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Thriving in Nursing School With Maureen Osuna

Maureen Osuna was in advertising before deciding later in life that she wanted to be a nurse. Because of that, she has a different perspective on life as a nursing student than some of the more traditional nurses. She could see what was being taught, but also what was lacking in nursing education. After working in the ICU and then transitioning to the PACU, she decided to start educating nurses in a non-traditional way – the beginning of her podcast.

Nurse Mo, as she is known, started the Straight A Nursing Podcast. Her podcasts are short and easy to understand with very useful topics for all nurses and nursing students. She also is the author of the book “Nursing School Thrive Guide”, as well as an online resource called Crucial Concepts Bootcamp designed to guide students through their time in school. Maureen is serving students with her desire to educate and her compassion for the difficult road to becoming a nurse.

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About Maureen Osuna

Maureen, also known as Nurse Mo, is the voice behind the Straight A Nursing podcast, author of Nursing School Thrive Guide and creator of Crucial Concepts Bootcamp, an online course for new nursing students. Maureen has worked in both ICU and PACU, and has found her true calling in mentoring nursing students throughout all stages of their programs. She lives in Northern California with her husband and enjoys cycling, wine, sewing and going for walks around the lake.


  • (00:00) – Welcome to Don’t Eat Your Young • Maureen Osuna
  • (01:01) – Maureen’s Nursing Journey
  • (03:05) – Being a More Mature Student
  • (05:19) – Mentoring Nursing Students & Podcasting
  • (09:05) – The LATTE Method
  • (11:48) – Developing Her Own Program
  • (13:47) – Tips to Help Nursing Students
  • (18:43) – What Could Change in Nursing Education
  • (24:56) – Wrapping Up

Stories from the Incredible World of Nursing.

Welcome to Don’t Eat Your Young, the podcast that brings you stories from the trenches of the incredible, wonderful, exhausting, terrifying, joyous world of nursing with your host, Beth Quaas.