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In this area, we will provide educational podcasts on all aspects of professional role transition as well as contemporary nursing practice issues of concern to newly graduated nurses. We look forward to sharing intra and interprofessional as well as interdisciplinary perspectives on a host of nursing and healthcare issues.

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Madison Cook graduated from Thompson Rivers University, School of Nursing in April 2020. As she made her professional role transition amidst the COVID-19 global public-health crisis, she is eager to share her experiences. Madi is currently employed on the Medical Telemetry floor of Vernon Jubilee Hospital, British Columbia
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Episode List

Episode 1: The Daunting First Year
Welcome to the launch of Nursing the Future (NTF) Podcast. We are so glad you’re here! On this episode, we wanted to show you just how focused our organization is on peer support resources for newly graduated nurses (NGN) by bringing together two new graduates to discuss their transition experience.

A new graduate nurse’s stress is serious business. Been there. Felt that. Listen to what these new grads had to say about their experience.

This podcast is hosted by Madison Cook, RN and features Ben Aubrey, RN who discusses elements of his individualized first year of professional practice. He graduated April of 2019 and is working full-time for a travel nursing company called International SOS doing screening and testing for COVID-19 on a film set. He remains casual on a medical ward at Royal Inland Hospital, in Kamloops, B.C., and is planning to move into a casual role at Vancouver General Hospital.

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Episode 2: Transition Shock
When everything changes and now you’re the nurse.

It’s difficult to imagine that new nurses are expected to balance new professional responsibilities, a drastic change in their lifestyle, AND ramped up responsibilities to not only work, but family and friends. But this is our reality. This podcast is hosted by Madison Cook, RN and features Dr. Judy Duchscher, RN, BScN, MN, PhD who discusses the challenge of new graduate nurse (NGN) transition. Dr. Duchscher has been an active researcher and consultant in the area of new graduate professional role transition work for which she has received over 32 national and international grants, awards and scholarships. The findings of her research have generated a theory of Transition Shock and a model of the Stages of Transition resulting in the publication of more than 20 peer-reviewed articles, 2 books, 9 book chapters and the delivery of over 300 keynotes and workshops throughout Canada, the United States, Australia and Asia on the topic of new nurse integration. As an Associate Professor of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University and an international expert in the area of new nurse transition, Dr. Duchscher maintains that “it is the vision, creativity and passionate commitment of these young professionals, supported by the expert knowledge and practice experience of their senior mentors that will drive nursing and healthcare forward”.

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Episode 3: Stages of Transition
An effective transition plan, accompanied by a strong support network, will help create a positive environment that helps ensure new nurses are successful in becoming a competent professional with a long-term, successful career in nursing.

This podcast is hosted by Madison Cook, RN and features Dr. Judy Duchscher, RN, BScN, MN, PhD who discusses the challenge of new graduate nurse (NGN) transition. Dr. Duchscher has been an active researcher and consultant in the area of new graduate professional role transition work for which she has received over 32 national and international grants, awards and scholarships. The findings of her research have generated a theory of Transition Shock and a model of the Stages of Transition resulting in the publication of more than 20 peer-reviewed articles, 2 books, 9 book chapters and the delivery of over 300 keynotes and workshops throughout Canada, the United States, Australia and Asia on the topic of new nurse integration. 

As an Associate Professor of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University and an international expert in the area of new nurse transition, Dr. Duchscher maintains that “it is the vision, creativity and passionate commitment of these young professionals, supported by the expert knowledge and practice experience of their senior mentors that will drive nursing and healthcare forward”.

Click here for more information on Transition Theory
Episode 4: Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs)
The shortage of healthcare professionals is an important issue both provincially and nationally. 
However, growing concerns have arisen over the numerous internationally educated health professionals who are voicing their struggles to become either re-certified or are unable to practice their profession due to delays in registration. 

