Stay On Top of Healthcare News While Enjoying Educational and Entertaining Podcasts for Nurses
Working hard amidst a pandemic might mean that you didn’t have time to gorge on the explosive Netflix serial sensation “Tiger King” a few months ago. You might even be missing those rare quiet moments of settling down with a good book to read. If you’re feeling the itch to binge some entertaining media while still balancing your life around the “new normal”, diving into a podcast might be just the ticket.
Podcasts allow any overwhelmed healthcare professional to stay abreast of the latest industry happenings, to learn and expand on medical knowledge, or to simply be diverted for a quick twenty-eight minutes. Plus, you don’t even have to feel guilty about listening over catching up on science articles or curling up with a good book. Studies have shown that listening to a story engages the same areas of the brain as when you read.
Below are gathered ten podcasts to dip your toes into or to dive right in, on a commute, walking the dog, folding laundry, or even squeezing it into a work break.
Nursing Today - Nursing Podcast by NURSING.com
A medical podcast at its finest. Nursing Today is great for the RNs and PRNs who are not only busy but who are also looking to be doubly prepared when it comes to CE credits. Nursing.com offers CE credit courses you can listen to for free or pay a small fee for the certificate to get full credit. The series covers topics important to nurses such as antibiotic resistance, sleep disorders, and necrotizing fasciitis. Most podcasts are worth at least one CE contact hour.
Read the description below:
“Helping nursing students succeed. Period. We discuss current trends in the ICU, anatomy, physiology, nursing care, and much more. Our goal is to change nursing education forever by making it more accessible, cutting the fluff, and teaching students how to think like nurses through modern technology. New motivational episodes 2-3 times per week covering:
- Struggling Students - common questions and concerns from students.
- Tips and Nurse Life - how to succeed as a nursing student and nurse.
- Interviews - discussion with thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and authors.
- Anatomy and Physiology and Nursing Care for various disease processes.
From the leading nursing education website (NURSING.com) comes the top nursing podcast. With pharmacology episodes, test taking tips, student struggles, interviews (with leading nurse advocates like Kati Kleber, Nurse Bass, Nurse Nacole, and more), NCLEX review, we cover the information that nurses need to know to accelerate their career and become incredible RNs.”
Visit the podcast page on nursing.com for more information.
The Baron of Botox - Imperative Entertainment
proclaimed as a “stranger-than-fiction” story of Dr. Fredric Brandt, a dermatologist to the stars who became entranced with his vision for eternal youth. Sure, this one may not fulfill any CE credits, but it is one wild ride you have to hear. One thing to note as a trigger warning: discussion of suicide and other mental health issues.
Here are the details:
“Over two decades, Dr. Fredric Brandt went from a small dermatology practice in Miami to being Madonna’s personal skincare consultant and the go-to for public figures desperate to stave off aging. His clients loved him. Fashion magazines profiled him. But as Brandt continued to build his empire – a best-selling product line, pristine homes in New York and Miami, and an absurd modern art collection – he was slowly becoming addicted to his own product. Popular speculation has it that it was Martin Short’s scathing portrayal of a clearly-based-on-Brandt character in the ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ that pushed him to his death, but the truth is far more complicated. From Justine Harman and the team behind ‘Broken Harts,’ comes ‘The Baron of Botox,’ a 10-part podcast series, with new episodes publishing every Tuesday starting January 14, 2020.”
Ready for the heavy stuff? Subscribe to The Baron of Botox wherever you listen to podcasts.
NursEM - Nursing in Emergency - prn Education
As a Canadian-based nursing podcast that still works for all audiences of nurses, we take our hats off to this show. It is specifically for emergency nursing situations but if you’re a travel nurse looking to kill a few hours of driving, this one's for you.
Their description is short, sweet, and right to the point:
“Current conversations and evidence-based practice issues related to Emergency Nursing.”
Subscribe now on iTunes
A wonderful self-produced podcast that, well, speaks for itself and loves to do so. Read why below:
“Nursing Uncensored is a series of conversations hosted by Adrianne Behning RN. This podcast opens up frank discussions about everything on the minds of nurses. This is a space meant to create laughter in addition to serious conversations about the joys and challenges of living life as an American nurse. Nursing Uncensored strives to provide education and advocacy through storytelling, experience sharing, and humorous reflection. Our strong, and at times, inappropriate, opinions are entirely our own and do not represent those of our employers, schools, or professional associations. Listen in on our phone calls, but tender ears beware. NSFW. We respect HIPAA at all times.”
