Nurse Entrepreneurship, Influence and Advocacy with Dr Sharrica Miller

Nurse Entrepreneurship, Influence and Advocacy with Dr Sharrica Miller

Nurse Entrepreneurship, Influence and Advocacy with Dr Sharrica Miller

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Today we are so pleased to be joined by Dr Sharrica Miller. Dr Miller joined us on the inaugural Not “Just” a Nurse Day in 2019 to talk about how nurses are not only at the bedside, but all the areas that nurses can move into. It was such a powerful talk and I was honoured to be joined by Dr Miller on the podcast.

Sharrica Miller is a doctorally prepared, board certified pediatric nurse practitioner with over 14-years of experience in nursing and nursing education. After graduating from Howard University with her BSN in 2005, Dr. Miller worked bedside in multiple areas including pediatrics, med-surg, and critical care for five years before going back to school to obtain her master’s degree. She graduated with her PhD from UCLA in 2017 and was named as one of five Johnson and Johnson’s Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars two years in a row. She has been teaching pre-licensure students for eight years and during that time also worked in a variety of settings including home health, hospital-based education, public health, and palliative care.

 

Episode Highlights

 

We start by talking about her career trajectory and go on to discuss:

  • Starter Nurse Academy
  • Getting out into community for leadership opportunity
  • Foster work advocacy
  • Go-to resources for nurse leaders
  • Changing the way we view transition-to-practice
  • How to expand our reach and influence as nurses

Key Points

1. Increase your exposure to all the things nurses can do.
2. Advocate for the causes you’re passionate about. Get involved.

 

Quotable

“When you have a lack of representation it doesn’t necessarily encourage others who are coming up through the pipeline to continue and get their PhD.”
—Dr Sharrica Miller

 

“Nurses need to come out of their shells and not be so afraid. Nursing is quite conservative where we just kind of keep our head low and we don’t like to fight too much, and I think that needs to change.”
—Dr Sharrica Miller

 

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Public Trust is Our Superpower with Mike Villeneuve

Public Trust is Our Superpower with Mike Villeneuve

Public Trust is Our Superpower with Mike Villeneuve

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Today on the podcast we are honoured to be joined by Mike Villeneuve, RN MSc, the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Nurses Association.

With four decades of progressive experience, Mike has participated in health care delivery as a nursing attendant, staff RN, nurse-in-charge in a remote First Nation, clinical instructor, clinical nurse specialist, manager, researcher, lecturer, consultant, author and administrator. As CEO, he leads CNA’s operations which include 139,000 members across all 13 Canadian provinces and territories and the headquarters team in Ottawa. In his role, he is leading implementation of a forward-leaning vision for professional nursing in Canada and the services needed in the future at CNA to support that transformation.

 

Episode Highlights

We start by talking about Mike’s early introduction to nursing through his mother and go on to discuss:

  • How the CNA advocates for the profession
  • The importance of volunteering on boards
  • Taking advantage of workshop opportunities
  • How not only doctors provide primary care
  • Policy solutions for the next generation of nurses
  • Speaking with confidence on a particular subject

Key Points

1. Just because you’re skilled in a technical role doesn’t make you a great manager.
2. Learn for yourself how governance works. Get involved and active early. Take the chance.
3. Public trust is our superpower. Don’t underestimate it.

Quotable

“You can’t demand a seat in a policy circle and then just sit there keeping the seat warm. You better be ready to figure out what’s the game.”
—Mike Villeneuve

 

“It doesn’t take a lot to free people up to think differently.”
—Mike Villeneuve

 

“What I would love this year is for every nurse’s face up high with pride. Every other profession would kill to have the kind of power we have. Stop saying we don’t have power. You have been accorded a lot of power by the public when they say we trust you completely.”
—Mike Villeneuve

 

“Speak up even if your voice shakes.”
—Maggie Kuhn

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How To Be Part of the Conversation in Nursing with Howard Catton

How To Be Part of the Conversation in Nursing with Howard Catton

How to Be Part of the Conversation in Nursing with Howard Catton

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Today on the podcast we’re joined by Howard Catton, the Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Under his leadership, ICN is seeking to maximise the opportunities presented by the 2020 International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and build on its legacy. He is committed to ensuring that nurses have a seat at the highest level of decision-making for the benefit of the profession and global healthcare.

