Celebrating the Providers
Celebrating the Providers
Exploring the Nursing Shortage from the Perspective of a Caregiver: Brenda Blais Nesbitt
Brenda Blais Nesbitt is the owner of Coaching for Caregivers Canada, a certified life coach, and a popular podcast host. Brenda has been a caregiver for 27 years, caring for her physically disabled child. Brenda’s organization works to help others who are also caregivers to learn more about the healthcare system as well as build the necessary skills to build a strong support system. This is a fascinating interview hosted by Delany Nusbickel discussing the impact of the shortage of nurses, not only in North America, but throughout the world, and the important role caregivers must assume to provide care to patients who need it.
Comforting the Caregiver: An Interview with Jennifer O'Brien
Jennifer O’Brien helps people talk about caregiving and end of life. She encourages compassionate, real conversation through her book, The Hospice Doctor’s Widow: A Journal, where she shares her story of caregiving through collages and writings. After years of caring for people with serious illness as a physician, Jennifer’s husband, Bob Lehmberg, was diagnosed with a stage IV, metastatic cancer. But caregiving for the man who had made a 40-year career of caregiving as a physician was not easy. When Jennifer’s husband was diagnosed and later after he died, she turned to what had brought her comfort for years—art journaling. She documented and depicted the raw, honest, beautiful and exhausting reality of caregiving through collage, tableaus, notes and observations. She included much of the wisdom and perspective she learned from her husband in his years as a physician. In this wonderful interview with Jennifer, hosted by Senior Anchor Odessa Lewis, Jennifer talks candidly about how important it is for caregivers to be supported and cared for. This is an important interview to watch and learn from.
Celebrating the Caregiver: An Interview with Kearni N. Warren
This beautiful interview hosted by Demi Vaughn features patient advocate and author Kearni N. Warren, who talks about her Caregivers Society and her extensive work in supporting caregivers throughout the country and advocating for their rights. This is a fascinating segment that fully explains the role of the caregiver and some of the challenges they face, both personally and professionally.
Caring for the Caregiver: An Interview with Iris Waichler, MSW, LSCW
Iris Waichler has been a social worker since 1979. Her specialty area has been medical social work working with people with catastrophic illness. Her work was in-patient hospital based for many years counseling patients and families helping them understand and cope with their diagnosis and the resulting life changes. She is the recipient of 12 major book awards, and has been doing workshops and seminars for the last 20 years focusing on infertility and caregiving topics. She also has been a freelance writer for the last 20 years authoring hundreds of articles on health related topics. In this fascinating interview hosted by Senior Anchor/Producer Tannaz Alesafar, Iris talks about how caregivers need to take care of themselves in order to take care of their loved ones. The interview carries an important message.
Inspiring Women in Healthcare: An Interview with Dr. Nancy Dickey
Nancy W. Dickey, MD was the first woman ever to be elected president of the American Medical Association. She currently serves as a professor in the Department of Primary Care Medicine and the Department of Medical Humanities in the College of Medicine and as a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center. She also carries the title President Emeritus of the Health Science Center, having served in the role of president for over a decade prior to stepping out of administration and into teaching and policy development. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including six honorary doctorate degrees in both science and law. In this very special interview hosted by Kacie Iuvara, Dr. Dickey talks about her professional journey and the challenges she faced as a women pursuing a career in medicine. This interview carries an inspirational message for women who are currently in healthcare or who are planning careers as either clinicians or administrators.
Understanding Ambulatory Surgery: An Interview with Jack Pocorobba
Jack Pocorobba is Group President at Surgical Care Affiliates in South Jersey. He has held that position for over two years, and previously served as Vice President of Operations, and prior to that, as Regional Vice President of Operations. He has been with the company for over 12 years. Before joining SCA, Jack was Executive Director of Golden Senior Living in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He earned his MBA in healthcare administration from Holy Family University in Philadelphia, and did his undergraduate work in healthcare administration at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Jack is also a Certified Ambulatory Surgery Center Administrator. In this interview with Senior Anchor Daisha Breedlove, Jack explains the role of the ambulatory surgery center in the healthcare delivery system, and explains the cost savings that are realized when patients have same day procedures, instead of needing to be hospitalized. This is an informative and fascinating interview.
On the Frontline: An Interview with Dr. Ryan Stahl
Demi Vaughn, Senior Anchor for The Power of the Patient Project, talks to Dr. Ryan Stahl, a physical therapist, who worked on the frontlines as the head of the rehab team for the State of New Jersey in a special popup hospital in Atlantic City. Dr. Stahl relates his experience and the challenges he faced and the good that his team did in the very beginning of the pandemic.
The Role of the Physician Assistant: An Interview with Renee Langstaff
Renee Langstaff is a physician assistant and Department Chair and Program Director, Medical Science at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Renee is also the founder of Sidz Kidz, LLC. The mission of The Sidz Kidz is to prevent sudden cardiac death in youth through cardiac screenings, AED availability, education, and research as well as to support families in dealing with a cardiac diagnosis in children. Renee graduated with distinction from Arcadia University's Physician Assistant Program and was awarded the prestigious Alumni Achievement Award in 2013 in recognition of a stellar record of academic excellence. She has twenty years of experience in cardiology and still practices clinically in this field. In this informative interview hosted by Senior Anchor Tannaz Alesafar, Renee explains the role of the physician assistant and also talks about her many initiatives to support patients and their families.
The Medical Scribe: An Interview with Hallie Tiburzi
Hallie Tiburzi is a pre-med student of Wagner College. She is also a medical scribe at Staten Island University Hospital. In this interesting interview hosted by Dove Sinclair, Hallie explains the role of the medical scribe and addresses some of the questions that patients ask when the medical scribe becomes part of their patient experience.