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The Handoff is a vendor neutral content publication that dives into the most pressing topics in nursing, from burnout and mental health to diversity in nursing to the latest clinical innovations. The Handoff features discussions, presentations, and speakers that will help nurse leaders do their jobs better, whether that's at the bedside, managing a unit or an entire health system.

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August 5, 2022

Innovative Strategies to Address Short Staffing in Nursing

Learn more about the causes and effects of short staffing in nursing and how to improve it to ensure your facility is adequately staffed. 
August 5, 2022

Mercy Workforce Transformation with Trusted

Mercy uses Works by Trusted to transform its workforce and enable new levels of flexibility. Innovative hospitals like Mercy use technology to attract and retain the next generation of nurses.
August 4, 2022

Open Shift Gamification: How to Build a Proactive Incentive Program

With automated technology and innovative, strategic incentive programs, health systems can effectively change the game to better manage costs, while ensuring quality patient care. With the right tools, technologies, and analytics, the health system can change—and effectively win—the staffing incentive game.
July 28, 2022

Innovative Staffing Solution: The Internal Travel Agency

The four steps outlined in this guide will help you establish an internal travel agency that can provide significant cost savings and promote your brand with internal staff and potential new employees.
July 26, 2022

The Future of Nursing: Mercy's Roadmap for Redesigning the Workforce

Mercy shares how they improved retention, lowered labor costs, attracted world-class talent and delivered a nurse-first experience
July 20, 2022

Episode 79: New data on the state of nurse mental health

Trusted Health Vice President of Clinical Strategy & Transformation Dani Bowie shares the results of Trusted’s third annual survey on nurse mental health.
July 15, 2022

How to Adapt to Changing Healthcare Staffing Models

Learn about the changes healthcare staffing models are currently undergoing & how your hospital can adapt.
June 30, 2022

Episode 78: What’s next for nurses at the country’s largest public health system

Insights from NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive Natalie Cineas.
June 29, 2022

Episode 77: An emerging nurse leader shares her thoughts on the profession

Casey Green, aka “Critical Care Casey,” shares insights from the frontlines.
June 15, 2022

Episode 76: A conversation with “America’s Favorite Nurse”

Author, podcast host, health advocate and regular CNBC contributor Nurse Alice talks about patient safety and the portrayal of nurses in the media.
June 8, 2022

Episode 75: California’s nursing workforce strategy

A conversation with Healthimpact CEO & President Garrett Chan about how California is growing its nursing workforce and supporting the 400,000 nurses in the state.
June 1, 2022

Episode 74: How UCLA’s Chief Nurse Executive maintains a high-performing culture

UCLA CNE and Assistant Dean for the School of Nursing Karen Grimley shares leadership lessons.
May 24, 2022

Episode 73: A candid conversation about the state of nursing

Nurse futurist and thought leader Bonnie Clipper chats with Dr. Nurse Dan about the challenges – and opportunities – facing the profession.
May 22, 2022

Episode 72: How this nurse leader forged her own path

Kathy Malloch shares how and why she decided to cobble together a career that spans from the bedside to academia, a state board of nursing, consulting and more.
May 11, 2022

Episode 71: Why nurse leaders need to understand how to use data

Nurse informaticist and innovation expert Rich Kenny talks about why data is so important to the field of nursing.
May 4, 2022

Episode 70: How one educator is creating the nurse leaders of tomorrow

University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing Dean & Professor Sandra Davidson shares her take on the changing face of nurse leadership.
April 26, 2022

Episode 69: How Johns Hopkins manages its contingent nursing workforce

The director of Johns Hopkins Intrastaff talks about overseeing the health system’s fully licensed staffing agency and VMS.
April 14, 2022

Episode 68: The unique challenges of nursing on a remote island chain

Hawaii State Center for Nursing Director Laura Reichhardt talks about the challenges of nursing in Hawaii and how that impacted the state’s COVID response plan.
April 13, 2022

Episode 67: How do we teach nurses to be anti-racist?

