The Q Word Podcast
Conversations about the tips, tricks, trends, and taboos of emergency nursing. A peek behind the hospital curtain at issues and ideas that seldom get discussed.
info_outline Climbing the Airway to HEAVEN 06/05/2020
Climbing the Airway to HEAVEN The LEMON mnemonic device works well for scheduled surgeries or other stable pre-op patients, but not so great in the ER. Nyssa and Lisa are joined by airway innovator Dave Olvera, who has developed a new way to think about how to assess difficult intubations.
info_outline A Perfect Storm for a Lightning Strike 06/05/2020
A Perfect Storm for a Lightning Strike It is undeniable that the COVID19 pandemic has forced everyone to operate differently, so Nyssa and Lisa investigate how to take advantage of this moment to effect positive, lasting changes in how healthcare professionals welcome this next, new generation of post-pandemic nurses.
info_outline Churning and Burning ER Nurses 02/21/2020
Churning and Burning ER Nurses It's no secret that working in the ER is a stressful job, but what is the real cost of carrying all the emotional burden inherent in life-and-death situations? Nyssa and Lisa have an in-depth discussion with Workr Beeing's Patricia and Katina, two IO psychologists dedicated to making the workplace a safer place for the self.
info_outline Nurse Led ACLS 01/19/2020
Nurse Led ACLS When team resuscitation is the goal, let the nurses run the algorithm, and let the doctors customize the code to the patient with differentials and Hs and Ts. So says Ashley Liebig in a discussion with Nyssa and Lisa about Nurse Led ACLS, and why it is important to keep egos out of the equation.
info_outline The Pause 11/05/2019
The Pause Nyssa and Lisa have a heart to heart (to heart) with nurse Jonathan Bartels, pioneer and author of the Medical Pause - the practice of taking a moment to stop after the death of a patient. Learn how this simple, lovely, and healing gesture helps everyone - from patient to practitioner - reflect, honor, and acknowledge what, and who, has just passed.
info_outline Shining a Light and Moving the Needle 09/24/2019
Shining a Light and Moving the Needle Nyssa and Lisa sit down with photo-journalist and documentary filmmaker Carolyn Jones, whose fascination and respect for the nursing profession launched the 2014 film The American Nurse, 2017's Defining Hope, and her upcoming project, In Case of Emergency, which focuses exclusively on the ER nurse. Learn why she thinks nurses - what they do and what they know - need to be brought front and center into the most important conversations of today.
info_outline Pediatric Red Flags 09/02/2019
Pediatric Red Flags Taking care of a child in the ER is a special kind of challenge, and a nurse's normal assessment tools often don't apply. Listen in as Nyssa chats with Pediatric Emergency Room Director Rebecca Cogburn, and learn about early pediatric warning signs and how to decipher them to improve your practice.
info_outline How to Bring Home the Bandages 06/17/2019
How to Bring Home the Bandages Whether you're a baby nurse applying for your first job or a seasoned nurse looking for a new position, Nyssa and Lisa have the tips and tricks you need to impress potential employers. Don't be an unemployed clueless dinosaur in a low-cut dress! Since you can’t take Alexa with you, tune in to learn better ways to nail that interview.
info_outline The Worst Thing I've Ever Seen 04/28/2019
The Worst Thing I've Ever Seen Lisa and Nyssa explore the question ER nurses are always asked: "what's the worst thing you've ever seen?" Learn why nurses respond the way they do, why it is not a good question for small talk, and why a better conversation starter might be whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza.
info_outline Air Supply: Outta Nothin' At All 04/11/2019
Air Supply: Outta Nothin' At All In the final installment of this trilogy of interviews, Nyssa and Lisa talk to the three Musketeers of airways - the Boone brothers Michael and Bryan, and Tyler Christifulli - about inflatable dinosaur suits, most excellent mustachios, and how and why you should bring the SALAD and ApOX intervention techniques from the ambulance or the air and into the ER.
info_outline Dogmas, Sacred Cows and the Twitter Bird 03/18/2019
Dogmas, Sacred Cows and the Twitter Bird Nyssa and Lisa talk to Dr. Matt Astin, a long-term fixture in the ER and dedicated educator, about the dogmas and sacred cows in emergency care, the importance of social media in nursing practice, and what Goldilocks' three bears are doing in the ER.
