Aromatherapy at the Bedside with Nurse MargoNursing Uncensored add
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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Preventing Suicide Among Nurses with Molly Hillig RodriguezNursing Uncensored add
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/
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
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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Always Be My Unicorn by Freedom Trail Studio
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Student Loan Repayment with Travis Hornsby, CFA.Nursing Uncensored add
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:
Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Grand Challenge with Jaime Dawson MPHNursing Uncensored add
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 email@example.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
National Nurses Week Hashtag: #NursesWeek
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) Twitter: @HealthyNurseUSA
HNHN hashtag: #HealthyNurse
Lightning Bug by Geographer
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Food Prep for Nurses ft. Brad McLaughlinNursing Uncensored add
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:
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How It Began by SIlent Partner
Mirror Mirror by Diamond Ortiz
Price Check by Freedom Trail Studio
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Night Shift Myths: Throwback Episode ft. Andrew CraigNursing Uncensored add
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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Slip by Geographer
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Poop Clean-up ProTips with Craig of Keep It Real RNNursing Uncensored add
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 School Clinical TipsNursing Uncensored add
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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Wolf Kisses by Otis McDonald
Poopisode ft. Craig of Keep It Real RNNursing Uncensored add
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.
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Check out a poop-related blog post about fecal management system basics:
A Conversation with Tina of Good Nurse Bad NurseNursing Uncensored add
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.
Background music: Fresh Healthy Perspectives by Birocratic (YouTube Audio Library)
Dan DiMonte The Kitchen Table Sessions @ NUHQ: Pt. 3Nursing Uncensored add
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
Dan Dimonte: The Kitchen Table Sessions @ NUHQ: Pt. 2Nursing Uncensored add
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
Intro and Outro song is:
Kamogawa Dreaming by South London HiFi
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Dan DiMonte: The Kitchen Table Sessions @ NUHQ: Pt. 1Nursing Uncensored add
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.
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End-of-life Care Discussion with DorothyNursing Uncensored add
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.
Where the *bleep* Has Adrianne Been?Nursing Uncensored add
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?
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Dorothy the Medical Examiner Investigator ReturnsNursing Uncensored add
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.
song: Fresno Alley by Josh Lippy & the Overtimers
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Must-have iOS Apps for Nurses & Nursing Students: Pt 3Nursing Uncensored add
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
3. Castle Branch
4. Palliative Care
5. Moon Plus
6. AHRQ ePSS
9. Khan Academy
This is not a sponsored video.
Music: Soul Brother by Bruno E. (YouTube Audio Library)
Must-have iOS Apps for Nurses & Nursing Students: Pt. 2Nursing Uncensored add
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
6. Lab Values ++
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Must-have iOS Apps for Nurses & Nursing Students: Pt 1Nursing Uncensored add
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:
2. O2 Calculator
4. NRSNG Clinical Library
5. IBM Micromedex Drug Info
6. IBM Micromedex IV Drug Compatibility
Stick around for parts 2 and 3, with 9 more iOS apps each just for you!
Prep Tips: the Last Weeks of Summer Before Nursing SchoolNursing Uncensored add
In this episode, Adrianne revisits a blog post in audio form. She's going to share 10 tips on how to best spend your time preparingin those final days and weeks before nursing school. She'd love to just tell you to kick back by the pool until the final minutes of summer have ticked down, but there is just too. much. to. do.
If you want to see the original blog post from June 2018, go to https://www.nursinguncensored.com/blog/prenursingprep
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Music: Mizuki by Bad Snacks | YouTube Audio Library