Penn State University Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion and 30-year healthcare veteran Dr. Sheldon D. Fields talks about his personal mission to diversify nursing.
November 17, 2021

Episode 66: What keeps a healthcare economist up at night

Healthcare economist and workforce expert Dr. Peter Buerhaus talks about the potential long-term impacts of COVID-19 on the nursing profession.
November 10, 2021

Episode 65: Solving the “travesty” that is nurse scheduling

Bon Secours Vice President of Nursing Workforce Development Dani Bowie shares insights from her work to cut down the time nurse managers spend staffing and scheduling.
November 3, 2021

Episode 62: Creating a strong culture of patient safety

Patient safety expert Nan Henderson talks about best practices for reducing harm events and making handoffs safer.
November 3, 2021

Episode 64: A deep dive into moral injury

Health workforce equity researcher and George Washington University Professor of Health Policy Dr. Patricia Pittman shares insights from The Moral Injury Project.
October 26, 2021

Episode 63: Overcoming a stroke and finding a career in nursing

Paul Coyne shares his remarkable story of how a stroke at 26 inspired him to pursue a career in nursing.
October 6, 2021

Episode 61: What does the post-pandemic nursing workforce look like?

Oregon Center for Nursing Executive Director Jana Bitton shares her thoughts on the challenges and opportunities ahead for the nursing workforce.
September 29, 2021

Episode 60: How to become a culturally competent nurse leader

Professional development specialist and self-described “nurse agitator” Tiffany Gibson talks to Dan about empowering culturally competent nurse leaders.
September 15, 2021

Episode 58: Closing the education-practice gap in nursing

Geoffrey Roche of Dignity Health Global Education shares insights from the intersection of healthcare, leadership and academia.
September 15, 2021

Episode 59: Becoming an “ends of the earth leader”

Dr. Lucy Leclerc and Dr. Kay Kennedy share their vision for human-centered nurse leadership.
September 8, 2021

Episode 57: The insidious role of organizational violence in nursing

Institute of Emergency Nursing Research Director Lisa Wolf sheds light on the role that organizational violence plays within workplace violence in nursing.
May 5, 2021

Episode 56: A candid conversation about mental health

Two frontline nurses join Dr. Nurse Dan for a candid discussion about the legacy of the pandemic on nurses’ mental health and feelings about the profession.
April 27, 2021

Episode 55: Why we need a paradigm shift when it comes to nurse mental health

The Ohio State University Dean of the College of Nursing and Chief Wellness Officer Bernadette Melnyk talks about the mental health crisis plaguing our nation’s nurses.
April 21, 2021

Episode 54: A healthier approach to nurse leadership

Dr. Kathy Scott and Bridget Sarikas are the co-authors of a new book that proposes a novel approach to leadership centered on science, experimentation and humor.
April 14, 2021

Episode 53: Should you consider a career in advanced practice nursing?

Children’s author, housecall expert and nationally recognized nurse practitioner Dr. Scharmaine Lawson talks about advanced practice nursing and more.
April 8, 2021

Episode 52: How the pandemic changed Mercy’s approach to nurse staffing forever

Mercy’s Senior Vice President & System Chief Nursing Officer Betty Jo Rocchio talks about how the pandemic has changed her approach to staffing.
March 31, 2021

Episode 51: How COVID-19 has impacted the nursing workforce

UCSF professor and healthcare workforce researcher Dr. Joanne Spetz talks about the trends she’s seeing across the profession.
March 24, 2021

Episode 50: Building resilience in the face of moral suffering

Johns Hopkins Professor of Nursing & Clinical Ethics Dr. Cynda Rushton discusses how nurses can manage moral suffering, maintain their integrity and build resilience.
March 17, 2021

