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The Handoff Podcast: Season 2 Now Live

The Trusted Team
August 18, 2020
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At Trusted, one of our biggest priorities is creating a community where nurses can access information, educational resources, and the tools to build their careers. We do that through our blog, virtual and in-person events, private Facebook group, work with The DAISY Award, and our weekly newsletter. What you might not know is that as part of this effort, we launched a podcast earlier this year called The Handoff.

Today we’re excited to share that we’re back with season two of the show, and a sharpened focus and energy on the topics that matter most to nurses and nurse leaders. 

Between the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide conversations around the intersection of race and healthcare, there has never been a more challenging or a more rewarding time to be a nurse, and we’re dedicated to breaking down all of it on The Handoff. This season we’ve gathered experts from leading hospitals and health systems, academia, non-profits, and the corporate sector to have real conversations about the issues that matter most to nurses. 

Kicking off the Handoff Podcast Season 2

Starting today, we’ll be releasing two new episodes each week, hosted by Trusted’s very own Head of Clinical Innovation, Dr. Nurse Dan Weberg. Dan is a nurse executive whose career spans bedside roles in acute in-patient hospital settings, in academia as a clinical faculty director, and as an innovator and leader within Kaiser Permanente’s National Nursing Leadership and Strategy Team and the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine.

He’ll be drawing on all of this experience to have meaningful conversations with guests, pulling out the insights that will help nurses and nurse leaders do their jobs better, whether that’s at the bedside, managing a unit or an entire health system.

This season’s line-up features some of the most exciting voices in nursing talking about a range of topics including: 

Career & Leadership Advice

We’ll be sharing insights into everything from whether now is a good time to look for a new job to building your confidence as a nurse leader. Among our guests on this topic are veteran healthcare executive and career coach Beth Brooks, who shares the best tools and resources for nurses who are thinking about their next career move, as well as advice on exploring a non-traditional career path. Dan also speaks with Duke University’s Dean of Nursing Marion Broome about what it means to lead through a crisis. 

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Dan will be speaking with nurse entrepreneurs and other guests about both clinical innovation and how nurses can contribute to a culture of innovation in the workplace. Our very first episode of the season features Chris McCarthy and Christi Zuber who spent more than a decade working together as co-founders and leaders of Kaiser Permanente’s Innovation Consultancy. Together, they discuss why nurses are particularly well-suited to be change agents because of their skills as “conveners of people.” In another episode, Marion Leary, Director of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, shares her thoughts on the intersection of nursing and design thinking and how nurses can incorporate design thinking into their everyday work. 

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Naturally, the pandemic is a recurring theme in nearly every conversation this season. We talk with guests about everything from learnings over the last few months to what nurses should be prepared for as COVID-19 continues to make its way across the country to how the pandemic has changed the experience of being a nurse. New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Deborah Stilgenbauer gives a window into how her hospital is thinking differently as a result of their experience in the early epicenter of the pandemic, while AACN’s Megan Brunson speaks to how she thinks the pandemic will impact the future of critical care nursing and her advice for nurses working on the frontlines. 

Health Equity

The intersection of racial justice and healthcare has pushed itself into the foreground in recent months, and Dan chats with ANA Bioethicist Liz Stokes about the dilemmas she’s hearing from nurses, and how she helps them think through these issues to make ethical decisions and ensure equitable care. One surprising insight? While we typically talk about the intersection of racism and healthcare as it relates to patients, Liz says she is often asked by ANA members about the racism that they experience from their patients.

The first episode of Season 2 is now live on our website, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, as well as the Health Podcast Network, which is a great resource for all healthcare-related shows. We hope you’ll tune in to hear all of these conversations and more. If you have a guest or topic suggestion, please feel free to email us at thehandoffpodcast (at) trustedhealth (dot) com.

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