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The Gritty Nurse Podcast

Author: Amie and Sara

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Co-hosts Amie and Sara are experienced nurses, former co-workers, and friends. Together they tackle hot topics related to nursing and healthcare, with grit!
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Sick and tired of being a nurse/healthcare provider? Feeling trapped in this profession? Feeling stagnant and need a change? Been bullied and pushed to the limits? Maybe it is time for a change- and thats what our guest Jennifer Groenewold did! She was an ICU nurse for many years and one pivotal moment made her re-think her entire career. From the ICU to the courtroom, Jennifer is still making an impact in healthcare, protecting the frontlines in healthcare, lawyer style! Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Science of Nursing at the University of Alberta in 2001. She has worked on the medical unit, cardiac cath lab,  neuro/trauma ICU, general systems ICU, and coronary care ICU.  In 2009, Jennifer applied to law schools, and received an early acceptance at Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax,  Nova Scotia. After completing her law degree she started her articles at a large downtown law firm where she primarily practiced personal injury defence work and defending nurses in medical negligence cases. After a few years of private practice, she made the change to work in public law, at the BC College of Nurses and Midwives. She currently holds the position of legal counsel in the Inquiry, Discipline and Monitoring department. Thank you to our sponsor Samuel Merritt University! If you’re interested in getting more information on their MSN and DNP programs and scholarships visit them at https://smumsn.com and show them how much you appreciate them for sponsoring our podcast!
In this episode, Amie & Sara address the rising level of online hate and death threats in social media towards healthcare professionals. We also discuss the increasing violence in nursing and towards healthcare staff. When will this stop? We need protection. The government needs to step up and protect healthcare workers. Disclaimer: In the following episode we will discuss a violent attack that occurred with a healthcare worker. She has allowed us to tell her story. Please note the details of her account can be triggering to some. We recommend listening at your discretion. Links: https://www.ona.org/news-posts/expert-panel-southlake/ https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-man-accused-attacking-pregnant-nurse-resulting-death-unborn-baby-n1283261 https://www.assp.org/news-and-articles/house-passes-bill-to-protect-healthcare-and-social-service-workers-from-violence  https://www.ajmc.com/view/violence-against-healthcare-workers-a-rising-epidemic https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2779310  https://www.nationalnursesunited.org/press/nurses-applaud-passage-legislation-protecting-health-care-social-service-workers https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/coral-springs/fl-ne-woman-coral-springs-murder-20200728-qdwwga3wejck7c4ugom3ttu3jy-story.html https://nursesunions.ca/campaigns/violence/  https://ohsonline.com/articles/2019/11/25/congress-bill-works-to-protect-health-care-workers-from-violence.aspx  Thank you to our sponsor Samuel Merritt University! If you’re interested in getting more information on their MSN and DNP programs and scholarships visit them at https://smumsn.com and show them how much you appreciate them for sponsoring our podcast!
Sara and Amie talk about the chronic nursing shortage and nursing recruitment such as high entrance grades, cheating, and the lack of clinical placements and preceptors. They also talk about creative solutions, and the dire need for more government support. There is significant red tape for internationally trained nurses, and nurses who want to return to the bedside. They also discuss a looming strike due to a proposed wage cut of new hires by a whopping 26-39%! What can be done? Listen and find out!   Thank you to our sponsor Samuel Merritt University! If you’re interested in getting more information on their MSN and DNP programs and scholarships visit them at https://smumsn.com and show them how much you appreciate them for sponsoring our podcast!   Links: She wants to be a nurse, but a 94% average wasn't enough to get into program More Than 30,000 Kaiser Permanente Workers Just Announced They’ll Strike This Month Clinical placement experience of nursing students during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study
What is it like working in healthcare with ADHD? What are your perceptions of those who are working in healthcare with ADHD? We sit down to talk to podcast host Jami Fregeau of "The Neurodivergent Nurse". We discuss with Jami what it is like having ADHD in the healthcare world. A little perspective goes a long way and focusing on how we can change our perspectives and attitudes to support those who are neurodiverse in healthcare is an important conversation to have!      Clinical study of boys with more diagnosis than female resulting in underdiagnosis. https://acamh.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jcpp.12874   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4195638/   https://www.verywellmind.com/adhd-in-girls-symptoms-of-adhd-in-girls-20547   Successful People in History with ADHD:    https://www.uopeople.edu/blog/8-of-the-worlds-most-successful-people-with-adhd/   The Neurodivergent Nurse https://www.instagram.com/theneurodivergentnurse/    Thank you to our sponsor Samuel Merritt University! If you’re interested in getting more information on their MSN and DNP programs and scholarships visit them at https://smumsn.com and show them how much you appreciate them for sponsoring our podcast!
