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Mentoring and Positive Growing with Laurel Ash

Meet Laurel Ash

Beth and Laurel have a conversation about Laurel’s start in hospice and home care, working as a nurse practitioner, her transition to academia, her mentorship program, and more. Laurel currently goes out doing healthcare with seniors and is loving what she’s doing. She loves working in this capacity, and they talk about the return to a system where healthcare workers go out into the field to work instead of at a facility.
The transition to practice and mentoring is critical for Laurel as it’s an opportunity to help retain MPs and PAs. It’s also an opportunity to work on a reduction in bullying in the field. “As a leader, for me to develop a culture of belonging – where people feel they belong, that they are valued, that they are respected – can really set the stage for giving each person that safety so that they can perform at their highest level.” Being non-judgmental is key as a mentor, and everyone needs those people to help them in the field. Mentoring is critical.
Part of mentoring may be doing more training to learn how to communicate better. It’s also important to get away from the blame-and-shame system that still happens. The field may not be perfect, but it’s important to build a place for everyone to be that’s safe and working according to your values.
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  • 00:00 – Welcome to Don’t Eat Your Young • Laurel Ash
  • 01:47 – Meet Laurel
  • 02:03 – Laurel’s Career
  • 07:01 – Do you have to be a nurse practitioner?
  • 09:07 – Transition to Practice
  • 10:11 – Bullying
  • 17:52 – Communication
  • 20:33 – Root Cause Analysis
  • 22:25 – Bridge Between Board of Nursing and the Facility
  • 24:48 – Strong Background
  • 25:45 – Something to Leave Nurses With
  • 26:55 – Connecting with Laurel
  • 27:40 – 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.