This podcast is hosted by Madison Cook, RN, BScN and features Edward Cruz, RN, CCNE, BN, MScN, PhD who discusses the current challenges, solutions, and opportunities faced IENs transitioning to practice in Canada. Edward has been a Registered Nurse in Ontario since 2006. He is currently employed at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada as an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Nursing, teaching in both the Undergraduate and Graduate programs. 

Earlier in his career, Edward worked as a float pool nurse (nursing resource team) at a community hospital in Ontario and at a shelter for homeless men. Subsequently, in 2008, he found part-time work as a clinical instructor at a community college in Toronto and soon thereafter, was able to secure a full-time teaching position. Later, he became a coordinator of bridging programs for IENs where his passion on this topic emerged. Edward’s other interests are nursing education, interprofessional collaboration, as well as refugee and immigrant health. Most of his projects have centered around IENs, including his master’s thesis. Edward has also authored and co-authored articles focused on IENs. In Ontario, the largest project he engaged in was a collaborative project led by Pat Marten-Daniel of George Brown College, where five other bridging program providers contributed. This was funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration for 3 years spanning from 2014 to 2017. 

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Episode 5: Nurse Tilda
Why do you want to be a nurse?

Take a moment and reconnect with your values and beliefs as a nurse. What drew you here. Remember, all anyone can ask of you is that you try your best and practice safely. The other aspects will come with experience.

This podcast is hosted by Madison Cook, RN, BScN and features Tilda Shalof RN, BScN, CNCC (C), who discusses a VISION for grassroots nursing. Tilda has been nursing for 38 years after graduating from the University of Toronto in 1983. For 28 years, Tilda worked as a critical care nurse in the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Toronto General Hospital.

In 2004, during the SARS pandemic, Tilda published her first book, A Nurse’s Story, Life, Death, and In-Between in an Intensive Care Unit. Over subsequent years, five more books followed. Currently, Tilda works in various settings with the University Health Network (a public research and teaching hospital network, currently the largest health research organization in North America) and in primary care within the community setting. In a consulting role, Tilda has had the opportunity to visit universities and colleges all across Canada and the Unites States to speak with nursing and medical students, the media, and the public at large. She believes it is important that they understand what nursing is all about. Most currently, Tilda consults as an NCLEX Instructor at Hurst Review helping students and new graduate nurses prepare to successfully write the NCLEX.
 
Message from our guest: “Thank you for listening in. My hope is that my messages are relevant and helpful for new nurses. Most of all, I want to welcome you all, and each of you individually, to our profession.” 

Nurse Tilda’s official website link: 
http://www.nursetilda.com/

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Episode 6: Building Resilience in Newly Graduated Nurses
Resilience is defined as the ability to overcome adversity and grow stronger from an overwhelming experience. In the context of the nursing profession, increased resiliency has been shown to positively impact nurses in practice. With this knowledge, recommendations to incorporate resilience training into nursing education have been made.

Satvir Kaur, BScN, RN, MN is an internationally educated nurse from India who came to Canada in 2017 to complete her graduate nursing studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. As a part of her graduate program, Satvir completed a scoping review on resilience in newly graduated nurses transitioning into the workplace. It is hoped that her findings from the review will support the development of workplace programs that facilitate successful transition of newly graduated nurses into the workplace. In this podcast, Satvir shares how at an individual level, promoting resilience has the potential to produce better patient outcomes.
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Episode 7: Boots on the Ground_Critical Care During COVID
The World Health Organization (WHO) designated the year 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.During this time, the emergence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) became a global event for which nurses had limited time to prepare before receiving an influx of high-acuity patients experiencing respiratory instability and other co-morbidities. Nurses, both novice and expert, truly displayed their power to advocate for their patients and demonstrated their profound sense of teamwork. It is fortunate that nurses, such as our guest Kim Scherr, is willing to share their individual reality of COVID-19 in a critical care setting. 

More about Kim Scherr, NP, Critical Care and Rapid Response Team Member.

