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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. 

Nov 15, 2019

In this episode, we're learning more about The Nightingale Challenge. The World Health Organization is calling the year of 2020 “The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife,” honoring the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale.  During 2020, Nursing Now is launching the Nightingale Challenge to invest in young nurses and midwives as it is essential for improving health and health care globally. 

Nursing Now is a campaign to improve health globally by raising the status and profile of nursing.  The Nightingale Challenge offers young nurses an opportunity to be part of a global movement that will equip and empower the next generation to be advocates in health.  AMSN is excited to be able to provide this opportunity to our younger members to assist them in their career growth and to provide them opportunities to expand their leadership skills.


Summer Bryant, DNP, RN, CMSRN, is a managing consultant for BRG|Prism Healthcare where she serves as a subject matter expert for medical-surgical nursing processes and patient care delivery. She is currently the President-Elect of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. She is a seasoned healthcare leader with more than 19 years of clinical expertise and nursing leadership experience in medical-surgical environments. She has led teams in a variety of areas to transform performance, reduce staff turnover, and deliver high-quality care and patient service. Dr. Bryant is adept at managing projects and leading people while building a cohesive, collaborative environment and developing nurses and other staff members into leaders.  She has completed research studying the effect of the Lean Management System on unfinished nursing care in a medical-surgical setting.  Prior to serving on AMSN’s Board of Directors, she was a member of the Clinical Practice Committee, member of the Exemplary Practice Task Force, and Chair of the AMSN PRISM Award Task Force.  She is a member of several professional nursing organizations, to include the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, the American Nurses Association, the Kansas Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International.  Dr. Bryant received three degrees from The University of Kansas, a BSN, as well as a MSN and DNP focused in Organizational Leadership.  

Jennifer Kennedy, MS, RN-BC, has been practicing nursing for over 20 years and is Board Certified in three specialties; Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Educator and Nursing Professional Development.  She graduated from Northern Illinois University with her Masters in Nursing Education and currently is an assistant professor at George Williams College of Aurora University.  She has an extensive background in Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Orthopedics. Jennifer is a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing national association and currently serves as on their national nursing board as treasurer.



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!