Why is Death and Dying so scary? Is it the unknown? Fear of pain? In this episode, Amie and Sara discuss all things related to death and dying. How do nurses and other healthcare professionals deal with death and dying? Are we expected to be desensitized to death? Does this impact our emotional wellbeing or the way we deliver palliative care to patients and families? We also discuss the narrative on death and how it has been depicted in films and television and how this shapes our viewpoints and perspectives.  We would like to dedicate this episode to Dr. Nadia Chaudhri, whose grace, fearlessness and poise in life and death will continue on for decades to come.  https://www.chaudhrilab.com/ https://www.concordia.ca/alumni-friends/giving-to-concordia/fundone/nadia-chaudhri-wingspan-award.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/20/health/nadia-chaudhri-dead.html How Death Anxiety Impacts Nurses’ Caring for Patients at the End of Life: A Review of Literature Brene Brown on Empathy   Nadia Chaudhri, beloved Montreal neuroscientist with fans worldwide, has died   Thank you to our sponsor Samuel Merritt University! If you’re interested in getting more information on their MSN and DNP programs and scholarships visit them at https://smumsn.com and show them how much you appreciate them for sponsoring our podcast!
Horror Stories From The Hospital Bedside- The Gritty Nurses do Halloween! Do you believe in things that go bump in the night? Is it just a story or reality? In this Halloween episode, Amie, Sara and Matt discuss their "unexplained" spooky experiences. They share their own personal experiences as well as highlight the scariest stories they have read about in recent news and from around the world. Is it fact or fiction? Can everything be explained? Logic or upbringing? You decide! Listeners beware!  *This is just a fun podcast episode! Try not to take it too seriously!    Thank you to our sponsor Samuel Merritt University! If you’re interested in getting more information on their MSN and DNP programs and scholarships visit them at https://smumsn.com and show them how much you appreciate them for sponsoring our podcast!
In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Michael McGillion and discuss technology and innovation in nursing. We chat about the integration of technology and how it can support care delivery. We look at innovations and projects that he has been working in as a nurse scientist. We also discuss the difficulties with automation, AI and over-reliance on technology in healthcare. Some nurses love new tech, some absolutely hate it! Dr. Michael McGillion is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, Research, in the School of Nursing at McMaster University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster in 1996, and a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Toronto in 2006. Michael has practiced as a nurse in general medicine and emergency care in both Canada and the United States. He is a McMaster University Scholar and holds the Heart and Stroke Foundation/Michael G. DeGroote Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Nursing at McMaster. He is also a Scientist at the Population Health Research Institute in Hamilton, Ontario. His research program focuses on technology-enabled remote automated patient monitoring and the virtual care of people recovering from cardiac, vascular and other forms of surgery.   Thank you to our sponsor Samuel Merritt University! If you’re interested in getting more information on their MSN and DNP programs and scholarships visit them at https://smumsn.com and show them how much you appreciate them for sponsoring our podcast!   Additional Resources:    https://www.phri.ca/research/pvc-ram-1/   https://www.phri.ca/nursing-and-virtual-care-research/   https://ir.clouddx.com/news-and-media/news/news-details/2021/Canadian-Study-Using-Cloud-DX-Technology-Proves-Remote-Patient-Monitoring-Improves-Patient-Outcomes/default.aspx   https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33837687/   https://www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/share/pvc-ram/     https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/new-technology-could-mean-less-hospital-time-for-surgery-patients-1.5137667   https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210930082407.htm   https://www.canhealth.com/2020/06/30/multi-site-study-tests-virtual-care-for-post-op-patients/    