“I have worked in critical care for most of my career, and have been a nurse practitioner for the past 24 years. My areas of interest have been critical care/rapid response teams, cardiovascular nursing and advanced practice nursing, and I have presented in those fields at many conferences and published several papers as well. I have worked in the Misericordia Hospital ICU for the past 12 years where I contribute to a collaborative interdisciplinary team providing care for critically ill patients. I am the Team Lead for the institutional Rapid Response Team. This team responds to calls from unit staff with the intent to initiate early interventions that prevent further illness and deterioration which could ultimately lead to cardiorespiratory collapse and the need for ICU admission. I am also a champion for the prevention and treatment of ICU delirium, and have been a member of national and provincial collaboratives whose goals are to improve long term cognitive outcomes for ICU patients. Currently I am working in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Papathanassglou from the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta to conduct research on the use of integrative therapies (music, therapeutic touch, guided imagery, massage) in the prevention of ICU delirium.” ~ Kim Scherr

Be proud to be a HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL.

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Episode 8: PTSD Support for Nurses
A nurse seeking help when experiencing PTSD should not be viewed as personally weak, nor should expressing the challenges of stress be seen as dangerous to one's career.

Cecilia Yeung: “IT’S OK NOT TO BE OK”

Guest Cecilia Yeung, RN, has been a critical care nurse for over 10 years and currently works at Vancouver General Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit (VGH ICU). As a VGH ICU nurse, Cecilia looks after patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), those undergoing continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) or individuals with brain injuries who require intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring, as well as post-transplant and post-trauma patients and their families. This high pressure care is standard in the ICU population. Cecilia is also the founder of PTSD Support for Nurses. The objective is to promote self-care that can protect nurses from psychological injury incurred in the course of ‘doing their work’, which then can lead to stress, burnout, exhaustion, or post-traumatic stress. This program provides a judgment-free safe space for healthcare workers to de-stress and nourish their resilience. One of the initiatives is to provide frontline healthcare workers with someone to talk to when they have experienced something traumatic, as well as personalized self-care packages delivered to their door. Nurses can request these personalized self-care kits so if this interests you please reach out to ptsdhelpfornurses@gmail.com. Cecilia was recently recognized as a Business in Vancouver Forty Under 40 for her work with nurses; this recognition notes entrepreneurs under 40 who have demonstrated excellence in business, judgment, leadership and community contribution.

Episode 9: Indigenous Women in Canada Accessing Services for Substance Use
When adopting a trauma-informed approach to client care, the first steps are to RECOGNIZE what trauma ‘looks like’ and then ACKNOWLEDGE both its prevalence and its impact on health.

More about our guest Angela Achoba-Omajali BScN, RN, MN
Adigo Angela Achoba-Omajali, (she/her) originates from the Ibaji tribe in Kogi state of central Nigeria, situating her as a Black Nigerian-Canadian Nurse practicing in BC. Angela earned her BScN and MN degrees from Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, BC where her graduate work focused on what we know about the experience of Indigenous women accessing the Canadian healthcare system for issues related to substance use and mental health. Angela has been working as a Registered Nurse for about 10 years, the past 5 years as part of the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program. This unique grassroots program provide services to clients living with complex mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Most recently, Angela has been temporarily seconded to a position as Steward-at-Large with the British Columbia Nurses Union (BCNU).

Angela’s passion continues to be at the point of engaging in research that addresses Anti-Black and Indigenous-specific racism in the healthcare system. Her lifelong committment to allyship positions her as uniquely qualified to advocate for anti-racism in BC and take action against Indigenous-specific racism and discrimination on multiple levels within the health care system.

Angela can be contacted at https://www.linkedin.com/in/adigo-angela-a-a38b9780/ 

References:

Download Angela’s Paper pdf click here

TRC Calls to Action: http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

ACT Program : https://www.act-bc.com/ .

