• New nursing students everywhere are in the final stages of preparation before starting their programs - getting health records submitted, going through orientation, making sure they're signed up for the right classes. Simultaneously, they're all trying to enjoy as much summer as possible before they settle in for the long-haul on the road to becoming a nurse.

    If you're an incoming nursing student, you already know the benefits of working ahead. In this episode, Adrianne presents some things you should think about while sitting by the pool or hiding in the air conditioning between now and the end of August. (These tips wouldn’t hurt you returning students either!)

    Adrianne breaks down her Top 10 Preparation Tips for New Nursing Students.
    This was originally a blog post she wrote back in 2018 (https://www.nursinguncensored.com/blog/prenursingprep), but due to popular demand, it’s now in audio form. Don’t be fooled though, there are some perks to the blog. We’ve included some related links from the original posting that you may enjoy. Please check them out if you want some very memorable memory devices and also maybe get a little giggle.

    Here’s a video about the metric system. Make it your friend now.
    U.S. Office Of Education - "Metric Education" (PSA, 1978)

    Just when you thought rapping white dudes couldn’t get any nerdier...
    The Greatest Medical Terminology Rap Ever

    Kick up some vintage vibes with this parody of a vintage Frankie Valli hit.
    Electrolytes Song (Big Girls Don't Cry Parody)

    Speaking of vintage, I wonder if Freddie Mercury would be into this parody.
    Bohemian Polypharmacy

    Let’s get serious for a sec. This video from Nurse Nacole should be a nursing school requirement. Learn how to read a textbook, because you’re probably doing it wrong.

    How to Study from a Textbook Effectively

    If you want some helpful infographics for metric conversions, check out our board.
    Nursing Uncensored Med Math Pinterest Board

    Did you know there is a separate APA guide for digital sources? Get the book!
    APA Style Guide to Electronic References, 6th ed.


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  • This week Adrianne chats with Nurse Margo about aromatherapy use at the bedside, specifically in palliative and end-of-life care. They discuss how aromatherapy is used in the hospital setting, as well as how Margo approached this evidence-based project, and how she helped improve essential oil use on the unit. The moral of Margo’s story however, is that any nurse, regardless of years of experience, can impact bedside practice and contribute in meaningful ways.

    Margo has also provided us with some great resources for further education on aromatherapy use among patient populations.

    Be sure to check out:

    Palliative care chat podcast: Episode 8 Dr. Lynn McPherson and Dr. Susan Kristiniak Aromatherapy Podcast

    The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

    The NCCIH has a variety of information about this topic, as evidenced by the ample search results when you search “aromatherapy” on the site.

    Thanks again to Margo for joining us~!

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  • This week we are joined by Molly Hillig Rodriguez, RN, BSN, MPH, CEO of Empower Yourself Coaching. She reached out to Adrianne to discuss the very sensitive, yet important topic of suicide among nurses and how we work to prevent this tragedy.

    According to an article from Nurse.org, nurses are four times more likely to commit suicide than individuals not working in healthcare (Yazdi, 2017). The combination of physical, emotional, mental and financial stressors is a real threat to the well-being of our frontline healthcare providers.

    Molly and Adrianne discuss the imperative need for suicide prevention programs in healthcare institutions and the much-needed involvement of nurse leaders. They highlight ways leaders can reduce suicide risk among nursing staff, how individuals can identify signs of increased suicide risk, and how to be a support to someone who is struggling.

    Molly also provides some great resources to give each of you a boost of empowerment and education on how to maintain mental health. On the Nursing Uncensored website, you’ll find an information page provided by Molly regarding the content of this conversation and some helpful resources for you.

