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  • 6. Giving Yourself Permission, Season 2 Recap & What's Next

    On this week’s episode I want to give you some permission if you feel like you need it—To be a whole human with needs, feelings, desires, and cares. To do what feels authentically right to you.We’re plopped into a healthcare system that is specifically NOT set up for humans to be humans, and is designed for us to operate like machines.And it takes a LOT of courage to stay true to ourselves and what we want and need when we’re also trying to stay safe— financially, emotionally, physically.Sometimes it’s helpful to see and hear from others doing the same so we can see what’s possible for us.Here’s this week’s episode, sharing a bit of permission to give yourself, some highlights from this season’s podcast if you want to peruse previous topics, and upcoming plans for what’s next.

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  • 5. Investing In Your Future: Financial Planning for NPs

    In this week's episode, I'm thrilled to share my conversation with Lauryn Williams, an extraordinary individual who has not only achieved greatness on the athletic track but also in the realm of financial planning. Lauryn's story is a powerful example of how discipline, dedication, and a willingness to learn can lead to success in multiple arenas of life. Her transition from an Olympic athlete to a certified financial planner is not just inspiring; it's a lesson in reinventing oneself and finding purpose beyond one's initial calling.Lauryn opens up about her journey, revealing the pivotal moments that led her from winning medals to advising clients on financial health. We explore the mindset shifts required to excel in two vastly different fields and the common threads of discipline and perseverance that link them. Lauryn's candidness about the challenges and triumphs along her path offers invaluable lessons on adapting to life's changes and seizing new opportunities with courage and enthusiasm.One of the most enlightening parts of our discussion revolves around Lauryn's passion for financial literacy. She shares her vision of a world where financial knowledge is accessible to everyone, empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their money. Through her work, Lauryn is breaking down the complex world of finance into understandable and actionable advice, showing that it's possible to achieve financial wellness with the right guidance and mindset.Lauryn provides listeners with practical strategies for managing their finances, from budgeting and saving to investing and planning for the future. Her advice is for anyone looking to improve their financial situation and build a more secure future.Lauryn also discusses how her experiences have fueled her desire to give back and make a difference in the lives of others. Whether it's through her financial planning practice or her involvement in community initiatives, Lauryn is committed to contributing to a better, more financially savvy world.Don't miss this incredible episode filled with lessons sure to support you on your financial journey.In today’s episode, we talk about:Lauryn's seamless transition from an Olympic athlete to a certified financial planner, and the motivations behind her career change.How Lauryn is making financial planning accessible and empowering for everyone, regardless of their background.Practical financial advice from Lauryn, including strategies for debt management, savings, and investment.Understanding the value and impact a certified financial planner can have on your financial health and long-term goals.Lauryn's personal and professional growth, and how she uses her platform to advocate for financial literacy and freedom.Read the blog post here._______________________________© 2023 Real World NP. For educational and informational purposes only, see for full details.
  • 4. Empowering Equity: Transforming Clinical Spaces with Community Care

    Welcome to our latest podcast episode, where I had the immense pleasure of sitting down with the incredible Dr. Omolara Uwemedimo. Today's conversation is a testament to the power of resilience, innovation, and community in healthcare.Dr. Omolara shares her journey from being a pediatrician to founding two revolutionary organizations aimed at transforming healthcare for under-resourced communities. Through Strong Children Wellness and Melanin and Medicine, she is not just treating patients but also addressing systemic barriers to access and sustainability in healthcare for BIPOC communities.Our dialogue covers the challenges of funding in primary care, the importance of community partnerships, and the innovative business models that can empower healthcare professionals to serve better and more sustainably. Dr. Omolara's story is one of overcoming personal and professional hurdles, including a diagnosis that led her to reevaluate her approach to work and life, underscoring the importance of self-care in our mission to care for others.For those inspired by Dr. Omolara's vision, she shares valuable advice on building interprofessional collaborations and leveraging community resources to create impactful healthcare solutions. Whether you're a student, a new grad, or a seasoned clinician, there's much to learn from Dr. Omolara's approach to making healthcare more equitable and accessible.Connect with Dr. Omolara on LinkedIn for more insights and resources on building a more inclusive healthcare system. To learn more about her work, visit Melanin and Medicine and Strong Children Wellness. Let's continue to support each other in our journeys, fostering a healthcare community that's not just about treating illness but building a healthier, more just world.Let's keep the conversation going and work together towards a brighter, healthier future for all communities.In today’s episode, we talk about:Dr. Omolara's transition from pediatrician to healthcare revolutionary.Strategies for building interprofessional collaborations and leveraging community resources.Efforts through her organizations to overcome healthcare access and sustainability challenges.The crucial role of community collaborations and innovative business models in enhancing healthcare delivery.Dr. Omolara's personal challenges highlighting the importance of self-care for healthcare professionals.Read the blog post here._______________________________© 2023 Real World NP. For educational and informational purposes only, see for full details.
  • 3. Navigating The Drama Triangle As An NP