In Plain Sight Report : https://engage.gov.bc.ca/app/uploads/sites/613/2020/11/In-Plain-Sight-Full-Report.pdf

Episode 10: Emergency Medical Transport (EMT)
Flight nurses work with a multitude of trained health-care professionals, including other emergency allied professionals, paramedics and physicians, to ensure patients are well-cared for during emergency transit and that they reach their end destinations safely.

More about our guest Thomas BScN, RN
Thomas has been a nurse for 13 years to date. He started his career with a brief stinti in oncology, moving to the Emergency Department (ED) after about 6 months post-graduation. Drawn to urgent care practice, Thomas trained in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nursing practice in 2011 and worked in both Coronary Care Unit (CCU) and ICU settings. He began his flight nursing journey with STARS Air Ambulance in 2012 and currently works a .75 FTE , filling the rest of his hours up working in the ED setting. As a flight nurse Thomas works to stabilize, transport and manage critically ill and trauma patients.

Reference:

STARS air ambulance:  https://stars.ca/

 

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Episode 11: Travel Nursing
Travel nurses are an important part of the health care team because they help bridge the gap between SUPPLY and DEMAND in difficult to recruit areas. While working as a travel nurse is definitely not for everyone, it can be the adventure of a lifetime for some. It’s all about balance!

Kimberly Kidson: “Nursing is nursing, people are people, trust your practice and you can do this!”

Guest Kimberly, LPN, Co-owner/Director of Sympatico Medical Solutions Inc.
Kimberly wrote her biography from Kitimat in the Haisla Nation of British Columbia. She is a long-term visitor of the Shuswap and Heiltsuk Nations and would like to thank the people of all Indigenous Nations for allowing her to share her work. 

In 2014, Kimberly graduated from Sprott Shaw Kamloops campus, after completing the accelerated LPN program in 18 months. She has worked in various clinical settings including large urban hospitals, home and community care, she has taught practical nursing as a Clinical Instructor and travelled to small isolated communities. 

After receiving her interim LPN license, Kimberly first started working at Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) in Kamloops B.C. on 7North (cardiac/renal medical). She received amazing support and gained invaluable experience from the nurses, allowing her to work casually on surgical wards before accepting a full-time temporary line in the RIH LPN float pool. The float pool was Kimberly’s favourite position at RIH as everyday was a new day, a new ward, new patients and different co-workers. This is the position in which Kimberly felt she most thrived. While working at RIH she completed Code White Advanced Team Response Training, Cultural Sensitivity Education, Wound Care as well as Palliative Care education to enhance her professional nursing standards and practice. She utilized the judgement and experience that she had gained from RIH along with her passion for education and began teaching as a Clinical Instructor for Sprott Shaw College. Helping guide new practical nurses and setting expectations for excellence in care, seeing the desire that her students had for learning and developing their nursing practice gave her tremendous satisfaction. Together, these experiences prepared her for something much larger. 

Three years ago, she was introduced to “travel nursing” and wondered if this was something that she would qualify for. To her delight, it was! Travel Nursing opened up so many doors and gave her a desire to see more, do more, learn more, and to be excited about her work. At first, she was intimidated but just told herself, “Nursing is nursing, people are people, trust your practice and you can do this”. So, she did it, and loved it. She originally followed her passion for travel nursing in order to see the country and be paid along her journey, but soon realized the experience was more about the people she was meeting and the things she was learning along the way. 

While travel nursing, Kimberly completed various contracts, one of her favourite locations being Bella Bella, British Columbia working with the Heiltsuk People in the Heiltsuk Nation. The locals proudly proclaim: “Bella Bella, a place so nice they named it twice”. Nestled in the Central Coast's inner shores of Campbell Island, Bella Bella is a small remote Indigenous community known for fishing as their main industry. Bella Bella is isolated and has a weekly ferry service and charter flights to Vancouver. This quaint beautiful community provides healthcare through a local hospital to the community of 1400 people. R.W. Large Memorial Hospital is small but equipped with Acute Care, Long-term Care, ER and a Trauma Room which is used to stabilize critical patients prior to transferring them to a higher level of care in Vancouver. Nursing coverage is minimal and at times this means “all hands on deck”; this is where Kimberly has met some of the most amazing nurses and witnessed the most efficient care being delivered in the most critical situations. It was here that Kimberly found her passion for travel nursing began and where she was inspired to start Sympatico Medical Solutions Inc. 

