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The SPN Podcast Series explores best practices and current topics for pediatric nursing in a fun, on-the-go format. Download the SPN Podcast Series by searching "SPN Podcast Series" in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Season 1 

In this season, our moderator, Pam Hutchinson, sits down with nurse experts to discuss the foundations of leadership for pediatric nurses at all levels. By the end of this season, we hope that you'll have the necessary information to become a more successful leader in your daily practice.

Episode 1

Decision-Making | Speaker: Kristen L. Straka, DNP, RN, CPN, NEA-BC
This podcast discusses:
  • Decision making and moral stress
  •  Ethical decision making
  •  Steps involved with decision making
  •  Group decision model
  •  Clinical decision model

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Episode 2

Communication | Speaker: Deborah Del Favero, DNP/ED, CPN, NE-BC, NEA-BC
This podcast discusses:
  • What is Emotional intelligence?
  • Why is Emotional Intelligence important?
  • In what instances would Emotional Intelligence be beneficial in Nursing?
  • How does having Emotional intelligence impact patient care
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Episode 3

Emotional Intelligence | Speaker: Shirley Wiggins PhD, RN
This podcast discusses:
  • Models/types of communication
  • Communication skills and strategies
  • Structured communication
  • Feedback
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Episode 4

Culture of Safety | Speaker: Lori Haack, MPH, SCT, CPHQ
This podcast discusses:
  •  What is a culture of safety?
  •  Why is a culture of safety important in healthcare?
  •  How do safety events happen?
  •  What are the keystones of performance excellence?
  •  What do patients expect from their healthcare providers?
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Episode 5

Delegation | Speaker: Karen Wilkinson MN, ARNP, LNCC, CNLCP
This podcast discusses:
  • Why is delegation necessary in today’s nursing environment?
  • What is delegation
  • Essential components of Delegation:  Responsibility, Authority and Accountability
  •  What are the 5 rights of delegation?
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Episode 6

Conflict Management | Speaker: Laura J. Ahola MSN, RN
This podcast discusses:
  • What is a conflict?
  • Negative and positive effects of conflict
  • Typical responses to conflict
  • Why is conflict resolution important in the workplace?
  • Conflict management strategy
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Episode 7

Quality Improvement | Speaker: Donna Eull, MA, RN, CHPPN
This podcast discusses:
  • What is a quality improvement project and why does it matter? 
  • How to begin a Quality project?
  • Setting a SMART goal
  • What tools are out there and how does one measure success?
  • How do I learn more?
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Episode 8

Ethical Issues | Speaker: Sheila Hahner, MSN,RN,CPN
This podcast discusses:
  • What is ethics?
  • Common ethical issues in pediatric nursing
  • ANA Code of Ethics as applied to pediatric nursing
  • Framework for ethical decision-making
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Episode 9

Team Building | Speaker: Kimberly A. Peterson, MSN, APRN-PCNS-BC, CPN  
This podcast discusses:
  • What is meant by team building and why is it important?
  • Introduction to Tucker’s model as a framework to understand stages of team development
  • Strategies to promote positive team development at each stage of Tuckman’s model
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Season 2

Episode 1

An Introduction to Budgeting | Speaker: Stacy Doyle PhD, RN, MBA
This podcast discusses:
  • What is a budget?
  • What goes into budgeting?
  • Discuss key statistics
  • Expenses (supplies, equipment and workforce):
  • How do you determine supplies?
  • What is a capital budget?
  • How to determine FTEs or who’s going to do the work
  • What is productive vs nonproductive time
  • Budgeting for professional development
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Episode 2

Leadership in a Time of Crisis | Speaker: Lori Puthoff, MSN, RN, NE-BC
This podcast discusses:
  • How to be a good role model/strong leader?
  • Discussing with staff need to change their role or change their schedule.
  • How to use your resources (staff, supplies) wisely.
  • How to provide education needs quickly
  • How to make decisions under pressure/quickly.
  • How to support staff (home and emotional needs)
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Episode 3

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Pediatric Nursing |Speakers: Carole S. Becerra, MPA, CDP and Margarita Diaz, MSN, RN
This podcast discusses:
  • Ways to connect with people to create or foster diversity in the workplace
  • Advice for a new leader to demonstrate that commitment and follow through with diversity initiatives and demonstrating diversity in the work place.
  • How the new leader can foster an environment where people who come from different backgrounds all value and respect one another and their ideas as well as knowing that as a leader you value and support them.
  • Why is it important to have Diversity in nursing?
  • As an emerging leader, how do you lead diversity conversations? How do you make staff comfortable talking about diversity and inclusion? What resources are available?
  • What are some qualities of an inclusive leaders and how does a new leader develop these skills?
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