may be going in the future and Morgan's new role as a stroke and sepsis coordinator. She also provides excellent tips for new nurses along the way! Morgan is a non-traditional nurse with her early career spent in laboratory science in research and quality assurance. She became a registered nurse in 2009 and began working in a cardiac progressive care unit at a local community hospital. She then transitioned to the Neuroscience  Integrated Care Unit at Penn State Health where her passion for the complex and unique neuroscience patient was uncovered.  Her career then transitioned to interventional radiology and had the  opportunity to participate as a procedural nurse in acute interventions.  Her path changed with an opportunity to expand and support PSH’s telestroke program as a coordinator. During this  opportunity, she was able to expand her skills in process and quality  improvement with research skills. She supported 18 partner community hospitals via education and collaboration. During this journey, she obtained her BSN, and, eventual Master’s in Public Health.  Once she completed her degree, she accepted a role as a Neuroscience  Project Manager for a 5 hospital health system. Currently, she is a Clinical Program Coordinator for Stroke and Sepsis for Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center. Morgan has  certifications in Neurovascular Nursing, Neuroscience Nursing, Stroke  Nursing and as a Certified Telehealth Coordinator. --- Support this podcast:
May 27, 2020

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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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