"Tag team, back again...check it to wreck it, LETS BEGIIN...WHOOMP THERE IT IS!" -Tag Team What does it look like when a physician stands not just for nursing as a profession--but WITH nursing? In this episode, we interview Dr. Chris Keefer, an Emergency Physician and fellow podcaster who penned an Open Letter to Political and Healthcare leaders signed by over 700 emergency physicians. He also helped mobilize and marched with frontline nurses.  What does your physician advocacy for nursing look like? Dr. Chris Keefer is an Emergency Medicine physician with an interest in activated learning through simulation based medical education. He is the director of EMDeliberate practice, a high risk medical procedural training course. He is also the founder and director of Doctors for Nuclear Energy. Dr. Keefer is a pro-nuclear climate and clean air activist and the host of the Decouple Podcast and WeCANDUIt! podcast. Dr. Keefer is the president of Canadians for Nuclear Energy, a grassroots non-profit made up of climate, health and labour advocates. See Dr. Keefer in action:  Aug 25: Open letter from ER Doctors in support of Acute Care Nurses https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/10/03/nurse-advocacy-protesters-plan-demonstration-at-queens-park-for-monday.html https://thetyee.ca/Video/2012/06/25/Interrupting-Joe-O/ https://ca.linkedin.com/in/chris-keefer-166a3698 https://www.doctorsfornuclearenergy.org/      
In this episode, we sit down to talk with Cheryl Beemer, a nurse with over 30 years' experience. She has worked in the cardiac cath lab and held positions with the College of Nurses of Ontario, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario as well as the Ontario Nurses Association.  We discuss a difficult time in her life when she dealt with multiple deaths in the family, her husband was ill, and how her sick time off was handled by nursing leadership. Do you think times have changed? Have a listen and find out. 
Do you remember your training when it came to social media use as a healthcare provider? We do, it pretty much was DON'T USE IT. Social media use was discarded as "extracurricular". What if we told you that social media is a powerful tool for empowerment, change and the exchange of healthcare knowledge? It's time to shut down the misconceptions of social media use and think about how we can use it innovatively in healthcare. We discuss it in Gritty Nurse fashion, the only way we know how. 
Why have we have gone back in time on women’s rights and women’s health? What does “my body, my choice” mean? In this part 2 episode with Adrianne Behning from “Nursing Uncensored” , we discuss Adrianne ’s experiences working in an abortion clinic in the states. We also discuss the ideas surrounding “my body, my choice” and the new abortion laws in Texas.
You often hear that nursing is a calling. A gift that is bestowed upon those who "answer the call". Well that isn't often the case! People who enter the profession of nursing may come from  different walks of life and varied backgrounds. Some stumble into nursing, while others always "knew" they wanted to be a nurse. Either way- the end result is the same...a passion for advocacy of those who are most vulnerable and learning to care for others using nursing science. We sit down and speak with Adrienne Behning, a nurse and fellow podcaster about her journey into nursing and her awesome podcast "Nursing Uncensored". 
When it comes to healthcare, it should be about people first, right? In this episode, we speak with Dr. David Fisman, a professor of epidemiology, Internal Medicine Physician and Infection Diseases Consultant we ask him all the tough questions:  When it comes to modelling pandemic data, how screwed are we? Is Covid Airborne? Should I send my child/children to school? How does a disease go from being acute to endemic? What’s a likely timeline for COVID-19 to become endemic? Will wave 4 be the most deadly? Will this shit end? Vaccines have done most of the heavy lifting, but we need honesty, transparency, strong public health policy and working collectively as a community to end this pandemic.  Dr. David Fisman is a professor of epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and a practicing internist. His areas of expertise include Infectious diseases, public health, and epidemiology. He is interested in developing and applying novel methodological tools that allow physicians and public health experts to make the best possible decisions around communicable disease control, using the best available data.   Dr. Fisman completed a residency in internal medicine at both McGill and Brown Universities, before completing a fellowship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston, and a Master of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Fisman was also an AHRQ fellow in health policy at the Harvard Centre for Risk Analysis.  