Episode 49: How COVID-19 inspired two nurses to rethink visitation

In response to a restricted visitation policy, Duke University nurses Mollie Kettle and Kelly Kester created a program to empower virtual visitation in record time.
March 10, 2021

Episode 48: A North Dakota nurse speaks out

ND Nurses Association President Tessa Johnson shares her reaction to a controversial decision from the governor asking COVID-19 positive nurses to continue working.
March 3, 2021

Episode 47: The role of nurses as healthcare goes digital

Microsoft’s Molly McCarthy shares her perspective on how nurses can get involved in digital initiatives like virtual care.
February 17, 2021

Episode 46: Why going “back to normal” isn’t an option for underrepresented communities

Our conversation with Black and LGBTQ+ advocate Dr. James Q. Simmons, NP about the lessons from COVID-19.
February 9, 2021

Episode 45: What the ANA is doing to combat racism in nursing

ANA President Dr. Ernest Grant talks vaccine, mental health and addressing racism within nursing -- a project he hopes will be his legacy within the organization.
February 2, 2021

Episode 44: Making nursing more diverse

UNC Chapel Hill Nursing Professor and diversity advocate Dr. Rumay Alexander shares her take on how we can make nursing and nursing school more diverse and inclusive.
January 21, 2021

Episode 43: How nurses can cope with the trauma of COVID-19

Author and organizational trauma expert Dr. Diana Hendel shares advice for nurses and nurse leaders on how to cope with the wounds inflicted by COVID-19.
November 12, 2020

Episode 42: What nurse leaders need to know about informatics

HIMSS Director of Clinical Informatics Tammy Kwiatkoski sheds light on the growing field of informatics and tips for working with colleagues in this role.
November 10, 2020

Episode 41: The future of clinical education

Clinical education expert Lawrence Sherman shares his thoughts on how we train the doctors and nurses of the future.
November 5, 2020

Episode 40: Why conversations about nurse leadership need to start earlier

Nursing educator Jannah Amiel believes our thinking about nurse leadership is outdated and should start at the bedside.
October 29, 2020

Episode 39: Why we need more nurses with disabilities

Disability rights activist Andrea Dalzell, aka The Seated Nurse, shares what the healthcare industry needs to know about working with colleagues who are disabled.
October 27, 2020

Episode 38: Addressing bullying and incivility in nursing

Workplace bullying expert Renee Thompson shares advice for nurse leaders looking to eradicate bad behavior amongst their staff.
October 22, 2020

Episode 37: Making your unit safe for nurses of color

Pediatric nurse practitioner Ashley Sayles shares advice for nurse leaders who want to create a more equitable and inclusive workplace.
October 15, 2020

Episode 36: A millennial nurse leader talks innovation and the importance of soft skills

Nursing rising star and inaugural recipient of J&J’s Nurse Innovation Fellowship Charlene Platon shares her perspectives on leadership and innovation.
October 15, 2020

Episode 35: How to be a “people whisperer”

Executive coach Sean Olson believes that being a nurse leader is about people, not processes. In this episode he shares tips for staying connected to your team.
October 11, 2020

The Handoff Live: Team mental wellness strategies for nurse leaders

In our first-ever live episode of The Handoff, Dr. Nurse Dan and Kaiser Permanente CNE Courtnay Caufield talk about all things mental wellness.
October 8, 2020

Episode 33: Leadership insights for nurses

Making the shift from the bedside to nurse manager or leader is one of the biggest challenges that nurses face. AONL’s Education Director shares tips for how to cope.
October 6, 2020

Episode 32: How COVID-19 has made simulation more relevant than ever

Simulation expert KT Waxman shares an inside look at how simulation in nursing has taken on new urgency in light of COVID-19.
October 1, 2020

Episode 31: Simple tips to sharpen your financial skills as a nurse leader

Deborah Stilgenbauer is a rare bedside nurse who now works in finance. She joins us to share useful tips for nurse leaders who want to sharpen their financial know-how.
September 29, 2020

