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Front Line Nursing

Front Line Nursing

By Tammy Dunnett
Welcome to Front Line Nursing, a NurseMinder Production that gives you an insiders look into the daily life of nursing from those who are currently working on the front line. Whether you are considering nursing as a profession, are a student, or a nurse looking to transition to a new patient population, this podcast will give you some behind the scenes information to help guide your career.

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Tammy Dunnett Bullying Experience Fuels New Passions (S3E2)
Hi Everyone! I was interviewed on the Field Guide to Awesome podcast and am recasting this interview here as it is the beginning of my nursepreneur journey  During my interview, we talked about: How my journey through surviving workplace bullying led to my creating the Conquer Conflict Company. Why it is important to recognize workplace bullying - also known as Lateral Violence The cycle of conflict and bullying in the workplace - what it looks like, and the consequences that extend far beyond the workplace. Transformative vocabulary & shared meaning/understanding Conquering Conflict requires that you do the hard work of knowing yourself, and be collaboratively solution-focused. Know that you don't have to do this work alone - get a mentor
August 19, 2020
The Impact of COVID on Nursepreneurs (Turn the Tables Part 1) (S2E11)
COVID 19 presented some unique challenges and as the host of five live in-person events scheduled from April to June - COVID 19 became the catalyst for change.  Learn how the entrepreneurial philosophy of "never say no" catapulted these events into an online space where the win-win-win method was applied: No geographical or time limitations, more entrepreneurs showcased, and members gained more value and more content! Now Tammy is adding one more win - a win for you the listener.  If you are looking to start or build your nursing business/healthcare business / or side business, get access to the entire presentations and downloads with your code: REPLAY2020 and benefit from all the speaker's insights to help you develop your nursepreneur business and level up faster than those who are disconnected from these resources.
August 12, 2020
#1 of the Top 3 of Season 2: Kelsey Penner and Critical Care Nursing
This week the number one podcast for season two is announced and the title goes to Kelsey Penner.  Her interview takes us to the skies as we talk about critical care nursing with the Air Ambulance.  Enjoy the replay!   Watch for a brand new season launching August 12
August 5, 2020
#2 of the Top 3 of Season 2: Jody Belcher
The #2 of the top 3 of season 2 goes to Jody Belcher, a women's health nurse who had her start in surgical nursing.  Enjoy the replay!
July 29, 2020
#3 of our Top 3 of Season 2: Angelo Dalagin
Season 2 Countdown has Angelo Dalagin, the singing nurse in the third place.  This is a replay episode of the work he does in Rehabilitative Medicine
July 22, 2020
Season 2 Wrap Up and Season 3 Sneak Peak (S2E11)
With summer approaching, it is time to wrap up season two and give you a week to vote on your favorite FLN Podcasts of 2020. Next week we will release the top 3 episodes and be back August 12 with a whole new season!
July 15, 2020
Fola Veritas, Registered Psychiatric Nursing (S2E10)
Fola Veritas is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) who has worked as a member of the crisis unit, in correctional facilities and as part of the safe consumption site team.  We explore the working relationships between nurse and police force, patients, community members and dive into how her own views of support have emerged and are continuing to expand as she looks beyond the traditional methods (detox, rehabilitation) and the “this is how we have done it for decades” processes. Through her own spiritual emergence, she began to broaden her own perspective of holistic health and challenge the “traditional” definition of care and challenging how we define the unknown as “crazy”  and to look beyond the discomfort to explore other realities and potential pathways. Her true calling of serving people going through a huge change with a focus on holistic wellness drives her to solutions for answers to the question: What other options are there?
July 8, 2020
Family Medicine (Acute) with Danielle Klassen, LPN (S2E9)
Danielle Klassen studied and graduated from her licensed practical nursing in Ontario in 2007 before moving to Edmonton Alberta in 2008 after a successful job fair.  Advocacy and policy are two guiding values that influence her daily work and it shines through in our conversation.  As a nurse in an acute care family medicine unit, Danielle helps to lead change and improve patient safety outcomes. This is not always easy and we look at some of the barriers in this frank conversation ...that leads us down a political conversation In your membership site at, you will receive advanced access and more information about a typical day in the life of a family medicine nurse in the After the Recording Section.
June 30, 2020
Mental Health Nursing During a Pandemic with Michele Mrkvan, RPN (S2E8)
Do you have questions about how a pandemic changes the care for those with mental health needs?  Michele works inpatient and in emergency and shares some interesting observations during COVID and how the healthcare system is .. or is not ... meeting the needs of the patient. Michele shares how she found mental health nursing after coming into contact with social workers and nurses during her difficult teen years. She was inspired to help others the way she felt helped during her time of need.
June 23, 2020
Dallas O'Donahue, LPN, Medical Float Nursing (S2E7)
What does one do when they have a psychology degree and had their heart set on being a physician? They shift gears and become a nurse of course! Realizing nurses were more front line workers and hands-on, Dallas did a 180 on her professional career goals and entered into the LPN program, knowing that her RN degree will be something to achieve as she progresses in her career. Dallas shares how her military experience as a medic, coupled with her unique advocacy role as a family member of a patient has shaped her nursing today.  Fascinating to listen to her vision of nursing in the ER where she was once a porter was another pivot point for her career changes. 
June 16, 2020
Angelo Dalangin, LPN Orthopedic Rehabilitation Nursing (S2E6)
