Podcast Ep. 5 – Simulation Basics: Back to the Future



In this episode we revisit a conversation I had with my good friend and fellow of the nursing brotherhood, Brian Ericsson. Brian, a clinical lead emergency nurse, invited me to have a chat and brainstorm about some of the risks, benefits and logistics of getting a program of in situ simulation started in his work place. We got quite carried away and ended up with two podcast episodes. One year on and in the lead up to SMACC Chicago, where I will be working on two workshops, including ‘Leave the Sim Lab Behind: In Situ Simulation for Clinician Educators’, I asked Brian if I could remaster and re-release a trimmed down single episode version of our conversation. I am really keen to deliver a number of episodes dancing through some of the more nuanced topics in sim and wanted to start with a solid foundation of looking at the phases of a simulation teaching event and some of the benefits for the learner and the educator in using sim in the workplace. Quite frankly, I had used all my best material and it would have been a poor surrogate if I’d tried to record it myself, so hence we have the first erNURSEpro/Injectable Orange crossover effort.


erNURSEpro  http://www.ernursepro.com


Episode 5 – Simulation Basics: Back to the Future (35.22)


For more on Injectable Orange relating to Sim, follow this link – http://injectableorange.com/?s=simulation

Also be sure to check out these two brilliant offerings from the St. Emlyn’s team and one from Dr Tim Leeuwenburg at KI Doc:

1) Top Ten Tips for In Situ Sim at St. Emlyns (Blog and Podcast)

2) The SWEETest Sim – Real People, High Fidelity at #SWEETs15 (Blog)

3) Simulation Apps – Review (Blog)


If you are in the market for free awesome simulation resources, check out:

http://mobilesim.wordpress.com (Great site with loads of resources and scenarios from Dr Jon Gatward)

http://intensiveblog.com/resources/icu-sim/ (New and very slick offering of fully templated scenarios for ICU In Situ Sim from Dr Chris Nickson)

Podcast Ep. 4 – The Power of Social Change


In this episode I’m joined by two change makers, thought leaders, and all round inspiring people. British Paediatrician, educationalist and philosopher, Dr Damian Roland (@Damian_Roland) and experienced health and social care leader, radical, and champion of Change Day Australia, Mary Freer (@FreerMary). With both the NHS and Australian Change Days coming up on the 11th March 2015, we got together to talk about the power of social change. When you finished listening, please spread the word about change day and jump on line to take action and make a pledge.

NHS Change Day http://changeday.nhs.uk

Change Day Australia http://changeday.com.au



Episode 4 – The Power of Social Change (40.17)

Podcast Ep. 3 – Intern’s Guide to the Galaxy   Recently updated !

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Episode three of Injectable Orange Podcast sees me talking to, well, um, me. I know, only episode three and doing solo shows already. It’s not exactly like that.

Last week I delivered a 25 minute talk to the new Intern group at my hospital. The talk was well received with some of the eager new docs coming and asking if they could share it with their colleagues or have my slide set. While they were most definitely welcome to the slides, as you can see from above, they were purely intended as a visual support to the talk (they are not my presentation). Mixed with a little egging on via Twitter, I thought I would record a condensed, made-for-podcast version and float it out into the ether.

So, for the new doctor, nurse or healthcare worker in your life, please share if you find it helpful.

A couple of links I mentioned in some length in the face-to-face talk are included here:







Injectable Orange Episode 3 – Intern’s Guide to the Galaxy (10:17)

Podcast Ep. 2 – Ross Fisher on Presentation Cubed   Recently updated !

Tears in rainFollow Ross on Twitter @ffolliet

Episode two of the podcast delves into the amazing mind of Ross Fisher. Ross is a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon in Sheffield in the UK. Ross is a self described presentation geek. In what is definitely the greatest moment for me with my Injectable Orange hat on, I speak to Ross about his passion, inspiration and philosophies on why we, as clinicians, must become better at presenting. I hope this episode serves as a gateway to Ross’ brilliant blog:

P Cubed Presentations – http://prezentationskills.blogspot.com.au

The post discussed in the podcast relating to the P Cubed concept is ‘The Maths of a Better Presentation’.

In addition to P Cubed, the talk at Queen’s College referred to in the podcast is linked below. This is truly a presentation that anyone can learn from, no matter how good you think you are at presenting.



The other great achievement that Ross wears on his sleeve with pride is his inspiring talk ‘Inspiration: Is This What You Are Looking For?’ from TEDx Stuttgart.

On to the Podcast


Injectable Orange Episode 2 – Ross Fisher on Presentation Cubed (34:00)


Other Links:

Garr Reynolds – Presentation Zen

Nancy Duarte – Blog

How to Write Resumes Like a Pro – Professional Communications



Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JJackson_RN

Injectable Orange Editorial: So the call went out on Twitter for eager bloggers to share there words via injectableorange.com and Jennifer replied… big time. This post is the first in what we are hoping to be a series of regular guest posts focussing on professional communication and the so-called “soft skills” of nursing. Enjoy.


How to Write Resumes Like a Pro – Professional Communications

There are many challenges in the nursing profession. One of these is to clearly articulate what we do as nurses, and why our work is valuable. There is a great deal of variety in nursing roles, and it can be hard to pinpoint our expert contributions. We give medication, but we are not pharmacists. We mobilize patients, but we are not physiotherapists. The media is also full of negative images of nurses, whether they be hyper-sexualized or diminutive. As a profession, we have an uphill battle when it comes to articulating our worth and value.

Fighting for credibility and recognition is as old as the nursing profession. Florence Nightingale invented modern statistics, and the graph (yes, she made the first visual representations of data EVER) in order to demonstrate the impact of her interventions in Crimea. There are many examples of Florence taking nursing from something regarded as slightly better than prostitution and creating a respectable profession.

