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Med-Surg Moments is the official podcast of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN)*. Our podcast offers an engaging look at the lives of - and surrounding- medical-surgical nurses. We’ll have guests on from every corner of the industry, bringing you stories that are relatable and compelling on myriad topics.

Our goal is to bring you interesting perspectives and insights that will serve you at any step of your nursing career. We truly intend this podcast to be an exciting, interesting go-to source for our listeners, and Med-Surg Moments will creatively incorporate voices from all backgrounds, to help highlight the issues facing you in our medical-surgical nursing community.

You can be assured we’ll do our very best to bring this podcast, always, with personality and compassion, and accuracy in our coverage.

* The content within the Med-Surg Moments Podcast represents the views, thoughts, and opinions of the co-hosts and may not necessarily reflect the views, thoughts, and opinions of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. 

Sep 6, 2019

There is a new epidemiological reality in our country.  In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control announced for the second year in a row that life expectancy has fallen, driven in large part by suicides, drug overdoses, obesity, and chronic diseases. The term “diseases of despair” has been used to describe many of the conditions that are crippling our nation’s workforce and it is well-known that other developed nations outperform the United States in health rankings, despite our spending far more than other nations on health care.  In this episode, we’re talking about how these new realities and unmet needs are changing the nursing work environment and the important role nurses will play in the future of healthcare.


Patricia (Polly) Pittman, PhD, FAAN is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, with a secondary appointment in the School of Nursing, George Washington University. She serves as the Director of the Fitshugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, and is the PI on two HRSA-supported Health Workforce Research Centers, focusing on (1) emerging workforce issues and (2) health equity in health professions’ education, respectively.  Trained in medical anthropology and public health, she is an expert on qualitative and mixed methods research designs focusing on delivery system changes.  She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and has served as PI on over 30 research grants relating to health workforce policy. These include a background paper commissioned by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) for the new National Academies of Medicine Committee on Nursing 2020-2030, and a series of studies that were commissioned to inform the 2010 Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report. She teaches Advanced Health Policy Analysis and Health Workforce Policy in the GW School of Public Health.



Alissa Brown, BSN, MSN, RN is a clinical nurse educator from the University of Utah Health. She has been working in the health care industry for almost 12 years, and started her nursing career as a med-surg bedside nurse on an Ortho, Trauma, and Surgical Specialty Unit. It was through that experience in the med-surg unit where she discovered a passion for education, and pursued a master’s degree. She is a lifelong learner, and loves to teach.  Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, she's not all work, and definitely enjoys play! She loves to travel, and tries to plan as many vacations each year as she can with family and friends. Alissa loves to read, listen to podcasts, and geek out to documentaries and crime shows on the weekends. She's a total fair-weather fan when it comes to Utes Football, but will cheer in all the right places, or get mad when her husband tells her to during a game. Alissa is looking forward to conversations together on this AMSN podcast!