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Clinical Pearls offers viewers access to UABSON nursing expertise and educational resources, as we present interesting discussions and provide important information about current healthcare topics.


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  • Clinical Challenges Due to COVID

    Clinical Challenges Due to COVID

    Stuart Cohen, MD, FACP
    Turner Overton, MD

    Presented on October 1, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    This show will feature a discussion about long-term patient outcomes and other clinical challenges in the fight against COVID.

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    COVID's Burden on Nursing Practice: Lessons Learned

    COVID's Burden on Nursing Practice: Lessons Learned

    Paula Levi, BSN, RN, PhD Student
    Teena McGuinness, PhD, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, FAAN
    Susanne Fogger, DNP, CRNP, CARN-AP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP

    Presented on November 5, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Our guests will discuss the effects of caring for patients on bedside nurses and the ramifications of the COVID pandemic on nursing practice.

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    The Changing Face of Care Delivery Due to COVID

    The Changing Face of Care Delivery Due to COVID

    Catherine Brown, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC
    Eric Wallace, MD

    Presented on December 3, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    This show will focus on how the COVID pandemic has changed care delivery, with a special focus on telehealth.

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    The Effects of COVID on Adult and Child Mental Health

    The Effects of COVID on Adult and Child Mental Health

    Marcus Debiasi, DDS, MS-BMS, BSN-RN, CRNP-PMH
    Erica Kierce, DNP
    Karmie Johnson, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, CNE

    Presented on August 6, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Our featured guests on this show are psychiatric nurse practitioners who will discuss how the COVID pandemic has affected the mental health of adults and children

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    Reducing the Spread of Covid: Opportunities and Challenges

    Reducing the Spread of Covid: Opportunities and Challenges

    Ian Moore, DVM, PhD, Dipl., ACVP
    Ellen F. Eaton, MD, MSPH
    Suzanne E. Judd, PhD, MPH

    Presented on September 3, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Our panelists will discuss how healthcare providers and public health officials have addressed issues concerning vaccines and other measures to promote health and safety during the COVID pandemic.

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  • Population Health: Leading the Care of Diverse Populations

    Population Health: Leading the Care of Diverse Populations

    Marisa L. Wilson DNSc, MHSc, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FAMIA, FIAHSI, FAAN
    Nancy Rudner, DrPH, APRN
    Karyn Nicholson, DNP

    Presented on February 5, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Our guests will discuss strategies for reducing healthcare disparities among diverse populations to optimize patient outcomes.

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    Caring for Military and Veteran Patients

    Caring for Military and Veteran Patients

    The Hon. Linda S. Schwartz, RN, MSN, DrPH, FAAN ,
    Patricia Patrician PhD, RN, FAAN,

    Presented on March 5, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    This discussion between national nurse leaders will focus on caring for active military patients and veterans in various settings.

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    Caring for LGBTQ+ patients

    Caring for LGBTQ+ patients

    Michelle Allen, Ed.D,
    Meghan Whitfield, CRNP

    Presented on April 2, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Our panelists will discuss how to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ patients using culturally competent care.

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    Care of Children in School Settings

    Care of Children in School Settings

    Jasmine Barnett, MSN, RN,
    Tanya Kendrick BSN, RN

    Presented on May 7, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    This episode will feature a discussion between nurses who care for children in K-12 settings about how to address challenges in ensuring optimum care for all children.

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    Caring for Homeless Patients

    Caring for Homeless Patients

    Richard Taylor DNP, CRNP, ANP-BC,
    Jennifer Janowiecki MSN, PMHNP-BC

    Presented on June 4, 2021 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Guests for this episode will share their experiences in caring for homeless patients and discuss how to meet the diverse needs of this vulnerable population.

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  • Assessing and Treating Common Sports Injuries

    Assessing and Treating Common Sports Injuries

    Bryan Combs, PhD, CRNF-Faculty, FNP-BC, CNL, ATC
    Presented on September 4, 2020 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Dr. Combs will discuss common sports injuries and provide helpful hints for evaluating and treating them.

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    Healing Arts

    Healing Arts

    Kimberly Kirklin, MA,
    Salaam Green, MEd,
    Wesley Hyde, MT-BC

    Presented on October 2, 2020 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Our panelists from the UAB Arts in Medicine group will discuss how they encourage healing by engaging patients in creative arts such as music therapy, poetry, visual arts, and more.

