The Gritty Nurse Podcast

The Gritty Nurse Podcast

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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December 2, 2021 41 min

Working in the operating room can be a fun and very scary place.  When it comes to the Surgical Safety Checklist, a standard of care  to ensure patient safety, can turn into a real hot mess when the whole team doesn't participate. In lighthearted, funny episode, Amie & Sara sit down with Nurse Matt to discuss an experience that he had that is not uncommon in the OR, but the ending had a unique twist! Ultimately, the name of...

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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 th...

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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...

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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 ...
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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 healt...

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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 depict...

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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 e...

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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. Micha...
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"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 wi...

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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...

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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 he...

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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.

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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...

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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 likel...

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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 healthca...

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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...
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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.  

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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 ...
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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...
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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 ...

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