Your first year as a registered nurse is challenging. This podcast is hosted by experienced nurses from, 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.

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Please note, while patient experiences are discussed, their identifying details have been changed to protect their privacy and uphold HIPAA.

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Meet Your Podcast Hosts!

Kati Kleber, BSN RN CCRN-K 

Kati graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2010.  She worked in a cardiac medical-surgical unit for two years before working in a neurosciences critical care unit for four years.  She obtained her critical care certification (CCRN) from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses in 2015, and has experience as a certified preceptor and charge nurse, policy and procedure review, and was shared governance chair at a major hospital in Charlotte, NC. She currently works in the same cardiac medical-surgical unit she worked at upon graduating nursing school in Central Illinois.

She was named Nurse of the Year by the Charlotte Business Journal and was a Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina Recipient, both in 2015.  

Kati is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Nursing Education at Capella University.

Kati is currently lives in Illinois with her husband, John, her daughter, Hannah, and her two rescue dogs, Mac and Tosh.  

Elizabeth Mills, BSN RN CCRN

Elizabeth is from Charlotte, North Carolina. She has been in nursing for 15 years, with the past 11 years specializing in critical care.  She has experience in neuroscience critical care, intensive care, rapid response/code team, and trauma intensive care. She enjoys hiking, Carolina athletics, southern culture and history. Elizabeth is a preceptor and is a recipient of the DAISY Award.

Melissa Stafford, BSN RN CCRN SCRN

Melissa graduated from nursing school in 2000, and after a short time on a medical surgical floor transitioned to neuro critical care. During her career, she has precepted multiple nurses, taught classes ranging from neurological/neurosurgical specific subjects to general critical care medicine, been involved in shared governance and resides as chair for nursing peer review. She has received various recognitions, including the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina and DAISY Award. Melissa enjoys spending time with family, painting, watching sports, visiting the beach whenever possible, and vacationing at Disney World.

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SeasonEpisodeTitleDate Published
What to Expect During Your New Graduate Nursing Orientation12.31.2016
Central Venous Catheters 10112.31.2016
One3What to do During a Code12.31.2016
One4Work Life Balance1.12.2017
One5Working With Physicians1.19.2017
One6Delegation for New Nurses1.26.2017
One7If it Wasn't Documented, It Wasn't Done2.2.2017
One8Dealing with Difficult Patients and Families2.9.2017
One 9Diagnostics2.16.2017
One 10Patient Deaths2.23.2017
One11Time Management3.2.2017
One 12Report3.16.2017

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