Howard joined ICN in April 2016 as the Director, Nursing, Policy and Programmes. His team led the development of ICN policy and position statements, working closely with WHO and other International Organisations to provide nursing advice on global health challenges and input into formal WHO and UN decision making meetings and processes. He also co-ordinated ICN Programmes and projects including Leadership development and worked closely with other Non-Government Health Organisations, civil society and private sector organisations. Howard also oversaw the development of scientific programmes for ICN events including its world congresses, held every two years.

In December 2019 the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland appointed Howard as Fellow of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery. This Fellowship without examination is granted in exceptional circumstances to nurses who have rendered outstanding service to the profession.

 

Episode Highlights

We start by talking about what brought him to the International Council of Nurses and go on to discuss:

  • His message for nurses during COVID-19
  • How to be part of the conversation in nursing
  • The importance of getting involved in your associations
  • Pushing governments for firmer commitments to support the profession
  • His vision for the global future of the profession

Quotable

“Don’t be fearful of questioning.”
—Howard Catton

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Love-Led Leadership in the Time of COVID-19 with Sheena Howard

Love-Led Leadership in the Time of COVID-19 with Sheena Howard

Love-Led Leadership in the Time of COVID-19 with Sheena Howard

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Today we are joined by a previous podcast guest, Sheena Howard. In these incredibly uncertain times, empathy and compassion are more important than ever. Figuring out how we bring that to the foreground when we’re physically distancing, covered in PPE that guards our face and our smiles, Sheena is the perfect person to share how we can continue to be love-led leaders.

Sheena Howard is a full-scope primary care registered nurse who was born and raised in Ontario. She graduated from Queen’s University School of Nursing in 2003 and began her career in Northern BC on an isolated island as a public health and primary care advanced practice nurse. Through a social justice lens, she worked alongside the community consisting of indigenous and non-indigenous people, to improve access to community healthcare, notably creating the first free birth control and prenatal group clinics, a model for prenatal patients in rural BC.

 

Episode Highlights

We start by talking about how nurses can show up love-led in all areas of our lives and go on to discuss:

  • Advocacy as a form of love and empathy
  • Why you won’t get more burnt out with a love-led approach
  • Wrestling with nursing guilt
  • Embedding empathy and love-led leadership post-COVID

Quotable

“When we are post-COVID don’t let it go back to the way things were. We need to advance and evolve and push things forward.”
—Amy Deagle

 

“If we’re emotionally void, our patients are emotionally void. When I choose to engage [as a love-led leader] I can’t help but feel better. And I see the reaction in my patients. We feel more engaged, more joy, even in a situation like COVID-19.”
—Sheena Howard

 

“Examine what you have no control over and what you do have control or influence over. You have control over your own thoughts, how you express your mood or energy, and you can also influence others actions. We can do this by asking questions instead of offering solutions.”
—Sheena Howard

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A Message of Hope From Nurses to Nurses During COVID-19

A Message of Hope From Nurses to Nurses During COVID-19

A Message of Hope From Nurses to Nurses During COVID-19

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During the COVID-19 crisis it felt incredibly important to bring back many of our past and upcoming podcast guests, nursing leaders from around the world, to share their messages of hope, motivation and support. We know you have challenging days ahead, but we want to remind you of why you matter more than ever, why you are not “just” a nurse, and how to keep your morale up.

This is a podcast episode that I hope you download to your phone so that whenever you need a pep talk over the next few months, you have one in your pocket.

Remember nurses, we’re in this together.

 

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