Your first year as a registered nurse is challenging. This podcast is hosted by 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.
Show notes are being released weekly!
Please note, while patient experiences are discussed, their identifying details have been changed to protect their privacy and uphold HIPAA.
A special thanks to Kiernan McMahon, our sound engineer who handles the technical side of the podcast and also offers a non-nursing perspective once in a while! You can learn more about him here.
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.
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.
PODCASTS Season 1
|One||1||What to Expect During Your New Graduate Nursing Orientation||12.31.2016|
|One||2||Central Venous Catheters 101||12.31.2016|
|One||3||What to do During a Code||12.31.2016|
|One||4||Work Life Balance||1.12.2017|
|One||5||Working With Physicians||1.19.2017|
|One||6||Delegation for New Nurses||1.26.2017|
|One||7||If it Wasn't Documented, It Wasn't Done||2.2.2017|
|One||8||Dealing with Difficult Patients and Families||2.9.2017|
PODCASTS Season 2
|Two||1||Neuro Nurse Tips Part 1||3.16.2017|
|Two||2||Neuro Nurse Tips Part 2||4.6.2017|
|Two||3||Neuro Nurse Tips Part 3||4.13.2017|
|Two||4||Tips for New Grads in the ICU||4.20.2017|
|Two||5||Pain Management Tips||4.27.2017|
|Two||6||Nurses Make Mistakes||5.4.2017|
|Two||7||Tips for New Grad Nurses on Resumes, Applications, and Interviews||5.11.2017|
|Two||8||Dealing with a Negative Unit Culture, Nurse Bullies, and Confrontation||5.18.2017|
|Two||9||Code STEMI, Code Stroke, Code Sepsis||5.25.2017|
|Two||10||Tips for Working Night Shift||6.1.2017|
|Two||11||Patients we will Never Forget||6.8.2017|
PODCASTS Season 3
|Three||1||Tips for Cardiac Nurses||9.14.2017|
|Three||2||Nursing Certifications- The What, Why, How, and When||9.21.2017|
|Three||3||What Nurses Need to Know about Sepsis||9.28.2017|
|Three||4||All About Respiratory||10.5.2017|
|Three||5||Understanding Nursing Leadership||10.12.2017|
|Three||6||What Nurses Need to Know About Palliative Care||10.19.2017|
|Three||7||How to Navigate Nursing Conferences||10.26.2017|
|Three||8||Intensive Care Devices: Part 1||11.2.2017|
|Three||9||Intensive Care Devices: Part 2||11.9.2017|
PODCASTS Season 4
|Four||1||How to Deal With Family Members (who are not mad at you)||1.11.2018|
|Four||2||Nursing Considerations with Brain Death and Organ Procurement||1.18.2018|
|Four||3||Nursing Considerations for Organ Procurement||1.25.2018|
|Four||4||Tips for Floating to Another Unit||1.31.2018|
|Four||5||What Nursing Teamwork Practically Looks Like at the Bedside||2.8.2018|
|Four||6||All Things Urinary Catheters||2.15.2018|
|Four||7||Talking to Unconscious Patients||2.22.2018|
|Four||8||How to Trust Your Nursing Judgement||3.1.2018|