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    Resilience & Coping Skills for Healthcare Providers

    Resilience & Coping Skills for Healthcare Providers

    Whitney Pollio, EdD, MSN, RN,
    Pariya Wheeler, PhD, MA,
    Casey Azuero, PhD, MPH

    Presented on November 6, 2020 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Healthcare providers are used to taking care of others, but how can they best take care of themselves? Our panelists will discuss skills that can be developed for resilience and coping, especially during times of extreme stress.

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    Animal-assisted Therapy

    Animal-assisted Therapy

    Meredith Guthrie, MSN, RN, CNL and
    Kiersten Atkinson, Amy Hamilton, Stacey Roudebush, and Pam Strange from Hand in Paw

    Presented on December 4, 2020 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Join us to learn how introducing animal-assisted therapy affects a patient's emotional and social well-being in the intensive care unit.

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  • Using Telehealth during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Using Telehealth during the COVID-19 Pandemic to Meet the Needs of Vulnerable Populations

    Drs. Deborah Bowers, Candace Knight, Michele Talley
    Presented on June 19, 2020 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Dr. Deborah Bowers (The Foundry), Dr. Candace Knight (UAB Nurse Family Partnership), and Dr. Michele Talley (UAB PATH Clinic) will discuss how their clinics are using telehealth to meet patients' healthcare needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Common Injuries during Spring Sports

    Common Injuries during Spring Sports

    Bryan Combs, PhD, CRNF-Faculty, FNP-BC, CNL, ATC
    POSTPONED

    Dr. Combs will discuss common sports injuries and provide helpful hints for evaluating and treating them.

    Stay tuned for the link to the live session & information on how you can earn CEU’s

    Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis

    Beth Kitchin, PhD, RDN
    POSTPONED

    Dr. Kitchin is the patient educator at the UAB Osteoporosis Prevention & Treatment Clinic. In this episode, she will discuss nutrition, exercise, and medication recommendations for people with osteopenia and osteoporosis. Also, she will give tips from her “Tone Your Bones” nutrition and exercise program to promote healthy living for osteoporosis prevention.

    Stay tuned for the link to the live session & information on how you can earn CEU’s

    Animal-assisted Therapy

    Animal-assisted Therapy

    Meredith Guthrie, MSN, RN, CNL
    POSTPONED

    Join us to learn how introducing animal-assisted therapy affects a patient's emotional and social well-being in the intensive care unit.

    Stay tuned for the link to the live session & information on how you can earn CEU’s

    Quality & Safety

    Quality & Safety

    Rebecca S. Miltner, PhD, RN, CNL, NEA-BC
    Presented on February 7, 2020 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Nursing quality and safety are important topics in acute care, academic, and other organizational settings. Join us for this episode to learn how bedside nurses play an active role in improving the quality and safety of patient care.

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    Care Transitions

    Care Transitions

    Alison Garretson, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
    Presented on March 6, 2020 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    In this episode, we will learn about effective care transitions: Preventing medical errors, identifying issues for early intervention, preventing unnecessary hospitalizations and readmissions, supporting consumer preferences and choices, and avoiding duplication of processses and efforts to more effectively utilize resources.

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  • Sepsis

    Reducing Sepsis Mortality

    Mary Grace Cox, MPH, BSN, RN
    Presented on September 6, 2019 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Reducing the incidence of sepsis is an institutional priority for Health Systems. Mary Grace Cox, the UAB Sepsis Coordinator, will share why sepsis is a common issue and how to develop a protocol.

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    Sex Trafficking

    Sex Trafficking

    Ashley Hodges, PhD, CRNP, WHNP-BC
    Presented on October 4, 2019 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Dr. Hodges will address the topic of violence against women, women's health and empowerment during this show.

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    Managing Dementia in Acute and Long-term Care Settings

    Managing Dementia in Acute and Long-term Care Settings

    Rita Jablonski, PhD, CRNP, FGSA, FAAN
    Presented on November 1, 2019 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Back by popular demand, we are re-airing this informative episode of Clinical Pearls. Join Dr. Rita Jablonski and host Dr. Tracie White, as they discuss how to improve the hospital experience for people with dementia. Dr. Jablonski will also offer tips for caregivers in all settings to manage behavior related to dementia.

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    Women’s Health Across the Lifespan

    Women’s Health Across the Lifespan

    Aimee Holland, DNP, CRNP, WHNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP
    Presented on December 6, 2019 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    In this episode, Dr. Holland will discuss reproductive planning counseling, preventive services, and office gynecology procedures.