We are knee deep in this Sh!t. We all want the pandemic to end, but after 18 months, we are in the 4th wave. In this episode, we discuss what's driving the 4th wave of the pandemic: the  unvaccinated population. We discuss the crisis of the DISinfodemic, having a "healthy" distrust of the government and big pharma. We offer advice on how to critically assess sources of information and research, nurses and other healthcare providers who spread misinformation, employee retention and the Dunning Kruger effect. We end with how to move forward and see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are sick of the pandemic and bad behaviour- Staying silent isn't an option!   Links: The Social Dilemma Cochrane Review Library Dunning Kruger effect Root cause analysis: American Society for Quality http://www.ihi.org/resources/Pages/Tools/RCA2-Improving-Root-Cause-Analyses-and-Actions-to-Prevent-Harm.aspx  
In this lighthearted episode, we discuss life in the nursing break room. We dive into personal stories and unwritten rules and guidelines to surviving your lunch break. We also discuss break rooms typically look like; what nurses do and what they talk about, and other random things! Who is "allowed" to use the break room besides nurses? Have you mastered the healthcare "power nap"? What do we watch in the break room and why is the fridge always packed? This is an episode anyone can relate to!
In this lighthearted episode, Amie and Sara sit down with fellow Nursing advocate Ashley Bartholomew to play a game: Never Have I Ever - Nursing Edition! Ashley Bartholomew was also featured on MSNBC as "The Nurse who Changed the Mind of a Patient Downplaying the Pandemic in the ICU." Ashley is one of the first nurses in the United States to speak publicly about her experiences on Covid 19 units.  
In this episode, Amie and Sara talk to Dr. Saroo Sharda, an anesthesiologist with a unique passion for narrative medicine and the CPSO Lead for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We discuss narrative medicine and the benefits to both healthcare providers and patients. We also dive into how organizations can move beyond performative allyship and truly incorporate antiracism as a competency in healthcare. Dr. Sharda gives her powerful insights on how we can move towards an AUTHENTIC pathway to equity and antiracism in healthcare, medicine and nursing. If you listen to any episode for change, this is the one.    Resources: Dr. Lisa Richardson, Anti Ingenous Racism How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
In this fierce episode, Amie and Sara discuss poverty and homelessness with Dr. Naheed Dosani, a palliative care physician who is passionate about health equity and social justice. Home care assumes you have a home, but what if you don't? We take a dive into palliative care for the homeless, the housing first approach, and trauma-informed care. We need equity, not equality! We look at some tangible steps anyone can take to be a social change agent.    Resources: www.homelesshub.ca  Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness https://healthprovidersagainstpoverty.ca/ https://www.cathycrowe.ca/
You are a new nursing grad, eager to get your first position at a hospital during a global pandemic. You apply to multiple jobs and get two interviews at the same hospital but on different units! You hit the jackpot! Umm...wait...what---the managers call you and tell you now you're BLACKLISTED! WTF? Amie & Sara sit down to discuss this new grad's experience of job hunting as a new nurse during the pandemic. As if we do not have problems already-let's just turn good nurses away! We are outraged for her and saddened that during a shortage of nurses, this is what it has come to. 
Name a movie star that is a famous nurse! Name a nurse figure regularly seen in news media as medical correspondent! Name a nurse who has a TV show? Name a nurse who is known all over the world, who hasn't been dead for the past 100 years! Stumped?  We are too. Where are all the famous nurses? In this episode, Amie and Sara scrape the surface as to why there are not more famous nurses. Are we not medical experts? Why are we not more notable? What do you think? We will tell you what we think, of course with GRIT.  
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