Episode 30: How nurses can develop an innovation mindset

Marion Leary, Director Of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, shares tips for bringing more innovation to the field of nursing.
September 24, 2020

Episode 29: Advice for nurse-entrepreneurs from a healthcare investor

Cyril Philip of Providence Ventures shares the technologies and companies that get him most excited, as well as advice for aspiring nurse-entrepreneurs.
September 22, 2020

Episode 28: Using big data to address nurse staffing

Workforce optimization expert Therese Fitzpatrick talks about how to tackle the problem of staffing using data science.
September 17, 2020

Episode 27: A sleep expert shares her best tips for nurses

What is the ideal interval between shift rotations? Does splitting sleep work? How long is the ideal nap? Dr. Lois James answers all your burning questions around sleep.
September 15, 2020

Episode 26: The state of critical care nursing

Megan Brunson of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses shares insights from the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.
September 9, 2020

Episode 25: What it’s like to be a nursing student in 2020

The president and vice president of the California Nursing Students’ Association share how COVID-19 has upended nursing school.
September 7, 2020

Episode 24: Why we need more products designed by nurses

Nurses use more products than any other group of clinicians, which is why UMass Amherst Professor Karen Giuliano says they should be building more of them.
August 26, 2020

Episode 23: The political power of nurses

ANA California Executive Director Marketa Housekova believes nurses have immense political power and she wants them to use it.
August 26, 2020

Episode 22: Making ethical decisions in the face of uncertainty

When it comes to ethics in nursing, easy answers are hard to come by. ANA’s Bioethicist Liz Stokes shares advice for nurses who are weighing tough decisions.
August 19, 2020

Episode 19: Practical career advice for the modern nurse

Career coach Beth A. Brooks shares advice for nurses thinking about making their next professional move.
August 19, 2020

Episode 20: Nursing leadership in the era of COVID-19

Duke University School of Nursing Dean Marion Broome shares advice on being a nurse leader during a once-in-a-generation public health crisis.
August 19, 2020

Episode 21: Understanding health equity starts locally

Nurse Economist and the host of Johnson & Johnson’s See You Now podcast Shawna Butler explains why thinking locally is so important when it comes to health equity.
August 14, 2020

Episode 18: Why these two design experts think nurses are uniquely well-suited to be agents of innovation

The design experts behind Kaiser Permanente's Innovation Lab share their perspective on why nurses make great innovators and change agents.
June 2, 2020

Episode 17: The common hospital workaround that inspired two nurse entrepreneurs

Two nurse entrepreneurs share their journey and how they were inspired by a common hospital workaround to start a business.
May 27, 2020

Episode 16: Bringing more creativity and innovation to the practice of nursing

Foresight and futures thinking expert Dan Pesut shares best practices for fostering creativity in your staff and activating nurses to think about the future.
May 18, 2020

Episode 15: How Elemeno Health drew inspiration from Salesforce to deliver better patient care

Healthcare complexity is on the upswing. One company is drawing inspiration from Salesforce to help frontline clinicians deliver consistent best practice.
May 12, 2020

Episode 14: Empowering consumers to collect, own and share their health data

Ardy Arianpour of Seqster shares his mission to empower people to improve their health by collecting, owning and sharing their data.
May 4, 2020

Episode 13: Russ Richmond, Founder & CEO of Laudio

The role that managers play in addressing nurse burnout is more important than ever before. Russ Richmond of Laudio shares this insight and more.
April 27, 2020

Episode 12: Michelle Troseth & Tracy Christopherson of MissingLogic

What meaningful steps can healthcare organizations take to prevent burnout? Michelle Troseth and Tracy Christopherson of MissingLogic share their insights with Dan.
April 20, 2020

Episode 11: Mike Ackerman, The Ohio State University College of Nursing

When it comes to burnout, how do we put the emphasis on systems rather than individuals? Mike Ackerman of The Ohio State University shares his thoughts on this and more.
April 8, 2020

