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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. 

Aug 23, 2019

We are confronted by violence in the news daily but who imagined that violence would reach the bedside? Violence caused by patients and visitors is an international problem that continues to worsen in its frequency and severity.  In this episode, we talk to two advanced practice nurses who have led the charge in the Cleveland Clinic's response to violence in the workplace.


Dianna Copley, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN serves as Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio where she covers three high acuity Internal Medicine telemetry units. Since starting her nursing career at the Cleveland Clinic in 2009, she has served on a number of hospital committees and was involved in the development of a quality survey to explore nursing caregivers’ experience of workplace violence committed by patients and visitors.




Catherine Skowronsky, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CMSRN is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) for the Cleveland Clinic Health System. Catherine focuses on care of the medical patient with co-morbid behavioral health needs. Her role includes offering expert consultation on care planning, therapeutic communication and safety to the bedside nurse. This role requires her to act as a liaison between psychiatric and medical providers. She has written protocols to guide care of the patient who ingests foreign bodies and patients with substance use disorder. Catherine served as the medical-surgical adviser to develop national competencies for the medical-surgical nurse caring for the patient at risk for suicide. She is an experienced presenter and public speaker, often offering educational presentations within the health system and at local, national and international conferences. From 2011 through 2018 she traveled overseas to provide continuing education for the U.S Department of State.

Skowronsky’s publishing experience entails authoring the manuscript “Close Observation of Medical Patients with Complex Conditions to Prevent Falls and Minimize the use of Patient Care Companions.” which was published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. She was a content reviewer for the AMSN Core Curriculum chapter on the respiratory system. Skowronsky is also the presenter of “But I’m not a Psych Nurse: Care of the psychiatric patient on the medical-surgical unit”.





Chelsea Parker RN, BSN, CMSRN was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. She attended the University of Virginia and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Since then she has pursued geriatric and palliative care nursing and developed a love for general medicine, which is where her foundation for med-surg nursing was built. As a young nurse looking for ways to bridge engagement between generations of nurses, she is excited about what this podcast will mean for AMSN.