    In the episode, Molly mentions three additional resources for you to check out:
    The School of Greatness - Lewis Howes https://lewishowes.com/sogpodcast/
    Rise (podcast) - Rachel Hollis https://open.spotify.com/show/7IjK2aH3JBpI7nzqGrN6o0
    The 5-Second Rule - Mel Robins https://melrobbins.com/blog/five-elements-5-second-rule/

    Crisis Resources
    If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
    If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
    If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

    Find more info on Molly and Empower Yourself Coaching at

    Insta: @_mollyrodriguez

    Yazdi, M. (2017, September 28). Suicide In Nursing: Much More Common Than You Think. Retrieved from https://nurse.org/articles/suicide-rates-high-for-female-nurses/

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  • In this episode, Adrianne is talking money - specifically student loan repayment - a topic that has most of us fresh graduates totally stressed out. Since Adrianne is one of the stressed out masses, she’s having a conversation with expert and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Travis Hornsby, founder of studentloanplanner.com.

    He and Adrianne discuss a number of topics including, but not limited to, Federal vs private loan repayment strategy, the public service loan forgiveness program (PSLF), and refinancing student loans. While this show primarily focuses on the lives of Registered Nurses, this financial information can be helpful to any health science graduates - including nurses, chiropractors, physicians, dentists, etc.

    They discuss basic financial repayment concepts as well as specific tools to help you on your journey to repayment. Below are some links to help you on your way.

    If you visit Travis and his crew at studentloanplanner.com you will also find free access to his Student Loan Calculator https://www.studentloanplanner.com/free-student-loan-calculator/

    Also here is more information on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program:

  • Happy National Nurses Week to everyone in the Nursing Uncensored universe!

    Adrianne is excited to welcome Jaime Dawson, MPH, the Director of Program Operations for the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge and Innovation at the American Nurses Association.

    Jaime’s past programmatic work at the ANA has included occupational safety and health topics, such as safe patient handling and mobility, healthcare worker vaccination, violence prevention, and sharps safety. She attended George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services and earned a Master’s of Public Health degree with a focus on environmental and occupational health.

    Jaime and Adrianne discuss the health status of nurses in the United States, the mission and functions of the ANA, and they highlight resources and ways to get involved with the HNHN™ Grand Challenge. Please keep reading for helpful links and information.

    If this episode has inspired you to get involved with this wonderful challenge, Adrianne would love to know about it. Drop a comment or email nursinguncensoredpodcast@gmail.com or use the Contact Us page on the website at Nursinguncensored.com

    Thanks again to Jaime and the American Nurses Association for reaching out.

    ANA 2019 National Nurses Week Webinar
    Nurses4Us: Elevating the Profession! (Free Webinar)
    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

    Learn more about the American Nurses Association at

    Facebook: @AmericanNursesAssociaiton
    Twitter: @ANANursingWorld
    Instagram: @ANANursingWorld
    National Nurses Week Hashtag: #NursesWeek
    Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) Twitter: @HealthyNurseUSA
    HNHN: @HealthyNurseUSA
    HNHN hashtag: #HealthyNurse

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  • Brad is back and we're talking about preparing food for a three-day-stretch of 12-hour shifts. We cover tips and tricks for food prep and preservation, how nurses show love with potlucks, and Brad's food-related side gig with Pampered Chef.

    Then we set up mics in Brad's kitchen and cook an easy freezer breakfast/brunch meal and let you listen in...sort of. You'll see.

    Don't miss it.

    And if you're interested in becoming a Pampered Chef consultant, hosting an online party, or purchasing some awesome kitchen swag, you can find Brad here:

    Tell him Nursing Uncensored sent you.


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  • This episode is taking us back to August of 2017 when Nursing Uncensored was still called Med Room Chronicles: Nursing Uncensored. This episode was lost in the cloud til recently. So Adrianne polished it up and is presenting it here for your amusement.

    Andrew and Adrianne talk about common myths held about nurses working the night shift. Night nurses can’t help but cringe when folks say to us “you must love how quiet night shift is, with all the patients sleeping”. Um, not exactly.

    This episode lays out some 3rd shift truths - but make no mistake, we love our staff on all shifts - we can’t do this without each other.

    Listeners beware, this was recorded via phone while Andrew was speeding down a Midwestern Interstate. The quality is not what we’ve grown into here at Nursing Uncensored, but this conversation was so good, it couldn’t be lost in a vault forever.