In the modern era, we continue to advocate for ourselves as nurses. A perfect example of this is with resumes. Many nurses I meet view resumes as a necessary evil, a summary list of tasks written to get a job. I see resumes differently. What a nurse is really doing when they write a resume is creating a professional document, highlighting their value and potential contributions as a member of a team. Resumes are not just a list for when you prepare to change jobs; they are an active record of what you do as a professional and why it matters. It is essential that nurses are able to speak and write strongly about the profession, and resumes are a great way to start.

Where Do I Start?

I encourage nurses to have 3 key documents: a master list of everything you have ever done, a functional CV, and a resume. To differentiate: a master list includes all of your accomplishments, a CV is 4-5 pages and includes the key highlights across a comprehensive spread of subjects, and a resume is 2 pages max and is specific to a job posting. If you were Johnny Depp, the master list would contain all your movies, a CV would highlight roles under Villians, Romantic Leads, Voiceover Work, and a resume would be Mentally Unstable Protagonists Who Can Do Stunts.

It can be daunting to go back and dig up all of this information, if you haven’t written a resume in a while. Don’t wait for a job application to come along, be ready to go with professional documents. I liken this to shaving your legs for the first time in the spring; the first go round is brutal, but after that, the maintenance is much easier (at least for us Canadians!).

            The next piece is to organize your information by general categories. These can vary widely, but there are three things you must include: work experience, formal education, and continuing education. If you don’t have recent continuing education, get some. This is a professional standard, and is absolutely essential to any resume. Other areas can include presentations, publications, volunteer experience, leadership opportunities, mentorship roles etc. When you are formatting your resume, lead with your strongest suit. If you have lots of work experience, start there. If you are a recent grad, your education goes first.

What Do I Say?

The single biggest mistake nurses make on resumes is to list psychomotor skills they can do, or places they have worked. If you list tasks, a manager will see that you can complete tasks. If you highlight your leadership and advocacy skills, a manager will see that they are going to interview someone who can make a valuable contribution. Drive the discourse towards your potential contributions. As you have limited space, you will want to include lots of “resume ninjas”- phrases that are short and sweet, but pack some major punch.

For Example:

Poor: Worked at a 10 bed inpatient facility in Guysborough. Assessed patients, administered medications, full and accurate charting, and worked with physicians.

All this tells me is that you can do the bare legal minimum required of any nurse.

Much better: Clinical nurse with 10 years of experience providing care for diverse populations at rural transfer centre. Formal leadership role as Charge Nurse, and member of interdisciplinary steering committee.

Now we’re cooking with gas. This says, you can work in a rural area- thus, you can critically think. The people there trusted you to run the facility. You also cared enough about your workplace to be involved in something.

Resume Ninja: Leader for in-patient education relating to hemodialysis decision-making and family support.

This tells me a) you know about dialysis, both inpatient and at discharge b) you understand the importance of patient teaching c) you know that there are complex ethical issues surrounding hemodialysis, and you know that it is a nursing role to provide support d) you have good communication skills e) you can work with people. Bam!

I always encourage nurses to focus on how they lead, advocate, communicate, plan, negotiate, coordinate, facilitate, implement, spearhead, critically think etc. Write with confidence about what we do and why it matters.

(Caveat: there are exceptions to the skills list rule- if you have advanced psychomotor skills, such as hemodialysis, those merit inclusion. The trick here is to associate the skill with the higher-level competencies, such as critical thinking or troubleshooting).

Also, a general disclaimer for language: NEVER call yourself a staff, frontline, or bedside nurse. Associate what you do with one of the domains of practice: research, administration, clinical practice, or education. If you treat patients, you are a clinical nurse. If you teach, you are a nurse educator. Link your role to its pillar in the profession.flowchart

I’ve Got the Content. Now What?

Before submitting a resume, is important to deciding what content is most important to include (remember, 2 page max!). Here, focus on recent and relevant. Generally, you want to include things from the last 5 years or so, depending on the number of items under each category. However, if you worked in the OR 15 years ago, and you are applying for an OR position, add that piece to demonstrate that you have experience in the area.

Some nurses that I work with are very hesitant to remove items from their resume. Remember, you want to demonstrate the best fit for the position, and the resume is to get   an interview, not a job. You can elaborate about your qualifications during an interview. It is also important to look at the job posting, as colleagues in human resources generally do the first cut of resumes, not nurse managers. Therefore, if the posting says they are looking for someone who can work as part of an interdisciplinary team, your resume needs to demonstrate that you can do team work.

Before you submit a resume, have a friend or family member look it over. Make sure the font is size 12, either Arial or Times New Roman. This is not the place to go out on a limb with new fonts or formatting, especially if you submit electronically. Make sure all the bullets line up, the layout is clear, and it is 100% spelling/grammatical error free. If there are mistakes on a resume, it will go in the garbage.

Dare to Share!

Now that you have a resume ready to go, keep it updated as you complete more continuing education. If you have sections that could benefit from some more points, seek out new opportunities, like conferences. When a new professional opportunity presents itself, you will be ready to share your experiences and land a new job. You will also be a strong advocate for nursing, as you can clearly articulate why nurses matter.


Injectable Orange Podcast   Recently updated !



In an attempt to challenge myself and learn heaps more along the way from technical skills of podcasting, to the knowledge brought by awesome guests, I am proud to launch the Injectable Orange Podcast – Enquire | Educate | Evaluate. The podcast is available via a number of routes.

1) iTunes

2) Stitcher Radio

3) Podbean Profile Site

4) Player embedded in each episode show notes blog post

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