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  • Pediatrics

    Common Conditions in Children During the Winter Months

    Tedra Smith, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-PC, CNE
    Presented on February 1, 2019 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    We will learn some of the conditions seen in children during winter months, including warning signs that need immediate attention. Dr. Smith will address the topics of fever, antibiotics, vaccines, OTC medications, and more.

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    Stop the Bleed

    Application of Bleeding Control Methods in Community Settings

    Allison Jones, PhD, RN
    Presented on March 1, 2019 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    In this broadcast, we will discuss the background of the Stop the Bleed initiative and its application in community settings. Specifically, we will discuss steps to take when encountering an injured person in the community, identification of life-threatening bleeding, and appropriate application of bleeding control methods based on the location of the wound.

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    Sleep Apnea

    Waking Up to Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Karen Heaton, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, FAAN
    Presented on April 5, 2019 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Dr. Karen Heaton will address the effects of sleep deprivation and obstructive sleep apnea on cognition and injury risk in workers. She has been involved in projects that explored the impact of distraction and health issues on driving and driving performance issues among aging truck drivers, and self-assessment of driving performance compared to real-time simulated driving performance among truck drivers.

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    Veterans

    Veteran-centric Care: Focus on Mental Health

    Teena McGuinness, PhD, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, FAAN
    Presented on May 3, 2019 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Dr. McGuinness has an extensive background in mental health nursing, particularly related to Veterans' care. Since 2013, she has served as co-director of the Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency, a joint program between the Birmingham VAMC and the UAB School of Nursing. She will identify psychiatric nursing issues that pertain to Veterans and identify resources for nurses and caregivers.

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    Informatics

    Nursing Informatics: Beyond the Electronic Health Record

    Marisa Wilson, DNSc, MHSc, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FAAN
    Presented on June 7, 2019 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    What is informatics? More specifically, what is nursing informatics? How does technology affect patient privacy and the electronic health record? Dr. Wilson will address these questions and more--a topic of interest for patients and caregivers.

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    Trauma Informed Care

    Trauma Informed Care

    Patricia Speck, DNSc, CRNP, FNP-BC, DF-IAFN, FAAFS, FAAN
    Presented on July 12, 2019 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Trauma Informed Care (TIC) begins with the assumption that all nurses have trauma backgrounds. TIC interventions improve quality and safety, and promote disclosure during nursing assessments for planned patient-centered care.

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  • The Changing Face of the Opioid Epidemic

    The Changing Face of the Opioid Epidemic

    Susanne Fogger, DNP, CRNP, CARN-AP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
    Presented on June 1, 2018 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    In this episode, we will identify signs of opioid addiction and provide resources for clinicians at the bedside.

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    Managing Dementia in Acute and Long-term Care Settings

    Managing Dementia in Acute and Long-term Care Settings

    Rita Jablonski, PhD, CRNP, FGSA, FAAN
    Presented on July 13, 2018 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    The goal for this segment is to improve the hospital experience for people with dementia. People with dementia demonstrate challenging behaviors when hospitalized; these behaviors are their way of communicating. We will discuss basic ways to decode the messages. We will also provide non-drug strategies that nurses and family members can use to manage the behaviors.

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    Managing Care for Patients with Heart Failure

    Managing Care for Patients with Heart Failure

    Dana Mitchell, DNP, ACNP-BC, CHFN
    Presented on August 3, 2018 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Heart failure is characterized by the heart's inability to pump an adequate supply of blood. Let's examine the symptoms, causes, and treatments with Dr. Mitchell.

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    Patient Education and Insulin Management for Patients with Diabetes

    Patient Education and Insulin Management for Patients with Diabetes

    Michele Talley, PhD, CRNP, ACNP-BC
    Presented on September 7, 2018 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    In this episode, we will learn about the impact that patient education and nurse decision-making have on patients taking insulin.

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    Recognizing Acute Myocardial Infarction in Women

    Recognizing Acute Myocardial Infarction in Women

    Grace Grau, DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, AACC
    Presented on October 5, 2018 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Learn the 6 heart attack symptoms common in women--treatment, causes, diagnosis, and prevention.

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    Referring Patients to Palliative Care Services

    Referring Patients to Palliative Care Services

    Richard Taylor, DNP, CRNP, ANP-BC
    Presented on November 2, 2018 @ 12:00 PM (CST)

    Palliative care places importance on the individual's needs and wishes, but talking about death and dying can be stressful. Health professionals can make a difference when a referral is made early. Tune in and learn more with Dr. Taylor.

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