By Kati Kleber, BSN RN CCRN
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Your first year as a registered nurse is challenging. This podcast is hosted by Kati Kleber, BSN RN CCRN and features experienced nurses from FreshRN.com, who discuss the basics of that first year. From orientation, code blues, tricks of the trade, and personal experiences, to time management, delegation, patient deaths, and more.
||CleanHow to Trust Your Nursing Judgement||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...||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTalking to Unconscious Patients||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...||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll Things Urinary Catheters||In this episode we talk all things urinary catheters... CAUTIs, tips, tricks, internal and external devices, and nursing considerations. Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat 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:...||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTips for Floating to Another Unit||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||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNursing Considerations for Organ Procurement||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...||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNursing Considerations with Brain Death and Organ Procurement||We discuss the difference between coma and brain death, how brain death is determined, working with an organ procurement team, and general insights related to this sensitive topic.||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow 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,..||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntensive Care Devices: Part 2||Arterial lines, ventilators, central lines galore! Together with Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Sean Dent, Melissa and Kati discuss some tips and tricks for dealing with typical ICU devices.||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntensive Care Devices: Part 1||Arterial lines, ventilators, central lines galore! Together with Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Sean Dent, Melissa and Kati discuss some tips and tricks for dealing with typical ICU devices||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Navigate Nursing Conferences||Nursing conferences are fun, but can be pretty overwhelming. Melissa and Kati discuss some practical tips to get the most out the experience and investment.||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat 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.||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnderstanding 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.||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll Things Respiratory||Grab your nasal cannula and crank it up to 4L/min because in this episode, we interview Sean Dent who is an NP in acute care and discuss all things respiratory!||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Nurses Need to Know About Sepsis||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.||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNursing 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.||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCardiac Nursing Tips||In this episode, we interview Nurse Nacole about her top tips for cardiac tips for new nurses. Music: “Keep My Cool” by Benj Heard.||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Patients We Will Never Forget||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.||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTips for Working Night Shift||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,...||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCode STEMI, Code Stroke, Code Sepsis||In this episode, Elizabeth (former code-team nurse) takes the lead in discussing what’s important for new nurses to know about STEMI, stroke, and sepsis.||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDealing 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”...||5/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTips 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:...||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNurses Make Mistakes||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...||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNursing Pain Management Tips||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...||4/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTips for New Grads in the ICU||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..||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNeuro 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...||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNeuro 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.||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNeuro 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...||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNursing Report for Newbies||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||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNursing Time Management||This episode discusses why time management is essential for every nurse to consider as well as practical tips for the floor and critical care environment. Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard.||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDealing with Patient Deaths||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...||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiagnostics 101 for New Nurses||This episode discusses a basic differentiation and considerations for CT’s, MRI’s, and x-rays, as well as collecting and interpreting lab results. Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard.||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDealing With Difficult Patients and Families||This episode discusses practical tips and tricks and personal experience dealing with frustrating, demeaning, demanding or rude patients and/or families. Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard.||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIf It Wasn’t Documented It Wasn’t Done||This episode discusses practical tips and tricks for efficient, yet thorough documentation, as well as important things to consider that many do not realize. Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard.||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDelegation for New Nurses||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.||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorking With Physicians: Tips for Nurses||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...||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWork Life Balance for New Nurses||This episode discusses how to structure your life outside of work so that you’re able to fully enjoy both your work life and your home life. Music: "Keep My Cool" by Benj Heard.||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat To Do During a Code (For New Nurses)||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...||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCentral 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...||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat 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...||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Please more episodes!!
As a recent graduate I love this podcast!! I miss the frequent episodes and hope they keep coming!!
Love the warm, informative tone of these podcasts, coupled with the invaluable depth of knowledge from experienced critical care nurses. I return to episodes again and again to review specific topics as a new grad RN in my residency. Recommending to all my nursing pals.
I just accepted my first job offer and naturally the new nurse orientation was the first episode I listened to. It has really helped my outlook on things! On other episodes I've been taking notes especially on your documentation episode. Thank you so much for doing this!