Monthly Archives: August 2018

Providing Socially Just Care to Diverse Populations with Nikki Akparewa: Ep 15

Providing quality care to diverse populations, while also having a strong understanding of the importance of social justice is crucial to being a great nurse in 2018. Our guest this week, Nikki Akparewa, is passionate about this fact and had so much to share with Nurse Keith about the why and how behind it all.

Nikki Akparewa, RN, MSN, MPH is a nurse entrepreneur and Creative Director of Transform Nursing; an organization with the mission of equipping nurses globally with the tools to confidently provide socially just care to diverse populations. With over a decade of experiences in international nursing, critical care, hospital and community based care, Nikki is an expert on navigating tough conversations around race, class and other social structures that nurses need to learn to deliver safe compassionate care.

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Nurse Employee Retention with Cara Silletto: Ep 14

Do you know how challenging the struggles with nurse employee turnover can be? This week on Mastering Nursing, Nurse Keith was fortunate to chat with Cara Silletto, President & Chief Retention Officer of Crescendo Strategies. Together, they discussed the ins and outs of understanding the mindset of the growing Millennial workforce and nurse employee retention in the 21st century.

Cara Silletto, MBA is a workforce thought leader who has even been named a “Game Changer” by Workforce Magazine. also named her in their “Top 10 Company Culture Experts to Watch.” Lastly, Cara is the author of the 2018 book Staying Power: Why Your Employees Leave & How to Keep Them Longer.

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The Keys to NCLEX Success with Damion Jenkins: Ep 13

Welcome to a new episode of Mastering Nursing! This week, we are talking about a very important topic… success on the NCLEX. Our guest, who had a ton of insight to share on this, is Damion Jenkins.

Damion Jenkins is a nurse educator, mentor, tutor, blogger, content writer, and nurse entrepreneur. Damion is the founder and operator of The Nurse Speak, which is a boutique nursing education and consulting company that specializes in creating individualized consulting, mentoring, tutoring, and writing services. Damion’s passion for improving the nursing profession has led him to pursue a career in nursing education, where he helps nursing students, new graduate nurses, and professional nurses alike develop strategies for success.

Damion graduated from an associate degree nursing program in spring of 2010, and just six months removed from school figured out that he wished to pursue earning a Master’s Degree specializing in Nursing Education. In the spring of 2014, his MSN program was completed. From there he became an active member of several nursing organizations including: Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, The American Nurses Association (ANA), The National League for Nursing (NLN), and the Maryland Nurses Association (MNA). He’s also become a member of the National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA).

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Preventing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue with Caroline Cárdenas: Ep 12

Burnout and compassion fatigue can happen to any healthcare professional, and it can have a negative impact on patients and even your larger nursing career. Fortunately it’s very preventable, as our guest this week will attest to. Nurse Keith was joined by Caroline Cárdenas (MSN, RN, CBCN, RYT 200hr), who is a Masters-prepared oncology nurse, hoopdance teacher, and evangelist for play and physical movement as a means to preventing and recovering from burnout and compassion fatigue. She’s also the creator of The Hula Hoop Girl, an Embodied Movement Meditation Self-Care Body Play Practice that guides women to reconnect to their natural born rhythm, replenish their joy, and cultivate their creative courage

Caroline uses hoopdance and ecstatic movement as methods for helping nurses and women living with cancer to experience joy and reconnect with their bodies. Caroline is currently pursuing a PhD in Somatic Psychology so that she can even more strongly communicate her sincere belief in the transformational power of joy, play, and body-centered awareness. Listen well to hear more about all this from Caroline herself!

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Triage Nursing Skills with Anna Montejano: Ep 11

Get ready for another episode of the Mastering Nursing podcast! On this episode, Nurse Keith is joined by Anna Montejano, DNP, RN, PHN, CEN to discuss Triage Nursing. Our guest is a healthcare professional, educator, and even an author who has co-authored a book entitled Fast Facts for the Triage Nurse: An Orientation and Care Guide in a Nutshell as well as Rapid Access Guide for Triage and Emergency Nurses: Chief Complaints with High Risk Presentations.

Anna Montejano, DNP, RN, PHN, CEN, has 33 years of experience in emergency nursing and triage education. She has been a certified emergency nurse for more than 25 years. Mrs. Montejano has worked to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care through projects such as the change process of rapid medical screenings and rapid triage assessments. Anna currently works in academia as an Associate Professor of Nursing.

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