Angelo Dalangin is currently working as an orthopedic rehabilitation nurse and specializes in caring for (*ahem*) seniors (you will need to watch the video for the explanation).  Join me and Angelo as we talk about a typical day routine, challenges, and hear his strategies for succeeding as a new nurse.  Angelo is also known as the singing nurse. He is a professional singer and blends his love of singing with his love of nursing.  He even gives us a few spontaneous unplanned lines from a popular song.
June 9, 2020
Jody Belcher, Surgical Float Pool to Women's Health (S2E5)
Jody Belcher received one of the coveted clinical placements in her final year of nursing school ... the NICU ... yet she had a longing to work in women's health.  With a lack of job opportunities, she started her career in the surgical float pool and believes that important first job was the foundation of her success.  Now she works in women's health and she has a wealth of knowledge to share with you.
June 2, 2020
Kelsey Penner Critical Care Nursing (S2E4)
Kelsey Penner just woke up one day and decided to be a nurse and what a wild ride it has been ever since.  She has worked as a military nurse, traveled overseas, completed Air med evacuation training, worked in Emergency and the ICU, and is now the newest member of the Alberta Stars Air Ambulance Crew! 
May 26, 2020
Lindsay Azure, LPN Cannabinoid Therapy Educator (S2E3)
What an education!  Listen to our conversation and the vast knowledge Lindsay shares about medicinal marijuana and my obvious lack of knowledge in the area!  
May 19, 2020
Moving to Australia, Louise Kemme (S2E2)
Louise was working as a nurse in Canada when her boyfriend looked at medical school abroad. Learn about the various ways one can visit and work in Australia and more about her journey towards permanent residency in the land down under.
May 12, 2020
Trista Main and Rural Emergency Nursing (S2E1)
Trista Main is an LPN working in Rural Emergency. In this episode, she shares her origin story and how her grandfather's health journey inspired her to look at nursing as a career.   Her passion for education and a lull in work hours provided her opportunities to take courses and helped position her for her role in ER.
May 5, 2020
Episode #14 Occupational Health Nursing with Sandy Zeniuk, LPN
One of the variety of roles LPNs can have in the community is that of an Occupational Health Nurse.  Sandy shares details of what her job entails, the client population she serves and the skills she uses... that she never thought she would! 
April 28, 2020
Episode #13, Friday Block-Lanas, Author, Coach, International Nurse
Friday's journey from the Philippines where she worked as a nurse and educator to Canada is a journey of persistence and luck as she navigated the obstacles that life put in her place, many that would have knocked any of us down.  She has an incredible story of resilience and faith and shares how her career has evolved. She is the author of Revitalizing Compassion and guides organizations with her workshops and training as the owner of Amplify WorkLife. 
April 21, 2020
Episode #12 Shelby Young, LPN, Founder of Indigo Harm Reduction
Shelby Young is a Licensed Practical Nurse and the Founder of Indigo Harm Reduction Services based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Shelby helps ensure the success of the festival health program by managing the volunteer education program, keeping the team up to date with the latest harm reduction strategies, curating the educational materials for the space, handling administrative work and delivering the substance checking program. Shelby's role is still growing in Odyssey and she is looking forward to what the future holds with her team!"
April 14, 2020
Episode #11 Andrea Kobialka LPN NICU
Andrea Kobialka is an LPN working in the NICU and shares her own fears, challenges, and successes in working in the NICU.
April 7, 2020
Episode #10 Zoey Froemgen, Nursing Through Fibromyalgia
Zoey Froemgen is an LPN who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia during her studies at NorQuest College. Listen as she shares the challenges and how she has redefined what it means to be a nurse living with fibromyalgia.  To learn more about her move from Alberta to BC and the different job expectations and scope of practice, join the FLN Membership and receive access to the video interview, the After the Recording Interview and a download she has created just for you.
March 31, 2020
Episode #9: Haley Read: NICU Nursing
 Landing My First Job and Then Finding My Dream Job by accident.
March 3, 2020
Episode #8: Huma Khan: Women's Health Nursing
Huma provides an honest look at the worries many new nurses and transitioning nurses have when starting a new job such as fitting in, time management and a fear of making mistakes.  
February 25, 2020
Episode #7: The Many Hats of Dakota Drouillard and the Search for Why?
Learn why the question "Why" has fueled Dakota's journey into community health, politics, research and so much more.
February 18, 2020
Episode #6 Aidan Cochlin, Burnout in Nursing
You know, I never have a plan when I sit down with nurses who are working the front line other than to hear their story. Today Aidan was open and shared how as a new nurse he experienced and recovered from burnout.  His story is truly a gift for others to hear.
February 11, 2020
Episode #5 Sandra Dickerson, SoleMates Foot Care, Nursepreneur
Join Sandra and I as we dive into the world of nursepreneurship. Sandra shares how she became a partner in the business of foot care for seniors in her business SoleMates Footcare.
February 4, 2020
Episode #4: Ashley White, Primary Care Nursing
Ashley White currently works as a primary care nurse and has been practicing as an LPN for three years. We look into the vast opportunities available to a primary care nurse as a support in the community.
January 28, 2020
Episode #3 Jenny Rasmussen, Surgery Float Nursing
Join Jenny and I as we discuss the benefits and struggles of being both a new nurse (first year of nursing) and a float nurse in surgery. 
January 21, 2020
Episode #2: Rosalie Devost, Perioperative Nursing
Learn more about perioperative nursing, the challenges and the rewards of working in the operating room as a licensed practical nurse in a busy urban hospital.  
January 14, 2020
Episode #1: Tammy Dunnett, From New Mom to Nurse
This is the first podcast and the host Tammy Dunnett opens up about how she found nursing later in her life and how she transitioned from mom to nurse after life-changing circumstances.  In this podcast, Tammy also talks about how Front Line Nursing got its start and how you can access bonus content.
January 7, 2020
Frontline Nursing Podcast Introduction
Introducing a new and upcoming Nursing Podcast, made by nurses for nurses.
November 13, 2019