Sympatico Medical Solutions Inc. is a Staffing Agency for travel nurses and allied healthcare professionals. The agency finds temporary and long-term placements for RNs, RPNs, LPNs, ultrasound, lab, X-Ray, MRI and radiology technicians. Travel nursing has existed in Canada for the past 30 years but has become more highly sought in the last decade. Most recently, the impact of the pandemic on remote communities has exacerbated the need of healthcare support. Travel nursing includes flexible schedule and vacation times, with wages based on demand and experience. At Sympatico Med, the leadership are Nurses too; they encourage nurses to live their best lives. 

As Co-owner/Director of Sympatico Medical Solutions, Kimberly and her business partner worked to acquire all the necessary operational permits and insurance as well as established professional connections with Provincial Health Authorities including: Northern Health, Interior Health, Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, First Nations Health Authority, the BC Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, Reconciliation, and Aboriginal Health. They currently have active contracts in Northern Health Authority and are negotiating with other Provincial Health Authorities in BC. Sympatico Medical Solutions is incorporated in all Provinces and Territories and is looking to expand services to the Northwest Territories and East across Canada. Kimberly’s time is spent hiring team members, reviewing and debriefing with employees, assisting with travel and accommodation arrangements as well as finding employee placements and creating assignment agreements with hiring institutions.

As BCs Indigenous majority owned Travel Nurse Agency, Sympatico Medical Solutions has a particular eye on cultural awareness and sensitivity in nursing practice. They advocate, and are recognized for quality nursing care across all levels of healthcare. Travel nursing offers UNLIMITED opportunities, professional development, paid travel and accommodation as well as opportunities to make new and lasting friendships. Kimberly is most excited to share her love of travel nursing and travel healthcare to other like-minded healthcare professionals.

Reference:

Sympatico Medical Solutions Inc.: https://www.sympaticomed.ca/

 

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Episode 12: Learning to Nurse During a Pandemic

It is no secret that newly graduated nurses transitioning from school to practice settings are challenged during their first year; COVID-19 has made that transition even more difficult.

 

Madison Cook graduated from Thompson Rivers University, School of Nursing in April 2020. As she made her professional role transition amidst the COVID-19 global public-health crisis, she is eager to share her experiences. Madi is currently employed on the Medical Telemetry floor of Vernon Jubilee Hospital, British Columbia.



During her undergraduate degree, one of the aspects Madi most enjoyed was the holistic approach of nursing care. Madi sees communication as a vital element in her nursing practice, that helps her respond adequately and humanely to her clients. She often finds herself engaged in teaching with her clients. Upon entering her third year of the BScN program, Madi was presented the opportunity to become a Research Apprentice, allowing her to work on internal, provincial and federal grants. This quickly opened the door for Madi to become a Lead Research Assistant on a year long study exploring the professional transition experiences of newly graduated nurses and mentorship. That project's subject material was highly relevant to Madi's future and further sparked her desire to become involved in Nursing the Future (NTF).



Madi was once told “you aren’t paid to worry” – it spurred her to focus on creating a culture where questions were embraced and a nurse’s decision to advocate for their patient was backed up. She carries that thought with her. Madi was grateful to have been asked to provide a New Graduate perspective for the NTF team in it’s November 2020 launch to the Canadian nursing community and is hopeful her insight has helped new nurses feel needed, valued, and appreciated while decreasing stress and improve self-confidence.

We want to take a moment and THANK nurses everywhere for their tireless efforts throughout this global pandemic.

 

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