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  • Adrianne is joined again by Craig of the popular nursing brand Keep It Real RN. This is their followup to the last episode about some of their most nightmareish poop cleanup situations. They're back to teach you how to go from massive poopstravaganza to squeaky clean patient with as little stress as possible for everyone involved.

    This episode is gross, funny, informative, and destinated to make you a poop cleaning superstar.
    Since we are talking about poop very candidly, please be sure you're in an appropriate place to listen.

    Find more of Craig's content at https://keepitrealrn.com/

    Listen to Adrianne's first episode with Craig here:

  • Nursing schools start clinicals at all different times of the year, so it's as good a time as any to run through Adrianne's top 10 tips to get you through this experience.

    Many nursing programs require between 200-300 clinical hours to get you graduated, so why not harness the behaviors and tips to get you through with confidence and your health mostly intact.

    This is by no means an exhaustive list, but these are the basics that Adrianne believes will set you up for clinical success.

    If you like what you hear, share this list with someone you know at any point in their nursing clinicals journey.


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  • By poopular demand, Adrianne and Craig bring you the long-awaited episode on an inevitability of bedside nursing: cleaning up poop.

    This discussion is not for the weak-stomached, but if you appreciate some good poop puns, turd tales and fecal follies you're in for a treat.

    Above all, though we laugh at the ridiculousness of human excretion, please know that Nursing Uncensored and Keep It Real RN urge you to treat every patient with dignity and compassion. It's also ok to laugh sometimes as a form of coping with this unique profession.

    If you'd like to see more of Craig's content, visit:
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/KeepItRealRN
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/keepitrealrn?lang=en

    Check out a poop-related blog post about fecal management system basics:

  • In this episode. you’ll hear my half of the cross-over collab I did with Tina of the medical true crime podcast Good Nurse Bad Nurse.

    This conversation is great because we get to talk about the Good Nurse Bad Nurse podcast and get to know a little bit about the podcaster behind the mic. We discuss our journeys in podcasting, medical true crime, some of our favorite podcast support groups, goals for the GNBN podcast and more. Tina is a delight to talk to, as you'll hear in this episode.

    Go subscribe to Good Nurse Bad Nurse if you haven’t already. I can’t wait to hear the episode I joined in on….it was a lot of fun to record.

    If you’re a new listener and you’re here because you already love GNBN, let me know in the comments section or on social media.



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  • This is the third installment in the longest three-part special ever. Adrianne and Dan finish their drinks and this conversation that, in real time, was almost 4 hours long. Here we have just the highlights as they discuss pet peeves, empowering patients, and making notes before doctor's appointments. It's always a great time when Dan's involved and perhaps things got a little goofy. You be the judge.

    Check out more Dan at DanDiMonte.com

  • In this long overdue episode, we get back to my conversation with Dan DiMonte, travel-nurse-turned-per-diem-nurse, about loads of things while we enjoy some frosty beverages at my kitchen table.

    We topic-hop and touch on travelers desiring roots, staffing ratios and union issues, premium healthcare, and poisoning the well during patient report. We also touch on direct language in a medical setting, how to meet patients where they are, and what that means.

    There is one more part to this marathon conversation. If you're not subscribed, please do so you won't miss any content, including the grand finale with dan.

    Check out Dan's musical side at www.dandimonte.com

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    Kamogawa Dreaming by South London HiFi
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  • An old pal of the show, nurse and touring multi-instrumentalist Dan DiMonte stepped into the Nursing Uncensored Headquarters for a little kitchen-table-chat and a cocktail or two. In this very long, late-night conversation, we covered so much - too much for one episode.

    In part one, we tackle a listener question about how Dan maintains relationships of all sorts while on the road - both from the nurse and musician's perspectives. We talk about what it means to 'catch up' with old friends who follow our every move online, the amount of effort various relationships require, and the similarities between nursing and improvisational jazz.

    If you know us, no topic is off limits and no segue is too much of a stretch.
    Listen in and then go catch up with the musical side of Dan at

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  • Dorothy returns once for her 4th Nursing Uncensored Appearance! Actually, this is the second half of our hours-long discussion. You heard the first half in the episode, Dorothy the Medical Examiner Investigator Returns.