Intrigued? Nursing Uncensored puts out two podcasts a month and is just waiting for you to subscribe.
Sick - WFYI/Side Effects Public Media
Any true crime junkies out there? This podcast might be right up your dark, abandoned alley. The intersection of morality, trust, and crime come together in this podcast from WFYI/Side Effects Public Media about Dr. Donald Cline and the betrayal faced by his patients and the generation that came next.
Check out the description:
“Sick is an investigative podcast about what goes wrong in the places meant to keep us healthy. Award-winning journalists Jake Harper and Lauren Bavis dig deep to share shocking personal stories of medical injustices and hold accountable the people and institutions meant to care for us.
Sick’s first season explores the complications of fertility medicine, one Indiana doctor’s abuse of power, and the generations of lives he affected.”
Sick is just in its first season with this story, which means you should subscribe to be ready when the next season, with a whole new story, launches in the future. Find out more at sickpodcast.org
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)
This weekly medical journal also publishes two podcasts that are the ultimate solution to staying current. The less than 30-minute episodes will keep you in the know about the latest and greatest when it comes to all things medical research.
NEJM This Week is the audio summary of The New England Journal of Medicine RSS feed. It’s a quick recap of the latest development in the literature you can listen to.
“Want to hear the latest in medical research, reviews, and perspectives from the NEJM? Our summaries are available weekly.”
NEJM Interviews feature different doctors and topics in each episode, giving an editorial opinion to clinical best practices.“The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Audio interview RSS feed. NEJM (http://www.nejm.org) is a weekly general medical journal that publishes new medical research findings, review articles, and editorial opinion on a wide variety of topics of importance to biomedical science and clinical practice.”
Subscribe to both NEJM This Week and NEJM Interviews to get the most out of the podcasts
The This Won’t Hurt A Bit - FOOLYBOO
If you’re in the mood for some wonderful entertainment, subscribe to This Won’t Hurt A Bit as soon as you can. This humor-based podcast explores everything from the amazing, the historical, and the gross in medical care. Through laughter and levity, the episodic scientific discussions ultimately hones in on what it means to be human.
Here’s a bit more on the podcast:
“The medical podcast for your cortex and funny bone. Dr. Mel Herbert, Dr. Jess Mason and the FOOLYBOO team bring you a Medicine, Science, History and Humor Podcast that won’t hurt a bit.”
Subscribe to This Won't Hurt A Bit for some deep belly laughs.
This podcast rockets straight to the top as it gathers inspiring healthcare leaders in an interview setting to discuss and posit solutions to the myriad of industry problems. To highlight a wide range of topics, each episode features a different guest with their own perspective on healthcare leadership.
Podcast host Saul Marquez comes from a background of medical device sales and has a passion to help others. He says he hopes Outcomes Rocket can help break down the silos in healthcare to inspire and improve patient outcomes.
A bit more on the podcast:
“At Outcomes Rocket, we are the shared knowledge hub for healthcare’s toughest problems. Our goal is twofold and clear. To help inspire and guide out listeners to 1. Improve patient outcomes and 2. Experience business success in healthcare. Tune in to learn more!”
Subscribe to Outcomes Rocket and get your own ideas churning.
If you’re looking for another joyful release of a good laugh, subscribe to Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine. You won’t regret it. The McElroy’s release a new episode every Friday, uncovering, and poking fun at, the oddities of medical history with plenty of research. This podcast is a fun way to highlight how far our current modern approach to medicine has come.
Read the description:
“Join Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy for a tour of all the dumb, bad, gross, weird and wrong ways we’ve tried to fix people.”
Straight A Nursing
The last podcast on our list. Oh, and congratulations on making it this far. Another self-produced medical podcast, it has been going strong since 2017 and is the perfect way to fill a quick twenty to thirty minutes.
From the podcast page:
“Get useful tips, clinical wisdom, nursing inspiration, and exploration of key topics from Straight A Nursing. Join Nuse Mo to learn about a wide range of topics from the basics of nursing care to the complicated cases seen in the ICU.”
Subscribe and start all the way at the beginning in Season 1 or jump around as you like. This one you’ll want to keep in your back pocket.
Plugging in some headphones and putting on a podcast can introduce a whole new world of content. Often podcasts are forgotten about in the large shadow of television entertainment but if you’re looking to get lost in some amazing stories or discussions between rounds of radio sing-alongs, you’ll soon come to love this method of sharing ideas.