Pulling from their own personal experiences, three neurocritical care nurses discuss some of the most important tips for new graduate nurses. Hosted by Kati Kleber BSN RN CCCRN, Elizabeth Mills BSN RN CCRN, and Melissa Stafford BSN RN CCRN SCRN. Please see freshrn.com for more content for new nurses.
Ok, you're off orientation, there's no preceptor checking behind you and you're on your own taking care of patients. How do you learn to trust yourself and your nursing judgement? In this episode, we chat about how we began to trust ourselves as we transitioned off of orientation and into our own nursing practice.
Taking care of someone who is unable to interact or make their own medical decisions can be complex. In this episode, we discuss some tips on talking to an unconscious patient and their loved ones, assessment tips, and as well as things to consider like health care power of attorney, consents, and more.
What Nursing Teamwork Practically Looks Like at the Bedside
Teamwork is one of those nursing buzzwords, but what does it practically look like during elbow-to-elbow nursing care? In this episode, we chat tips, what good teamwork feels and looks like, and how to be a good team member, and more.
Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard
Join us as we discuss some tips for floating to another nursing unit. We cover how to start out your shift with success in a different environment, questions to ask, how to manage your nerves, and more. Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard
When the patient is now donating their organs, there are a lot of things that are now the responsibility of the nurse. In this episode, we discuss what it practically looks like to prepare a patient for organ procurement and some of the variations of the process, as well as our own experiences.
Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard
How to Deal With Family Members (who are not mad at you)
So, how do you deal with the family members... like, normally? How do you meet their expectations and work together as a team? We discuss routine communication points with typical family members who are engaged and want to be part of a patient's care, and how you as a fresh RN can speak to them with confidence.
What Nurses Need to Know About Palliative Care - An Interview with Kathleen Puntillo
In this episode, we interview Kathleen Puntillo, PhD RN FAAN who has written about and researched palliative care extensively, about what the nurse needs to know about palliative care and considerations for their patients.
Understanding Nursing Leadership - an Interview with Megan Brunson
Ever wonder about how the bedside nurses work with nursing leadership? We interview a current practicing nursing supervisor, chain of command, and discuss how the bedside nurse can leverage leadership in various patient situations.
Welcome to Season 3 of the FreshRN Podcast. In this episode, Kati and Melissa interview Michael Ackerman DNS RN APRN-BC and Tom Ahrens, PhD RN FAAN on sepsis, priorities for the new nurse, and current sepsis treatment trends and recommendations.
Nursing Certifications - The What, Why, How, and When
Welcome to Season 3 of the FreshRN Podcast. In this episode, we interview Karen Kesten DNP APRN CCRN-K CCNS CNE, with the AACN about nursing certifications and why they are important to our profession, plus how to become certified.
In this episode, we discuss the patients we will never forget. Identifying patient details were changed to protect patient privacy, however the meaning and lessons of the stories remain. Music: “Keep My Cool” by Benj Heard.
This episode discusses very practical tips for learning how to live the night shift life from the perspective of current and former night shift nurses. We discuss eating and sleeping tips, to how to manage your nursing care on the night shift, communicating with the healthcare team at night, and more. Music: “Keep My Cool” by Benj Heard.
Dealing with a Negative Unit Culture, Bullies, and Confrontation
This episode discusses how to deal with a negative unit culture, the importance of emotional intelligence, self-inventory, how to respond to bullies, and confrontation. We talk empathy, sympathy, and more. Music: “Keep My Cool” by Benj Heard.
Tips for New Grad Nurses on Resumes, Applications, and Interviews
This episode covers the essential aspects of landing a job as a new nurse; resumes, applications, and interviews. All three of the hosts have experience interviewing new graduates and we give you our insider tips on the process. Music: “Keep My Cool” by Benj Heard.
Contrary to popular belief, nurses as not perfect. We make mistakes. In this episode, we discuss the mistakes we’ll never forget, as well as a few others. We also discuss some tips on how to deal with mistakes as a new nurse. Music: “Keep My Cool” by Benj Heard.
This episode covers the important difference between pain management and pain elimination, patient education, appropriate assessment, a proactive approach to pain management versus reactive, and some essential definitions. Music: “Keep My Cool” by Benj Heard.
This episode we discuss characteristics of the intensive care nurse, normal expectations, critical thinking, advocacy, communication, and more. We dive into 8 tips for success for newbies in the ICU! This episode is hosted by 3 CCRN nurses, which is a critical care specialty certification granted by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Music: “Keep My Cool” by Benj Heard.
Neuro Nurse Tips for Newbies, Part 3: Meds, Monitoring, Diagnostics, and Surgeries
This episode discusses some important meds (mannitol, hypertonic saline), different kinds of monitoring (ICP), diagnostics (CTA, MRI), and surgeries (craniotomies) that are pertinent to the neurocritical care patient. This episode is hosted by three neurocritical care nurses. Music: “Keep My Cool” by Benj Heard.
Neuro Nurse Tips for Newbies, Part 2: Disease Processes
This episode discusses subdural and epidural hematomas, seizures, brain tumors, and diffuse axonal injury from the nursing perspective. This episode is hosted by three neuro ICU nurses. Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard.
Neuro Nurse Tips for Newbies, Part 1: When to Worry, Disease Processes
This episode discusses the main questions newbies to neuro have: if neuro changes are subtle, when do I worry? We also discuss common neuro disease processes including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, intraventricular hemorrhage, and more. This episode is hosted by three neuro ICU nurses. Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard
This episode discusses the basic nursing considerations for report, including etiquette, LDA’s, meds, alarm management, what to expect when giving and receiving report from various levels of care, and more. Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard
This episode discusses how to practically deal with patient death as it is happening right in front of your eyes, how to support the patient’s loved ones, practical considerations, as well as our own personal stories and tips on how to emotionally process this at home. Music by Taige McMahon.
This episode discusses the frequently challenging topic of delegation, specifically to nursing aides as well as colleagues. We’ll discuss tips and tricks, as well as the importance of building rapport. Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard.
This episode discusses some basics that are essential to understand when working with a medical team, including how they functions and their expectations from the nurse, rounding, common new grad mistakes when working with doctors, and our own personal stories. Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard.
This episode discusses the warning signs of an impending code and when to get concerned. We also discuss rapid response situations and what to do in a code blue situation when you don’t know what to do. We also go over our first code blue situations. Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard.
Central Venous Catheters 101: Basics for New Nurses
This episode discusses the basic information the bedside nurse should know related to central lines or central venous catheters. This includes things you should never do, things you should always do, when to be concerned, and how to educate your patients. Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard.
What to Expect During Your New Graduate Nursing Orientation
This episode discusses structure of a typical nursing orientation, what to expect, tips for working with a preceptor, what to do when you and your preceptor don’t get along, and how to acclimate yourself to the culture of a nursing unit. Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard.