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Don't Eat Your Young: A Nursing Podcast

53 EpisodesProduced by TruStory FMWebsite

Welcome to Don’t Eat Your Young — the podcast that brings you stories from the trenches of the incredible, wonderful, exhausting, terrifying, joyous world of nursing. Host Beth Quaas been in the world of nursing for nearly decades and has worked in hospitals large and small. She's worn the hats of t… read more

53 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

Professional Development for Nurses with Rachael Murray

February 28th, 2023


Neonatal nurse practitioner Rachel Murray joins your host Beth Quaas to talk about her shift from nursing to also start working as a professional development trainer. She studied at Dale Carnegie Training, which gave …

Moving Beyond Toxic Workplaces with Allison Twede

February 14th, 2023


Beth talks with Allison Twede about her journey through nursing – from toxic workplace environments to admin positions to finally finding her calling …

From Nursing at Sea to Dogs with Diabetes – a Conversation with Denise Gruzensky

January 31st, 2023


Nursing at Sea

Her adventures started when she took a job as nurse on a Carnival Cruise at the turn of the century. The travel was a selling point, but Denise Gruzensky loved nursing in this unique environment. She …

Living the NursePreneur Life with Catie Harris

January 17th, 2023


With the launch of NursePreneurs, Catie Harris created a mentorship program that empowers nurses to monetize their knowledge, develop business …

Expanding Your Creativity with Rachel Dick

January 3rd, 2023


Meet Rachel

After a discriminatory incident at work showed Rachel how the system thought of her and her fellow nurses, registered nurse Rachel Dick decided she needed to be in a place where she didn’t have to answer to …

Life in the OR with Sonya Spruill

December 20th, 2022


Meet Sonya
I was born and raised in Walterboro, South Carolina. I was told that at the age of three, I told my family that I wanted to be a nurse.  …

Holistic Well-Being with Liz Burkholder

November 22nd, 2022


Meet Liz
Liz Burkholder from Charlotte, North Carolina, joins Beth today. Liz Burkholder is an integrative, double-board certified Family Nurse …

Learning Like a Renegade with Antra Boyd and Karen DiMarco

November 8th, 2022


Antra Boyd met Karen DiMarco when Karen was teaching nurses how to work and advocate for our patients by thinking outside the box. Through that chance meeting, they formed a company called RNegade. They are changing the …

You are Worth It! with Tammy Ward

October 25th, 2022


From Caring for Patients to Caring for Caregivers

Tammy Ward has been in healthcare for 23 years. She moved from bedside nursing to becoming a CRNA. Throughout that process, she has realized that she has more to give. …

Historic MN Nurses Strike: How it Impacts Nurses and Patients with Chris Rubesch

October 4th, 2022


Chris came into nursing as a second career. For seven years, he has worked with cardiac patients in a large hospital where he takes care of some of the sickest patients. In order to do his job well, Chris needs time …

Reducing Your Stress Through Calming Calligraphy with Angie Bailey

August 30th, 2022


After struggling with the ever-shifting challenges of nursing during the pandemic, Angie Bailey realized she’d had enough. That’s when she retired from the profession and moved to a focus on the art of calligraphy. She …

The Careerwise Nurse with Natalie D’Itri

August 16th, 2022


Meet Natalie D’Itri

In this episode, Beth talks with Natalie D’Itri, a coach for nurses who want to grow in their professional lives as well as host of the Careerwise Nurse podcast. Their conversation ranges through …

Mentoring and Positive Growing with Laurel Ash

July 12th, 2022


Meet Laurel Ash

Beth and Laurel have a conversation about Laurel’s start in hospice and home care, working as a nurse practitioner, her transition to academia, her mentorship program, and more. Laurel currently goes out …

Mapping the Right Direction for Your Career and Life: Talking Inspiration with Susan Farese

June 28th, 2022


Susan Farese, a Force of Nature

Susan has been a nurse, but has also worn many other hats as she’s moved through life. Currently, Susan runs SJF Communications – her own PR firm – where she helps pretty much anyone,

Funding Our Healthcare System: An Old Model Reimagined with John Silver

June 14th, 2022


The Public Utility Model

John Silver joins Beth to discuss the Public Utility Model, a plan to shift the healthcare insurance structure, bringing needed healthcare to everyone. A central council led by nurses – which …

A Broken System Revealed: Nursing During the Pandemic with Troy McMullen

May 31st, 2022


In this week’s episode, Beth is joined by new nurse Troy McMullen, a nurse of three years who started just before the pandemic hit. Beth and Troy …

Learning to Protect Yourself with Maggie Ortiz

May 17th, 2022


Maggie Ortiz

In today’s episode, nurse advocate Maggie Ortiz joins your host Beth Quaas to talk about the challenges in our nursing system today. Why is it so frustratingly complicated and why does it seem to be working …

The Compassionate Approach with Sandra Capito

May 3rd, 2022


Sandra Capito

In today’s episode – which was recorded September 2021, so information may be a bit out of date – nurse Sandra Capito joins your host Beth Quaas all the way from Melbourne, Australia, to talk about her work …

A Nurse’s View From the Patient’s Side with Rachel Chianakas

January 4th, 2022


Rachel Chianakas and Compassionate Care

Rachel Chianakas lost her ability to work as a bedside nurse after a knee injury with a subsequent failed …

Helping Nurses Heal Nurses with Traci Powell

December 28th, 2021


Traci Powell is helping nurses heal.

Traci Powell is a PMHNP and is nationally certified in Trauma Care. She has known 3 colleagues that have …

Happy Holidays from Don't Eat Your Young

December 23rd, 2021


May your holidays bring peace, rest, and joy. To all in our family of nurses, we love you, we thank you, and we wish you strength.

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Stopping Health Care Violence with Sheila Wilson

December 21st, 2021


Fighting to Stop Violence in the Healthcare System

Sheila Wilson has been a nurse for decades, but is still out there advocating and supporting …

When Standards of Care Are Breached with Ashley Hughes

December 14th, 2021


The Legal Side of Nursing

Ashley Hughes has been a Legal Nurse Consultant for several years and is back this season to talk about implications when …

Working to Stop Healthcare Violence with June Garen

December 7th, 2021


Healthcare violence is all too real and June Garen is fighting to change that.

After decades in the OR, June Garen decided it was time for a change. …

Fighting to Improve Working Conditions with Rasheda Hatchett

November 30th, 2021


Rasheda Hatchett

Rasheda Hatchett is a nursing leader making every effort to improve the working conditions of the organizations for which we work. Healthcare is a business, but nurses see it differently. We want to care …

Finding Your Inner Wellness with Nasrin Parsian

November 23rd, 2021


Finding Your Inner Wellness with Dr. Nasrin “Nas” Parsian

On today’s show, Beth is joined by Dr. Nasrin “Nas” Parsian. Nas is a Holistic health …

Overcoming Burnout with Tessa Hayman

November 16th, 2021


Tessa Hayman

Tessa Hayman is a RN in Canada that specialized in palliative care. It wasn’t until after she left bedside nursing that she was able to recover from the burnout she had been dealing with. After seeking help …

Dealing with Nurse Bullying with JoNeil Smith Conley

November 9th, 2021


JoNeil Smith Conley

JoNeil Smith Conley has been in nursing for 44 years and has many academic accomplishments. The roles that JoNeil has held include …

We'll see you back here for Season Two!

May 18th, 2021


It’s the end of Season One! Thanks to everyone who has tuned in so far and made this a success. Thanks to all of our guests for opening up and sharing their stories. We’ll see you after our hiatus for Season Two!

Learn …

Nursing Beyond Grief

April 20th, 2021


When Tricia LaVallee was 4 years old, she learned about caring for her dying grandfather and what death meant. Since that time, she has wanted to …

Running Toward COVID and The Unknown with Ivette Palomeque

April 13th, 2021


Ivette Palomeque is an experienced ICU nurse that does not back down from a challenge. She saw the need for her services in the busiest ICUs that had been hit by the pandemic. She took a travel assignment in NYC and …

Making Frontline Mental Health a Priority with Katie Walker

April 6th, 2021


Katie Walker has been a CRNA for the past 10 years. Although she loves giving anesthesia, she felt there was more she could be doing to help others. …

Take a Walk on the Legal Side with Ashley Hughes

March 30th, 2021


Ashley Hughes loves being a nurse. She still works with patients on a part time basis, but she came to the realization that she wanted to do more than work in the hospital for her entire career. With all of her nursing …

Thriving in Nursing School With Maureen Osuna

March 23rd, 2021


Maureen Osuna was in advertising before deciding later in life that she wanted to be a nurse. Because of that, she has a different perspective on life as a nursing student than some of the more traditional nurses. She …

Living With a Purpose With Eboni Gee

March 16th, 2021


Eboni Gee is a whirlwind force who seems to never lose her spark as she is growing a business to help others learn from the hard work that she has already put in. She is passionate about helping others and is a wealth …

Turning Anger Into Motivation with Tammy Jacobs

March 9th, 2021


Tammy has worked in many nursing roles in her 25 years as a nurse. After a change in leadership which, as she found, was unsupportive of more …

Nurses Continuing to Learn With Shane Slone

March 2nd, 2021


Shane Slone started as an excited new nurse, wanting to learn everything that he could. He was an RN working in the ICU doing 12 hour shifts. It …

Fighting for Nurses’ Rights with Denise Crawley

February 23rd, 2021


Denise Crawley worked as a nurse for few years in Canada before leaving the profession. While still new to the profession, she had been bullied and …

Learning to Be Your Own Biggest Fan with Haley Bretl

February 16th, 2021


Haley Bretl knew that she wasn’t herself and was tired of pretending to be happy both at work and at home. She decided it was time to take care of herself. After trying therapy and prescription medications, Haley found …

Play by Your Own Rules with Keeonna Williams

February 9th, 2021


Keeonna Williams has been a nurse for many years in the OR and understands the toll that the environment in which you work can have on your …

Tackling Burnout One Nurse at a Time

February 2nd, 2021


Rachel Smiddy understands how important it is to take care of yourself, especially nurses that seem to always be caring for others. Rachel decided to seek out a coaching certificate program and completed one so that she …

Frontline Work in a Covid ICU - A Real-Life Story with Kelley Anaas

January 26th, 2021


Kelley Anaas worked as an intern when she was a nursing student which helped her land a job on a med/surg floor. After 6 years she decided she was ready for a change and moved into the ICU. She spent a lot of time …

Emily Mazurak: Surviving Burnout and Saying No

January 19th, 2021


Emily Mazurak was an RN in a busy PICU at a Level I Trauma Center. She was ready for a change and took her talents on the road and because a traveling PICU nurse. Through that experience, and feeling like she didn’t fit …

Mary Buffington: Stop Burnout Before It Engulfs You

January 12th, 2021


Mary Buffington had been a nurse for several years before feeling the effects of burnout. She was working in a chaotic oncology clinic, which was …

Nursing & Women's Health with The Lady's Guide's Deanna Tikhonov

January 5th, 2021


Deanna Tikhonov is a Women’s Health NP, but it took her a couple years to decide that’s where her passion was and take the steps to get there. As a nursing student, she hated her med/surg rotation, but later attributed …

Lois Hollis: A True Pioneer and Trailblazer

December 29th, 2020


Lois Hollis has been in nursing for over five decades and has moved our profession in the right direction. She has been a forward-thinking leader and …

Christina Dunbar: Forging Nursing Leaders

December 22nd, 2020


Christina Dunbar started her nursing career in the pediatric ICU and worked in several other areas before going back to school for her FNP and …

Casie Lamp: An ICU Nurse in the Midst of a Pandemic

December 15th, 2020


Casie Lamp has been a nurse for 20 years, serving in the Army, before working in the civilian world. Casie is seeing firsthand, the toll that our …

Kim Klein: Nursing Student to OR - What have I done?

December 11th, 2020


When Kim Klein was a nurse’s aide and decided to go back to school to be an RN, she didn’t realize how much different it would be. She quickly …

Lisa Dunlap: Miracle Healing Through Self-Care

December 8th, 2020


Lisa Dunlap is a Geriatric NP that practices holistic and integrative medicine. A little over a year ago, while dealing with burnout from her job, …

Jeri Cates: Authentic Self-Love, Self-Compassion, and Self-Care

December 1st, 2020


Jeri Cates went from being a homeless, single mom on welfare to being a nurse practitioner and entrepreneur. She defines herself as a crusader for …

Welcome to Don't Eat Your Young: A Nursing Podcast

November 18th, 2020


Welcome to Don’t Eat Your Young — the podcast that brings you stories from the trenches of the incredible, wonderful, exhausting, terrifying, joyous …

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