    In this episode, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Brooke Nielsen to explore a topic that is both fascinating and incredibly relevant to our work as healthcare professionals—the Drama Triangle. We've all seen it, whether we recognized it at the time or not. Those moments when interactions with colleagues or patients suddenly feel like a scene straight out of a play, with clear roles of victim, rescuer, and persecutor taking shape.Brooke and I explored how these roles influence our work environment, especially for nurse practitioners. We shared stories, insights, and, most importantly, practical strategies for stepping out of these roles. The goal? To foster a more supportive, healthy work environment where we can all thrive, professionally and personally.Understanding the Drama Triangle isn't just academic; it's about making real changes in how we interact every day. From recognizing when we're slipping into one of these roles to setting boundaries that protect our well-being and the quality of care we provide, this conversation is a stepping stone to more effective, fulfilling professional relationships.Tune in to find out how you can start recognizing and changing these dynamics in your own clinical setting. It's an episode packed with insights for nurse practitioners and anyone keen on creating a healthier workplace culture.In today’s episode, we talk about:Understanding the Drama TriangleImpact of the Drama Triangle in clinical settingsStrategies for recognizing and changing dysfunctional dynamicsThe importance of boundary management for healthcare professionalsRead the blog post here._______________________________© 2023 Real World NP. For educational and informational purposes only, see for full details.
  • 2. Caretaker Fatigue: What Is The Root Cause?

    In this episode, I explore a crucial topic shaping healthcare today - caretaker fatigue. Join me as I delve into an enlightening conversation with my dear friend and Executive Coach, Catherine Wood. Cat shares invaluable insights about balancing work-life commitments and the importance of recognizing and meeting our personal needs for sustainable career longevity. Even if you feel like you've heard all there is about burnout, I promise this conversation brings fresh perspectives and tangible steps you can incorporate in your daily life. In today’s episode, we talk about:How to caretake without losing yourselfThe sneaky patterns in caretakingHow to stop putting yourself lastSetting boundaries that take care of YOUIf you liked this video, also check out:Navigating NP Burnout with Cait DonovanNurse Practitioner Stress, Burnout and Compassion FatigueWhen You Want To Give Up as a Nurse PractitionerTimestamps:00:00 Intro00:43 Discussing Caretaker Fatigue01:18 Meet Catherine Wood02:32 The Impact of the Pandemic on Caregivers03:41 Caregiving and Burnout05:16 Burnout Prevention05:56 Caretaking and Codependency06:53 Caretaking in Relationships07:56 Meeting Your Own Needs13:41 Overcoming Caretaking Habits28:45 Understanding Your Needs29:41 The Impact of Ignoring Your Needs31:21 The Journey of Self-Discovery34:36 Boundaries34:54 Building Self-Trust38:26 Nonviolent Communication44:50 The Challenge of Change in Relationships54:29 Transparency in CommunicationRead the blog post here._______________________________© 2023 Real World NP. For educational and informational purposes only, see for full details.
  • 1. Are NP Careers Changing?

    Are you a nurse practitioner feeling lost, uncertain, or unfulfilled in your career? This raw, honest, and needed conversation with Amanda Guarniere, the founder of Resume RX, explores:The career challenges NPs are facingAlternative career paths many NPs are consideringChanging power dynamics between employers and employeesHow to think about career changes and honor YOURSELF in the processWe dive into the growing concerns among NPs regarding stagnant wages, shifting power dynamics between employers and employees, and the desire for personal fulfillment beyond traditional clinical settings.We chat about the rise of entrepreneurship, side hustles, and non-clinical roles that allow NPs to leverage their expertise and pursue their passions.We encourage NPs to challenge societal expectations and professional scripts that may stop them from doing what they love.If you liked this post, also check out:New Nurse Practitioner Survival Guide New NP: Q&A - Is This Normal?Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Roundtable: How Are We Doing After Covid?Timestamps:00:00 - Introduction02:45 - Practical Strategies on Navigating NP Clinical and Job Search03:55 - Are Nurse Practitioners Okay?05:25 - Dissatisfaction and Desperation Among NPs07:55 - How Can ResumeRX and Real World NP Support NPs12:39 - Personal Reflection on the Impact of COVID13:29 - Challenges Faced By Nurse Practitioners17:04 - Evolving Career Landscape for NPs25:29 - NP Burnout28:36 - Self-Judgment and Criticism 34:35 - What’s The Next Best ThingRead the blog post here._______________________________© 2023 Real World NP. For educational and informational purposes only, see for full details.
  • 102. Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Roundtable: How Are We Doing After Covid?

    In this video, I sit down with two incredible NP colleagues and friends, Kara and Heather, for a candid conversation about the rollercoaster ride of being a nurse practitioner.We delved deep into our shared experiences, tackling everything from the highs of fulfilling our calling to the challenges that can sometimes leave our compassionate hearts feeling a bit weary. Burnout, boundary setting, and the beautiful power of teamwork — it's all on the table.💖 Join us for a heart-to-heart chat that's raw, relatable, and peppered with a good dose of humor. Because, let's face it, sometimes laughter is the best medicine.🌈 Whether you're a seasoned NP or just starting your journey, this episode is a virtual hug, a reminder that you're not alone.👂 Tune in, share your thoughts, and let's keep the conversation alive. In this community, your story matters, and we’re in this together.Timestamps:00:00 - Introduction07:32 - Kara’s NP Background11:10 - Residency Program13:41 - Heather’s NP Background19:00 - What is it like after Covid?25:02 - New Grads Challenge28:51 - Real-World Experience In Covid36:14 - Changes That Were Advocated43:35 - Funny NP Stories56:51 - Parting Thoughts to New Grads NPsRead the blog post here._______________________________© 2023 Real World NP. For educational and informational purposes only, see for full details.