info_outline Calm the Chaos 01/05/2019
Calm the Chaos Nyssa and Lisa interview Matt Perry, Director of the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency, and learn how nurses and medics - two different teams - work together towards the same goal, just like Krispy Kreme donuts (aka "power rings") and Dunkin' Donuts coffee.
info_outline The Gift of Being There 12/22/2018
The Gift of Being There It is a widely accepted practice to have family present during the birth of a new baby, so why is it so uncommon for family to be near the bedside in the ER during the last moments of life? In this very special episode, Nyssa tells Lisa about the work she's done researching, developing, and championing policies and procedures designed to bring loved ones into the ER during code blue scenarios, and why this has become her personal crusade.
info_outline A Walk Among the Tombstones 10/30/2018
A Walk Among the Tombstones Nyssa and Lisa take a field trip to the Forest Hills Cemetery in the outskirts of Boston to visit the final resting places of several notable doctors and nurses who formalized the profession of nursing back in the good ol' days. Join us on this short tour of a lovely place on a creepy day, and learn a little something about the ladies who helped start it all.
info_outline Kickin' it at the Poison [Control] Center 10/24/2018
Kickin' it at the Poison [Control] Center Nyssa tells Lisa about her field trip to the Georgia Poison Center to chat with long-time director Dr. Gaylord Lopez. Learn from the man himself about what the Center does, how they do it, and why it is better to call them instead of relying on Google to answer questions about what you may have eaten, breathed in, touched, or otherwise come into contact with that might make you sick. And catch an ear-worm that just might end up saving your - or your patient's - life.
info_outline Imposter Syndrome 09/20/2018
Imposter Syndrome Do you feel like you are making things up as you go along just to look like you know what you are doing? Do you feel like you don't belong -- that someone made a mistake trusting you with the health and well-being of your patients? This phenomenon is more widespread than you think -- and if you suffer from imposter syndrome, you are in good company. Nyssa and Lisa talk about how to recognize this issue, what types of personalities most suffer from it, and how to deal with it in your practice.
info_outline Dear ER Nurse, Love The Flight Crew 09/05/2018
Dear ER Nurse, Love The Flight Crew Nyssa and Lisa talk about the intersection of experiences between the pre-hospital and ER. In this conversation - part one of the Q Word Podcast's first trilogy - Nyssa puts on her Air Flight helmet to discuss the choices she, and other flight teams, make in the air which differ from the way things are done in the hospital.
info_outline To Epi or Not to Epi? 08/19/2018
To Epi or Not to Epi? For many years, epinephrine has been used as treatment for cardiac arrest, but a new study - PARAMEDIC2 - released by the New England Journal of Medicine, challenges that notion. Nyssa and Lisa discuss the protocols, findings, ethics, and implications of this study, in an effort to introduce nurses to the idea that some big changes in ACLS may be just around the corner.
info_outline Cootie Cleaning 07/12/2018
Cootie Cleaning Did you know that there is a right way and a wrong way to sanitize your work wear after your shift? Nyssa and Lisa talk cootie cleaning in their first fast track (mini) episode -- a quick and dirty conversation about how to not bring the hospital home with you.
info_outline The 3.5 Biggest Lies in Nursing 07/04/2018
The 3.5 Biggest Lies in Nursing Nyssa and Lisa talk about customs and concepts that pervade the ER which should be re-examined. Learn why "He/she is a good nurse, but...", "Everybody [or nobody] does it that way," and "No one will ever know" are little lies every nurse should watch out for in their practice.
info_outline Nurse Donna 07/04/2018
Nurse Donna Nyssa and Lisa interview ER nurse Donna Brannen, one of Nyssa's mentors, who drops some seriously golden advice and the mic (literally). She speaks frankly about third year residents, administration, ICU versus ER, night shift versus day shift, and why she wears mismatched shoes.
info_outline Welcome to The Q Word Podcast 07/04/2018
Welcome to The Q Word Podcast Welcome to the Q Word Podcast, where Nyssa - and ER and flight nurse - and her friend Lisa - an occasional and perpetually potential ER patient - have conversations about the tips, tricks, and taboos of emergency nursing. Take a peek behind the hospital curtain at the issues and ideas nurses - and their patients - often think about, but seldom talk about.