Episode 10: Alexis Paul & Kerry Wang of Humana

On this episode of The Handoff, Dan speaks with Alexis Paul and Kerry Wang of Humana’s Intelligent Automation Center of Excellence.
March 31, 2020

Special Episode: Nurses on the Front Lines of Covid-19

On this special episode of The Handoff, we’re bringing you interviews with two nurses who are the frontlines of the battle against Covid-19.
March 24, 2020

Episode 8: Chuck Feerick, Solutions Lead at Clarify Health

On this episode of The Handoff, Dan speaks with Chuck Feerick about how Clarify Health Solutions is using data to create actionable impact on the healthcare industry.
March 13, 2020

Episode 7: Karen Murphy, Chief Innovation Officer at Geisinger

On this episode of The Handoff, Dan speaks with Karen Murphy about Geisinger’s innovation program, including the work of their intelligent automation hub and AI lab.
March 9, 2020

Episode 6: Judy Murphy, Chief Nursing Officer of IBM Global Healthcare

On this episode of The Handoff, Dan speaks with Judy Murphy, the Chief Nursing Officer at IBM Global Healthcare, about how clinicians can unlock value from AI.
March 3, 2020

Episode 5: Yan Chow of Automation Anywhere

How do we create a sustainable healthcare system for patients and workers? That’s just one of the questions that Dan and guest Yan Chow discuss on this week’s episode.
February 24, 2020

Episode 3: Travel Nurses Jeri Ford & Alex Herlocker

On this episode of The Handoff, Dan speaks to two seasoned travel nurses who are amassing a diverse set of clinical experiences and exploring their personal passions.
February 24, 2020

Episode 1: Courtnay Caufield of Cedars-Sinai

On this episode of The Handoff, executive nurse leader Courtnay Caufield joins Dan to talk about her experience hiring, managing and working with travel nurses.
February 24, 2020

Episode 4: Kelli Dragovich, Chief People Officer of Looker

On this episode of The Handoff, Dan chats with tech industry HR veteran Kelli Dragovich about best practices for employing flexible workers.
February 24, 2020

Episode 2: Lori Armstrong of the Armstrong Reliability Group

On this episode of The Handoff, Lori Armstrong shares workforce insights from her 35 years as a clinician, a nurse leader and a consultant to healthcare leaders.
August 5, 2022

Innovative Strategies to Address Short Staffing in Nursing

Learn more about the causes and effects of short staffing in nursing and how to improve it to ensure your facility is adequately staffed. 
August 5, 2022

Mercy Workforce Transformation with Trusted

Mercy uses Works by Trusted to transform its workforce and enable new levels of flexibility. Innovative hospitals like Mercy use technology to attract and retain the next generation of nurses.
August 4, 2022

Open Shift Gamification: How to Build a Proactive Incentive Program

With automated technology and innovative, strategic incentive programs, health systems can effectively change the game to better manage costs, while ensuring quality patient care. With the right tools, technologies, and analytics, the health system can change—and effectively win—the staffing incentive game.
July 28, 2022

Innovative Staffing Solution: The Internal Travel Agency

The four steps outlined in this guide will help you establish an internal travel agency that can provide significant cost savings and promote your brand with internal staff and potential new employees.
July 26, 2022

The Future of Nursing: Mercy's Roadmap for Redesigning the Workforce

Mercy shares how they improved retention, lowered labor costs, attracted world-class talent and delivered a nurse-first experience
July 20, 2022

Episode 79: New data on the state of nurse mental health

Trusted Health Vice President of Clinical Strategy & Transformation Dani Bowie shares the results of Trusted’s third annual survey on nurse mental health.
July 15, 2022

How to Adapt to Changing Healthcare Staffing Models

Learn about the changes healthcare staffing models are currently undergoing & how your hospital can adapt.