    In this episode, her and I break down palliative care vs hospice.
    We discuss what they are and the differences between the two, work on dispelling myths and explain benefits.

    We also talk about the American relationship, or lack of, with death. We venture into what death looks like and how family members can be involved in the care provided at end-of-life.
    Dorothy gives us a book recommendation on the topic of America and the development of the funeral industry: The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford (not sponsored).

    We do a PSA for Advanced Directives - if you're an adult with a beating heart, you need one.

    We talk about end-of-life cultural considerations in the hospital, as well as briefly dip our toes into the topic of Death with Dignity and human euthanasia.
    If that isn't enough, I'm sure there is more we've forgotten to list here.

    Enjoy your journey into getting more familiar with one of the few things that unite us all, death.


  • Adrianne is back with a quick update on all the behind-the-scenes happenings keeping her away from the mic the last several weeks.

    Listen in as she talks about her Fall Prevention and Community Health Practicum and gives you helpful gift ideas for your older loved ones. Don't get Aunt Jan another fruit basket. Give the Gift of Safety.

    Adrianne also rattles on about her most recent paper-writing process. This is just one way of writing papers and it's a bit non-traditional, shall we say?

    Also, learn how you can help support Nursing Uncensored as it continues to grow and evolve.

    Thanks for listening. Happy Nursing!


  • Trigger warning: In this episode, we talk in detail about topics some people may find traumatic. We will be taking about dead bodies, autopsy, crimes, suicide and other graphic topics. No personal patient information is revealed.

    If you've made it this far, welcome to Season 3 of Nursing Uncensored. It's October so Adrianne will be celebrating Halloween and creepy things all month long. In that spirit, Adrianne invited back Dorothy, Medical Examiner Investigator to talk about her job in greater detail. She walks us through her role in both a hospital death and a community death investigation. We talk about the circumstances and processes involved with autopsy and decomposition of the human body. We also give some book recommendations for those of you who want to read more about the Medical Examiner role.
    Join us for this creepy and informative conversation.


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  • Now that Adrianne has helped you fill up all that extra memory on your iPhone with the previous 18 apps, she's got 9 more for you! In part three, she shares the last nursing-related apps in her folder. But never fear, this app-queen will probably find and share more with you as the semester rolls on.

    In this episode she talks about
    1. Stethoscope
    2. Eko
    3. Castle Branch
    4. Palliative Care
    5. Moon Plus
    6. AHRQ ePSS
    7. NurseGrid
    8. Calm
    9. Khan Academy

    This is not a sponsored video.

    Music: Soul Brother by Bruno E. (YouTube Audio Library)

  • She's baaaack! Adrianne is here with 9 more iOS apps that she loves and thinks you will, too! In the second installment of this three-part series, she breaks down some textbook companion apps, a few others that have served her well and a fun one at the end.

    Be sure to stick around for the third and final part of this series.

    This is not a sponsored video.

    In this episode, Adrianne covers
    1. Mosby's Pocket Guide to Nursing Skills & Procedures
    2. Clinical Companion to Medical-Surgical Nursing
    3. Manual of Nursing Diagnosis
    4. Medscape
    5. Eponyms
    6. Lab Values ++
    7. MDCalc
    8. FastFacts
    9. Figure1

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  • This episode is the first in a three-part series of Adrianne's favorite nursing-related iOS apps. Here she breaks down the first 9, in no particular order (actually just the order they happen to be in on her phone). She'll outline the perks, general cost and try to convince you that you need them, too. 

    If you'd like to see a video version of this episode, check it out at:

    This is not a sponsored video.

    In this episode, Adrianne talks about:

    1.Passy-Muir TrachTools
    2. O2 Calculator
    3. ScrubCheats
    4. NRSNG Clinical Library
    5. IBM Micromedex Drug Info
    6. IBM Micromedex IV Drug Compatibility
    7. IVCalc
    8. Omnimedex
    9. Quizlet

    Stick around for parts 2 and 3, with 9 more iOS apps each just for you!