NAON Podcast Series

No Bones About It: A NAON Podcast Series provides a deep-dive into hot topics and trending research within the field of orthopaedics. Featuring interviews with industry experts and current NAON members, each episode aims to address best practices in an easy, on-the-go format. The NAON Podcast Series will release on a bi-monthly schedule.

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No Bones About It Host

NAON Board Director, Bryan Combs, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNL, ATC, a Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified Athletic Trainer, and PhD hosts the podcast episodes. Bryan previously served as Interim Assistant Dean at the University of Alabama School of Nursing.

2022 Episodes

October 2022: Tackling Racial Disparity in Orthopaedic Joint Replacement Surgeries

Our guest, Dr. Mo Halawi, is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Baylor College of Medicine, an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Chief Quality Officer for Musculoskeletal Services at Baylor’s St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Current surgical databases control for differences in demographic, comorbidity and perioperative factors, but lack data on social determinants of health. Surgical databases play an important role in the patient outcomes following a surgery but many factors nationwide are not captured. Dr. Halawi and colleagues led a series of six studies presenting a comprehensive overview of racial and ethnic health disparities for those receiving joint replacement surgeries. The Baylor team’s findings showed lower outcomes continue to occur among minorities.  Recent data points to the need for greater understanding of the social factors that may impact patient outcomes. Those factors include language, education level, income, transportation or care access, living environment and caregiver support, as well as an assessment of the outcomes from surgery from the patient’s perspective and require interventions to be addressed differently.

While disparities occur, there’s hope for the future as Baylor found the two minority groups experiencing the most disparities, Blacks and Hispanics, when analyzed over time and with interventions showed positive trends in terms of procedure utilization, health profiles and outcomes.

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August 2022: NPs and Musculoskeletal Health: A Foundation for Wellness

In this episode Bryan talks with NAON Member, Roz Puleo, ONP-C, FNP-BC, RCEP about her experience as a Nurse Practitioner working in an outpatient sports medicine setting.

The number of Orthopaedic NPs in the area of Sports Medicine and overall musculoskeletal health continue to increase. Sports medicine really should be viewed as a comprehensive arc for those leading active lifestyles, not just about athletic pursuits. Orthopaedic care for a sports medicine issue goes beyond resuming the sporting activity and touches psychological or emotional wellness, return to work and even physical adjustments through rehabilitation. The role of orthopaedics keeps people moving, and builds a foundation to overall wellness. Looking ahead to new opportunities in orthopaedics, we talk with Roz about NP sports medicine care in the outpatient setting. NPs have greater acceptance, more autonomy and overall better ownership of primary care. She shares experiences at her clinic that show less referrals out of the clinic to orthopaedics since implementing the NP role onsite, improved patient satisfaction and outcomes, increased comfort and trust, and improved patient education.

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June 2022: QI Projects: Driving the Quality of Orthopaedic Care

Bryan sits down with Jillian Knudsen, RN, MSN, CMSRN, ONC, CNL, CPHQ and Laura C. Arkin, MSN, APRN-CNS, ONC, ONC-A, CCNS, FCNS; two NAON Orthopaedic nurses leading the way with QI projects. Have you asked yourself how to get started with a process improvement? Our experts provide their tips for starting a QI project from types of tests, methodologies, resource allocation or even as simply as diving into the care of a patient population. Many have asked, “Why do we do it this way?” So did Laura and Jillian and in our discussion they share strategies for identifying a clinical problem or process issue to building upon process improvements in stages. As you listen, embrace looking at processes to make changes to improve care for patients or improve nursing practice.

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April 2022: A NAON Overview of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in Orthopaedics

NAON had the pleasure of speaking with Erica Taylor, MD, MBA, FAAOS, FAOA Founder and CEO of the Orthopaedic Diversity Leadership Consortium and Dr. Fred Brown, DNP, RN, CENP Director of Generalist Education to explore Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) principles from their experiences within the field of orthopaedics. Dr. Taylor is  an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine, Chief of Surgery at Duke Raleigh Hospital, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Duke PDC and Vice Chair of Diversity, Duke Orthopaedics.  Dr. Brown is an Assistant Professor for Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing at Rush University College of Nursing.

In this first discussion on JEDI, NAON starts the conversation with an overview into program components through education. Our guests consider the action behind learning and a need to do more listening. Our guests discuss teaching JEDI principles within organizations to promote initiatives. It’s their belief a key step to engaging in conversation on JEDI in any organization starts through forming genuine, authentic co-worker relationships. Our guests talk about creating value perception and providing equitable care through diversity in the workforce. We’ll dig into quality improvement projects and how social determinants of health play a huge role in patient reported outcomes. We hope you join the NAON JEDI conversation.

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February 2022: Nurse Liability with Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

NAON sits down with Georgia Reiner, Senior Risk Specialist from Nurses Service Organization to discuss nurse liability with electronic health records. Electronic health records (EHRs) create the digital version of a patient’s paper chart with a holistic focus on the patient’s health going way beyond the standard clinical data. An EHR system is built to share information with other providers so that all clinicians involved in a patient’s care have access to necessary records in a timely manner.  Documenting electronically streamlines provider workflow, yet the risk issues for nurses are similar as those with paper records. Tune in to this high level view of nurse risk to educate yourself on best practices, as well as basic steps to take to mitigate your risk level. We are talking about issues facing orthopaedic nurses, but this episode broadly applies to all nurses.

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